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The Ultimate Summer Reading List to Grow Your Career

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Summertime means great weather and bus, train, or plane trips to even better weather and adventures, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself on a beach with a book in hand. When I take time off work to go on a vacation — a real one, where I’m not checking email every five minutes — I come back to work refreshed and ready to take my projects to the next level. These books will get you thinking about how you can be better at work, and work can be better for you Click To Tweet.

The 5 Ingredients You Need to Make Organizational Change

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There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and resistance to change. Let’s face it, people are creatures of habit and get comfortable in their routines, systems, and structures. Requiring them to break away from the familiar takes a seismic effort.

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Why Millennials Want More Feedback, More Often

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Everyone needs feedback. Constructive feedback helps people change course and reach their goals, and recognition affirms good behaviors. Companies that institute effective feedback are more likely to help their employees, and their bottom lines, grow. There are many articles being passed around saying millennials need more feedback, especially as companies scramble to change their work culture and benefits package to drive retention and acquisition of the generation.

Top 9 TED Talks on Human Resources

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“Workplace culture” is a buzzword frequently thrown around as an indicator of company success, yet remains an elusive concept. What distinguishes a great workplace from mediocrity? How do we retain and cultivate talent?

Guide to Lean Hiring

It's undeniable: over the years, hiring processes have become more complex. In many ways, this shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, the work that most of us do has become more sophisticated But does complexity really lead to better, faster hires? Of course not. In fact, many smart organizations have started a trend, a return to simplicity, that allows them to compete for talent more efficiently. This trend is called lean hiring. Download the Guide to Lean Hiring and develop a systematic approach to recruiting that increases productivity while eliminating waste.

What You Need to Know About the Changing Function of HR

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Human resources has undergone a massive transformation in recent years, and the industry continues to evolve. Make no mistake, this isn’t just a facelift from new tech tools that help HR professionals do their jobs. It’s a shift in the function of human resources. See also: The real cost of performance reviews.

How Am I Doing? The Importance of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

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We have spoken before about the importance of core values in a workplace and we’d like to bring up another factor that is just as important: environment. Remember in high school biology class when learning about the central nervous system and the “fight or flight” response the body has to fear?

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17 Inspiring Quotes for HR Leaders

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‘Tis the season to get inspired. As 2016 comes to a close and the New Year is upon us, now is the perfect time to press the reset button, set new goals, and get excited for what’s on the horizon. Working in HR means being a leader by way of cultivating leadership in the workplace.

See What Your Employees Value [INFOGRAPHIC]

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More and more, employees are choosing workplaces that align with their personal values. For companies looking to recruit and retain talent, that should bring up the question: What do today’s employees value? Perhaps it’s not a simple question. Highly talented individuals across age groups, geographies, and industries may value very different things.

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.

Amazon’s New Performance Review Process Will Be Employee-Focused

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The Seattle area’s two big technology companies are Microsoft and Amazon. In 2013, Microsoft became one of the early major companies to overhaul its performance review process, eliminating stack ranking and adapting its compensation process to put more influence in the hands of managers.

2017 HR Trends We’re Excited About Right Now

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As the year draws to a close, many companies are closing up their final review period and getting goal creation programs ready for the new year. There’s a lot happening behind-the-scenes in HR departments.

13 Podcasts on Human Resources You Don’t Want to Miss

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We look to organizations like Human Capital Institute and SHRM for research, learnings, and best practices related to running an HR or people operations department.

What Every VP of HR Need to Know About Change Management

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Implementation is about people. This may seem obvious, but it was an especially notable observation at the HR Technology Conference held in Chicago recently.

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.

3 Feedback Types Every Manager Needs to Know

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There is a lot of talk these days about helping managers give more feedback to employees. What if it’s not a matter of more or less feedback, but rather intentional versus unintentional feedback? In other words, your managers are giving your employees plenty of feedback already, but are phrasing it in a way that prevents growth, instead of inspiring it. Unintentional feedback is emotionally withdrawn. Intentional feedback is emotionally transparent.

Why Compensation Doesn’t Drive Motivation

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Everyone can use more money. No matter how happy and engaged your employees are at work, they won’t turn down a raise or a perk. But will the incentive of a higher salary or compensation bonus improve their work performance? Well, that’s another story. Financial incentives can undermine autonomy and intrinsic motivation Click To Tweet.

Why HR Is Obsessed With Employee Performance Check-Ins

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Adobe’s evolved performance management program is aptly named the Check-in. Think about the feelings the name evokes, especially compared to its predecessor, the performance review. The check-in is lightweight, friendly and informal.

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This Is How Facebook Does Performance Reviews

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As companies including General Electric and IBM have announced changes to their annual performance reviews meant to foster innovation, it’s interesting to see what younger technology companies are doing to engage their employees and promote learning and development.

Newton’s Guide to Mobile Recruiting

In recruiting, mobile’s no longer a trend. It’s the reality. Currently, 9 in 10 job seekers use their smartphones to find new employment opportunities. Lacking a mobile recruiting strategy? Download our guide to mobile recruiting for practical tips on attracting mobile job seekers and driving them to apply.

Why This Political Empowerment Startup Put Values First

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When is the right time to set company values? “Yesterday,” many founders will say. Creating company values is certainly a time-intensive exercise that many early-stage companies don’t feel they have the time or resources for.

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Without Retention, Diversity Efforts Fall Short

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Building diversity in the workplace is an initiative HR leaders cannot afford to miss. Companies with diverse workforces are proven to deliver higher performance and greater innovation. Therefore, many technology companies are directing large sums of money to increase internal diversity metrics and cultivate a broader pipeline of minority candidates. Despite investment in equal-opportunity hiring practices, diversity numbers are unimpressive Click To Tweet.

The Importance of Recognition in the Workplace

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Want to join the HR Roundtable and contribute insight to a monthly hot topic in HR innovation? Email dani@reflektive.com for more information. A good compliment goes a long way.

How to Know If You Should Use Performance Ratings

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“I’d love to get rid of ratings, but it’ll never get past our senior management.” ” This is a popular refrain among HR folks as industry leaders including Goldman Sachs and GE have stopped rating their employees in annual reviews.

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 Effectively Request and Receive Feedback – Lessons From the Reflektive Salon Series

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Mastering the art of feedback is no easy task for HR professionals and employees alike. Whether it’s navigating the three distinct types of feedback, or mustering the courage to give feedback in the first place, almost everyone can agree on the challenges that arise when having these types of conversations in the workplace.

Here’s What SOC 2 Compliance Means For Our Customers

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Creating a culture of engagement and satisfaction requires an unparalleled level of transparency and trust. Every day, employees rely on their employer to keep their personal information safe, and companies in turn rely on software providers to protect employee data.

The Neuroscience of Learning in the Workplace

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In his TED Talk viewed over 17 million times, Daniel Pink gained fame when he said, “There’s a gap between what science knows and what business does.”. As someone who transitioned from the medical field into the business world, this connection rings true, with business often forgetting about the data uncovered from science, and the potential applications lost in most business practices.

4 Foundations of a Great Performance Review Strategy

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Performance reviews fail to address their goal of growing a workforce’s performance. As we move away from Industrial Revolution-era ways into a new wave of work, many are realizing that the old tools don’t cut it any longer. Employees are not resources, they are people. Click To Tweet. The old processes — lengthy, anxiety-provoking , developmentally weak, and siloed — misalign with innate human motivation. Knowing what doesn’t work is helpful for understanding what not to do.

The Goldilocks ATS Story

When your business is growing, choosing the right recruiting technology can be a challenge. How do we cut through the noise? We turn to fairy tales. Seriously. We use the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to break down the applicant tracking system market.

Core Values Are Essential to Company Culture

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“Treat your customers like human beings, and they will always come back for more.”. The above statement is more than just a talking point in business management 101; it’s part of the core values statement of L.L. Bean, one of the most recognizable names in the retail world. It’s not realistic to construct a time-tested values system like L.L. Bean’s overnight; building a brand from the ground up takes time, patience, blood, sweat, and tears.

Company Values Help This Startup Scale Its Brand

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The key to effective company values is to evolve them with both a company’s brand and business needs. Serenflipity started as a travel experiment — founder Cara Thomas was off to 90-day solo trip to India and Southeast Asia.

4 Essential Trends at HCI’s 2017 Performance Management Innovation Conference

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The theme at Human Capital Institute’s conference on performance management innovation this year is “feed forward, not feedback.” ” In an early poll of attendees, most said they were currently looking to transform their performance management, with about 20 percent saying they already use an agile performance management process.

10 Top Trends Shaping the Workplace in 2017

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With the war for talent heating up, companies are competing harder than ever to attract top talent for their growing teams. But how are they doing it? Employee experience and workplace wellness are front and center in the conversation on how to attract and retain talent across all industries. From info we gathered at SHRM a few weeks back, to current trends in the media, we have compiled a list of top workplace trends for 2017.

How to Create a Communication Culture and Get Great Results

Creating a communication culture in an organization pays handsome dividends.