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Last month, I wrote a blog on leadership: Influence=Leadership. I emphasized the importance of leaders sharing their human side and making emotional connections with the employees whom they lead.  To quote leadership maven John Maxwell: leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. 
However, making human connections and demonstrating emotion are not without some legal risks. Sadly, the laws which are intended to eradicate discrimination can make human connections dicey. Plus, both women and men may experience different types of gender bias when it comes to making such connections and demonstration of emotions.
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Mobile is a Must Have for Your Recruitment Strategy

Social media is no longer a nice to have. It’s a must have as part of your recruitment strategy. Here’s why:
  • 92% of recruiters plan on using social media in their recruiting efforts over the next 12 months
  • 49% of recruiters said social media increased candidate quality
  • Recruiters saved $370,000,000 in recruitment expenses with social media in 2012. (See the inforgraphic from iMomentous to more insights about this stat below.)
Unfortunately, often left out of the conversation when it comes to social media use and social recruiting is how mobile...

#Nextchat: Hidden Bias in the Workplace

Unconscious or hidden bias is the subconscious attribution of particular qualities to members of a certain social category such as gender or race and typically develops along the lines of our values and life experiences.
In his article “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” Howard Ross, founder & chief learning officer at Cook Ross, Inc., explains that “Our fundamental way of looking at and encountering the world is driven by this ‘hard-wired’ pattern of making unconscious decisions about others based on what feels safe, likeable, valuable, and competent.”
While these partialities will pop up just about everywhere in life, they...

Employee Referrals, Inclusion and…Discrimination?

There’s a heightened focus in the HR and Recruiting sphere on the effective use of employee referrals in order to make effective hires and we see numerous reports informing us that referrals tend to get hired faster, are often a better fit with the organization culture and are less likely to quit their jobs.

It’s hard to argue with the findings and few of us do; as a result a whole batch of nifty HR Technology solutions exist to assist employers as they tap into social referrals for hiring. Employers, however, should not go jumping headlong into any...


I don't see him like a robot. I see him like a person

A couple of years ago when I know I was one of the few folks in the space regularly writing about robots at work and the potential impacts that were going to be realized from these developments, I used to get a boatload of Google search traffic simply from keyword searches on the word 'robot'. These days, I see much less of that kind of search directed traffic, even though I am probably writing even more frequently about the topic. 
But lately it seems like everyone in the HR/work/workplace blogosphere is talking, writing, and speculating about robots and the...


On January 28, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. The SHRM Government Affairs team and the Council for Global Immigration hosted a live Twitter chat to engage HR professionals in a conversation about the President's legislative agenda and HR public policy issues in the current Congress.  

In case you missed it, here's a recap of all the tweets:



Teamwork Skills Lacking? 3 Simple Solutions!

When Teamwork Skills Are Lacking, What Do You Do?
I received a call from a potential client who was looking for some facilitated activities around teamwork. His goal was to enhance the teamwork skills of several team members who seemed to prefer working alone. When I asked him why he thought they preferred this and he said, “well they are introverted and you know how introverts are.”
Yes. Yes I do.
Blaming introversion or shyness for teamwork skills that seem to be lacking is...

#Nextchat: Being Present

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s workplaces?  It’s a long list; however, one trait that will always appear at the top is being present.  Leaders have to get out of their offices and walk around so that they get to know their employees, professionally and personally.

To express sincere interest in an employee’s livelihood and well-being shows care and compassion, which, in turn, builds trust.  And trust encourages greater engagement and loyalty. 

Most leaders can barely find time to eat lunch, let alone walk around and talk with employees throughout the day....


Do One Thing in 2014

It’s January and all the posts about HR in 2014 are out. They discuss how we will change in 2014, what will be hot, what will fail and where we will be if we do not implement, adapt or conform to these new ideas. Some are the same ideas we have been discussing for years and others are truly revolutionary trends.  Many are great points and we must always look into the future of our industry and continue to progress and evolve.  Also, there are so many ideas and new technologies that these lists can be overwhelming; so...