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SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®): June 2014

In June, hiring rates will reach four-year highs for the month in the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for June 2014. 

■ Manufacturers, services will grow payrolls in a net of nearly three out of five manufacturers (57 percent) and more than two out of five service-sector companies (43.6 percent) will add jobs in June.

■ Recruiting difficulty rose in May. Difficulty in recruiting candidates for key jobs increased in May in both...


The Best Things in Business are Free

Negotiating for a lower price or something extra is the modus operandi of every antique retailer, real estate broker, flea market merchant and automobile dealer. Everyone is looking for a good deal, a real bargain. I’m not taking issue with that. Bargaining is a terrific way to create and stimulate economies.

Everyone has heard the saying, “the best things in life are free.” That idiom was a line in a song from the 1920’s but it is often attributed to Coco Chanel, who added a second sentence afterthought – “the second best things are very, very expensive.” Almost a century...


Do You Have What it Takes to Be a “Punk"trepreneur? 4 Punk Tenets All Leaders Should Live By

To name my blog I listed ideas and adjectives describing the philosophies and passions that shape how I approach life and work. John Keats summed it up pretty well, “Give me books, French wine (beer is my elixir of choice), fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” My wife gave me a bookmark with that quote many years ago (the first time I heard it). It was a simple, yet perfect gift....


Your First SHRM National Conference

Is this your FIRST SHRM National Conference? If so, this post is directed to you.  If you have been before you are welcome to review my thoughts, and add any helpful thoughts you might have in the comments section. I am told by a reliable SHRM insider that there will be a session Sunday morning for first time attendees, so you might check on that as an option while you are at registration.

Ok so it is your first National Conference, this is called THE BIG SHOW for many reasons, and it is BIG.  In recent years the number of...


Research Power: Anonymous vs. Confidential Surveys

I like data. I like reviewing it, pulling out trends, and sharing insights. I also like when I get the opportunity to ask others what they like and get some anonymous feedback, because I believe that anonymity helps to improve the quality and quantity of responses.

Recently I was listening to a podcast, and the speaker mentioned offering a confidential survey, which he felt was more valuable than an anonymous one. I had to stop and consider the differences, and I realized there certainly may be times when offering confidential surveys can beat offering anonymous ones. ...


How We Hired San Francisco’s Best Office Manager in 7 Days

Last week Tuesday am, our Office MacGyver Joanna Savio resigned. It’s sad to see her go, but we all wish her the best of luck in her next position as a college recruiter for the good folks at Google.

Leaving @SmartRecruiters at the beginning of July for an #amazing company, #google!! #mixedemotions — Joanna Savio (@RunTheOffice) June 12, 2013

The Office Manager is an essential position to the company culture and day...


Building a Competency Model

SHRM, as the world’s largest HR professional association, has been leading the profession in the development of a certification program based upon competency-based assessment. This is an exciting and pivotal time in our profession and the new SHRM certification, officially announced in May 2014, is the first certification that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals needs to excel in their careers today.

With change often comes questions and we at SHRM have received many from across the HR community ranging from “Why?” to “What is the SHRM Competency Model?”  As SHRM’s Vice President of...


#Nextchat: Social Media and Employee Terminations

Social media has become so popular on the web that it is now the single most common thing we do online.

Given that most employers provide internet access, you can bet that employees are using social media at work – for business and for pleasure – at a staggering rate.

This activity can create new opportunities for your company, but it can also create new problems and potentially new legal liabilities, particularly when you’re faced with the decision of whether to terminate employees due to social media activities.

The NLRB protects an employee’s right to discuss their...


The Importance of Offboarding

Most organizations realize the importance of an effective onboarding experience for new employees.  They’ve moved past the ages-old idea that onboarding merely means a day of new employee orientation accompanied by checklists and realize that onboarding is a seamless experience that begins at the time of the accepted offer and continues well past the employee’s first day, week or even month.

Alas, however, most organizations don’t put as much thought or effort into an effective offboarding experience for employees.  Quite often the scenario goes like this:

  • Employee gives
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