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#Nextchat: Choose the Future -- The 5 Most Important HR Technology Trends for 2017


The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition takes place October 10-13 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. I’m excited that this will be my fourth year attending as an HR Tech Insiders Blogger and plan to share the latest information on HR technology trends via blog post interviews with conference speakers and other social media activity during the conference.

It’s always a huge honor when conference co-chairman Steve Boese can join me for a preconference #Nextchat to share his expertise on the...


Why Traditional Methods Still Matter



High-Tech Doesn’t Replace High-Touch in Recruiting: Why Traditional Methods Still Matter

Many years ago, recruitment was a very manual process. Companies spent most of their recruitment budgets on placing classified or display ads in local print newspapers or industry trade publications, attending career fairs, and working their personal networks.
Then emerged, disrupting the traditional classified advertising approach to recruitment and introducing HR pros to the world of online recruitment. LinkedIn wasn't far behind and, along the way, various automated platforms emerged to allow organizations to readily connect with...

HR Technology Q & A with Holger Mueller



The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession.  


The following is a Q & A with 2017 HR Technology Conference speaker, Holger Mueller. Holger Mueller is VP and Principal Analyst for Constellation Research covering Next Generation Apps...


4 External Factors that Affect Human Resource Management



When it comes to human resource management there are several factors that affect day-to-day operations. Adapting in this field is important because at a moments notice new legislation can be passed with an immediate effective date or corporate polices are changed where human resources feels the brunt. A well-developed strategy for your human resources department takes into consider external factors that might affect your department.

4 External Factors that Affect Human Resource Management

Government Regulations – With the introduction of new workplace compliance standards your human resources department is constantly under pressure to...


We Stand Strong During Hurricane Harvey




This week has been absolutely devastating for Houston, TX.  Hurricane Harvey has affected over 100,000 homes and cost the lives of at least 30 Texans, maybe more. Our team at NextOp, Inc. that consists of veterans from the Army, Marines Corps, and Navy acted quickly.  Everyone was prepared and ready by Thursday night for Harvey. We made sure that everyone in our team understood that while physical resources can be replaced, our people cannot.  During the storm, our message to them was simple: Stay Alert, Stay Safe and Stay...


Paula Harvey, SHRM-SCP: Dealing with Hurricane Harvey


When I first heard mid last week that Hurricane Harvey was headed directly to the Houston area, all I could think was why they had to name it with my surname. Why, oh, why??? Well at least now no one will misspell it anymore.

Immediately my management team and I started talking about how we were going to prepare for it.

We decided to ship as many projects early out of the area to our clients in case roads would become a problem. Our production folks worked overtime on Wednesday and Thursday...


Honor the Good in Others


Over the past couple of weeks, I have realized that I work with a lot smart and talented people. I look back and my career and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective industries. I have and have had some fantastic bosses and peers that not only push me and bring out the best in me, they are also great people and friends. 

Maybe it’s the upcoming Labor Day holiday that has me waxing nostalgic about those I’ve worked with....


Talent Sourcing - Moving Beyond LinkedIn


If you have ever worked in Talent Acquisition or it is a part of your daily responsibilities as a Generalist, you know that sometimes there are jobs that have difficult requirements or have skills that are so specific that they make those candidates difficult to find in your area for the budget you can hire them in. This can be extremely frustrating. It is literally like asking you to find a unicorn. It can be impossible. LinkedIn is the #1 sourcing tool available to recruiters today and it is extremely helpful,...


The Secret to Alienating Your Employees Over Time



I recently learned a great strategy that I can’t wait to share with you.

Employee: Hey Bob. I know you are busy. I just have a few quick questions. A few of us came up with this really great idea for the party.

HR: No.

Employee: Um, well, okay. So, Jim needs me to help him with this thing…

HR: No.

Employee: All right, then, just one more question…

HR: No.

Employee: Come on, you didn’t even give me a chance!

HR: (Smiles gleefully)


Let me tell you the secret to...