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Change the Channel on Performance Management


We all know the rule – do what you’ve always done and get what you’ve always gotten. That applies to most everything; performance management is no exception.

You would think that with more than 50 years as a business practice, at least some of us would have cracked the code on effective performance management. Well … some of us have … unfortunately, a very few. Only 25 percent of the organizations participating in Brandon Hall Group’s 2014 Performance Management Study are high-performing when it comes to performance management. Everyone else is average at best and another quarter of those are...


Addressing the Aging Workforce


Demographers call it the “silver tsunami”: a rising tide of older workers that threatens to overwhelm institutions and systems from retirement to health care to employment. Others simply call it “the aging workforce,” which sounds less alarming. But by any name, the challenge facing U.S. businesses, government and society as the workforce ages and the Baby Boomer generation retires is real. And after many years of anticipation, it has arrived.

The proof is in the numbers. Since 2011, roughly 10,000 U.S. Baby Boomers have turned 65 each day. This year, the youngest Boomers turn 50. While the Great Recession...


#Nextchat: HR, You're Now In Sales


HR professionals are finding more and more that they are in the sales business these days, as their focus has shifted from sourcing to selling. 

In the Society for Human Resource Management Conference Daily article “’You’re In Sales’, Pink Tells HR,” speaker and author Daniel Pink argued that “sales is the most important part of anyone’s job—especially for those in HR.” He said that “people typically spend 41 percent of their time on the job trying to persuade others.”

When it comes to talent management, sourcing has...


#Nextchat RECAP: Off The Hook Recruiting

On October 29, SHRM @weknownext chatted with Bill Boorman (@BillBoorman) about Off The Hook Recruiting.  NOTE: Bill Boorman tweeted via the Twitter profile @MattPearson for this chat. 

In case you missed this exciting conversation, here are all the great tweets from the chat:




HR CHEATSHEET: When an employee texts you from an Ebola quarantine tent


Five minutes ago, after taking the obligatory selfies and between games of Candy Crush, one of your employees texted (because, calling in, as if!) from an Ebola quarantine tent to alert you that she will be out of work for 21 days, while under observation for Ebola.

As an employer, what are your obligations? What workplace laws are implicated?

And, of course, because half of you are thinking it, can you just fire her?

Because this post has nothing to do with clicks or SEO -- nothing whatsoever -- click through for the answers...

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This Common Mistake is Frustrating for Both Job Seeker and Recruiter


Both job seeking and recruiting can be frustrating endeavors. Both can require a ton of work that seemingly gets little results. Both can leave an individual overwhelmed, stressed and irritated.

Unfortunately, both sides can compound the problem by making mistakes that could be avoided. One such mistake made on both sides is the post and pray mistake made by recruiters and the spray and pray mistake make by job seekers. In both instances the individual posts their job/resume in as many places as possible and prays that something/someone comes through....


A Perk of BYOD Policies at Work


Employers face a serious challenge when trying to prevent employees from taking confidential and proprietary information with them when they leave to join a new employer—particularly when the new employer is a competitor.   When an employer becomes suspicious about an ex-employee’s activities prior to his or her last day of work, there are a limited number of safe avenues for the employer to pursue. 



#Nextchat: Off the Hook Recruiting

“I think technology is doing so many things to us. It’s helping us connect and preventing us from connecting.” – Spike Jonez

Back in the day (10 years ago), recruiters used a device called the telephone to network, source and speak to potential job candidates. They would make hundreds of calls a day. The more calls they made and the harder they networked, the greater the chances were for success.

With the rise of social media and smartphones, it’s easier than ever to source talent and communicate without phone calls. Text-based recruitment...


Calif. Data Breach Law Expands Credit Monitoring to Victims


Businesses in California now have added motivation to protect residents’ personal information after Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1710 into law Sept. 30, 2014, amending the state’s data breach notification law.

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the new law requires companies that experience a data breach to not only notify affected people, but also provide “appropriate identity theft prevention and mitigation services” at no cost for at least 12 months, if the breach exposed or may have exposed specified personal information. The law also expands the scope of protections for personal information and prohibits the sale of individuals’ Social Security...


Grace Hopper ABC’s for Men


Insights and Inspiration from the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology

“It takes a great man to be a good listener” Calvin Coolidge

The 14th Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing had a record year for attendance, with over 8,000 people, including over 400 men, converging on Phoenix to share deep technological insights and work on the advancement of women in technology. As one of those men, I found it to be an enlightening and inspiring conference. For your reference, a lot...