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#Nextchat RECAP: Winning the Talent War with #Workflex

On December 19, SHRM We Know Next chatted with SHRM's Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbystLisa), Cassidy Neal (@WhenWorkWorks) and Families and Work Institute (@FWINews) about "Winning the Talent War with Workflex."

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




Employment Predictions for 2013 from the Guy Who Predicted a Bull Market in 2009

The last time I made a prediction was in 2009.  I predicted the market would soar and I moved most of my bonds to stocks.  Yes, I will be working until I am 102 years of age.  So when it comes to my own personal finances, my predictions are not very good.

I hope they are a little better in terms of knowing what comes next in the employment world.  So here are my predictions:

  1. NLRA:  The NLRB will issue new rules relative to elections that will result in quicker elections. Shorter campaign periods clearly give unions
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The Human Capital Advantage

Without leadership, a business enterprise will eventually fail. Survival is possible without a strategy, but seldom over the long haul. Great strategy with lousy execution isn’t worth the piece of paper it is written on. The consequence of these proclamations is rather obvious; get it right, bring it all together and you have the commercial magic every enterprise seeks.

The glue that binds leadership, strategy, and execution is people – quality individuals at the board level, in the executive suite, in the general office, on the factory floor, and out there in the field, the domain of the...


9 Ways to Master Your Boss Optimism

It’s the end of the year. Rampant pressure is mounting. Justifying our existence this year. Qualifying our survival next year. Pressure from above, pressure from below. As unyielding at home as it is at work.

And then the flood of depressing headlines, screaming from every screen. People killing each other intentionally and recklessly. Fiscal cliffs, cancers, divorces, bankruptcies, hurricanes, suicides, layoffs, greed, unfunded pensions, strikes, taxes, poverty, violence, pollution, war, bombings, the economy.

It’s a wonder we get through the day, let alone the year.

What’s the answer? Optimism.

How can we be optimistic in...


Understanding the How Advantage

Did I help somebody today without expecting anything in return?

How will I be remembered by the people I worked with today?

In the video below, I talk about how asking yourself these two questions can help business leaders view their performance in terms of how others experience it. This is the heart and soul of the How Advantage. Even a company that offers the same product at the same price as its competitors can distinguish themselves by how they do business.



#Nextchat: Winning the Talent War with #Workflex

As the workforce grows more complex, organizations are tapping into new trends to recruit and retain the best talent. With today’s four-generation workforce and the increasing globalization of business, #workflex is an imperative for today’s 21st century workplace. Employers that do not implement workplace flexibility programs run the risk of missing out on a huge talent pool.

The 2012 National Study of Employers (NSE) found that, among other things, employees in more effective and flexible workplaces are more likely than other employees to have:

  • Greater engagement in their jobs;
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction;
  • Stronger intentions to remain with their
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Social HR Predictions for 2013

I know, I know – we’re all sick of hearing “HR should get on the Social Bandwagon,” but I thought since that’s my vein I should go ahead and offer my predictions on the subject.

So here are my thoughts in going into 2013, the year of The Jetsons.

  1. 20 percent more HR professionals will get on Twitter and interact with other professionals in the HR space.  I’ve connected with more new HR peeps (for lack of a better word) on Twitter in 2012 that are considered “newbie’s” and that’s a good thing. It has been a great
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HR Prediction 2013: Ecosystem

I have this theory that Human Resources jargon is really just recycled finance jargon, which is actually the recycled patter from Silicon Valley and the investor community. And that nonsense? It’s repurposed garbage from Wall Street and lawyers, which originated from professors at business schools that churn out all of those obnoxious and overpriced consultants.

HR is usually the last to know the cool corporate terminology. The only people who are later to the game are politicians. Senators and congressmen are still using the word stakeholder like it’s 2005.

And there are two cycles to HR jargon,...


#Nextchat RECAP: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

On December 12, SHRM We Know Next chatted with Justin Angsuwat (@JustinAngsuwat) about HR is Sexy and We Know It!

Is HR sexy? Is it an attractive field of study for college students? Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century? 

Here's what the Nextchatters thought...









Seasonal Workers: Potential for More 2012 Temp-to-Perm Positions?

Unemployment is still hovering near 8 percent, so it’s safe to say there has been heightened competition for the hundreds of thousands of holiday season jobs that opened up this year.

Several surveys have pointed to increased holiday hiring in 2012 compared with a year ago, perhaps prompted by recent gains in consumer confidence and spending. A recent CareerBuilder hiring study showed that 36 percent of retailers planned to increase payrolls during the holiday season, up from 29 percent in 2011. They’re paying more, too; 62 percent of employers will pay holiday staff $10 or more per...