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SHRM How To: Developing a Job Description

A job description is a useful, plain-language tool that describes the tasks, duties, functions and responsibilities of a position. It outlines the details of who performs the specific type of work, how that work is to be completed, and the frequency and the purpose of the work as it relates to the company’s mission and goals. A job description gives an employee a very clear and concise resource to be used as a guide for job performance. Likewise, a supervisor can use a job description as a measuring tool...

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Why Job Descriptions Must Change

Let's be honest - most job descriptions are terrible. There are exceptions of course, but the vast majority of job descriptions –are cookie cutter templates that provide a laundry list of responsibilities and knowledge/skills/ability requirements that give a job seeker no sense of what it's like to work for the company. We're experiencing so much progress in the talent space with recruiting 3.0, social recruiting, and more startups innovating in the space than we've ever seen – yet most job descriptions are written the same way they were 10 years ago. Why?
 
Whether it’s due to...

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6 Do's and Don'ts for Millennials in the Workplace

Summer is underway, and another group of “Trophy Kids” (Gen Y) is preparing to leave their jobs at your local coffee shops and retail stores to join the ranks of the professional workforce. They have big plans and high hopes, but as many twenty-somethings can attest, a diploma doesn’t guarantee success. A few of us have learned the hard way that there are some things that college simply can't prepare us for.

On behalf of those Millennials who earned their stripes in darker days of the recession, I've put together a list of what Gen Y really needs...

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Health Care Reform: 4 Tools for Compliance

The New Health Care Reform Law: What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide)

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding President Barack Obama’s health care reform law removed the uncertainty that was making employers hesitant about implementing reform-related initiatives. Employers that took a “wait-and-see” approach now must play catch-up while they struggle to comply with numerous reform mandates. But some mandates have not been adequately explained in government guidance, leaving employers to wonder about the next steps. The New Health Care Reform Law: What Employers...

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#Nextchat: Employee Engagement -- Are You Listening to the Right Employees?

By Jason Lauritsen

Employee engagement surveys are a pretty big deal in a lot companies.  It makes sense that leaders want to understand how engaged their employees are with their business.  After all, who wouldn’t want employees who are switched on and putting in extra effort in their jobs?  It also makes sense that an all employee survey is the most efficient way to gather this kind of information.
 
Enter the employee engagement survey.  We conduct a survey, analyze the data, and look for ways to better engage your employees.  Then, it’s time to make...

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Is it OK to spy on your employees?

While less than 10 percent of companies now are monitoring employee use of social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and others, that is likely to change over the next few years.  Gartner predicts that 60 percent of companies will be monitoring how their employees use social media by 2015.  Employers are interested in monitoring the posting of comments from employees about the company.  Companies say they monitor employees for reasons such as brand management, sentiment analysis and reputation purposes.  Oh and let’s not forget that social media checks are often  run on candidates before job offers are...

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#Nextchat Recap: Next Generation Leadership

On July 25,  SHRM We Know Next invited special guests Ryan Estis and Seth Mattison to chat about Next Generation Leadership. 

While Nextchatters were divided on whether the generational stereotypes hold true, they did agree that organizations will need to foster a culture of mentorship, where both sides truly believe they can learn from each other.  

It's not about who's right, wrong, better or worse.  We're different, and we need to leverage those differences to drive results. 

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:

 

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Recruiting After a PR and Brand Disaster

Sports recruiting is an intense industry.  Scouts spend years following hopeful athletes in high school and college.  If a talent scout represents a well-known school or professional organization the number of prospects that they may be able to recruit are considerably larger than those that represent lesser known or lesser performing institutions.  For example, in the state of Kentucky recruiting for University of Kentucky is significantly different than recruiting for Western Kentucky University.  The University of Kentucky has the ability to attract higher performer high school students than WKU based on the basketball programs performance.

What happens when...

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Will You Be Ready for the Future?

This report, generated by Institute For The Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute:

“…analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. It does not consider what will be the jobs of the future. Many studies have tried to predict specific job categories and labor requirements. Consistently over the years, however, it has been shown that such predictions are difficult and many of the past predictions have been proven wrong. Rather than focusing on future jobs, this report looks at future work skills—proficiencies and...

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It's tough to prove age bias after getting caught sleeping on the job

I was reading this Third Circuit decision yesterday about an employee who got demoted for sleeping on the job, and all I could think of was Homer Simpson. For not unlike Homer J., a nuclear safety technician, this employee was responsible for monitoring his plant's equipment to prevent malfunctions that could result in explosions, property damage, injuries, and fatalities. Except, unlike Homer, the former employee was allegedly found sleeping on the floor of his office, with a pillow, blankets, and an alarm clock nearby. Now that's what I call an all-out Costanza! All that's missing here...

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