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February 2017

 

In an age in which ideas and knowledge drive the economy, people are the chief currency of every business. With up to 80% of a company's expenses coming from human resources, it is vital that the workforce be engaged and empowered to enable productivity. Yet according to the latest edition of Gallup's annual engagement survey,[1] only 32% of the U.S. workforce is engaged, with 50.8% not engaged and 17.2% actively disengaged.  

February 24, 2017

 

Nearly every worker’s dream is to have a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help your employees secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is to ensure that your employees have the most up-to-date information so they can make the most advantageous retirement decisions.

February 23, 2017
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On February 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Online HR technology editor Aliah Wright (@1SHRMScribe) and talent acquisition editor Roy Maurer (@SHRMRoy) about Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence.

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

 

February 22, 2017

 


 

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way, and the journey is not over yet. Not only can AI currently guide you to the best burger or the closest cup of coffee, it can also help you quickly and efficiently find the best job candidates.

February 20, 2017

 

Research shows that when a company embraces diversity, it can become more innovative and competitive. These traits are especially important for companies who continue to experience exponential growth, expand their applicant pool and hire more talent.

February 20, 2017

 

When you think about artificial intelligence, two competing images come to mind. One is of the friendly digital assistant who lives and travels with you—Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri—whose job is to make your life easier. The other is more menacing: the dispassionate robot who is coming to take your job.

February 17, 2017
 
In June, I will be attending my 17th straight SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. In that time, I have experienced a bevy of conference highs and lows.  So, what are three things that are crucial for any attendee to know?
 
1.  Drink LOTS of water
February 15, 2017

Human resources professionals need to be committed to lifelong learning. Our profession is constantly changing because business is always changing. But, knowledge isn’t enough. We should be able to turn knowledge into action. It isn’t enough to know or recite a theory, we must be able to apply it.

February 15, 2017

During my time at Ohio University, I fell hard for a new band (at the time) called U2. After I heard their music, I couldn’t get enough of them. We had two record (yes, record) stores in Athens at the time, and I made sure to make regular trips to both of them to pick up anything U2 had put out.

February 14, 2017

 


 

The HR profession is known for its catchphrases, and the expression “war for talent” is a phrase that is certain to produce a lively debate.

Whether you think the war is over or is only getting more intense, one thing is clear: It’s critical that talent managers are informed about the latest trends to remain competitive.

February 13, 2017

Today's organization operates in a world of 24/7 connectivity, social media and streaming video, where any message can travel farther and faster than ever before—and quickly trend online. Likewise, millions of employees are increasingly being asked to integrate mobile devices and Internet-based apps into their daily routines.

February 13, 2017
 

 
Businesses usually become clients in one of two stages. Either they are in startup or the very early phase of just beginning to hire employees beyond the founder or they have just experienced a jump in headcount rapidly and are experiencing some growing pains. Inevitably, the leaders of the organization tell me how unique their situation is and wonder if I might be able to help them put, what I call, people structure, in place.
February 13, 2017

I’ve recently been conducting research related to bias in interviewing and hiring and in doing so uncovered some excellent and surprising information on how to build a greater awareness of ones bias in the hiring process.  This research has also unintentionally helped me develop a more acute awareness of the role of bias and its influence not only in hiring but also beyond.

February 10, 2017
 
 
 
 
You come to a fork in the road. The sign indicates 100 travelers have taken the left fork and 14 have fallen to their death; it also shows that 50 travelers have taken the right fork and 8 have fallen to their death. Which road do you take?
 
Welcome to the world of HR analytics.
 
February 9, 2017

On February 8, @shrmnextchat chatted with Beth Zoller (@bethzoller1) and Kathy Gurchiek (@SHRMwriter) about Not Your Grandparents' Handbooks.

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

 

February 8, 2017

"Too much work. Too little pay. Too many technological advancements." According to the SHRM Online article Workplace Burnout at 'Epidemic Proportions' by Dana Wilkie, there are many reasons employee burnout is higher than ever.

February 7, 2017

 

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your organization’s employee handbook?

February 6, 2017

 

Throughout its history, HR has steadily evolved, and now the pace of change is escalating at speeds never seen before. Our modest personnel administration origins have matured into directing the very future of work, and our success is now defined entirely by results, not process. A constant theme of the HR profession has been the transformation of our work. It used to happen every decade or two, but now it is continuous.

February 3, 2017

Difficult employees might be the most vexing part of a manager's job. A supervisor's first instinct may be to terminate those "problem people" straightaway.

February 2, 2017

On February 2, @shrmnextchat chatted with Talent Strategist Mary Faulkner @mfaulkner43 about HR Catch Phrases Get a Seat at the Table.

In case you missed this entertaining and informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:

 

February 1, 2017
 
 
The funny thing about catchphrases or business buzzwords is that they initially came from a good place. They were a language shortcut—a quick way to convey a situation, philosophy or other basic tenet of business that didn't require a lengthy explanation. Everyone ‘got it’ because they had all lived it and didn't need the back story.
 
February 1, 2017