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November 2015

 

Tis’ the season to make a list and check it twice. With this post, you’ll figure out if your employment brand has been naughty or nice.

In all seriousness, your company’s employment brand can attract or repel the talent you’re recruiting. Most HR professionals want their organization to be an employer of choice, but where do you start?

 

The answer is conducting an employment brand audit. The word “audit” usually makes people cringe, so let’s just call this exercise an “end of the year employment brand checklist.” Deal?

November 30, 2015

This past week I was fortunate to attend one of my favorite events – the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit. It’s a great event for many reasons, but the main draw for me is being with other HR volunteers. We have a common bond. It doesn’t matter if you are attending for the first time or have been attending for several years. There is an instant recognition and affinity because we share some commonality in our experiences.

November 25, 2015

               

November 24, 2015

 

If you have been in HR for any time you know that there is a misperception that everyone has to be treated the same in order to be “fair.” If only it were that easy. Employees bring different circumstances to every situation therefore the HR person has to consider those circumstances. The EEOC realizes this and is now suing employers who do not recognize this fact.

Attendance policies

November 20, 2015

We are facing a productivity crisis. Global economic indicators suggest that people in westernized countries are working more hours and producing less. This should be of concern to every human resource professional.

November 19, 2015
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On November 18, @shrmnextchat chatted with Rita Barreto Craig @RitaBCraig on The Importance of Workplace Traditions

In case you missed this inspiring chat, you can read all the great tweets here:

November 18, 2015

        

If you still need proof that our society—and, in turn, the U.S. labor force—is getting older, look no further than our increased life expectancy and lower birth rate, according to one expert.

November 18, 2015

On Thursday, Nov. 19 over 400 HR professionals from all 50 states across the country will come to Capitol Hill to share views on two timely public policy issues, the ACA excise tax and the DOL’s proposed changes to overtime regulations. In this video, three members of SHRM’s government affairs staff discuss Hill Day and our organization’s stance on the two issues.

 

November 17, 2015

Thirty years ago there were more skilled people than there were available jobs. Employee turnover was approximately 4%, most of which was involuntary or business economics driven.

Today the employment landscape is much different. Educated and skilled workers are in short supply and average turnover is more than 10%, with the best and brightest being the most mobile. Offshore outsourcing and contracting is now the business norm for all but the most proprietary and differentiated business processes.

November 17, 2015

 

In 2015, the SHRM Foundation awarded SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition scholarships to HR professionals from each of the five regions of the U.S.—the Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Southwest Central and the Pacific West. Jonathan DeArmond was the North Central award recipient and attended the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition.

November 17, 2015

 

Two years ago, the Korn Ferry Institute suggested that HR’s evolution hinged on our profession’s decision “to be or not to be strategic.” Today, this is no longer a question.

November 16, 2015
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The Atlanta region has quickly built a reputation as a hub for the tech sector, and that industry is among the leaders for economic growth at the moment, along with biosciences and advanced manufacturing.

November 16, 2015
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Many of have struggled with our “purpose” in life. We have struggled with answering the question “Are we in the right job?” I certainly have. Part of me wants to write. As a result of that I have been following a writer by the name of Jeff Goins for several years. I have been following him in order to become a better blog writer.

November 13, 2015

                            

Q:  I found out that one of my employees is looking for another job.  I’m disappointed and feel like I’ve lost trust in him.  Can I fire him because he is looking?

November 12, 2015

On November 11, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Michael Jacobson (@HRTerminator) of Xpert HR about "Sexual Harassment: The Final Frontier of Workplace Gender Equality."   

November 11, 2015

 

While we have a tragic divide in the political world, we seem united on at least one issue: we thankfully express support for our Veterans.  On this day, we make a point to thank Veterans for their service.

That’s a great start. But it is by no means enough.   

November 11, 2015

 

In 2015, the SHRM Foundation awarded SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition scholarships to HR professionals from each of the five regions of the U.S.—the Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Southwest Central and the Pacific West. Jatisha Marsh was the southeast award recipient and attended the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition.

November 10, 2015

The 800-pound gorilla in the office is (likely) wearing a suit and tie.

November 9, 2015

 

 

 

Today, the HR Magazine Book Blog interviews Shawn Murphy, author of the recently published book The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment that Energizes Everyone (AMACOM, 2015). 

What is workplace optimism? 

November 9, 2015

Mixed Hiring Results Expected in November Compared With a Year Ago

In November, a net of roughly two-fifths of manufacturers and service-sector companies will add jobs during the month, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2015.

November 6, 2015

As we enter into the holiday time of the year I thought it would be constructive to address some myths about holiday pay. There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings that have developed about how and what people must be paid. Much of this comes from the past practices that people learned from working for unionized companies, nonunion companies trying to remain that way, or larger companies trying to compete for workers. Here are four common myths about holiday pay under the FLSA regarding paying employees.

November 6, 2015
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Are you just muddling through your job? Are you trapped in middle management and wanting to advance? If so, Nigel Dessau has some advice for you in his book Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away from the Pack (Infinity Publishing, 2015).

November 5, 2015

HR + TV =  A Winning Formula for the Profession

Raising awareness about the HR profession is one of SHRM’s most abiding missions.  What better way to accomplish this than through the power of television – and through the voice of “real” HR professionals – not actors. 

This week, SHRM was awarded a 2015 Gold MarCom Award for its 30-second TV spot “Working for Us,” which features three SHRM-certified members.  The TV commercial is being shown on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX and Fox Business Network.

November 4, 2015

On November 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with Sharlyn Lauby (@Sharlyn_Lauby) and Jonathan Segal (@jonathan_hr_law) about Building Corporate Communities.

In case you missed this excellent chat with valuable information, you can read all the tweets here:

 

November 4, 2015

Nearly all employees desire work-life fit. Take Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan who in taking the job as Speaker of the House recently requested the option to spend less time on the road and more time with his family.

November 4, 2015

When employees are connected with each other and with the company as a cohesive unit, great things happen. Connections foster relationships, relationships create results and results culminate in increased productivity and profitability. One of the best ways to create connections is to allow them to happen naturally—to facilitate them—rather than forcing them, and company traditions create fertile ground in which the seeds of relationship can grow and develop into something productive.

November 4, 2015

No, this isn't about an office party gone awry.  But it is about almost getting it right but not quite enough. Let me give you the short version.  For seven years employee Brown performed well receiving excellent ratings on performance evaluations.  But when she was promoted she made some serious errors that more than embarrassed the employer; they nearly caused significant financial loss.

November 3, 2015
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SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Testimonial: Chelsea LeNoble

The SHRM Foundation is proud to present academic scholarships to SHRM student members pursuing graduate or undergraduate education in an HR-related field. Rising HR professionals, like Chelsea, seek a degree that will enable them to develop new research and recommendations for the future of the workplace.

Meet Chelsea:

November 3, 2015

There’s been a lot of buzz the past few years about the topic of corporate culture. And in the echo chamber of HR social media, you can find hundreds of blogs about how great cultures attract and retain the best talent. 

November 2, 2015

Today’s employees—even those who may be engaged—are e​xhausted. Depleted of passion, resilience, verve and excitement, they are devoid of the personal energy that compels them to consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.

To create a sustainable, innovative and high-performing org​anizational culture, businesses need to focus on both engagement and energy—essentially, moving “beyond engagement” as we know it today.

November 2, 2015