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HR Intel – The Calm Before the Wage and Hour Storm

A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about monumental changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) taking effect in December 2016, but the actual impact of those changes on your business and the potential consequences if the transition isn’t handled properly remain firmly on the horizon.

At the outset, there are a few options at your disposal to proactively address the changes and to maintain proper and compliant classification of employees...


It's STILL About the People #SHRM16


Every year at the SHRM National Conference, you see all sorts of blog posts about how the content is great, but it’s really about the people you meet and the relationships you build. Hell, I’ve even written that blog post.

This year, I wanted to attend more sessions and see more of the content that’s out there. I went through the schedule and picked out a bunch of sessions that looked good (and there were lots) and was ready to session the heck out of this place.

And then I got...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Natural Selection of Talent Management


On June 29, @shrmnextchat chated with Jessica Merrell (@JMillerMerrell) about The Natural Selection of Talent Management.

In case you missed this excellent and informative chat on the lates trends in recruiting and talent managment, you can read all the tweets here:




The Dilemma of Creative Thinking In The Workplace

Let me get straight to the point. One key element contributing to the dilemma of creative thinking in the workplace is fear of diversity – fear of "too" different.  You see, this "too different" causes discomfort. This is the "get out of our comfort zone" we don't consider and resist.

The comfort zone we usually address is pushing ourselves to grow, moving beyond where we currently are as our choice on our terms. This is the one most familiar when we use that phrase.

But, there's another. I call it "the diversity...


Ten ways to make your employees happy


By Catalina Andrade

Is employee happiness an issue at your organization? Have you heard grumbling around the water cooler? Here are some go-to ways to boost morale and improve employee happiness used by Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs:

  1. Truly trust your employees. You hire top talent to get the job done. Trust that they will and give them the freedom and flexibility to work whether it be sitting in the office at a desk or on the couch in their jammies.
  2. Unlimited time off. Whether your employees want
  3. ...

#Nextchat: The Natural Selection of Talent Management


Source. Interview. Hire. Turnover. Rinse. Repeat.

It’s a never-ending cycle as organizations struggle to find and keep the talent needed to run and develop their organizations. The competition grows smarter and more relentless every day.

Anxious employers are beginning to pay closer attention to the recruiting trends that they may have scoffed at in the past. It’s finally sinking in that the only options are “get on board” or “go down in flames.”

The trends that continue to top the list in 2016 are:

  • Employer branding—What are you doing to attract
  • ...

Breakthrough by Building Social Capital

“If you want more influence in your organizations, relationships will help you get there,” according to the authors of Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships (Talent Anarchy Productions, 2012).

Consultant, speaker and author Jason Lauritsen and speaker, corporate trainer and author Joe Gerstandt describe “social gravity” as the invisible combination of forces at work in our relationships with others. The book explains that the most common ways people build relationships center on proximity and activity: People get to know one another when they frequent the same places...


A Follow-Up Discussion on Workplace Bullying #SHRM16


As part of my blogging team coverage of the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, several weeks ago I conducted a Q&A with Catherine Mattice, one of the conference’s concurrent speakers.  The post served as a preview of her session, titled “The Real World: Case Studies of Real Organizations Who Solved Their Workplace Bullying Problems” and gave us some insight into her thoughts on the reality of workplace bullying.  You can read that initial Q&A post here

So naturally at the conference I took the opportunity to attend her session....