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SHRM: March LINE Report

According to the SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report for March 2012, the hiring rate will rise slightly in manufacturing, reaching the highest rate since 2006, yet the hiring rate will fall in the service sector. A net of 50.5 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in March and the sector’s index will rise in a year over year basis by a net of 4.8 points.

In the service industry, a net of 24.7 percent of service-sector companies will add jobs in March, but the...

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You Better Be Good

I opened my eyes 5 minutes before the alarm clock sounded. 5:25 a.m. Atlanta. Still half-asleep. I was into the third day of a 3 city, 3 keynote speeches on 3 different topics stretch. Time to help a national sales organization kick of their annual Sales Summit. We finished our sound check around 7:30. Attendees were starting to fill the room to an upbeat playlist. Coffee. Breakfast. Name tags. Networking. You know the drill.

My client, the CMO of the organization walked over, smiled nervously and asked if I was ready. I smiled and answered in the affirmative....

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Card Checks and Balances

Since the demise of the Employee Free Choice Act (or “card check bill”) following the 2010 midterm election, the Obama Administration has increasingly pushed labor-management relations policy through the executive branch. Throughout 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued significant case decisions and substantive regulations.

One of these recent NLRB actions is its election case procedures rule, which was published on Dec. 22, 2011, and is not-so-affectionately known as the “quick election” or “ambush election” rule. The final quick election rule is a narrower version of the proposed rule released in June 2011, but it intends to...

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"Advocating" for Workplace Flexibility

Over the years, I have been involved in several trench advocacy campaigns on issues related to workplace flexibility.  Whether it was responding to a Department of Labor request for information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, garnering support for SHRM’s efforts to clarify the FMLA rules, or challenging the need for a one-size-fits-all paid sick leave mandate, I’ve engaged in my fair share of workplace flexibility lobbying battles on behalf of the HR profession.

And while another SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference kicks off today, there is no need to arm Capitol Hill-bound HR...

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We Know Next Weekly Recap, February 27 - March 2

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next.

Mike Aitken, SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs, shares his thoughts on key issues surrounding the 2012 political landscape as they relate to HR and business professionals.

Meanwhile, U.S. military veterans are being hired, yet not targeted in recruitment, according to a recent military poll conducted by SHRM.

We saw text messages resurface in employment law litigation, reminding employees to be aware of the need for appropriate professional relationships in their communications at work.

And despite the importance of the old-fashioned resume,...

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How to Choose an Executive Coach

Much has been made about the ROI of business coaching with most studies returning a 5-to-8 times return on investment, as well as numerous intangible benefits. Additionally, the stocks of companies that spend aggressively on employee development and training outperform those that do not, further evidence for the dollars and cents value of coaching and development.

However, it is worth noting that “coach” is not a protected term the same way that “psychologist”, “doctor” and others are. Inasmuch as anyone who wants to call him or herself a coach can, it’s wise to have a systematic way...

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Are Great CEOs Great Leaders?

In my mind, the best CEOs are usually the ones who are in a race to the future – they’re obsessed with defining the future because they can’t stomach the thought of reacting to a future created by their competitors. During his era, Steve Jobs was miles ahead of every other forward thinking CEO in that race. Somehow he was able to see the unseen, and marshal Apple’s resources to deliver the innovative products that fulfilled his view of what lied ahead. In the process, Apple became the most valuable corporation on the face of the earth. That established...

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A New Kind of Stress

The recession is taking its toll not only on businesses and unemployed Americans—it’s also affecting the employees still reporting to work, day in and day out. In fact, the stresses have grown so great that workers are starting crack under the pressure.

Employees are reporting thoughts of suicide, violence against co-workers and mental breakdowns at the highest rates seen in three years, according to Harris, Rothenberg International (HRI), a provider of employee assistance program (EAP) services.

As companies try to do more with fewer workers, employees are stretching themselves thin to meet the demands at the workplace,...

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The Age of Digital - Creating a Better Work-Life Balance and Higher Productivity

We are entering a new digital era, an era in which people are connecting with content and with brands through multiple screens – through their PCs, TVs, smartphones, and tablets. 2011 marked an exciting year for the digital media industry and signaled an even more momentous year ahead with the rise of smartphones and tablets that have altered consumers’ digital media consumption – changing the way people access content, where they consume it and the frequency of their consumption.

Having a digital strategy requires insights into not only our current environment, but also into...

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HOOKING UP ON TWITTER (A CAUTIONARY TALE)

I begin this cautionary blog with a story.  After the story, you’ll understand why I began the blog as I have.

I wrote an article on holiday parties for Business Week. I discussed the risks, including too much alcohol consumption and sexual harassment.  Of course, the two often are connected.

Well, the article included a little sarcasm.  Perhaps a little more than a little.  So it was tweeted pretty heavily.

As you know, when people tweet, they can add their own message.  As I learned later, one tweeter included the words party, alcohol and sexual.  They...

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