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Living In The Cloud: Cool Tools To Help You Unplug

 
 
 
In our latest Cool Tools podcast Craig and I spoke with HireVue COO, Chip Luman, about ditching your laptop and working in the cloud. Chip is a frequent business traveler and has taken to using small devices on the road and keeping all his data stored in the cloud. This episode covers our top tips, apps, and strategies for being more lightweight in the air and on the ground.
 
Chip’s tips & tools:
 
Devices
 
iPhone, iPad, Zagg keyboard, Jambox, Bluetooth for the Jambox...
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#Nextchat: HR and Recruiting -- Contestants in an Amazing Race?

On the reality TV series “The Amazing Race” teams of of two people compete in a race around the world as they battle to arrive first at specific destinations and hope to avoid elimination from the competition by completing tasks that test their strength logic, courage and ability to negotiate. The interesting twist on the show is that the two people on each team have some sort of pre-existing personal relationship; spouses, friends, parent/child, etc. These relationships, with their accompanying histories and backstories, add depth to the inevitable drama that arises...

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Our Three Audiences

2013 was the year of catapulting HR into the boardroom. The emphasis on employee engagement has been an organizational driver for several years. We are now seeing rewards and recognition become part of the performance management suite. The most prominent question being pondered in 2014 is:
 
Who Drives Engagement?
  • Is it the employees in the trenches...who represent our culture...?
  • Is it the Unit Managers...who manage performance directives?
  • Is it the C-suite...whose words carry the most weight?
  • Is it HR...the conduit to organizational sustainability?

Answer: all of the above!

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HR Motivators: Dolphin Barongo

Throughout 2014, WeKnowNext will be spotlighting inspirational HR professionals from around the world! 


 
HR Motivator:  Dolphin Barongo, Nairobi, Kenya  
 
In 2013, HR professional Dolphin Barongo faced a harrowing experience and relays how it made her appreciate her colleagues – and their wellbeing – even more. 
 
Last year was a normal year for me until July 22 when everything came tumbling down. I had crazy symptoms: blurred vision, loss of balance and nausea. I was diagnosed with “Glomus Jugulare” -- a tumor located deep at the...
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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation(s) !!

Something has been bothering me for some time now.  When did we realize that we have generations in the workplace?  Haven’t we ALWAYS had people from various generations in the workplace?
 
It truly is disappointing that we have taken to labeling people due to when they happen to have been born.  For instance, technically by my birth year, I am at the tail end of the Baby Boomers.  I more strongly identify with Generation X personally. But, I would have to say that, I have a touch of Millennial and whatever the newest generation is being called in me...
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New bill in Congress will revamp FMLA to cover smaller employers

 
How about cutting the 50-employee requirement for covered employers in half? 
 
So, if you have 25 or more employees working within 75 miles of one another, they would be eligible to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
 
And that's just part of the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2014, which Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week.
 
Eligible employees would also be able to "participate in or attend an activity that is sponsored by a school or community organization and relates to...
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#Nextchat: Workplace Bullying

If you’ve ever been bullied in the workplace, know that you're not alone. An estimated 53.5 million Americans report being bullied at work.

Workplace Bullying “occurs when an employee experiences a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes harm. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.”

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Unemployment's Long-Term Problem

Recent improvements in the job market have been overshadowed by the fact that millions of Americans remain out of work. Many of them haven’t had a job for months, or perhaps years. Congress is debating whether to extend unemployment insurance benefits that expired for more than 1 million workers in December 2013, and President Barack Obama unveiled in his January State of the Union address a new strategy that focuses on addressing the plight of the long-term unemployed (LTU).

So what do we know about the long-term unemployed?

On any given month, tens of thousands

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