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Getting Talent Back to Work

 

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the White House Second Chance Hiring event to celebrate the bipartisan efforts following the passing of the First Step Act in December 2018. Our President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, joined many other champions of criminal justice reform to share their stories of success and their plans for assisting people who were previously incarcerated in transitioning back into the workforce.

Here are just a few of the ways that government agencies will be helping to create more second chance opportunities:

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Mindful Growth in the Workplace

 

In the last two decades, there have been thousands of studies released about the benefits of mindfulness. These benefits range from stress relief and mental well-being, to focus, creativity, and productivity. Here are some ways you can put mindfulness into action in your workplace.

Mindful confidence is important at work because the metrics you use to evaluate your confidence directly affect the way you act and interact with others at work. One way to visualize this is through the mindfulness concept called “Circle of Concern/Circle of Control” (see image below). The Circle of Concern is filled with things that...

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Great People Managers Create Better Workplaces

We’ve all heard the saying: people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers.

But in my experience, the problem is always bigger than one toxic individual. Unsatisfying work is a product of an unsatisfying workplace.

People leave their workplaces when they feel unappreciated, overburdened, excluded, unsafe or besieged by personal conflict. After a bad day at the office, 45 percent of employees who have been with their companies less than a year admitted to applying to new jobs, according to a 2018 study by the Work...

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SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Championing Second-Chance Hiring At the White House

 

On June 14, 2019, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. spoke about second-chance hiring at the White House alongside President Trump, Kim Kardashian West and others. (Source: WH.gov)

 

 

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The Occupational Phenomenon Called Employee Burnout

 

Employee burnout is fast becoming prevalent in many workplaces and is also a recurring theme in my day-to-day conversations with people. Unfortunately, many workplaces dismiss the subject and make it more of the employee’s issue than a workplace issue. 


“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced

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The Hiring Sweet Spot: Employee Evangelism and the Candidate Experience

 

Providing a positive candidate experience is essential to attracting great talent in today’s tight labor market. Yet, a positive interview experience alone may not translate into a hire. Companies must go above and beyond to not only secure a ‘yes’ from a candidate but also ensure that ‘yes’ is lasting.

The happiness and engagement of current employees can play an important role. When interviewing for a job, candidates want a positive connection. The authenticity and genuineness of the people they meet plays an important role in developing camaraderie with a firm,...

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Will My Job Be There After Surgery?

 

Q. I’ve received a serious medical diagnosis that’s going to require surgery and a lengthy two month recovery. Luckily, the company where I’ve worked for two years offers good insurance; but because we’re small (fewer than 50 employees) they’re not required through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to offer medical leave and hold my job while I’m gone.

So now I’m scared not just about getting through the surgery but also about whether I’m going to have a job after it’s over. How should I approach my employer about...

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Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds – Monet’s Garden Redux

 

I wanted to share a follow up to the idea of finding meaning in your work. Specifically, I wanted to comment on some of the feedback I received about the gap between formal performance evaluations and ratings – and the intrinsic satisfaction that comes with finding meaning in your work.

Many people find meaning outside the day job, and that is, perhaps, more important than an endless search for meaning in the day job.

We live in a time of great change. Decades ago, the pundits predicted that by this...

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Should You be Promoted Every Three Years?

 

If you didn’t catch it this week, a job board executive came out with how often you should be promoted early in your career. Basically, he said it should be every three years. Do you agree?

Early-career employees should aim to get a promotion around every three years, according to Ian Siegel, CEO of ZipRecruiter. “If you aren’t moving up after three years, there is a problem,” he said.
 
Let’s say you start your new job right out of college at 22 years old.
 
First job title (Individual Contributor):...
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Improve Talent Retention with This New Approach to Leadership Development

 

Do you have an intentional leadership development strategy?

As Henry Ford once said, “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”

Henry Ford’s words have never been more pertinent as organizations struggle to hang onto their top performers in this economy. And though it’s tempting to instinctively go for that new shiny penny when a new leadership role opens up, what if there was already an internal leader poised for the challenge as opposed to looking externally?

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