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July 2017

 

 

When it comes to recruiting the best people, employers are now handling their talent acquisition strategies – and their prospective candidates - with the best care possible.

Gone are the days of “spray and pray” job posting and candy-coated career fairs in hopes of finding a few good candidates.

July 24, 2017

 

Talent Acquisition Specialists, time to look in the mirror for 2017. How do you make your recruiting efforts sky-rocket? Let your hiring managers run the show.

Here are some of my fundamental beliefs:

July 21, 2017

 

Technology, cloud computing and data continue to transform the talent acquisition space, and specialists need to stay ahead of the curve to attract talent, tech leaders said June 28 at the 2017 Talent 42 Tech Recruiting Conference.

July 21, 2017
 
 
 
I once hired school teachers.  Most of our new teachers were hired fresh out of college. They were eager, and talented, if a bit overindulged.  
 
July 20, 2017

On July 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests SHRM Senior Vice President of Knowledge Development Alex Alonso (@SHRMKnwldgeSVP) and SHRM Vice President of Research Shonna Waters (@Shonna_Waters) about Strategic Employee Benefits.

July 19, 2017

 

The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me.  He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire.  You know, THAT kind of major).  Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.

Two things hit me instantly:

July 19, 2017

 

 

Some trendy movements in HR just don’t live up to the hype.

 

July 18, 2017

There are few HR topics that garner more media attention than employee benefits

A simple Google search of “employee benefits” yields more than 429 million results.

Paid family leave, workplace flexibility and health care now dominate the conversation in Washington, D.C., and in our workplaces, and employee benefits continues to be among the most popular topics at SHRM.

July 17, 2017

Millennial this, millennial that. Advertisements for products to hide gray hair or wrinkling skin. Slogans like “60 is the new 40.” Increasing charges of age discrimination. All these factors indicate that the U.S. is stuck in a youth oriented society. The problem is that perception drives employers to ignore older workers, often to the detriment of the company.

Older workers a rising force

July 14, 2017

 

My pal and FOT contributor, Tim Sackett, wrote a blog post called Sackett’s Top 10 Fast Food Foods Of All Time. It spoke to me.  I’m not ashamed to say I love fast food.  I’m smart enough to only consume small quantities, but damn it, I’m ‘merican. 

July 14, 2017

 

Our world, and our lives, seem like they are nothing but an endless chain of distractions. Items rarely catch our attention for more than mere seconds at a time. If fact, it's a bit ironic to write this observation on a blog that may get read and possibly shared, liked or retweeted - but only for a moment.

July 13, 2017

On July 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Young Professional Council's Jillian Caswell and Staci McArter about Advice for the Next Generation of HR.

In case you missed this excellent chat filled with great career tips for new HR pros, you can see all the tweets here:

 

July 12, 2017

 

How well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your ‘social currency’ is your digital footprint.

How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumulated through your social media platforms?  Yes, platforms as in plural.  It doesn’t count if you have a Facebook account to keep tabs on the kids and post photos of Sunday’s cafe breakfast!

July 12, 2017

 

 

Social media can be the key to landing a job. Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your questions each week about how to further your career in HR. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.

July 12, 2017

 

 

How do you go about innovating new solutions within your organisation (or the organisations you work with)? Recently I’ve had some great discussions on this issue, as the impact of global ways of working further permeates into our every day.

July 12, 2017

 

You're piloting a 37-foot-long boat on a river deep in enemy territory. Your mission: Extract a Navy SEAL team pinned down by gunfire. Your craft can cruise at over 45 miles per hour, but the noise might alert the enemy to your approach. With 360-degree vision, you notice fellow sailors around you tightening grips on weapons. Night begins to fall. And you have less than 10 minutes to save the day.

July 11, 2017

 

 

Under federal and state laws (most or all), employers can have voluntary retirement programs. Of course, there is much litigation on whether and when an employee’s decision to retire is truly voluntary.

July 11, 2017

With the rise of the Internet and disruptive technologies that are now shaping and reshaping the world, big data has revolutionized the competitive world. No longer is data just for the academics and research institutions, but now sports teams, political campaigns, the government and businesses are all buying into the world of big data.

At CFGI’s 2017 Symposium, Fragomen Worldwide speakers exposed the role of big data in business immigration by sharing best practices of integrating big data in decision-making.

July 10, 2017

 

 

Moments after stepping off the plane from New Orleans I headed into San Francisco to present at the Northern California Human Resources Association's Compensation Conference.

After a week of interacting with 10's of thousands of HR Professionals, a few questions remained:

1. Why aren't things changing at a more expedient rate?

July 10, 2017

 


 

Ready or not—here they come! Graduates of the Class of 2017 are ready to enter the workforce and will be preparing to start their careers over the next several months.

July 10, 2017
 
 
Interviewing to discover who will succeed in your organization is a crucial component to hiring well. Many candidates will have the skills and qualifications you are looking for, but only a few will be the right fit.
 
July 10, 2017

 

Dr. Woody: What is the essence of The Power of People? Who is this book for and why did you write it?

July 7, 2017

 

 

SHRM-certified professionals answer the question: What does your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification mean to your employer?

 

 

July 7, 2017

The learning that took place at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition didn't end in New Orleans. By taking a look at all of the books sold at the SHRMStore during the event, we can gain some perspective on what resources HR professionals are embracing to further their careers.

July 6, 2017

On July 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Summer Interns and their managers about "Summer Interns" and how students and employers can get the most out of summer internship programs.

If you missed this excellent chat filled with great ideas, you can read all the tweets here:

 

July 5, 2017

 

Summer internships are meant to give students the experience they will need to be successful when they enter the workplace. The best internship programs are thoughtfully planned and managed.  Employees should be given a mentor for guidance and the opportunity to work on challenging projects that will help them to develop new skills.

July 5, 2017
 
 
Internships are not meant to be free help. They are not meant to replace an employee. And they shouldn't be used for busy work.
 
July 5, 2017
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It’s been a week since I’ve returned home from SHRM17 and I’ve been contemplating what I learned this time around. I certainly gained a lot from the sessions and the experts who presented them, from the exhibitors who took the time to educate, and from my colleagues I see but once per year.

July 3, 2017

 

 

Is it really any wonder that employers sometimes can't get the answer right?  How can we when the answer to the same question either changes from the same agency, depending upon which political party is in power or varies depending upon the source being asked.  

July 3, 2017

 

Two years ago, my wife and I were blessed with not one, but two little bundles of joy.  As they grow and develop, I am coming to believe that I am learning as much from them as they are from my wife and I.  It got me to thinking about my job in HR, and how I have evolved as a professional and as a leader.

July 3, 2017