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Long Live HR Experimentation!


When invited to a newly revised onboarding session, that I entitled “Onboarding Experiment,” one of our new hires told me how she loved that I used the word experiment. My immediate reaction? Crap. She’s onto me. I find myself using that word quite a lot in reference to initiatives I’m working on. There’s just something about calling a new effort an experiment that makes it sound more exciting while also easing the stress for those of us who are phobic about commitment. It’s not just that though.

Describing something as an...


Future Friday: The Vision of Retirement is Already Changing


The vision of retirement is undergoing a major change. Many people envision that retirement is sitting at the local Starbucks chatting with friends or sitting on the front porch rocking away enjoying “the good life.” However, for many people that is not the good life and as a result the vision of what retirement will look like is undergoing a major change.


Many people are eschewing the thought of the good life retirement scenario for a number of reasons. First is the mortality reason. Studies have shown that people who retire early, in their 50’s (which used to...


How to Hire Accountable People


Accountable employees keep their promises, consider the consequences of their actions, take responsibility for their mistakes, and make amends for those mistakes.

The following questions may help you discern a job candidate’s level of accountability.

Describe a situation in which you took responsibility for a mistake you made. What were the consequences to you for doing so?

Brad, a mailroom worker at a large pharmaceutical company, threatened a coworker. He initially denied what he had done but eventually admitted it and added that he hadn’t intended to follow through with the threat....


Doing a Merger? It’s Going to Hurt—a Lot!

(But Perhaps You Can Reduce the Pain a Little)

Mergers and acquisitions are in style again. Last year was, according to The Wall Street Journal, “the Biggest M&A Year Ever.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev is buying SABMiller. Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable. Dow Chemical is trying to merge with DuPont. Dell bought EMC. Heinz merged with Kraft. Anthem and Cigna are trying to merge, as are Humana and Aetna.

The jury’s still out on whether 2016 will beat 2015, but the list of mergers just keeps getting longer.

When one of these colossal...


#Nextchat RECAP: New HR Tech—Transforming Employee Development

On September 21, @shrmnextchat chatted with Namely Chief People Officer Nick Sanchez @NamelyNick about New HR Tech - Transforming Employee Development.  
In case you missed this excellent and informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:



Trust and HR – The Business Impact of Listening to Your Employees


Like any other profession, there are plenty of HR horror stories out there – from the “Why We Hate HR” to “It’s Time to ‘Blow Up’ HR”. That being said, human resources plays an important role in the organization. It’s often the “go-to” place for employees and, as such, they need to feel comfortable coming to HR. Here’s an example:

An employee was recently accused of harassing and bullying by someone with anxiety. The accuser kept a log over 8 months and never said anything to the employee. The employee said when HR met with them, they...


Encouraging Better Communication in Your Small Business


Below is an actual conversation held with a business leader. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Me (answering phone): Hi Dave,

Dave: Hey I was wondering if you knew what Jerry (another leader) had decided to do about Tom (matrix employee who is having disciplinary issues).

Me: No. I haven’t talked to Jerry since we all chatted a few days ago. I thought the two of you were going to discuss and then let me know if I could help.

Dave: I thought so, too, but hadn’t heard...


#Nextchat: New HR Tech—Transforming Employee Development


If you’re losing employees faster than you can hire them, take a close look at your people managers and your employee development programs. Surveys show that the top two reasons people leave jobs are their boss and the absence of employee development opportunities. And these two often go hand-in-hand.

Employee development is now a big factor when selecting an employer. For Millennials in particular, who will make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, the existence of personal development opportunities has been cited as the most influential...


A Positive Approach to Bringing Out the Best in People

This edition of the business classic Bringing Out the Best in People (McGraw Hill Education, 2016) by behavioral psychologist Aubrey C. Daniels provides a timely update to his seminal book on performance management. With new chapters on employee engagement and the impact of technology, as well as tips for stimulating innovation and managing today's multigenerational workforce, the book offers readers behavioral tools to effectively address workplace issues.

The book examines the effects of two kinds of reinforcement that all of us receive every day:...


A Better Way to Reach the Passive Candidate: Facebook Dark Posts


If you are pushing the envelope as a sourcer or recruiter, in anyway, you are likely getting some negative responses especially if you are relying solely on LinkedIn which last year made some changes to response rates and messaging as part of their LinkedIn Recruiter product offerings. Engineers, especially, have adopted a mindset that recruiters just shotgun messages without reading their LinkedIn profiles or, somehow, understanding that they get 90~ messages a day and blah, blah, blah.


I get it. It’s a culture that we have created. We...