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Is “Management Rights” An Oxymoron?

There was a time when employees had few protections and were subject to abuses by unregulated management.  For example:

  • Until the FLSA, employees could be required to work limitless hours without overtime or even a minimum wage.
  • Until Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employees could be denied jobs, or fired, because of their race, sex color, religion or national origin, and they were.
  • Until the FMLA, employees who wanted time off to bond with a newborn child or care for a sick parent where told to choose between work or life, a Hobson’s choice.

These are...


#Nextchat: Building Effective Workplaces

Workplace Flexibility.  You know you need it in your organization, but you don’t know where to start.  Meanwhile, you’re losing talent to organizations that already have it.

In order to attract and retain the best talent, there is no better time to create an effective and flexible culture in your organization.

Workplace flexibility has become a key business strategy – and workplace culture initiative -- to retain and leverage the talents and skills of today’s increasingly diverse, aging, and multi-generational workforce. 

You might be convinced of the value of workplace flexibility, but how can you make it work in your...


The Future of Corporate Training is Mobile

Organizations can no longer ignore how pervasive mobile is in today’s world. According to the International Telecommunication Union, “there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world.” It only makes smart business sense to embrace mobile as part of daily business.
Yes, embrace mobile. And not just when customers want to buy your product or service using their phone. Organizations need to think about embracing mobile as part of their corporate culture. This includes within the recruiting and training functions.
According to the American Ambient Insight Report, approx. 40% of organizations are already...

Meet the Next Official Bloggers

The Next Blog was created to help facilitate a conversation between practicing HR pros and non-HR audiences about the strategic importance of the HR profession. Next Official Bloggers create and contribute meaningful posts that explore the latest trends and best practices for the HR profession.

We compiled a list of Next Official Bloggers as a resource for our readers. You can find them below with the links to their individual author pages on the Next Blog, to their Twitter profiles and to their personal blogs, as well.


Next Official Bloggers

Susan Avello (@susanavello) - HR Virtual...


HR Doesn't Need to Justify Its Existence

We get so caught up, as HR professionals, in trying to justify our existence, telling anyone who will listen and tweeting to the Twittersphere, that we matter and we add value. We spend so much time that we lose sight of why we are really here for our organizations. We are here to cultivate and develop human resources. We are here to make sure these resources have the tools and environment to learn, develop and succeed. This may not directly generate revenue. This may not get us on the front page of our intranet or the cover of CEO Fancy,...

#Nextchat RECAP: Social Media and Productivity

On August 28, @weknownext chatted with special guests, HR and Social Media "Nextperts," Aliah Wright (@1SHRMScribe),  Jay Kuhns (@JayKuhns), Jessica Miller (@blogging4jobs) and LarsSchmidt (@thisisLars) to discuss Social Media and Productivity.   The chat occurred live on Spreecast and on Twitter.

In case you missed it, here is the recorded Spreecast and all of the great tweets from the chat...





Eight Rookie Management Mistakes to Avoid

Welcome to leadership. You’re now a manager, with direct reports. Congratulations!
I moved into my first formal leadership role in my late 20s. I was a top sales performer, and I saw my promotion to sales management as the natural next step in my career. I was energized, armed with big ideas, and ready to change everything — immediately!
You already know what’s coming next.
The abrupt change shocked people and was met with a lot of resistance. I was confused by the conflict I felt with my team. Why wasn’t everyone ready to commit with...

Why Great Brands Lose Their Way

Never in the history of marketing has there been so much talk about branding. The conversation in the world of branding is well beyond product and service brand discussion by marketers and ad agencies. Branding has proliferated big time – we now have personal brands, country brands, political brands, cause-related brands, even cultural brands. The ramification is clutter, the arch enemy of brand identity.  So, wouldn’t you expect a heck of a lot more corporate attention to commercial brands? Wouldn’t you expect greater care in stewarding brand presence, personality, positioning, single-mindedness, and strategic consistency? Wouldn’t you expect more innovation?

Underused Talent: Retirees, Women and Youth Filling the Skill Gap

In a recently article by McKinsey “Help Wanted: The future of work in Advanced Economies” (March 2012), the author mentions 5 trends that are influencing employment levels. One of which is untapped talents; “Advanced economies have growing pools of underused talent: older workers, women, and youth”. This segment of the population, more specifically: Retirees, stay at home moms and university students can fill a much needed void in the economy. They can help companies reduce or fill skill gaps. The skill gap is significant. In fact, in 2011, when US unemployment exceeded 9 percent, an ...