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6 Simple Ways to Improve Open Enrollment

 
 
It’s that time of year again. There’s a crispness in the air combined with an energy that is simultaneously exciting and scary. As the shadows cast longer and the kids head back to school, HR professionals face their own early-fall ritual: open enrollment.
 
If you’re like many of your colleagues, you confront this annual exercise with a mixture of enthusiasm and dread. It’s a busy time that is undeniably stressful and exhausting. Yet it also gives HR an opportunity to make vital contributions to the business and to help...
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Hiring Discrimination Isn’t Getting Better

 
 
 
According to a new study there has been little to no progress in reducing racial hiring discrimination since 1989. Researchers from Northwestern University, Harvard, and the Institute for Social Research in Norway looked studies on resume and interview discrimination in the past 28 years, looking for trends in the data. And boy did they find one – little to no progress.
 
The researchers analyzed studies on resume discrimination – where resumes with randomized ethnic names are submitted – and interview discrimination – where candidates with identical credentials but...
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2 Questions Every Manager Must Ask

 


 

I spoke at the Wisconsin SHRM conference, last week. My topic was “What Oprah Taught Me About Great HR,” and we discussed areas of trust, onboarding, and engagement. This is the second time I’ve presented this content and there still needs to me some work, but I learned some more things to improve the presentation. 

On the topic of engagement, because it’s an HR conference and you have to talk about employee engagement, I offered the only 2 questions each manager needs to ask, and act on, to keep their...

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95 Million Reasons to Conduct An I-9 Self Audit…Very Carefully

 

 

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) began auditing the I-9 practices of Asplundh Tree Experts Co.  Last month, the Company pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court to a charge of knowingly employing immigrants without authorization to work in the U.S.  The fine: a record $95 million.

In response, more and more employers are considering self-audits before DHS comes knocking at their doors.   While employers are well-advised to conduct an I-9 self-audit, there are legal minefields that need to be navigated or the self-audit may increase the employer’s potential...

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Work Smarter with New HR Technology

 

 

Technology is supposed to help us work smarter, not harder. While many in the U.S. report working 50 to 60 hours a week, they are shunning the traditional eight-hour workday and other outdated practices that destroy work/life balance and are no longer effective in the new world of work.

When Cecile Alper Leroux of Ultimate Software spoke during a panel discussion called Women Leaders in HR Technology at the Human Resources Executive Online 20th Annual Conference & Exposition, she said that she once had a manager who expected...

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#Nextchat: Coaching for First-Time Leaders

 

 

“The ultimate test of a leader is how well he/she can build leadership in others.” ~ Dave Ulrich

 

Coaching in the workplace – it’s not just for executives anymore.

As more young professionals enter first-time management positions, a strategic opportunity exists for organizations to provide the professional development that will prepare these new leaders for success in their new roles. One of the best ways to do this is through coaching.

According to the International Coach Federation, “professional coaching results in many benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges,...

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How Employers Can Work with Tribal Schools to Increase Diversity in STEM

 

 


 

There are 32 fully accredited tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the US with over 30,000 part and full-time students. TCUs support students in the most remote and poorest areas of the country. There are 183 tribal K-12 schools in 23 states. According to the National Science Foundation, these schools - along with non-tribal colleges and universities - produce a total of about 4,000 STEM undergraduate and graduate students per year.

Despite the high demand for STEM hires, corporate recruiting looks to spend on high-leverage recruiting events. While the...

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Mind Full or Mindful?

 


 

My Monday Morning Musing and Challenge...

If you can quiet your mind, you can become more present with the people you meet, you lead, you follow, and you inspire. This quiet will also focus the work that you set forth to accomplish, but today's challenge is to be more present with your audience. The power of connection has more promise when you are paying full attention.

How can you be more mindful with your teams, your families, your friends, your peers and yourself? Try to image the shoes that others...

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