What CEOs Ought Not to Do When Business Sours

Most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” or something to that effect. Basically, the idiom advises us not to discard something valuable in our eagerness to get rid of some useless thing associated with it. If you are not careful, this can happen to businesses going through a rough patch.

In terms of rectification, you have to look at the issue in the context of whether the problem is a short-term blip or the beginning of a long-term shift to your business or industry. Using the coffee business as an...


Hiring Is Still Low-Cost Proposition in Most Industries

“Good, but not great” is how most federal government employment reports are tagged each month when they’re released. But when it comes to workers’ earning power of late, “good” isn’t all that great.

A survey on worker displacement released Aug. 24, 2012, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shed more light on the trouble the U.S. faces getting people back to work. Since 1984, the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor has sponsored surveys biennially that collect information on workers who were displaced from their jobs.

From January 2009 through...


SHRM: September LINE Report

In September, for the second consecutive month, the hiring rate will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2012.  
Job growth will be steady in September. More than four out of 10 (40.8 percent) manufacturers will add jobs in September; nearly one out of four (24.8 percent) of service-sector companies will conduct hiring. The layoff rate for both sectors is at a four-year low for the month of

Social Media Password Protections: Not Just MD and IL

Maryland was the first state to enact a statute in the employment context  prohibiting employers from requiring or requesting that applicants or employees provide their employer with their passwords to their private social media sites.  Illinois has become the second.

More specifically, last month, on August 1, 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (P.A. 097-0875), which prohibits employers from requesting or requiring that employees or job applicants provide their employer with access to the employee's or applicant's social media accounts. The amendment, which goes into effect...


#NEXTCHAT: Compare the Candidates at the #2012DNC

Raising awareness about the human resource profession is one of SHRM’s most important missions, and the 2012 Presidential election provides an attentive audience of policy makers and business leaders with whom we wish to communicate.

On August 26, SHRM introduced a new, 30-second TV commercial on CNN, Headline News and CNN Airport News. The commercial focuses on leadership and highlights HR’s ability to “get the most out of business by getting the best out of people.”

SHRM is also the sponsor of "National Journal’s“Compare the Candidates” policy forum events at the Republican and...


ABR: Always Be Recruiting. How to Build a Pipeline of Talented Intern Candidates

Most of you know Alec Baldwin’s famous speech in Glengarry Glen Ross where he shares the golden rule of sales: “ABC: Always Be Closing.” Even more so than sales, recruiting is a job where you need to always be on. If you’re not constantly building a pipeline of candidates and promoting your brand, chances are that the top candidates you want to hire will slip through the cracks.

In the past, this has been very tough to accomplish in college recruiting. With the constant churn of new...


5 Considerations For a Mobile Device Policy

According to mobiThinking, cellular subscriptions worldwide are at 6 billion. Yes, that’s billion. Companies are making significant revenue from mobile devices: Google $2.5 billion last year. eBay expects customers to buy/sell $8 billion this year and PayPal expects to see $7 billion in mobile payments.

When that much money is changing hands over mobile devices, marketing departments take notice. And human resources needs to realize that attempts to ban mobile device usage in the workplace could be met with a whole lot of resistance. And perhaps for good reason. So maybe it’s time to consider drafting...


HR Tools and Tech: HR At Your Fingertips

HR At Your Fingertips is an essential mobile app for any HR professional who is consistently on the go. Isn’t everyone these days? This app contains a glossary of HR terms, Federal laws and a guide on how to create an employee handbook, allowing quick and easy access to information from your pocket.

Managing human resources can be a complicated and essential task for small business owners and corporate HR professionals; one that often requires on-the-spot access to company policies, terms and employment laws. To help you address...


Taking Complex Global HR Issues and Communicating Them Simply to Your Stakeholders

There is no shortage of complexity in global business, and surely the senior leaders and managers in your organization do not have time to learn about every complex business issue in detail.  If you, yourself, are a senior leader or manager, you may be nodding your head here.  Leaders and managers might be interested and eager to know more about a topic, such as how the organization’s Muslim truck drivers will be able to observe daily prayers on an operations timeline, but they may not have the luxury of time to learn about every detail.  So you need to...


Executive Book Club: August 2012

Making Telework Work: Leading People and Leveraging Technology for High-Impact Results

Technology and teleworkers are all around us and are increasing every day. The most progressive organizations and those that want to secure a competitive advantage have unlocked the power of teleworking, and now your company can too!

While IT infrastructure, software and hardware may set the stage for telework, Making Telework Work lays out in simple, direct terms what leaders need to know to integrate technology, manage knowledge workers and teleworkers and drive competitive advantage...