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Three Things You Can Negotiate During a Job Offer

Very few things in this life are set in stone. While businesses do operate under budgets and have set amounts that they are able to pay per position, there is often quite a bit of wiggle room in the salary negotiation process. Here is a quick three-item list of things you can negotiate with a potential new employer.
Don’t just think of salary as base pay. It could also mean bonus structure, sign-on bonus or salary increase after a set amount of time. Many employers do have set compensation bands or ranges that they keep everyone in, but...

#NextChat Recap: #OccupyTheTable: When Having a Seat Isn't Enough

On August 14, @weknownext chatted with special guest Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) to discuss what it will take to improve the image of the HR profession.

In case you missed it, here are all of the great tweets from the chat...

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An employee who sleeps on the job may still be qualified under the ADA

That George Costanza was definitely on to something.
A federal court in Virginia (here) recently denied an employer's attempt to dismiss the complaint of a former employee who claimed that his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act were violated when his employer failed to accommodate him by waking him when he fell asleep on the job.
The ADA requires that an employer accommodate a disabled employee, if doing so will not cause undue burden to the employer, but will still allow the employee to perform the essential functions of his job.
Sure enough,...

An Ode to My Summer Intern

Summer interns come and go, and some are so wonderful that you feel the need to write about them.

This summer, I had the pleasure of working with Lindsey Allen. Lindsey is the social media summer intern in the Public Affairs Department and, as a soon-to-be senior at Virginia Tech, she will be leaving SHRM on Aug. 21.  She helped manage the We Know Next campaign this summer, among several other projects within the department -- and she is awesome.

Lindsey is pleasant, professional, conscientious and super smart.  She has an excellent work ethic. Of course she’s a fast-learner and...


#Nextchat: #OccupyTheTable: When Having a Seat Hasn’t Been Enough

At the 2011 SHRM national conference, former SHRM President Susan Meisinger chaired a session entitled, “10 Things Your CEO Will Never Tell You but HR Needs to Know.”  Why wouldn’t a CEO be compelled to tell the head of HR what they tell others who sit around the table? Why, why, why?

The core issue seems to be one of HR having both a longstanding identity problem and a fairly widespread public relations problem.

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain” –Hamlet.

#NextChat will answer the tough...


A Letter to My Manager

Dear Mr/Ms Manager –
I hope you’re having a super week.  I realize it’s a busy time of year for you, but I trust you’ll indulge me and read this quick note that I’ve jotted down and sent to you about managing people.
No doubt you’ve attended some training courses/classes on how to effectively manage people.  And even if you never have, it’s pretty easy to find tips and resources ANYWHERE.  Go ahead – google “tips for managers” or something similar and you’ll find more info than you can possibly devour in a few sittings.
Naturally, as...

In Defense of Sheryl Sandberg

As almost everyone now knows, Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook.  She is also the author of the ground-breaking book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead .

I have read the book twice.  Simply put, I think it is a brilliant manifesto for women and men alike.

Yet, the acclaim is not universal.  To the contrary, the book has been met with some hot criticism.

Perhaps I project onto Sandberg what I want to see, but I suspect that she would welcome the critical analysis.  Remember, she closes her book by saying: “My goal is not...


Recession Continues to Influence Wage Growth

Trends data show that as U.S. unemployment rates drop during economic recoveries, wages traditionally increase for the country’s workforce. But many employees are still waiting for a better payday.
Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco contend that many employers wanted to cut wages during the Great Recession but were unable to because of strong worker resistance. The behavior is called downward wage rigidity, which is the reason why paychecks haven’t grown commensurately with the recent improvements in the job market, the researchers wrote in their July 15, 2013, article, published on the bank’s website.

SHRM: August LINE Report

In August, half of manufacturers and more than one-third of service-sector companies will conduct hiring, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2013.
  • August hiring rates will be strong. A net of 49.9 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in August, and a net of 35.1 percent of service-sector companies will grow payrolls during the month.
  • Recruiting difficulty increased in July. Difficulty in recruiting
  • ...