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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

You have fallen out of love with your job. No amount of date nights, second chances, or counseling services will make the situation right. You figure that it is time to move on to greener pastures, but is it?

There are ebbs and flows to every relationship, and jobs are no exception. What attracted you to your current position — challenging assignments, a fun work environment, money — may no longer be enough to keep you interested and satisfied. However, before mentally checking out and looking for a new position, make the following considerations.

1. Begin by having a conversation...

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Did you know that my wife is amazing? It’s true. Not only because she’s been my better half for nearly 32 years (in October of this year), but she balances me in a way few others do. She always nudges me every Saturday to make sure I write a blog post on Sunday. How freaking cool is that ??!! Then, she coyly says, “Do you need me to give you an idea again this week?” She giggles and continues. “You know, you rely on me for these ideas EVERY week.” I roll my eyes...

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Now More Than Ever... Introducing your #SHRM21 Influencers

 

Now more than ever...HR professionals are shaping the world of work. Over 200 concurrent sessions will provide a complete education for HR professionals at every stage of their career. Based on the SHRM Competency Model, these sessions will delve into the cutting-edge trends that will impact your workplace.

Thousands of attendees will expand their worlds as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, or attending virtually, September 9-12 for SHRM21 -- and SHRM Influencers are sure to be a big part of the experience. 

We are honored to officially announce the #SHRM21Influencers, all of whom truly represent this year’s conference theme, Now More Than...

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Lunching in California

 

This post is strictly for the purposes of illustrating WHEN that lunch break in California must be provided.

The state says “… a meal period must be provided no later than the end of the employee’s fifth hour of work (in other words, no later than the start of the employee’s sixth hour of work).  …”

In my role as an HR Knowledge Advisor, I have heard hundreds of times over the years about that one sentence in the state’s law:

“What does that mean?” “Show me.” “Can...

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Eight Simple Sourcing Innovation to Attract More Candidates

What is a simple sourcing innovation you created to attract more candidates?

To help your business attract more candidates, we asked HR experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From leveraging AI to forefronting benefits offered, there are several tips that may help your business attract more candidates than ever before. 

Here are eight simple sourcing innovations to attract candidates: 

  • Update job descriptions often
  • Leverage AI For scheduling immediacy 
  • Create Internship opportunities
  • Utilize talent you already have
  • Send follow-up emails
  • Forefront the benefits offered
  • ...
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Oh, I can do that, I’m exempt!

 

I recently had a call from a member expressing their frustration with their exempt employees strolling into work at a time that “works for them” and leaving when they feel their day is done versus following their employer’s work schedule. It seems that these employees are translating their exempt status into “exempt” from work schedules, time and attendance policies, leave approval policies, and other company rules. I explained to the member that employers do not have to tolerate this behavior, and yes, you can set expectations and even discipline exempt employees for violating company policies or rules!

The term...

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How to Begin Your HR Analytics Journey

 

HR departments are now involved in analyzing HR metrics at more than 90% of enabled organizations, according to a recent employer survey.

That’s great news for HR as a professional group, but if you are a member of the roughly 10% currently outside the HR analytics loop, then you’ve got some work to do to level up. Fortunately, catching up has never been easier.

Companies often say employees are their greatest asset, but, typically, their employees are the part of the business they know the least about. HR can help fill in that...

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The Pachyderm and the Pandemic

 

It’s no secret the pandemic brought unprecedented upheaval to the American workforce.

Overnight, many of us had to learn to work from home or take significant precautions at work. Over the first few weeks, thousands lost jobs.

The pandemic shocked us out of our routines and gave us a chance to see our work, jobs, and lives with a fresh perspective. The result was an exodus from jobs of all kinds. Some people decided not to return to the workforce for personal reasons. Others changed companies, or even...

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Don't Forget to Remember

 

We've all been sitting in our home offices for a year and a half pondering the return to our corporate enclaves. For some, the office has opened back up, this means commutes are back and formality might override flexibility. Others may have embraced the work-from-home ideology as permanent, this means longer working hours as lack of commute and in-office distractions free up more time for extra project work. Then there are those who tried to go back and were thwarted by the delta variant. Another group has reconsidered long-term work-from-home structure and have...

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What Are the Most Actionable HR Metrics Across the Employee Life Cycle?

 

Employee turnover is the HR metric that is most closely analyzed and acted upon by organizations, but it shouldn’t get all the attention.

In fact, a recent survey of HR professionals found that time-to-fill, employee absence, and cost-per-hire were some of the other most analyzed metrics after employee turnover.

While all these metrics have earned their spot on organizations’ most-watched lists, lost in the wealth of employee life cycle information are the following impactful HR metrics your organization should be putting on its watchlist because of their ability to add organizational...

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