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SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) November 2013

Steady Hiring and Few Layoffs Expected in November

 In November, the pace of hiring in manufacturing and
services will rise compared with a year ago, according
to the Society for Human Resource Management’s
(SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment
(LINE) survey for November 2013.

■■ Strongest hiring rate in four years is expected for
November. A net of 40.4 percent of manufacturers
and a net of 34.1 percent of service-sector companies
will add jobs in November.

■■ Recruiting difficulty edged up in October. Difficulty
in recruiting candidates for key jobs reached
four-year highs in both sectors for the month...


#Nextchat: HR Technology - Implementation and Adoption

Technology solutions have for some time helped Human Resources departments improve service delivery, find and attract talent, provide employees opportunities to learn and develop their careers, and support an organization’s business strategy. But what has changed in the last few years are the methods, strategies, and challenges for to insure the successful implementation and adoption of modern workplace and HR technologies.

With more and more HR technology solutions moving to cloud-based delivery models, the way HR technology is marketed, sold, implemented, and deployed to users has dramatically changed in just the last few years..

Combine the changes in the technology...


What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Human resource leaders at Amadori decided in 2008 that the large Italian-food company needed to add emotional intelligence to its leadership culture. The following year the McDonald’s supplier teamed with emotional-intelligence consulting organization Six Seconds to help managers develop stronger people skills and insights, an effort later expanded to others in the company’s plants.

A multiyear study of Amadori found that high emotional intelligence (also known as EQ or EI) significantly influenced individual performance and organizational engagement, which, in turn, improved company performance, according to a case study that Six Seconds posted earlier this year.



Disengagement: I'm Not Buying It!

Gallup released it's "State of the Global Business" report for 2013. The results are unbelievable.

According to Gallup:

1. Worldwide, only 13% of Employees are Engaged at work. 
2. The Actively Disengaged outnumber the Engaged 2 to 1 in the workplace.

So, if 2 of every 10 of your employees are engaged you are an above average organization?

More people hate their job than those who love it?

Are you willing to accept that?

...because I'm not!

How Do You Define Engagement?

The concept of Employee Engagement has been tied to Employee Recognition. They are not one-in-the-same. For instance,...


4 Things the Creative Writing Process Can Teach Today’s Business Leaders: Lesson 3

Today’s world is powered by the most diverse workforce in history. Businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes are experiencing dramatic change in the composition of their workforce – due to alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time - members of five generations working, competing, learning and leading together. The very nature of our work has changed with the continuing rise of the “knowledge worker”. In the 21st century, knowledge now moves at the speed of light, and the challenges to the modern worker are historic.

In addition to...


Three Ways to Create a Groundswell with Your Employees

When the Forrester Research on groundswells came out a few years ago, many in the social media business saw an opportunity to have real conversations about advocacy marketing. That conversation was limited to marketers, and only just now are we seeing the groundswell concept reaching talent management.

The groundswell happens when people, economics, and technology collide. Today’s businesses are filled with people ready to have a hand in the talent decisions that could change their future. Additionally, organizations are also seeing the economic recovery offer opportunities for people to try new things, jump companies, and even accelerate the...


Work Life Imbalance

According to a recent poll, 73‑percent of workers value flexibility in looking for a job (or staying in a job).

Employers, in their self-interest, need to help employees with work life challenges.  But that is easier said than done.

This blog addresses some of the rarely discussed issues when it comes to work-life challenges.

1.   Nomenclature

The words we use are important.  As Lisa Horn of SHRM taught me [@SHRMLobbystLisa], we should talk about work life blend or integration, but not balance.  Why?  Equal balance (visualize the scales of justice) creates a standard none of us can achieve fully....


#Nextchat: Keeping the Peace

One of the less glamorous aspects of the HR profession is dealing with conflict and behavioral problems in the workplace.  It’s a hat they must wear, at some point, regardless of industry or size.

Most organizations have policies or codes of conduct that indicate which behaviors are -- and are not – acceptable in the workplace, and respect for these policies usually depends on the consistency with which they are enforced.

No one wants to work in an organization where conflict and bad behaviors create an environment of constant stress and...


Experience is overrated

Check out the latest in the New York Times 'Corner Office' interview series, this one with CEO of Spreecast Jeff Fluhr, (who was also the founder of StubHub), and thus probably knows a few things about finding and retaining talent).

Fluhr, in no uncertain terms, takes umbrage with the traditional, overly cautious in a CYA kind of way, approach to hiring that essentially seeks out only those candidates that have already done pretty much the same job that you want them to now do at your company, and at a company that is pretty similar (industry, size, location,...