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A Talent Strategy For Troubled Times - Stability + Agility

We’re all wondering the same thing: is a global recession coming?

A few months ago, it seemed as if worker shortages were the greatest business threat for 2022; the talent war to hire and keep the best people was on. But now, as companies tighten their belts to prepare for a worsening economy, there are different talent challenges on the horizon.

Keeping talented people is paramount in the year ahead because it is our people that will ultimately deliver a healthy bottom line.

The companies that succeed and even grow during troubled...

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Ask An Advisor: FMLA Leave for New Fathers

Did you know it’s not just new mothers who get time off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for the birth of a child? That’s right. Fathers can also take leave under the federal FMLA to do late-night feedings, be showered with baby spit-up and change diapers. In fact, an increasing number of fathers are asking for time off to do just that!

FMLA regulations outline that both parents are entitled to FMLA leave for the birth of their child....

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Why Remote Work Will Win This Fall

The monumental battle over remote work is heating up this summer as more traditionalist business leaders are demanding that their employees come to the office much or all of the time. Google maps workers, asked to come back to the office full-time recently, fought back with a petition and threats of a strike, and won a reprieve of 90 days. Elon Musk demanded that all Tesla staff come to the office full-time, resulting in Tesla staff getting recruited by other companies.

Yet what these traditionalist executives are failing to realize is that...

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Why Skills-Based Hiring is Here to Stay

Skills-based hiring is coming to the fore. Harvard Business School analysts suggest that "only 27% of the pivot to skills-based approaches in the hiring processes are "cyclical resets" or short-term responses to the recruitment crisis, while the majority (63%) are "structural resets."

In fact, hiring based on skills is five times more predictive of future performance than hiring by education. And by removing minimum degree requirements from appropriate positions, recruiters can unlock new swathes of eligible candidates. But how exactly can skills-based hiring help recruiters measure a candidate's performance abilities?

How to...

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How Can HR Get Ahead of a Potential Recession?

To help you get ahead of a potential recession, we asked HR leaders and small business owners this question for their best insights. From including DEI in your recession mitigation plan to reducing your vendor spending, there are several tips that may help your HR department prepare for a possible recession.

Here are 12 ways HR can get ahead of a potential recession:
 

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SHRM Annual is Back in the Groove!

New Orleans and #SHRM22 has come and gone. Time sure does fly. Where else can you find President George W. Bush on the same stage that Brad Paisley rocked out to only mere hours prior. Although if I had it my way, Brad Paisley would have rocked with President Bush as the closing session. But it wasn’t all household names, the likes of Greg Hawks, Tim Sackett and Steve Browne took to their own stages to inspire, motivate and share - the rockstars of HR.

While I might still be energized (and recovering) from the food (beignets), friendships old and new, and drinks (that...

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Top 13 Priorities for an HR Department of One

What is one of the top priorities for an HR department of 'one' and what is a solution to this priority?

To help you best prioritize your HR roles as a one-person department, we asked HR leaders and CEOs this question for their best advice. From building solid processes to being ready to resolve conflicts, there are several things to focus on as your top priorities when running an HR department of one.

Here are 13 top priorities for an HR department of one:...

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The Perfect Recruitment Strategy to Source Candidates Globally for a Diverse Talent Pool

Looking for the perfect recruitment strategy? Imagine you are a business offering an extensive range of services who would also like to maintain their quality. Your clients know you for your strong commitment and adherence to strict deadlines, so now that you want to expand your business and open up new positions, you seek help of outsource recruitment. But your talent pool still lacks that omph or the charm that you are looking for. What are you supposed to do in such cases?

That’s where the perfect recruitment strategy comes...

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The Dangers of Armchair Psychology for Leaders

Imagine you’re driving along the highway, and see an electric sign saying “79 traffic deaths this year.” Would this make you less likely to crash your car shortly after seeing the sign? Perhaps you think it would have no effect?

Neither are true. According to a recent peer-reviewed study that just came out in Science, one of the world’s top academic journals, you would be more likely to crash, not less. Talk about unintended consequences!

The study examined seven years of data from 880 electric highway signs, which showed the number of deaths so far this year for one week each month as part of a safety campaign. The researchers found...

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The 12 Most Pressing Issues in the Workplace

What are the most pressing issues HR is facing in the workplace?

To help you identify the most pressing issues HR is facing in the workplace, we asked HR experts and CEOs this question for their best insights. From maneuvering a competitive job market to creating strategies for effective collaboration, there are several important matters HR must currently maneuver in the workplace

Here are 12 of the most pressing issues in the workplace:...

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