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Looking Back At 20 Years of Employee Benefits Offerings In The U.S.


It has been 20 years since SHRM first launched its annual employee benefits survey, at that time entitled “Innovative Benefits Survey.” The sheer number of benefits that were asked about in 1996 compared with today have grown immensely – a mere 60 benefits in 1996 compared with the 344 benefits covered in the 2016 Employee Benefits Research Report (click here for the full report). When we compare changes in benefits over the past 20 years we see that the core benefits offered by employers has remained relatively stable. For example,...


#Nextchat: HR and Cyber Security—Are Employees the Weakest Link?


It was one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history—and it happened just last year. The April 2015 data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which exposed the personal information of millions of government employees, had major implications for HR departments worldwide. The breach compelled employers everywhere to question the safety of their data and the strength of their own network security system.

Breaches of this nature are continuing to rise. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there was an increase in cybersecurity attacks during the first...


The Future of Work


For those of you who are unaware, the Society for Human Resource Management (#SHRM) holds a weekly chat on Twitter. Every Wednesday over lunch we hop into interactive idea sharing of what we can do to usher change into the Corporate World. It's called #NextChat and you are free to participate in (or just troll) the conversation. I do not know of a better place for HR Professionals, Advisers & Business Partners to gather such a candid glimpse into the profession.

For over a decade, we've been tackling the Generational Life Cycle that is exercising its inertia in the Corporate...


Moving Forward in the Age of Disruption

It's not enough anymore just to keep up. Technology, globalization, economic shifts and geopolitical shocks have set in motion an onslaught of radical change in the global business environment. Reinvention: Accelerating Change in the Age of Disruption (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2016) by Shane Cragun and Kate Sweetman uses compelling stories and case studies to offer practical insights on what it takes for businesses to thrive in the age of disruption.

"The ability to pivot quickly, profoundly and effectively might be the most important core competency for individuals and organizations...


“Do you trust me?”


I met my boyfriend at summer camp when we were seven. Our camp groups were playing soccer. He kicked the ball and it hit me in the chest, knocking the wind out of me. It’s safe to say our relationship started out rocky.

Since then, we attended each other’s birthday parties. When he misbehaved, my parents yelled at him like he was their own. True story. By the time we started dating, I already knew his sense of humor, his study habits, that he’d never miss a birthday party, and that...


5 Insidious Effects of a Mis-Hire


The world’s innovators are calling for reinvention and transformation of HR departments. Given that the majority of hiring responsibilities fall within HR, and it is—in most cases—the point of entry into a company, reinventing HR must start with transforming the way leaders think about and act when hiring.

Many innovative leaders and early adopters are already operating highly effective, conscious hiring programs out of pure necessity. While some may advocate for the complete demise of human resources departments, the proper solution is the obliteration of outdated, unconscious, and ineffective hiring techniques. While people and...


Get Out Of The Way


I have had a mentor for nearly 20 years and, while I moved nearly 1,000 miles away from him about two years into our mentoring relationship, we continued.

We didn’t do this by flying back and forth; we used collaborative technology.

At the time, “collaborative tech” was a camera and simple microphone mounted on our PCs at work. The technology evolved and soon we were sharing documents and data during our discussions, albeit still tied to our desks. Not too long after that, we were connecting from our homes, from airports, etc. and able to easily share a plethora of content before, after or while on the call.

I attended...


6 Unique Ways Leaders Can Boost Employee Wellness


Where I work, at HealthFitness, we support healthy choices in our day-to-day operations. For us, it begins with support from the company’s leadership. Our leaders have made a commitment to encouraging healthful behavior in the everyday routine of our employees. Employees at our corporate headquarters in Minneapolis have free access to treadmill workstations and an on-site fitness center—and you’ll see leaders from multiple levels in the organization using both regularly.

However, every company is different and it often is challenging to get leaders to actively embrace, let alone serve as champions...


Team Work

Teamwork is generally a misunderstood, misused term. Many have only a hint of what teamwork really is. Some think it is about getting along. Others think it is about getting along well. Among other things, teamwork is about understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses and the roles of the other teammates in order to perform optimally. Fortunately, getting along is often (not always) a consequence of understanding.

Optimal teams in any environment work best when each player is:

  1. in great condition,
  2. understands their role well,
  3. understands their teammates’ roles well;
  4. ...

Multi-Rater Reviews: Advantages and Disadvantages



One study puts the use of multi-rater reviews, also known as 360 degree reviews, at 90 percent. This type of review gathers reactions from multiple sources. Those sources include the employee, manager, co-workers, staff members, and sometimes customers. The idea being that these individuals will provide insights and their collective comments will provide greater feedback for the recipient.

This is exactly the reason that multi-rate reviews are popular. In a traditional performance review,  the manager only provides one point of view. Sometimes an employee will reject the feedback...