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Now More Than Ever -- HR: Facing Today’s Challenges Head On

 

It is an understatement to say that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone. While the world faced a global pandemic, fear, and uncertainty; so many individuals stepped up to answer the call and face these challenges head-on. This included most importantly our dedicated healthcare workers, heroic first responders, and countless essential workers across so many industries that worked tirelessly to keep our infrastructure and quite frankly, our way of life functioning. We owe these front-line workers a great deal of thanks and gratitude now and always.

Behind the scenes, human resource professionals were assisting their organizations to maintain...

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HR Professionals Couldn’t Be Tired … Could We?

 

 

HR professionals are exhausted. Over the last year or so, those in HR have faced numerous workplace challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, protests and civil unrest, equity and inclusion, workplace shootings, and the list goes on. Leaders and employees have looked to us to set an example and to be calm, cool and collected. The truth is that HR professionals deal with emotions, angst and uneasiness just like anyone else. However, we are tasked with finding a balance so that we can serve our leadership and employees to the...

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Upskilling and Reskilling: Developing the Skills Within An Interview with CEO of Pindel Global Precision

 

The workplace currently presents some new challenges in need of innovative solutions. According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, March 2021, 42 percent of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill, a record which is 20 points higher “than the 48-year historical average”. [i]Certain skills roles such as system architects, software developers, data analysts are in high demand. The competition for these roles has driven pay higher and made hiring more difficult. This results in another form of labor shortage.[ii]Additionally, in a February...

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Words Have Power (Sometimes the Simpler the Better)

 

 

Ever hear someone say we need to "strive for perfection", or how about "pursue excellence"? Don't get me wrong, these are great phrases and can be inspirational in many cases. I don't know about you, but when I hear the word 'strive' I instantly get a picture of struggling and sweating to make something happen and I'm usually in an unflattering outfit. Kinda like that spinning class, I tried once (now there's a story, but I'll save that one for another time).

I know, I know, some of you are already thinking I've lost...

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Precedent, Past Practice, and Exceptions to Your Rules


 

This is another kitchen sink case. An employee sued his former employer under the ADA, FMLA, state law and other claims asserting discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, interference and denial of leave.

The employee had a brain tumor and epilepsy. The employer had a policy prohibiting “excessive” absenteeism. Upon his initial diagnosis, the employer provided the employee with a medical leave of absence and exercised leniency by not issuing corrective action for other, related absences. The employer did advise him that his attendance would be monitored and he could be subject to corrective action...

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How to Prepare for (and Crush!) a Panel Interview

 

Interviews are stressful, but a panel interview can be even more unnerving with all the dynamics at play.

In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann will reveal the No.1 mistake people make while providing expert advice on how to prepare for and confidently crush any panel interview. 

 

Originally posted on the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel

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Chief of Everything Else

 

Over the past few years, and especially in 2020, top leaders have been challenged by health crises, social justice issues and economic troubles. The C-suite has had to expand their traditional roles of finance, operations or marketing to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills. Alignment and collaboration have been key to addressing remote work; employee well-being; non-diverse leadership pipelines; environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals; culture transformation; and even real estate planning. 

“A CEO and leadership team must be fully committed to owning the changes as an aligned team,” said ...

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Hiring Employees for the First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know

 

One of the most difficult things about running your own business is knowing when it is time to hire employees and how to do so. If your business has until now been carried out solely by yourself or a pair/group of cofounders, making the jump from “self-employed” to “employer” can feel daunting.

Here is everything that you need to know if you are considering hiring other members of staff for your company for the first time.

Make Sure You Can Afford to Pay Employees

Of course, the first thing to work...

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How to Use Anger to Make You a Better Leader

 

 

The things I regret in life are mostly associated with anger.

Do want:

No one complains, “I’m furious. This steak is cooked perfectly.”

Anger is useful when it looks beyond ‘don’t like’ to ‘do want’.

Anger is harmful when it festers into blame, inaction, and bitterness.

Anger reflection:

Reflect on something or someone that makes you angry. Sink into that feeling. Describe what makes you angry.

People that make me angry are…

  1. Self-centered.
  2. Arrogant.
  3. Unhelpful.
  4. Know-it-alls.
  5. People with hidden agendas.
  6. People who play office politics unethically.
  7. Pushy.
  8. Angry.
  9. Lazy.
  10. Emotional. (Outbursts and
  11. ...
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What Do Leaders Fear More Than Anything Else?


 

 

Leaders don’t fear failure. Failure is part of the job description when you accept any position in leadership. You are put in a position of making decisions and to date, no leader is one hundred percent on making good decisions! So, no, leaders don’t fear failure.

Losing? I mean, the best leaders I know hate losing. They hate losing almost more than anything else in life. In my experience as an HR and TA leader, the biggest reason I’ve seen leaders fail is they were too soft on losing....

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