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Leading a Top Employee Through Failure

If you think about things that are easier said than done, accepting failure has to be towards the top of that list. We all do it. In our hearts and minds we know it isn’t the end of the world. We know that some of the best things have been born out of repeated failures.

And yet…

When it happens to us we want to crawl in bed, hide under the covers and never come out again.

Failure can be so defeating.

As with everything in life, individuals react...


SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report - May 2016

In May, Hiring Activity Will Take a Step Back Compared with a Year Ago


In May, fewer employers will add jobs in manufacturing and services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM®) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE®) survey for May 2016.

  • Hiring rates drop slightly in May. A net of more than two out of five manufacturers (48.1 percent) and service-sector companies (47.1 percent) will add jobs in May.
  • Recruiting difficulty fell marginally in April. Difficulty in filling
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When Relocating, Consider How Much a Buck Can Buy


Thinking of moving to the big city to pursue a bigger paycheck? Or perhaps you’re dealing with employees who intend to do so? While it’s true that employers in major metropolitan areas tend to dole out higher wages, new research shows that increased spending power might not come along on the trip.

Wages remain stagnant in many quarters of the labor force, and relocation can be a viable option for those in search of higher salaries. However, job seekers should look beyond base compensation and consider more measures related...


86 the “100% Cured” Policy for Employees Returning From FMLA Leave

Last summer, I blogged here about how requiring an employee with a disability to stay out of work until 100% cured (i.e., a no-restrictions policy) automatically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. As courts have described it, the policy does not allow a case-by-case assessment of an individual’s ability to perform essential functions of the individual’s job, with or without accommodation.

ADA violation…check!

But, what about having a 100%-cured policy for an employee taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

We’ll see you when you’re 100% cured,...


A Conversation with #SHRM16 Speaker Craig Briscoe

HR's 'seat at the table' is something that is often waxed lyrical about, again, and again, and again. We're given 10,000 reasons why we should already be there, why we'll never get there, what you're doing wrong, what your CEO is doing wrong and why we need a HR revolution to get there.

Quietly though, some organisations are evolving towards the Holy Grail of HR bloggers: a genuine seat at the table. If you're heading to #SHRM16 you'll be lucky enough to hear from...


HR Intel: Uber-Anxiety over Employee Classification and Overtime

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

With the public release of the new Department of Labor rule regarding employee classification and overtime around the corner, there is a lot of uncertainty out there in the HR world. Some of the uncertainty focuses on the size of the impact – just how much will our payroll change if this goes into effect? But the primary source of uncertainty seems to be whether the DOL’s “final rule” will actually become final. We’ve heard...


Employee Engagement at 25: The Work Continues

What keeps the people at your organizations coming to work each day? Is it a paycheck? The opportunity to advance? A challenging assignment or worthy mission? All of the above or something else entirely? Find the answer to this critical question and you will have a key to unlocking your company’s full human capital potential.

This year, it turns out employees are placing the highest value on something that is at a more basic level: respect. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Employment Job...


#Nextchat RECAP: HR Departments of One—Controlling the Chaos

On May 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest and SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition speaker Lori Kleiman @LoriKleiman about HR Department of One: Controlling the Chaos.  

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great tips and advice, you can see all the tweets here:




The Silent Corporate Revolution


The sun was reflecting off the ocean nestled on Pebble Beach as if the hand of God was swiping landscapes on the I-pad that is the world. Professional Golfers sprinted past my son (understandably intent to finalize their score cards). Only one man stopped to say hello to the youngster. He gave him a golf ball, posed for a photo and ignored my extended hand to embrace me in a hug. He was not a professional golfer but a CEO.... better yet, a Chief Shoe Giver. For the rest of his...


Should You Celebrate When Employees Leave?

I was talking with some HR professionals last week, and the conversation of transparency came up. What happens if managers care so much about their employees that they help or prepare them to leave the company to pursue the next step in their careers? Is that a good thing, because you’ve successfully grown someone to the level that they are prepared for that? Or is it a problem, since you’re turning over otherwise solid workers that could be contributing to your bottom line? To frame the discussion, I shared the...