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November 2018

 

 

The calendar has turned, the challenge is on. Let us begin thirty days 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.

November 15, 2018
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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.

November 14, 2018
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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.

November 14, 2018

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.

November 14, 2018

 

 

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.

November 14, 2018

 

John Wooden-if you are a basketball fan, this name speaks volumes.  For those of us over the age of 50 (for me almost 60) Coach Wooden is synonymous with success with class.  I often talk with others now about how many leaders seek success without class or without integrity, but short-term success without integrity is like sugar, the short term impact may help you get through a quick issue, but the long term impact of sugar is fleeting.

November 14, 2018
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November 13, 2018

 

Welcome to the age of the “hyper hopper” where employees are changing companies every few years.  The days of tenure, pensions, and retiring from the company you started are more fairy-tale than reality.       

November 13, 2018

 

Culture is what motivates and retains talented employees. Every decision your organization makes strengthens or weakens your culture, and a healthy workplace culture—one that is fair, inclusive, high-functioning and free from harassment—is a critical business asset and force multiplier. 

November 12, 2018

 

 

As trends in technology continue to impact how organizations manage talent, learning and knowledge, HR must be in front of the trends to ensure the creation of smart HR technology strategies that will accomplish organizational goals. 

November 12, 2018

 

 

When one of your former employees signs a severance agreement with a release of all claims, the last thing you want is for that employee to sign and then sue you.

Do over?

November 12, 2018
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I’ve spoken with business leaders over the last few months about their ambitious (and yes, young) employees who tend to expect a promotion after a year (or earlier)! Or more money for simply doing a good job.

November 9, 2018

 

 

Company dress codes run the gamut from requiring workers to wear formal business attire to allowing them to sport jeans and T-shirts. Employers can usually set guidelines for business-appropriate attire, but they may face lawsuits if they get too particular about how women or men should dress.

November 8, 2018
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Free airline flights for an employee to spend time with her terminally ill sister. A manager who turns away a customer for mistreating a front-line worker. These are real-life stories from a company that has built a wildly successful business in the restaurant industry, which is known for high turnover and low morale. In Yes Is the Answer.

November 8, 2018
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On November 7, @shrmnextchat chatted with the SHRM Government Affairs Team about 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace.

If you missed this important chat you can read all the tweets here or below:

 

 

November 7, 2018

 

Last night’s midterm elections resulted in a tilt of power for the 116th Congress with democrats clinching the majority in the House of Representative and republicans expanding their majority in the Senate.

November 7, 2018

 

This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


 

Those who know me understand that I can act as a provocateur in conversations. I question. I disagree. I offer a counter-point.

November 6, 2018

 

There is always some level of risk when you delve into the world of politics. I’m cool with that because this is a topic that is critical in my opinion. Now, take a deep breath before you read on. This isn’t a post that is for or against any candidate or issue. I don’t know how to do that objectively because everyone has different views, beliefs and affiliations.

One thing I hope we all can agree on is this . . . voting.

November 6, 2018
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 SHRM Honors 97 Organizations for Effective Workplace Practices 

 

Workplace learning, customized workflex, mentorship, a positive work culture, and employee-based innovation are just a few of the exciting workforce trends becoming a reality for employees of the 2018 When Work Works (WWW) Award winners.

November 5, 2018

 

I have learned that different psychological phases come with starting a new job. Let’s use this scenario: You followed the activities of Company X for years and wished to be part of such a great organization. Finally, an opportunity emerged, and you wasted no time in pursuing it. You got called for an interview, and after going through the necessary stages of selection, you got hired! You are happy, the hiring manager is happy! What happens next?

November 5, 2018

 

 

 

It was an honor to be included in Dr. Bob Nelson's new book "1001 Ways to Engage Employees". I shared a case study with Dr Bob which showcased how we used the SCARF methodology to enhance a major technology company's performance management strategy.

Managing employee performance has moved from annual write ups to high touch, systematic career development. The example I shared with Dr Bob was effective for two reasons:

November 5, 2018

 

Service projects, ‘mystery trips’ are among employers’ alternatives

 

Is the annual company holiday party still a thing?

In recent years, many companies have downsized their holiday parties to less lavish affairs or hosted other types of events that replaced the traditional after-hours holiday soiree.

November 3, 2018

 

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says Georgetown University professor and leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success -- and your company's bottom line.

 

November 2, 2018

 

To prevent biased algorithms you need to make sure you have unbiased training data on hand. You also need algorithms to be developed by a diverse set of people.
–Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Director of Offering Management and Distinguished Engineer for IBM Watson Internet of Things

 

November 2, 2018

In many states, it’s still legal to ask about candidate pay history. While some states have outlawed this practice, I still get questions like the one below fairly regularly:

November 1, 2018