#Nextchat: How Organizations Can Tame Social Media's Wild West

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about the role of social media in today’s workplace.  While we’ve pretty much established that social media is here to stay, there are still many workplaces that discourage -- if not totally prohibit -- the use of social media (or any internet activity) at work. 

The question isn’t whether to allow social media use at the office, but how your organization can harness it to improve communication and to increase engagement and awareness -- internally and externally.  Social media is the new “Wild West” of communication and even the smallest companies...


HOW TO: Properly address disability accommodation when hiring

I was reading this federal court opinion over the weekend. It involves a disability-discrimination claim brought by a deaf man who applied to become a lifeguard at a county pool, but didn't get the job because the county thought his disability would compromise swimmer safety. Plus, the town was not convinced that it could accommodate the deaf applicant because it couldn't be 100% certain that he could safely be on the lifeguard stand alone, without someone constantly by his side.

Folks, I'm guilty.

I'll admit, that when I started reading this opinion, I immediately jumped to...


#Nextchat RECAP: "But He Seemed so Great in the Interview"

On January 23, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Craig Fisher (@Fishdogs) about hiring manager and recruiter buyer's remorse.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:






HR is Puzzling!

I love puzzles!  I mean it.  I love the challenge of opening a box and seeing thousands of tiny, misshapen pieces that only show a portion of a bigger picture.  To be honest, I like puzzles that are also a little unique.  I’m not a big fan of the large, scenic panoramas.  If it’s something that challenges you and comes out with a very cool end product – then I’m in.

At Christmas, the kids and I all got puzzles.  Here’s a look at them . . .

Cool puzzle of the US made up of license...


#Nextchat: "But He Seemed so Great in the Interview"

Some hiring managers and recruiters call it buyer’s remorse.  After a brilliant interview, you hire a candidate that you believe is the perfect fit for the job.  A few weeks later, you’re wondering what happened to the person you originally interviewed.  

Their resume is loaded with skills and experience, and they talk the talk, but will they fit the talent profile that you’re seeking to fill?  What if the candidate is independent and entrepreneurial and you need a collaborative, team player?   How do you know if they’re embellishing their experience, or just looking to collect a paycheck until they can...


Corporate Wellness: Shred Those Inbox Pounds and Tighten Up Your Email Communications

Corporate wellness is not just the physical and mental wellness for employees. Corporate Wellness can also refer to the health and well-being of corporate systems like email. For 2013, resolve to get your inbox in shape and rethink how you use email as a communication tool. 

Over the holidays, I had to give up a couple vacation days to come into the office and get out of “email jail.” My company, and many other corporations, have email storage and retention policies that limit the amount of emails we can have in our email inbox and folders. I had...


Distinguishing Goals and Resolutions

We’re about a month into 2013…hard to believe, eh? I wanted to see how those resolutions are coming along.

Don’t worry if you didn’t set any resolutions – there’s still time. Or if you’ve already forgotten about them, you can start again. The important part of resolutions is having something you want work toward that’s important to you.

I know, I know . . . there are anti-resolution people out there. People who will tell you resolutions are for losers. I tend to think of resolutions like goals. Actions I want to accomplish in the upcoming year....


#Nextchat RECAP: Should Recruiters Judge Candidates by Their Social Media Profiles?

On January 9, SHRM We Know Next chatted with John Hudson (@JohnPHudson) about the topic: "Should Recruiters Judge Candidates by Their Social Media Profiles?"

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:






Are there Flaws in our Wellness Initiatives?

I have been thinking a lot about wellness initiatives for the past couple of years perhaps due to having participated in Illinois annual Workplace Wellness WOWIE Awards a couple years back. ILSHRM in partnership with Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Illinois has really created an excellent program in acknowledging companies across Illinois in their wellness efforts as well as encouraging others to step it up a notch!

After having reviewed several applications, it seemed that overall there were only a few companies who were actually seeing major results and ROI (for lack of a...


Is it a skills gap or a bias against the long-term unemployed?

I'd like to call your attention to what is essentially more wood for the fire of the seemingly endless 'Skills gap' debate - a summary of some recent research by two Northeastern University academics, William Dickens and Rand Ghayad, titled 'It's not a skills mismatch: Disaggregate evidence on the US-unemployment-vacancy relationship' posted this past weekend on the Vox site. 
You should take a few minutes to read the piece from Dickens and Ghayad - it provides an interesting and somewhat alternative method of examining the alleged skills gap problem - the scenario that so many...