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October 2016

 

 

The future of work is not something that’s just over the horizon. It’s not something that HR can think about later. It’s happening now. And it’s a topic that HR ignores at its own risk. 

The major changes that are occurring in the workplace, due in large part to shifting demographics (and their expectations) and ever-evolving technologies, are altering the way HR needs to approach planning for the future.  

October 31, 2016

HR expert Steven A. Danley was glancing at a medical book one day when inspiration struck. Why not write a book about the maladies that affect organizational health?

October 31, 2016

 

Naturally, as a full time recruiter I spend an exorbitant amount of time pursuing LinkedIn profiles. It’s a recruiter’s most frequent online destination when being charged with filling a job opening. While not all profiles are created equal, it never fails that every couple weeks I run across a real doozy. These are profiles that have all the right endorsements and employment experience but are hamstrung by a truly cringe worthy profile photo.

October 28, 2016

What’s the difference between great companies and merely good companies, between people with stellar careers and those who struggle to meet minimum expectations, and between effective teams and lackluster teams? The answer, according to HR expert Paul Falcone, is the leadership edge. Building great teams and guiding them to success requires attentive and dynamic leaders.         

October 27, 2016
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Running a competitive business and having healthy employees are twin goals that most employers consider inseparable. And to support both, many employers have invested significant time, money and thoughtful resources into building a comprehensive health, wellness and fitness program.

October 27, 2016

 

It’s that time of year where we typically think of witches, candy and what we’re going to use to spike the Halloween punch.  This year, it seems to be more about the widespread scary clown sightings.  That said, I’m still a fan of watching scary movies- the cheesier, the better.

October 26, 2016

 

About six weeks ago, we covered some of Chipotle’s HR trials and tribulations, including a class action lawsuit filed by 10,000 workers claiming wage theft and the NLRB attacking provisions of the Chipotle employee handbook. Turns out, that was only the tip of the HR iceberg.

October 26, 2016

On October 26, @shrmnextchat chatted with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum (@chaifeldblum) and employment attorney Jonathan Segal (@jonathan_hr_law) about Effective Practices to Stamp Out Harassment.

October 26, 2016

               

Parental leave, always a concern among workers planning to have kids, has made headlines this year as companies and policymakers have weighed in on this important employee benefit.

October 25, 2016

Contributed by America's Career Force 
 

Military spouse unemployment is triple the national average but according to non-profit, America’s Career Force, Inc., military spouse unemployment can be eliminated with remote careers. 

October 25, 2016

 

                           

 

October 24, 2016

 

 

Suppose that Helen is the HR manager of a large clothing company, and Adriana and Mirabel are two women applying for a position in Helen’s department.   Both women moved to the area recently. Here is an excerpt from their interviews.

Adriana

Helen: I see that you were president of your SHRM chapter a few years ago. What made you want to do that?

October 24, 2016
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A week or so ago I saw a post on my Facebook feed from John Sumser about open work spaces. It was called Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. It resonated with people who read it, both good and bad. The general consensus was that there are issues with both the space and the people using the space.

October 21, 2016
 

 
 
October 20, 2016
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With all those notice requirements and certifications and such, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutia associated with an employee’s request for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
 
October 20, 2016

On October 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest, SHRM Board Member and Executive Director of HR for LaRosa's Inc. Steve Browne, @sbrownehr about Empathy in the Workplace

In case you missed this incredible chat filled with advice and insights on creating a more empathetic workplace, you can see all the tweets here: 

 

October 19, 2016

 


 

Employee engagement and retention continue to be top challenges for business. In dealing with these issues, organizations need to recognize that the two issues are related. Organizations can’t engage employees who don’t stay and employees won’t stay if they’re not engaged. As HR professionals, we have to look for tools and solutions that will help us accomplish both.

Technology is one of those things.

October 19, 2016

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) suggests that the U.S. labor market has cooled off a bit in 2016, but economic conditions and hiring rates remain quite favorable for job seekers.

October 18, 2016
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Last month, a study on gender and leadership conducted jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. was published.  Accordingly to the study, women account for only 19 percent of the C-suite executives (based on responses from 132 companies).
 
October 18, 2016

 

If you've never met Rita Barreto Craig, then you're missing out on knowing a truly amazing HR leader and her excellent workplace content.

October 17, 2016

Sports psychologist Stan Beecham has learned a few things from working with elite leaders and athletes. One is that top performers train themselves to control their thoughts—and eventually their habits. Beecham, a founding member of the Leadership Resource Center in Atlanta, has worked with collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes.

October 17, 2016

 

 

We’ve all heard the expression “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” It’s powerful. It’s thought-provoking. 

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of confusion in our workplaces today as to who needs to be wearing the shoes, or if there needs to be any “shoe trading” at all.

October 17, 2016
 
 
 
There’s a problem brewing in the world of HR, and it has to do with the public perception of our profession.
 
October 15, 2016

 

A conversation with Cecile Alper-Leroux, VP of Innovation, Ultimate Software, at the 2016 HR Technology Conference.

October 14, 2016
 
 
Last week I attended the #Dreamforce conference, the annual conference of Salesforce.com, while in Chicago the #HRTech Conference was held. At #Dreamforce I watched demonstration of Salesforce.com’s new Artificial Intelligence component called Einstein. As I sat their watching what Einstein could do for sales and marketing I was wondering if anyone has anything similar underway in HR.
 
October 14, 2016
 
 
If your organization still views employee wellness through the lens of physical health, you are only seeing part of the big picture.  A more comprehensive approach to improving well-being will benefit your workers and your business.
 
October 14, 2016
In my last two blogs, I addressed two emerging workforce phenomena—identity fluidity and organizational fluidity. Another paradigm shift on the horizon is what I call “job fluidity,” in which people prefer not to be tied to, or identified by, a specific job description. Rather, they “go with the flow,” coursing between initiatives and supervisors to maximize the breadth of their many talents.
 
October 14, 2016
 
 
Of the ten crucial qualities of high-character employees that we’re exploring in this 10-part series, fairness—the commitment giving to others their due–is among the most difficult to evaluate in job candidates.  But having fair people on board makes the lives of HR managers easier, because there will be fewer fires to put out.  The questions below are a modest attempt at evaluating fairness in job candidates.
October 14, 2016

On October 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Editor Kathy Gurchiek @shrmwriter about Bad Bosses.

In case you missed this eye-opening chat you can read all the tweets here:

 

October 12, 2016

 

A series of sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s in the past month has laid the groundwork for a potential new joint employer battle for the purveyor of patties.

October 12, 2016
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Implementing human capital strategy in any enterprise requires proficiency in business acumen.

October 11, 2016

 

 

A bad boss can not only ruin your job experience, really bad ones can destroy trust, ruin a company’s culture and negatively affect engagement, productivity and retention.

Poor leadership is like a cancer: left unchecked, due to a lack of awareness or complacency, it will slowly destroy an organization from the inside out.

October 11, 2016
 
 
On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management.
 
Does this disparity demonstrate discrimination against men?
 
October 11, 2016

 

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.


The following is a Q & A with Senior Director, Solutions Architecture at Creative Group, Inc, Paul Hebert.

October 10, 2016
 
 
I’ve mentioned in the past that I am fortunate to have amazing kids. They’re really adults now, and they’re still amazing !! I remember that when they were young they asked what I did for a living. When I told them that I was in Human Resources, they didn’t have a clue what that meant. It was difficult to explain employee relations, compensation, training and development, benefits and strategy. So, I simplified it for them.
 
“I hire people and give them jobs.”
 
October 10, 2016

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 

 
The following is a Q & A with international speaker, author and acknowledged thought leader Gerry Crispin:

 

October 8, 2016
 
 
Courageous employees make the lives HR managers easier because they are willing to address problems that would be easier to ignore.
 
The following questions and suggestions may be useful for evaluating a job candidate’s commitment to courage.  The questions are courtesy of 
Bill Treasurer, founder of Giant Leap Consulting, Inc., and author of Courage Goes to Work.
 
October 8, 2016
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Like many of you- so much of my life’s lessons have been informed by my experience with sports. Intestinal fortitude, teamwork, and humility (a hard and often experienced one) all quickly come to mind. Yet, what struck me yesterday as I watched my oldest son’s soccer game was how a group of 8th grade girls and boys, all playing on the same field is more powerful than any lesson more than 40-years of sports taught me. 
 
October 7, 2016

 

I’m in Chicago this week for the 19th annual Human Resource Executive HR Technology Conference & Expo, and I’ve been tweeting from several excellent sessions.

You can pretty much know what strikes a chord with the audience by the number of retweets and likes it receives.

I tweeted this during the “Women in Technology” event on October 4 and it has been getting a lot of traction.

October 7, 2016

Time to claim your prize for being a top employer and get the credit you deserve for being an effective and flexible workplace! How? Apply for the When Work Works Award.

October 6, 2016

HR professionals’ confidence in the job market has fallen slightly though their own organizations are in good financial shape.

October 6, 2016
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The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 
The following is a Q & A with Tim Sacket, President of HRU Technical Resources:
 
October 5, 2016

On October 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with Sharlyn Lauby @Sharlyn_Lauby, Jennifer Payne @JennyJensHR, Robin Schooling @RobinSchooling and Heather Bussing @HeatherBussing from the HR Tech Insiders Blog team about Women in Technology

October 5, 2016

 

If you are a woman working in technology, you will often be the only female in the room … and it will often feel strange.  But this diversity—your diversity—will add value.

October 5, 2016

The number of U.S. job openings recently reached 5.9 million—an all-time high. Yet with an unemployment rate of under 5 percent, the nation is already near what many economic experts consider "full employment." As we look to explain why jobs are so hard to fill, we can expect a fresh wave of concern from politicians and pundits. Questions and opinions abound: Has the U.S. run out of willing workers?

October 5, 2016

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next month The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 

October 5, 2016
 
 
The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
October 4, 2016
 
The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.

 

October 4, 2016
 
 
The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.

 

October 4, 2016
Everyone matters.  Good communication from employers throughout the job application process can help mitigate job applicant concerns.  Job candidates are noisy.  These undeniable truths are covered in an article I wrote for SHRM before the SHRM 2016 annual conference.  
 
October 4, 2016
 
The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 

 

October 3, 2016
 

 
The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.

 
The following is a Q & A with Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR. 
October 3, 2016

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 

October 3, 2016

Whether you're just starting out, midway through your career or approaching retirement, maintaining vitality at every stage of your work life requires commitment and clarity.

October 3, 2016

  
 

The world is your job market, thanks to the ability to work remotely, and a far more globalized landscape. There’s a wealth of interesting and purpose-filled opportunities to pursue.

For managers, that means it is also easier than ever to lose your best people. It’s a mistake to overlook the employee experience as a critical part of your digital transformation.

October 1, 2016