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Five Generations in the Workforce - Scenarios to Consider

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently experiencing changes in the makeup of their workforce – from alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time in the U.S. - members of five generations working, living, buying, driving, and aging together with one another.  
This change, brought on by advances in technology, healthcare, and economic and societal norms presents both a huge opportunity and a challenge for businesses in the 21st century. 
The generations 
  • Traditionalists, born prior to 1946 
  • Baby Boomers, born between
  • ...

Five Tips to Optimize Your Online Job Postings

Online job listings whether on your company careers page or on an online job board are an effective way to reach active job seekers while also providing insights into job specifics as well as your company’s culture and employment brand. These job announcements can serve as third function as they build links and drive very targeted and qualified job seeker traffic to your job openings online.  Called SEO, or search engine optimization, recruiters can use what are considered online marketing tactics to extend the life of a traditional online job posting, help increase your company’s search engine page ranking,...

#Nextchat: HR Philosophy - Finding the Right Fit

Just as each organization has its own operational philosophy, culture and strategic goals, so too must its HR team have a well-defined philosophy that outlines how they will carry out their responsibilities in alignment. Sadly, a number of HR departments have taken this to mean that they should develop buzzword -filled pieces of marketing collateral that can be blessed by their PR departments and placed on company websites. These are as meaningless as most corporate mission statements – beautifully written pieces of fluff that have no basis in reality or actual practice.  This needs to stop.

A real HR philosophy...


Summer's Top 12 HR Bestsellers

The Crowdsourced Performance Review
With The Crowdsourced Performance Review, you'll create a review system that gathers the feedback of many, so you can make better, more informed decisions. (More)

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
This "other kind of smart" is the No. 1 predictor of success, both personally and professionally. Readers will learn to identify their emotional intelligence and build their skills into strengths. (More)

Harassment: Sex, Religion, and Beyond
A respectful workplace is more pleasant and more productive. This training series shows that bad...


The Six Social Media Faux Pas That May Cost You That Big Job

According to this recent survey from, the number of hiring managers who are reporting that a job candidate's social media indiscretions have cost them a position is up nearly 10%, while the overall use social media to vet candidates continues to grow. 
Those surveyed, reported finding a variety of concerning content. Top mentions ranged from evidence of inappropriate behavior to information that contradicted their listed qualifications:
  • 50% - Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info
  • 48% - There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs
  • 33% - Candidate bad mouthed previous employer
  • 30% - Candidate had poor communication skills
  • ...

Analytics Driven by Business Accountability

Analytics in the business world serve many purposes, and a recent survey by the American Management Association uncovered the top five reasons analytical skills are necessary today.
Which of the following create the greatest need for analytical skills in your organization?
  1. Accountability for results 67.0%
  2. Competitive environment 61.6%
  3. Complexity of business environment 52.6%
  4. Increase in customer data 51.3%
  5. Risk management 50.7%
I found the results intriguing, because while we say we need accountability within our organizations, our leaders often do a poor job of actually...

Navigating the Failure Point in Employee Performance Management

Countless leadership books, training materials, and even blogs tell managers and executives that in addition to providing actionable feedback to employees, they themselves have to be able to take feedback constructively. 
What if the threat of authority makes it too hard for subordinates to actually give feedback up the chain of command, though? 
I bring this up because the recent crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 has brought up discussions around the relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate.
According to Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board in a USA Today report,...

What's in Store for Job Market in Second Half of 2013

The labor market has made gradual progress in the past couple of years. When 2012 came to a close, the nation’s unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent , nearly a full percentage point lower than a year earlier, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of “job losers,” or those who were unemployed because they lost their job through layoffs, decreased in 2012 for the third consecutive year, according to BLS.
So we’re creating more work and shedding fewer jobs. Most economists and labor market watchers expect that to continue...