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I’ve Moved. The End of the HR Schoolhouse

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This post originally ran in early 2015 when I stopped posting at the HRSchoolhouse and migrated over to my current site. When I changed my hosting it somehow dropped off so, since I still get a lot of traffic here at the Schoolhouse, I’ve decided to repost it. Please join me at my current blog/site.


Why Your HR Lady Likes to Tell You “No”

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There’s an interesting dynamic often at play in the workplace when the CEO/Owner/Company President serves as an ersatz father figure while the beleaguered HR lady is assigned the role of substitute mother. (And


I’m from HR. And I’m Here to Help.

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I really am. But I understand why you may not believe me. Over the years, perhaps, you’ve had frustrating interactions with poker-faced human resources ladies desperately clinging to antiquated policies and procedures. It’s entirely possible that an HR Business Partner, who, according to your company collateral is supposed to ‘build coalitions and effect change,’ only brought about frustration by tossing up roadblocks and obstacles.


The Community Has Spoken – #truBatonRouge

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“HR people and recruiters sure think differently, don’t they?” quote from #truBatonRouge attendee). They sure do; and I’ve talked about it quite a bit. I feel somewhat able to pontificate on the subject as I’ve not only worked for an agency, been an internal recruiter, and managed corporate recruiting teams, but have also held numerous HR leadership positions over the years.


Live Webinar: The Recruiting Metrics that Matter: 5 Numbers You Must Track

The Recruiting Metrics that Matter: 5 Numbers You Must Track. Time-to-fill. If this is the only metric you’re tracking to measure the success of recruiting, you’re doing it wrong. In fact, time-to-fill is one of the most vague recruiting KPIs you can measure, since it doesn't do much to show you where bottlenecks are - or what you can be doing to improve your processes. Why time-to-fill isn’t the most useful metric. Metrics to track as an HR Coordinator and as an HR Director. 5 reports you should always be running. Why these numbers matter. Sign up for our live webinar on Thursday, March 22, 2018, Time: 11:00 AM PST to learn first-hand from a seasoned recruiter with 20+ years of experience the top 5 recruiting metrics you MUST be tracking.

Running the Family Business

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A bit of news came out last night about our beloved Saints. As reported by The Times-Picayune , “ New Orleans Saints, Pelicans ownership shocker: wife Gayle, not granddaughter Rita, will control empire after Tom Benson dies.”. Of course, as with anything of this sort, there’s all manner of speculation. Did Rita want to eventually move the team out of New Orleans? Is Gayle (a much younger 3 rd wife for Tom Benson) a gold-digger?


Why @Victorio_M is Awesome! #timsackettday

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When I think about my friend Victorio Millian I have strong visual recollections. I see the beautiful photos he takes of his beloved NYC and the smiling faces of his two kids and their mother. I remember the times we’ve been able to sit down and have a chat and a bit of fun at various events over the years. I remember that the first time we met face to face (as people are wont to say) was in an elevator. In 2010. Victorio is a human resources professional. And a damn good one.


Repetition and Reruns for the HR Win

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The other day as I lay prone on the sofa flipping through channels I happened upon “When Harry Met Sally.” The last 30 minutes of “When Harry Met Sally.”. Now I’ve seen this movie so many times I feel as if I not only assisted in writing the script but also hung out during filming and gave notes to the actors, picked out the set decorations, and had a hand in Meg Ryan’s wardrobe. I can sing along to every song on the Harry Connick Jr. infused soundtrack.


Desperate, Sweaty, SWM Looking for ‘Love’

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The dating/recruiting comparisons are endless and we’ve been drawing parallels for years. The conversation will continue for some time; we’re waiting, after all, for the much-anticipated eHarmony launch of its recruiting/assessment/matching platform later this year. One thing I’ve never seen dissected though is how one’s approach , to either the dating process or the hiring process, impacts the final outcome.


The Complete Guide to Buying an Applicant Tracking System

With 200 + offerings in the market, choosing the right applicant tracking system can be a challenge. To help, we have developed a comprehensive buying guide highlighting what you should look for along each step of the decision process. Download the guide and ensure that the ATS you choose is the right fit for your organization.

You CAN Bring the Sexy Back: ‘Branding’ Employee Discipline

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It seems you can’t click open your web browser without reading something about “Employer Branding.” Or “Talent Branding.” Good stuff to be sure; I think it’s important and critical. What fascinates me is how we tend to explore this concept primarily from a talent attraction or recruiting standpoint. Oh sure, during the strategy phase of “employer branding” there is cursory attention paid to overall organizational culture and the end-loop/integration to the employee life cycle. “If


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Thinking of Changing Performance Reviews? Focus on These Core Components


Performance reviews are dead, or so we have been told. The data shows a shrinking support for the traditional method: only 15% of companies have not adjusted their annual performance management process and do not plan to.


How This Digital Agency Created a Global Culture of Performance


It’s no secret that the old performance management process is out. Ratings, annual reviews, and clunky software systems are no longer practical or functional for the modern organization.


3 Things We’ll See in HR by 2022

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On Friday of last week (10/20), I was a guest on Michael Cameron’s daily radio program “ Win-Win@Work ” and had the opportunity to speak about my favorite topic – building and leading a world-class recruiting team.


Are You Closing Candidates and Getting Them Onboarded Efficiently?

Once you choose a candidate to hire, the real work begins of trying to get them to accept your offer. And even if they do, you still need to get them onboarded efficiently. Are you doing a good job managing these steps? Take a 30-second assessment for a free evaluation of your job offer and onboarding processes.

How to Get the Employee Experience on the CEO’s Agenda [eBook]


Short version: we’re releasing a new eBook and a companion webinar focusing on the employee experience and how to get executive attention and investment in building your own firm’s employee experience. Read on for details about the contents of both of these resources!


Robots in the Workplace: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them


Artificial intelligence (AI) will change the way we work — there’s no doubt about it. For senior leaders, increased computerization promises efficiency and low-cost productivity — better profitability is in our grasp. For human resources, AI will take jobs away, replacing human workers.


The Top 10 Strategic HR and TA Metrics That CEOs Want to See


Unfortunately, most of those who create metrics in HR and recruiting don’t really understand the strategic mindset of CEOs. And, as a result, the metrics that are reported to CEOs and the executive committee result in no positive action being taken.


Living in Color: Why I Stopped Caring About What White People Think

The Aristocracy of HR

010010000000 It must be a hell of a feeling when your skin, ideas, and presence become a golden ticket of Willy Wonka proportions in life. It must be nice to not only create the rules, systems, and standards but to actually be “the standard”.


5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

How to Create a More Transgender Inclusive Workplace


Brooke Brimo is an Honours Political Science student at McGill University. In her Feminist and Social Justice Studies class, she researched discrimination against transgender people in American workplaces. She was inspired by the story of Ginger Chien, a transgender device architect at AT&T.


Post-Brexit Workforce Challenges: How to Strategically Plan Through Ambiguity


“If Brexit occurs there will almost inevitably be a period of uncertainty, and uncertainty is what we can’t cope with.”.


6 Simple Ways to Improve Workplace Wellness at Your Company


A company that values wellness helps its employees maintain physical and mental health. Employees who feel healthy and have work-life balance are more motivated and focused. They bring a positive energy to the office.


The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO


An employee who spends more time in the office isn’t necessarily a more productive employee. The State of American Vacation 2017” report—a survey of over 7,000 American workers—found that 38% of employees want to be seen as a “work martyr”, someone who sacrifices time-off to put in more hours at the office. This mindset is part of the reason that the majority of employees, 54%, end the year with unused vacation time. 54% of employees end the year with unused vacation time. Click To Tweet.


7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

The Rise of the People Strategy Platform


“Now, more than ever, the corporate strategy for large companies hinges on the people strategy.”. This was a key takeaway from a summit of HR leaders and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) experts, who met to discuss the future of HR and the trends shaping it.


7 Definitions of Employee Engagement - DecisionWise


Have you ever wondered why there were so many definitions of employee engagement? Organizations around the globe are striving to build a culture of engagement, yet the various definitions often cloud their efforts.


Understanding the Difference: Traditional vs. Agile Performance Management


A coach coaches in real-time during a game, reacting to their team’s performance and providing in-the-moment guidance to help the players improve and the team win. The coach doesn’t wait until the end of the season to start coaching. The same principle applies to performance reviews. The traditional method of performance management – waiting until the end of the year, or doing biannual reviews, simply doesn’t work.




Recently, we have had several organizations come to us with the same basic question: What can we do to improve employee engagement if 90% of our employees stay less than 6 months? It’s important to note that these organizations are not fundamentally flawed and somehow hemorrhaging talent.


A Walk In Their Shoes

Speaker: Angie Verros, Founder, Vaia Talent

In today's competitive job market, how candidates perceive your firm impacts who you attract and hire. Guess what? If your candidate experience rocks, you'll be able to attract top talent! Have you ever considered what it's like to be on the other side? How great would it be if we took their bad experiences and turned them around by using our instincts? Today you will learn how to use simple human elements in order to showcase your employer brand and convert more applicants to amazing hires.

3 Important Questions for International Women’s Day


by Lynette Silva. Recognize This! – A day doesn’t accomplish much. But a movement can. Be inspired this International Women’s Day. It’s International Women’s Day. That immediately raises three questions. Why do women get a day and men don’t? ( Men do – it’s in November.).


It’s All Connected: Unearthing The Potential in Hidden Collaborative Networks


Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s commissioner for cultural affairs from 1989 to 2011, passed away at age 90 in January 2016. She was made famous in part by Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book “The Tipping Point,” who described her as the quintessential “connector.”.


It’s About More Than HR: Analytics Learnings from Tom Davenport and Dr. John Sullivan



The Top 3 Factors Influencing Employee Satisfaction And Retention: An Interview With Colleen McCreary


How do you look at The Employee Lifecycle ? Are you detached like a seasoned clinician who views patients in terms of mechanics, or are you involved like the newly graduated nurse who is focused on the experience of the person and the wellbeing of their body?


New Ways to Engage and Source Talent - All In Less Than 24 Hours

Speaker: Derek Zeller, Director of Recruiting Solutions, Engage Talent

In this session, we’ll examine the critical essentials you should know about the type of tech you are looking for and what you should know before engaging with candidates - everything from where to get the information you need, to which sites and books are good to read. By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new candidates to your managers more quickly.

With #MeToo, WorkHuman 2018 Takes on New Sense of Urgency


By Laurie Ruettimann. Did you know the #MeToo movement is more than 12 years old? Tarana Burke changed the world when she used the phrase “me too” back in 2006 to help women who had survived sexual violence. Since that time, conversations have evolved.


Employee Turnover is Highest in January: How to Keep Critical Employees from Leaving


This is the time of year when employers need to be proactive with their employee retention strategies. Recent data from Glassdoor specifically calls out January as the month when more employees are likely to leave.


How To Make A WOW! Culture That Astonishes People

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Satisfying your customers isn’t good enough in today’s competitive markets. Meeting their needs falls short of earning their loyalty and turns your business into a commodity where only Price is important.


Resolving Coworker Conflicts in the Workplace


Conflict in the Workplace. Conflict in the workplace take place when multiple parties disagree with one another, and haven’t yet found a solution or resolution.


Performance Management: Keep Employees Engaged and Motivated

Many organizations have looked at their performance management processes but still have not found a way to make them more effective.