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HR Tips for the Holiday Season



Thanksgiving. It means something different to each and everyone of us in the USA. Beginning in the early 1600s New England, this tradition of giving thanks and gathering family and friends with a feast after a season of farming has become America’s holiday regardless of your personal religion. We treat it as a secular holiday every year on the fourth Thursday of the month and everyone is welcome to participate!

For some it means the beginning of holiday shopping season…of course Black Friday follows, and this has become blurred with...


How to Attract Talent in a Hot Job Market




With the unemployment rate at record lows, the battle for talent is on. Big or small, every company has to fight to win the attention of today’s savvy job seeker.

Of course, there is no single way to attract talent. That said, in my experience, certain attributes are attractive to many. These include meaningful or innovative work, high wages, flexible conditions and career growth potential. Offering a mix or all of these is a good start.  

Who is catching the eye of job seekers in 2018? Indeed’s analytics team recently compared average...


Creating 'Psychological Personal Space' at Work



Blame the 'open plan' office design that pretty much takes away individual privacy or blame the workplace information overload that causes many office dweller types to feel like no matter how much they are working, they never seem to feel like they are getting much accomplished, modern work and workplaces can seem really, really frustrating.

People always in your face, or at least in your peripheral vision, few quiet places to retreat to in order to get some peace and quiet and really focus, and more and varied incoming requests...


Are Managers Friendly with Employees? Should They Be?



Do your employees socialize with their bosses? Meet their spouses and kids? Talk about personal things? Exercise with them? Buy them gifts?

More than 1 in 3 U.S. workers (38 percent) report that they've asked their boss for advice about a personal issue, according to a recent survey by Olivet Nazarene University. Nearly 1 in 3 (29 percent) say their boss has asked them for advice about a personal issue. Another 28 percent say they text their bosses about issues not related to work. And nearly 3 in 4 (74...


Got Gratitude?



The calendar has turned, the challenge is on. Let us begin a season of gratitude.

Each day, highlight someone for whom you are grateful. Share your thanks with a story, a note, a laugh or something memorable. Take this month and let the folks in your world know that they are woven into your tapestry.

Be creative, make some new memories, share some old laughs.

To my Human Resources colleagues: who on your teams deserves your gratitude?  Who needs a reminder of their unique value to your team?  Who needs a good laugh...


Drive Innovation with Psychological Safety



Psychological safety. It's one of the most important components of a great business, but you don't hear much about it. And in an economy that rewards agility, innovation and disruption, psychological safety is more important than ever, says Harvard Business School professor Amy C. Edmondson. In The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth (Wiley, 2018), she draws on 20 years of research and fieldwork to make the case for trust, respect and clear communications at work. She answered a few...


Don't Mistake Perks for Corporate Culture



Too often, companies confuse perks and culture. Leaders think that to create a great culture, they should go purchase ping-pong and pool tables, get a keg for the office, or offer four-day workweeks. But these are all perks, not culture, which are two very different things. If a company only focuses on adding flashy perks, they may attract an employee, but they won’t retain them.

Don’t get me wrong, perks are great, but if there are beanbag chairs and no one likes each other, that doesn’t accomplish much. Allowing your employees



Time for Smarter Employer-based Immigration Policies


We are living through a moment in our nation’s history when there are more jobs available than qualified people to do them. Whether we’re in good economic times or bad, in a period of stability or disruption, it seems clear the skills shortage is here to stay.

Research from SHRM indicates that about 2 out of every 3 HR professionals are facing difficulty hiring for full-time jobs—up from half in 2013. They blame a low number of applicants, lack of candidate experience, competition...


#Nextchat RECAP: Building an HR Technology Strategy

On November 14, @shrmnextchat chatted with Leadership and HR technology expert, and author of “Digital HR: A Guide to Technology-Enabled Human Resources” Deborah Waddill @deborahwaddill.

If you missed this excellent #Nextchat on how to build an HR technology strategy, you can read all the tweets here or below.









What Benefits and Perks Do Employees Actually Want?



With open enrollment just around the corner for most companies, employee benefits are top of mind. Today’s offerings have grown to include more than just medical, dental, and vision coverage. Companies are now including perks like scheduling flexibility, tuition reimbursement, and even parental assistance as part of their overall package.

Let’s cut through the hype: what benefits and perks do employees actually care about? As someone who has administered his fair share of open enrollments, I’ve wondered the same thing. But over the years, I’ve learned that you sometimes just...