How-Tos Archives

How to Hire for Soft Skills

In April, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner went on CNBC and discussed new skills gap data LinkedIn published on the current state of the job market. In the interview, Weiner detailed the most in-demand skills for today’s workforce. Unsurprisingly, digital skills…

A Plan for Building an Agile HR Function

The HR function has habitually been criticized for being sluggish and pedantic in terms of its role within an organization. Frustrations abound among disgruntled/dissatisfied employees who see the HR function as the enforcer of leadership mandates while being unable, incapable…

Don’t Be a Clueless CEO

“Please, I need separate checks for our meal.” That caused me to look up from my menu because I had never heard that before. Our normal routine is that he pays for one lunch/dinner and the next time it is…

A ‘Green Card’ Crash Course for HR Pros

Sponsoring an employee to become a “lawful permanent resident” of the United States – i.e., to become a green card holder – can be a valuable recruiting and retention tool. Many foreign national workers crave the stability that comes with having…

5 Ways to Make It Safe for Others to Speak Up

The reality of hierarchical social systems is that people hold deeply ingrained, taken-for-granted beliefs that it’s dangerous to speak up or disagree with those in power… It’s up to leaders to foster the climate of psychological safety required to overcome…

What HR Must Do In Case of Bankruptcy

Probably the worst thing that could happen at work, even worse than your bagels being stolen from the communal fridge, is the news that your employer has become bankrupt. As an HR professional, not only do you have to come…

How to Create a Company Where People Stay

Employee retention is an ongoing challenge for many organizations. Across industries, there are talent shortages at almost every job level, and employers face an increasingly competitive job market. Though candidates and current employees have many career options, there are steps you…

How to Work With a Micromanaging Boss

If you haven’t worked for a micromanager, you’ve heard about them. Employees buzz about these bosses over lunch, complain about them around the water cooler, and chew them up at the dinner table with their family. At the worst situations,…

How to Make Life Easier for Working Parents

The working parent’s employee experience is difficult, to say the least. According to Bright Horizons’ 2016 Modern Family Index, more than one in three new parents think they’re treated worse than their co-workers. Understandably, this can hurt employee well-being and…

To Build a Better Business, Hire Ramen Eaters

To build a corporate culture that’s as energized and agile as a startup, hire ramen eaters. “I meet these ramen eaters everyday,” says Amy Neale, VP, senior business leader with Mastercard. “These people are tough, ready to hustle and eager…