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Energizing Employees for Better Performance

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What exactly is “ energy ” – in the social or workplace sense? The big question is, how do you attain that state of energy, in which people positively affect each other with their good moods, enthusiasm, and “can do” attitudes? Because there is no doubt that a happy, energized workplace is also a productive workplace. This phenomenon can be understood well in other contexts too. And no wonder.

5 Lessons My House Taught Me About Change Management

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This… is our house. On the bright side, we feel a nice breeze in the evenings… This is the view from what used to be the kitchen, looking out towards what used to be our family room, behind which you can see what was once our patio. All of it in demoliton mode. The contractors targeted end of September as the finish line. Metaphor alert… you ready? Gross.

TeamWORK or Team-BUILDING?

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My Talent Acquisition team recently participated in a team-building event courtesy of our friends at Strayboots. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum …. We were divided into three teams of 7 for the “hunt.” When the bell rang to start the exercise it became immediately apparent that our team-building initiative had become de-centralized. It was every team for itself, so to speak.

Scattershooting…on Bosses Day

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Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Chris Rock… Here, on the most awkward of “celebrated” office days, it seems appropriate to share my own reflections about becoming a “boss.” ” Did you really think you were this funny? Do you believe your ideas are always “brilliant!”? ”? It ain’t easy being the boss.

Secrets to Boost Your Offer Acceptance Rates!

Losing a quality candidate at the job offer stage is one of the most costly pitfalls in recruiting. Download our guide to boosting your offer acceptance rates and learn the 5 secrets to closing top candidates every time.

Recruiting “Leftovers”

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Even as kids we all realized something… when you ask “what’s for dinner?” ” and the answer is “ leftovers, ” Mom was out of time, patience, or energy. No matter the reason, dinner was going to be, as they say, “sub-par.” ” Edible? Sure, it’s edible , but so is tree bark. Leftovers just aren’t the same. But guess what?

The Secret to Creating a Bi-Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

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The Secret to Creating a Bi-Winning Employee Engagement Strategy. ‘Bi-winning’, Bi-winning’, a term popularized by actor Charlie Sheen , means winning on the ultimate level. Bi-winning is “winning here, and winning there”. And I am about to share with you the secret to a bi-winning employee engagement strategy. Yes, a strategy that is winning here, and winning there. Courtesy of: Learnkit.

Little Brothers Grow UP

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Work in big corporations long enough and you start to recognize the caste system inherent in the professional community. R&D is indispensable, Manufacturing has to actually make the ideas come to life, and then somebody has to sell it, so Sales becomes critical as well. The “big 3” pillars in a company—discover it, make it, sell it. Support functions. Overhead. Go on, admit it. Talent.

The “Look-Down” Generation

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It literally drives me crazy…driving in the morning/evening commute every day is a stressful task without added annoyances, but there it is, every… single… day. After finally navigating your way around the human impediment clogging traffic for the last five miles, you look over at the driver and you see it. The “ look down. ” You know the look-down, right?

Employer Branding Ebook

With tips and real examples from companies that have mastered their employer brand, this Ebook is a must-have for talent execs. As a bonus, we’ve added a free audit at the end to help you score your employer branding activities. Download the Ebook now.

You Know You’re a Manager When….

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I can count many blessings. Among those is the fact that not only do I have a great boss, I have two fantastic managers reporting to me. When you have strong people supporting your efforts, you can sometimes take for granted the fact that development continues for all of us – even those who are already at a pretty advanced level. ” Fairness is different than “the same.”

Don’t Out-kick Your Coverage

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Believe it or not, this post was not necessarily motivated by the fact we are knee-deep into the greatness that is football season. Timing is right, however, for this particular message. Be careful you don’t out-kick your coverage. Or at the very least know going in that it’s a high “risk vs. reward” situation. ” [thanks to Hunt-Scanlon for the share] But how?

Six Seconds That Cost You Dearly….

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It’s one of the great statistics in recruiting…”Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume.” ” According to The Ladders, 4.8 of those seconds are reviewing four areas; name, current position, current employer, and dates of employment. Bad recruiting? So that’s the situation, but what is the solution? Is there one solution? Doubtful.

Chop Your Own Wood

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External recruiters are a crutch. I need to be careful with this one, lest I misrepresent my point, but hear me out. What is “ recruiting ?” ” Visit different companies and you’ll find the definition (and philosophy) differs quite a bit. Cut to the bare bones, recruiting departments were often shrunk to a 1 or 2-person operation. I want my recruiters to chop their own wood.

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

Buy, Don’t Rent, Your Next Employee

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Guess what confuses a potential hire more than any other intangible? Despite the courtship, the hospitality, and the grand treatment during the recruiting process, they still don’t know one key nugget of information: “What’s it REALLY like to work here?” ” . Day 60? Day 360? What if the whole recruiting exercise was all a big dog & pony show? What’s the pace?

Back Into The Frying Pan

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For the last handful of years, I’ve been a free-range chicken, roaming from roost to roost spreading good cheer and occasional wisdom. The life of a consultant is one that doesn’t suit everyone, but for me it felt like a worn-in Birkenstock. Unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle that didn’t have the resiliency of a worn-in Birkenstock. Daddy needs new shoes. It’s true.

Innovation Requires Touch

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Fancy yourself as a recruiting innovator? One of the many wonderful things about LinkedIn, the number of evolutionary thinkers and great ideas ~ it’s easy to start feeling like you can change the world. And now, it’s time to make things happen for your employer. ” “ An engaged workforce is a priority. “ “ We want to be best in class. It’s lip service.

“Say My Name”….The Science of Recruiting

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Before the magic of Vince Gilligan forever bastardized the name “Heisenberg,” the actual man was one of the more recognized and respected names in the field of physics, and a flat-out pioneer in quantum mechanics. Check out the big brain on Werner is what I’m saying. Dude’s got his own Principle… respect. And it’s sooooo simple to understand, right? New tools?

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

Me & Chuck Muncie

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If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and it’s history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. But I managed to get by…for a while.

The Waiting is The Hardest Part

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How many sources of input does it take to make a decision? In the rapid-paced profession of talent acquisition, the answer is almost certainly “TOO many.” As the pressure to fill seats intensifies, the challenges in clearing that final hurdle continues to pad the cherished “time to fill” metrics valued so much by top brass. How much slower? How in the….??? “I got NEXT!” It doesn’t.

Killing a Housefly with a Hand Grenade

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“Killing a Housefly with a Hand Grenade” is the fifth in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in “ The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion ,” the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016. As discussed in the preceding series of posts , the essence of our job in Human Resources is “movement.” Sounds simple enough, but experience tells me otherwise. Now, flip the coin. Misguided.

SourceCon in Dallas? Bring Cab Fare…

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Well howdy folks, and welcome to Dallas ~ now get your Smartphones out and download the Uber app. On behalf of the Metroplex (I’ll get to that in a minute), please bring your consumer dollar and spend liberally. If you’re one of the hundreds of people headed down (or over) here for SourceCon, why not bring the spouse or significant other (or both) and make it a long weekend? As a Ft.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

Don’t P On My Leg

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…then tell me it’s raining. Familiar with this one? I can remember the first time I heard this expression – my high school baseball Coach decided we all needed a proper ripping, and as he was expressing his displeasure, one of my teammates offered an excuse. . Oh dear. ” Crude, yes. Brilliant? Definitely. Which brings us to Glassdoor. It’s vexing, really. Guess what?

Engagement & Productivity: What if you didn’t have to choose?

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This article is the summary of the 6 posts in the July blog series featuring a revolutionary employee engagement concept called Engaged Productivity ™. Read the other articles in the series here or at: www.authentum.com. . Engagement and Productivity are a difficult and delicate balance. Working to improve one, does not necessarily improve the other – at least, sustainably. The Issue.

Trump – It’s No Longer a Gimmick

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Note – Originally posted on LinkedIn, 8/10/15, but it keeps getting better. Highlighted any updates to this circus. It was June 16th when The Hairpiece announced in his Presidential candidacy speech that “The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, and rapists.” That’ll shut him up. Except it didn’t.

Force = Mass x Acceleration (+HR)

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“F = M x A (+HR)” is the fourth in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in “ The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion ,” the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016. “My job is to make people move.” ” That’s been the overall theme to this discussion to date, in case I haven’t bludgeoned you to death with imagery already.

13 Signs of Inefficient Recruiting

Losing track of job applicants and resumes? Struggling to schedule interviews and follow-up with all your candidates? Tired of waiting on that interview feedback from the team? You’re not alone. In fact, these are just 3 of the 13 most common symptoms that plague every recruiter. Want to stop wasting time and money? Read our guide below and learn how you can avoid these pitfalls.

Five Good R????n? t? Use T??m Building Activities in the W?rkplace

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This week Hardball introduces you to Ido Rabiner and his merry band of team-building gurus… All ѕuссеѕѕful соmраniеѕ undеrѕtаnd the importance of tеаm-building in the workplace. Helping employees get to know each other in a different context can help make working together back at the office that much easier and more enjoyable which can yield dramatic results. Find Nеw Lеаdеrѕ.

How To Take Employee Appreciation To The Next Level At Your Company

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Building a vibrant workplace requires a foundation of trust, respect, and honest communication. It also requires employee appreciation. Over 200,000 global employees were studied by the Boston Consulting Group , and the top reason they reported enjoying their work was, “feeling appreciated”. Financial compensation didn’t appear until number 8! How do your employees like to be appreciated? Ask them.

12 Powerful Tips to Build an Employee Recognition Culture

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About 65 percent of the people in one survey reported that they received no recognition over the last 12 months for their work.In the same report, 89 percent of employers feel that most employees leave their companies to earn more money. However, most workers who leave their jobs cite lack of appreciation as a major reason for seeking other opportunities. Spending money on routine company gift cards isn’t the same as offering personalised and specific praise based on an employee’s performance. Make It Personal It’s critical to be specific, personal and accurate. Culture Recognition

The 7 Elements of an Unforgettable Employee Experience

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We have all heard of the customer experience which is defined as the resulting product when a customer interacts with your brand. We’re all familiar with both good and bad customer experiences and we go through one or the other on a near daily basis. The employee experience has become increasingly important in HR management because of evolving business trends such as peer-to-peer sharing, high turnover rates and competitive recruiting practices. The employee journey begins before a job applicant even decides to apply, and it continues after the employee leaves the company as an alumnus.

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.

7 More Fascinating Employee Engagement Trends For 2017

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It’s no surprise that employee engagement numbers have been abysmal for the last few years (and if that is a surprise, you need to read our blog more often.) According to Gallup, engaged employees comprise only around 30% of the workforce. No wonder this post on 2016 engagement trends was so popular. . By the looks of things, this will be a long term project. So why the rise in engagement?