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Three Ways to Create a Groundswell with Your Employees

When the Forrester Research on groundswells came out a few years ago, many in the social media business saw an opportunity to have real conversations about advocacy marketing. That conversation was limited to marketers, and only just now are we seeing the groundswell concept reaching talent management.

The groundswell happens when people, economics, and technology collide. Today’s businesses are filled with people ready to have a hand in the talent decisions that could change their future. Additionally, organizations are also seeing the economic recovery offer opportunities for people to try new things, jump companies, and even accelerate the...


Work Life Imbalance

According to a recent poll, 73‑percent of workers value flexibility in looking for a job (or staying in a job).

Employers, in their self-interest, need to help employees with work life challenges.  But that is easier said than done.

This blog addresses some of the rarely discussed issues when it comes to work-life challenges.

1.   Nomenclature

The words we use are important.  As Lisa Horn of SHRM taught me [@SHRMLobbystLisa], we should talk about work life blend or integration, but not balance.  Why?  Equal balance (visualize the scales of justice) creates a standard none of us can achieve fully....


#Nextchat: Keeping the Peace

One of the less glamorous aspects of the HR profession is dealing with conflict and behavioral problems in the workplace.  It’s a hat they must wear, at some point, regardless of industry or size.

Most organizations have policies or codes of conduct that indicate which behaviors are -- and are not – acceptable in the workplace, and respect for these policies usually depends on the consistency with which they are enforced.

No one wants to work in an organization where conflict and bad behaviors create an environment of constant stress and...


Experience is overrated

Check out the latest in the New York Times 'Corner Office' interview series, this one with CEO of Spreecast Jeff Fluhr, (who was also the founder of StubHub), and thus probably knows a few things about finding and retaining talent).

Fluhr, in no uncertain terms, takes umbrage with the traditional, overly cautious in a CYA kind of way, approach to hiring that essentially seeks out only those candidates that have already done pretty much the same job that you want them to now do at your company, and at a company that is pretty similar (industry, size, location,...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Building Blocks of Social Recruiting

On October 30, @weknownext chatted with Jim Stroud (@JimStroud) and Aliah Wright (@1SHRMscribe) on Spreecast and Twitter about The Building Blocks of Social Recruiting.

In case you missed it, here is the link to watch the archive of the conversation on Spreecast.

Here are all the great tweets from the chat:




How to Determine if a Candidate is the Right Fit for Your Corporate Culture

How many times have we heard this story? During the interview, candidates say “Yes, I’m committed, willing to do this, love to do that” and so on. Then after they start, we realize they’re not a good cultural fit for our organization. 

One way to determine if a candidate really aligns with your organization is by using behavioral interviewing questions. As a refresher, behavioral interview questions are those that ask the candidate to talk about something they’ve done in the past. The idea being that past performance is a good indicator of future behavior.

For example, let’s say your...


Employee Engagement Starts in the Recruiting Process

Employee Engagement Should Be a Focus Before It’s Broken

It really is our nature though isn’t it. To not think about things until they are completely screwed up. In the last few years the idea of employee engagement has taken a front seat in our book of leadership speak. It’s important. We like to talk about it. We believe it impacts the bottom line and that is important to us. Yet, we only begin to really focus on it when it’s completely jacked up. And that’s too late.

Can I be honest for a second? If you said no, stop...


Meet the 2013 Sloan Award Winners!

The When Work Works initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as part of an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

Congratulations to the 2013 Sload Award Winners!

Below are the profiles of some of the winners.

“As a firm, BDO is committed to being an employer of choice and our employees overwhelmingly tell us that managing flexibility and work life fit is very important to them....


#Nextchat: The Building Blocks of Social Recruiting

Social recruiting remains one of the hottest and most discussed trends in the human resources profession, yet many recruiters have been slow to join the bandwagon. 

In a 2013 study conducted by SHRM, 77 percent of companies indicated that they use social networking sites to find talent (Social Networking Websites and Staffing, 2013). That compares to 56 percent in 2011 and 34 percent in 2008.  It’s no longer a choice. Organizations that do not use social media to recruit are missing out on a huge pool of active (and passive) job seekers. And without an approachable and informative career website,...


4 Things the Creative Writing Process Can Teach Today’s Business Leaders: Lesson 4

Today’s world is powered by the most diverse workforce in history. Businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes are experiencing dramatic change in the composition of their workforce – due to alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time - members of five generations working, competing, learning and leading together. The very nature of our work has changed with the continuing rise of the “knowledge worker”. In the 21st century, knowledge now moves at the speed of light, and the challenges to the modern worker are historic.

In addition to...