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Outside the Box Engagement Tools

If you’re doing the obvious stuff when it comes to social media recruiting or engagement (Facebook fan pages, branded Twitter account, blog, etc.), you’re fighting an uphill battle. 

It’s a crowded space out there: after all, if there’s a fundamental reason for social media’s appeal as a business and marketing tool, it’s the truism that everyone’s on it. 

And with upwards of a billion users speaking dozens of languages updating millions of closed, interdependent communities (which is, pretty much, the definition of that ‘network’ part...

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Crisis Management: The Ultimate Test of a Leader

The sudden, unexpected and potentially catastrophic event that threatens a business is a CEO’s greatest challenge. Ever since the Tylenol tampering recall 30 years ago, the performances of companies in crisis have come under public scrutiny. The entire world was touched by the most environmentally destructive business crisis of all time — BP’s oil spill in the Gulf. Everyone watched as CEO Tony Hayward made blunder after blunder while their crude killed. Three weeks after the explosion, Hayward called the spill "relatively tiny" in comparison with the size of the...

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Great Employers Depend on Great HR Teams

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is proud to congratulate the 50 winners of this year’s AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50 Award and the great HR teams behind them.

We at SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, applaud the winning organizations as models for all U.S. businesses, many of which face the challenge of competing in an increasingly global marketplace. The organizations being honored by AARP appreciate that engaging and retaining older workers is crucial to succeed over the next decade.

More broadly, inclusive people management strategies will...

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When is HR Consistency Foolish?

This blog is also posted on the Duane Morris Institute blog. Click here to read more from Jonathan.

Recently, your company has completed a large acquisition. Working more than 70 hours per week for almost 4 months, Doug was the acquisition’s point person.

In a managers' meeting, you appropriately heap praise on Doug for his invaluable accomplishment. You also mention that another acquisition is in the works and ask Doug “to do his magic again.” Doug loses it, responding, “I’m not going to work on another expletive deal,” and storms out of the room cursing at...

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Six Steps to a Great Workplace

Let’s imagine for a minute: You’re the new CEO of an established company. Its performance has been average, customer loyalty is falling and your best employees are leaving every week. The previous CEO subscribed to a command and control management style allowing for little flexibility and no room for mistakes. The employees lived under an ever-present fear of doing something wrong.

As the new CEO, how do you transform the culture of this organization? How do you turn a fearful environment into a company considered a great place to work? Here’s six steps that will prove imperative in...

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Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip

The day the Jacobs Suchard (now a part of Kraft Foods) Board of Directors promoted me to the C-suite, they strongly suggested I align myself with the CFO. The advice proved excellent, and for the rest of my days in the corner office I was joined at the hip with an outstanding finance executive who is now the CFO of Lindt & Sprüngli, the world’s leading chocolatier. My regret is that I did not free up my other hip for Human Resources, a group of eager young managers...

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A Labor Day Salute To Impact-Makers

The end of summer, start of the school year, beginning of the football season and the celebration of employees everywhere—it all says September and Labor Day. If you observe its historical origins, this month would be marked by “a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and lager beer kegs.” That’s how the media of the day characterized one of the first Labor Day celebrations about 130 years ago.

At SHRM, we make it a point to recognize and applaud the contributions of every worker—and the human resources professionals who have helped that employee succeed, whether at work or in...

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What I love about Smart Job Seekers

How many things in life really make you happy?

Last Friday I was hosting the 3rd annual TalentNet Live Social Recruiting Conference at Pepsico's Frito-Lay campus.  I was not just hosting and moderating, I was presenting in 3 different sessions.  So I was busy.  But Eugene Chu managed to get my attention.

At some point during the day I heard buzz about a job seeker at the conference.  No one knew him.  Yet there he was, actively participating, asking smart questions, networking, and thanking people for their help.  I just smiled.  I met Eugene later that day...

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SHRM: SEPTEMBER LINE REPORT

For the third month in a row, the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) September Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report predicts a rise in layoffs and decline in hiring.

While 44 percent of manufacturers plan to hire in September, roughly 16 percent report they are cutting jobs.

Hiring in the service sector remains at a stagnant 32 percent with nearly 10 percent planning to eliminate positions – a 2.1 percent increase from 2010 and potential setback for the labor market’s recovery. 

Last month proved to be the most challenging month for...

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Building Employee Trust Through Subversion Analysis and Ideation Workshops

From last time…in the next post, we’ll talk more about what we tried on our team:

We began “42projects” as an experiment to stimulate innovation by empowering employees to contribute in more meaningful ways. The overall goal was to liberate the tremendous talent and motivation on the team by exploring the relationship between people, culture and innovation.  The effort continues, constantly calling for attention in the midst of the “day job.” So often, the “people stuff” gets lost in the tactical operations – and it’s usually the most important component of our work. As we...

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