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#Nextchat: Winning the Talent War with #Workflex

As the workforce grows more complex, organizations are tapping into new trends to recruit and retain the best talent. With today’s four-generation workforce and the increasing globalization of business, #workflex is an imperative for today’s 21st century workplace. Employers that do not implement workplace flexibility programs run the risk of missing out on a huge talent pool.

The 2012 National Study of Employers (NSE) found that, among other things, employees in more effective and flexible workplaces are more likely than other employees to have:

  • Greater engagement in their jobs;
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction;
  • Stronger intentions to remain with their
  • ...

Social HR Predictions for 2013

I know, I know – we’re all sick of hearing “HR should get on the Social Bandwagon,” but I thought since that’s my vein I should go ahead and offer my predictions on the subject.

So here are my thoughts in going into 2013, the year of The Jetsons.

  1. 20 percent more HR professionals will get on Twitter and interact with other professionals in the HR space.  I’ve connected with more new HR peeps (for lack of a better word) on Twitter in 2012 that are considered “newbie’s” and that’s a good thing. It has been a great
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HR Prediction 2013: Ecosystem

I have this theory that Human Resources jargon is really just recycled finance jargon, which is actually the recycled patter from Silicon Valley and the investor community. And that nonsense? It’s repurposed garbage from Wall Street and lawyers, which originated from professors at business schools that churn out all of those obnoxious and overpriced consultants.

HR is usually the last to know the cool corporate terminology. The only people who are later to the game are politicians. Senators and congressmen are still using the word stakeholder like it’s 2005.

And there are two cycles to HR jargon,...


#Nextchat RECAP: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

On December 12, SHRM We Know Next chatted with Justin Angsuwat (@JustinAngsuwat) about HR is Sexy and We Know It!

Is HR sexy? Is it an attractive field of study for college students? Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century? 

Here's what the Nextchatters thought...









Seasonal Workers: Potential for More 2012 Temp-to-Perm Positions?

Unemployment is still hovering near 8 percent, so it’s safe to say there has been heightened competition for the hundreds of thousands of holiday season jobs that opened up this year.

Several surveys have pointed to increased holiday hiring in 2012 compared with a year ago, perhaps prompted by recent gains in consumer confidence and spending. A recent CareerBuilder hiring study showed that 36 percent of retailers planned to increase payrolls during the holiday season, up from 29 percent in 2011. They’re paying more, too; 62 percent of employers will pay holiday staff $10 or more per...


The Most Dangerous Word in the English Language


I should have said something.
I should go back to school.
I should have just said I was sorry.
I should have stood up for myself.
I should talk to my boss about how unhappy I am.
I should have spent my time with my kids when they were smaller.
I should have told her how I feel.

Should is where hollow intentions, unrealized dreams and regrets live. Striking this word from your vocabulary is a great start towards achieving great things in your life.

By replacing “should” with...


GenX, GenY, Baby Boomers and HR Predictions for 2013

GenY wants to run the world and there is nothing wrong with that. Baby Boomers and GenXers need to be willing to step up and mentor this group. For 2013, I boldly predict the generations will come together and get this right.

Generational divides are big. I get it. When I was 23, I did not want to “pay my dues” and felt I was ready for a promotion after six months on the job. I was fortunate, though, to have a manager take me under his wing and teach me the business.  He drew a “40 year...


#Nextchat: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

Is HR sexy?  Is it an attractive field of study for college students?  Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century?   The answer to all of these questions is yes.

According to CareerCast, “Employment growth for Human Resources Managers is projected to be a very healthy 21% thru 2020, which is on par with most medical professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Young professionals care about what’s going on in our government and in our world. They know that issues such as healthcare and immigration reform, the skills gap and the “fiscal cliff” are...


SHRM: December LINE Report

In December, hiring activity will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2012.
Job creation will be steady in December. More than one in four manufacturers (25.3 percent) and more than one in three service-sector companies (34 percent) will add jobs in December. Yet, for the first time in five months, the hiring rate will decline in the manufacturing sector compared with a year...

#Nextchat RECAP: HR's 2012 Performance Review

On December 5, SHRM We Know Next chatted with Eric B. Meyer (@Eric_B_Meyer) about HR's 2012 Performance Review.

It wasn't so much about the HR Profession's 2012 endeavors. We wanted to know what awesome and amazing things YOU did this year as an HR pro out there on the front lines and in the workplace trenches. 

Nextchatters shared their 2012 victories, inspirations and social media successes. They even shared some tips as we head into 2013.

If you're an HR pro who's struggling to figure it all out, and who wants to do great things for your organization (and for the profession), know that you are not alone. The HR profession is loaded with lots of wonderful, caring people...