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Employee Engagement: Against Happiness

David Zinger

Employee Engagement: Think Different #2. The September 24th issue of The Economist had an article against happiness at work. The article stated that “companies that try to turn happiness into a management tool are overstepping the mark.” ” The one-page article also concluded that companies do not have the right to “turn happiness into an instrument of corporate control.”

Are Unspoken Issues Creating Mischief on Your Team?

The People Equation

When the results of Google’s research on team effectiveness (called “Project Aristotle”) were revealed earlier this year, the conclusion was surprising: the best teams have just one thing in common. Factors such as clear goal-setting and team member dependability are certainly important, but they’re not what definitively sets great teams apart from their average counterparts.

RELEASED TODAY: EEOC to Collect Summary Pay Data: First Collection in March 2018


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that starting March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers. The new data will improve investigations of possible pay discrimination, which remains a contributing factor to persistent wage gaps. OFCCP collects data from federal contractors and subcontractors.

Where to Catch Ultimate Software at #HRTechConf 2016

Ultimate Software

With every October comes the annual HR Technology Conference & Expo, held this year October 4–7 in Chicago. It’s a pivotal time across the HR tech space, and there’s no shortage of innovative and exciting developments ahead. If you’re heading to HR Tech 2016, here’s where you can catch Ultimate Software: Tuesday, October 4. Wednesday, October 5. Then, join Cecile for Payroll 2.0:

The SMB Guide to Posting Jobs

Whether you’re an HR professional for a small start-up, a high-growth company or a large enterprise organization, the quality of your team is the single best predictor of success. Learn how to build a solid sourcing strategy that consistently results in great hires by reading Jazz's new eBook, The SMB Guide to Posting Jobs.

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YES: It's Only a Matter of Time Before Someone Gets Their ### Kicked at Your Company for Wearing Snapchat Spectacles

The HR Capitalist

Of course, I can't call it Snapchat anymore. Snapchat's renamed their company to "Snap", since they will be moving to things other than the expected "snapchats". You know, like taking video in public that might get you assaulted. Confused? Snap(chat) has launched the next version of Google Glass (remember that?) Its camera has a 115-degree lens meant to more closely approximate how humans see.

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Java Developer Tops Most Applied-For Jobs


What jobs are drawing the most attention from tech pros? According to an analysis of the Dice database, the following positions have attracted the most applies since January 2016. In descending order of popularity: Java Developer.NET Developer. Business Analyst. Project Manager. Senior Java Developer. Network Engineer. UI Developer. Java Developer. DevOps Engineer. Senior.NET Developer.

Elder Caregiving: The Invisible Workforce Epidemic

TLNT: The Business of HR

An invisible epidemic is impeding employee productivity at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. That epidemic: the time-consuming and stress-inducing challenges employees face as modern caregivers. Compensation & Benefits Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Legal - Compliance & Policies Voluntary Benefits Workplace Stress Featured

Manterrupted: Workplace Dynamics in the Presidential Debate

Blogging 4 Jobs

I’ve talked about the content of Tuesday’s Presidential debate , but not about the tenor. Whatever your political alignment, you probably noticed something about the way that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton interacted. While she calmly laid out her arguments, Trump repeatedly interrupted her trying to get off a good sound bite or three. Some have called Clinton cold or even boring.

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Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Using Technology To Move Business Beyond Bias


As the leader of a global cloud company running mission-critical applications globally for more than 4,500 clients and their more than 45 million users, I, like most executives, spend a lot of time thinking about people and the workforce. At our size, and with the criticality of the HCM suite of applications we provide, there are only a few other businesses in the cloud developing the talent that I need. I am always looking for that unicorn of an employee. Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic today, and it’s not hard to understand why. But I believe that’s short-sighted thinking.

Should women look to men as professional sponsors?


Women are still working their way to the top, accounting for a small number of spots among leadership positions (for now, anyway!). On this climb up, many are looking for sponsors, but the pool of high-level female professionals is small. Are we limiting ourselves if we are not looking at male leaders for sponsorship? How can I select a sponsor?

Stretch Work Assignments – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing something new…and possibly uncomfortable. An HR Bartender reader was faced with that situation. Something happened today at work and I really need your help. work at an Institute that conducts employee seminars, conferences, and training programs for various organizations. My guess is that my boss’ request was intentional to make me develop my skills.

If A Classroom Is How You Train, You’re Doing It Wrong

TLNT: The Business of HR

Changes both in teaching strategies and technologies are revitalizing a blended approach to learning. As technology improvements make our personal content more interactive and accessible, many corporate learning programs aim to use the same channels to advance their training and development programs. HR Insights Training, Learning & Development Virtual Training Featured

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Hawaii National Bank for #CeridianCXDay: Creating an effective social responsibility program


We dedicate this day, #CeridianCXDay to each and every Ceridian customer. Learn how we’re celebrating our annual Customer Experience (CX) Day in yesterday’s blog ! By: Derek Kanehira, VP and Director of Human Resources at Hawaii National Bank. Did you know that 79% of candidates prefer to work for a company that is socially responsible ? Step 1: Form a steering committee. start planning.,

#HealthcareHR is Alive and Well


I’m fresh off a hectic couple of weeks that included two fantastic #HealthcareHR conferences. You read that right…TWO events focused on human resources professionals in healthcare. That’s what I’m talking about! How About You For those HealthcareHR leaders out there who haven’t taken advantage of these terrific events in the past, please consider them as “must attend” events in 2017. No Excuses.

my manager takes credit for my work, rejected by form letter from someone I know personally, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. 1. My manager takes credit for my work. work for a small company with only three full-time employees, so things can get quite hectic at times for my supervisor, Jane. She often gives me projects that our customers and sales reps request from her and that she is too busy to work on. To give some background, I have worked at my company for a year now, and have gotten constant praise from Jane from day one. She is always telling me what a great job I do, and how I am “well above the learning curve” for my position. short answers

How an HR Leader Would Help Trump Get Better

The Tim Sackett Project

By now, if you didn’t see the debates live, you’ve heard that Trump, for the most part, was unprepared and got beat pretty good by Hillary. BTW – the media, and Clinton’s marketing machine have conditioned me to do this – I call Donald Trump – “Trump” and I call Hillary Clinton – “Hillary” – why is that? Because we have a negative reaction to “Clinton” based on Bill!). Here’s what I think most HR leaders would do with Trump: 1. “Let’s talk about your preparation. ” 5. Go to Step #1.

The Essential Guide to Recruiting Performers

In today's competitive talent market, it's essential for HR leaders to be able to connect their recruiting efforts to hiring results. This eBook will show you how to easily navigate the talent market and focus on hiring employees with the most ROI: Performers.

Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Better Manager


Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year. According to Gallup , managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units. Gallup also discovered that great managers tend to share the following traits: motivational, assertive, accountable, transparent, and makes decisions based on productivity, not politics. Focus on team building.

Managing Your Boss: Establishing Trust and Respect

Switch and Shift

Most bosses are really good at identifying your areas of possible improvement, but typically they are really bad at identifying their areas of possible improvement. So how do we help our boss take a good look in the mirror? This is a big topic, too big to be discussed to completion in a single blog post. But the overarching themes throughout should be Trust and Respect.


September Product Update: FLSA Overtime Report & Much More!


We have been all over FLSA Compliance, especially with the DOL’s fast-approaching December 1st deadline to comply with new overtime rules. Conducting an internal FLSA review can be a complex, multi-step process involving many internal teams. For guidance and best practices, check out Your Guide to the DOL’s Overtime Rules.   The first step in any FLSA review is reviewing your population to determine affected employees. To help you, Namely released our FLSA Overtime Report. Integration is the top technology challenge facing HR professionals today. Stay tuned for more updates next month!

Will OSHA’s new whistleblower rules invalidate your settlement agreement?

Ohio Employer's Law

When an employer presents an agreement to an employee ancillary to the separation of that employee’s employment, or settles a claim asserted by an employee, part of the bargain for which the employer is paying is finality. Yet, over the past couple of years, the federal government has made this finality harder and harder to achieve. Now, OSHA also has joined the fray. So, what is an employer to do?

2016 Training Program Best Practices

Can you hear the collective groan when you launch that new compliance course? Do you get complaints both public and private from trainees about the uselessness of the training courses you've launched? Is there anything that can be done about it?

job-searching advice for a teenager on the autism spectrum

Ask a Manager

Here’s a conversation I recently had with someone who wrote to me, and I’m hoping y’all can help. She writes: I am having such trouble getting a real job. I don’t know why (though I have my guesses, which we’ll get to in a moment), but I really am. I am 17-3/4, and I will be turning 18 in December. Most people I know in my area and age bracket are working at least one job. have tried and tried and tried to get a job. There was one point where I almost got one, but the person in charge of my case quit, so I was dropped. Is it because I’m a girl? Is it because of my stutter?


Don’t Drag Your Feet During Hiring

HR Daily Advisor

Yesterday we looked at an infographic from a Robert Half survey that indicates that candidates won’t wait around for you to contact them after an interview. Today we’ll look at some more results. More than 1,000 U.S. workers currently employed in office environments were surveyed by an independent research firm for the study. How long a timeline is considered too long? Gather the stakeholders.

2016 Presidential Election Brings Uncertainty to Benefits World

Winston Benefits

No matter who is elected president in November, the benefits world is probably headed for a big transition. Donald Trump has said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the defining feature of the Obama presidency, and undo all of the changes many have worked to adapt to over the past several years. Obamacare parental leave election


HRE Column: Three Lessons Learned Programming the #HRTechConf

Steve Boese

Here is my semi-frequent reminder and pointer for blog readers that I also write a monthly column at Human Resource Executive Online called Inside HR Tech that can be found here. This month, I took a look back at what I learned, or have think I have learned, from the last four years of programming the upcoming HR Technology Conference, and tried to tease out some of the trends and themes that are important for HR and business leaders to keep in mind as they consider their current and future HR technology programs. But I actually think the next phase of innovation in this area will. Humor me.


The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

When You’re Feeling Alone, A Mastermind Group Can Help

TLNT: The Business of HR

The mastermind concept came from an admirer of industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Napoleon Hill described the idea in his 1937 book, “ Think and Grow Rich ,” but the mastermind plan adapts to many forms of business networking, not just entrepreneurs, as originally foreseen. Collaboration HR Insights Organizational Leadership Featured

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Mergers and Acquisitions: How to Keep Employees from Leaving


Mergers are tricky business. Timing is critical, with small windows to conduct due diligence and communicate any changes to employees , shareholders and customers. Then there’s the actual work of merging two organizations. Unfortunately, the average due diligence process focuses almost exclusively on financials and physical assets. Planning for the people side of things often gets pushed until after the deal has been completed. This lack of planning leads to poor communication, employee distrust and culture clashes, which all contribute to employee turnover. Due diligence, plus.

Ask the Expert: Do Owners Count as Employees for FMLA?

HR Daily Advisor

We’re trying to determine whether we need to include owners in the when deciding if we fall under FMLA. We have 3 owners who are not in payroll (K-1) and 48 employees in payroll (W-2).  Do owners count as employees for FMLA? Thus, it becomes very important to understand how employees are counted, particularly if your organization is hovering around that 50 or more employees’ threshold.

Swiss Thursday: Guaranteed Vacation Time

Evil HR Lady

Everyone knows that “Europe” has fabulous vacation policies. (I put Europe in quotation marks because I’ve encountered so many people that don’t understand that the different countries in Europe vary wildly in so many things, EU or not.) In Switzerland, you’re guaranteed 4 weeks of paid vacation. But, if you have little darlings at home, and they have a school break, you get another benefit–your boss can’t say no to your vacation request. Even if it’s busy season. Even if EHRL needs her Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. True story!).

Learner motivation explained! Learn how to use an LMS to motivate your learners to upskill

Training and development professionals often bemoan the lack of apparent initiative in their trainees. Learning professionals spend huge sums of money creating or acquiring skill aligned libraries of learning content, only to watch almost helplessly as learners refuse to engage with any training available that isn’t mandatory.