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Work and Life and Everything In Between

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My mother, who has dementia, has been living with us now for a week. A really really REALLY long week. Getting her to Louisiana was neither an easy task not did it occur in a particularly seamless fashion. Over the last month I made two emergency (last-minute) cross-country trips.

The Worst Places to Work Award

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Chances are pretty good that the city in which you live has some sort of “Best Places to Work” Award. Mine does.

There’s So Much Work Yet to be Done – #BlackBlogsMatter

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There was an alarming, sickening and, sadly, not surprising story that hit the news last week ; a lawsuit has been filed against General Motors (GM) in which 8 workers outline allegations of racist behavior, threats and intimidation in the workplace.

Workin’ for a Livin’ – HR Style

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Is work something we need to fix? Is work broken? Does work suck? Unfortunately, for far too many people, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.”

Live Webinar: Fall in Love with Your Hiring Process

In order to make sure candidates fall in love with your company, you need a simple, structured process. Learn the steps you can take to hire the perfect candidates for your open roles and avoid making a toxic hire.

I Refuse to Maintain the Status Quo

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I dare say that most humans are creatures of habit and routine. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; in our hurly-burly lives it’s nice to rely on muscle-memory so we can drive the same daily route to the office or know that Friday evening will inevitably be comprised of pizza, pajamas and movies.

Zombie Human Resources; #DTHR Comes Back from the Dead

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Podcasting is hot. It’s so hot that every person I know seems to have a podcast. Sometimes it seems as if it’s gotten to the point where one of my dogs (I put my money on Mr. Crumples) is soon to announce that he’s starting up a podcast.

Employee Relations: Why Such a Bad Rap?

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Once upon a time, on the heels of the Industrial Revolution, we heralded the birth of the Personnel HR profession. Industrial Relations begat Labor Relations with its accompanying cliché: a smoke-filled room laden with labor bosses and cigar-chomping industrialists hammering out a collective bargaining agreement.

A Primer on Gender Friendly Conference & Event Swag

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Back in the day I worked for an organization that was quite keen on holding team retreats. These were off-site business affairs held at a somewhat centrally located resort or venue that could accommodate business meetings, dinners and frivolity for 100 or so managers for several days.

“Wait til @jkjhr sees us, he loves us!” – #ILSHRM18

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Many of us like to point to our vast social networks and talk about the friendships we have either made or deepened that are directly attributable to hanging out on social media. I, for one, can point to the early days on #HRtwitter as instrumental in bringing lots of people into my life; folks on whom I continue to rely for advice, counsel, fun and frivolity. People I admire and adore. John Jorgensen is one of those people.

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2019 Compensation Best Practices Report

Following a record-year of job growth in 2018, employees now have the tools to research and evaluate employers, and feel empowered to make moves if they don't like what they find. Get the latest trends in compensation, and find out how your organization stacks up.

Ass in Chair, Inc.

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Right now, as you’re reading this, people around the world are sitting in their offices. They have a desk, chair, phone and a computer with a monitor.

Your Company’s “Management Culture Number”

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If there’s one word that every HR practitioner (and every employment attorney for that matter) would spend good money to have embroidered on a custom-made throw pillow to keep in their office it would be “document.” Good grief how we love to talk about documentation.

Those Phantom Workplace Activities

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You would think, in this day and age of transparency in the workplace and access to rapid-fire tech and communication tools that organizations would no longer be ready, willing and able to operate under a cloak of invisibility. If you think that you would be wrong.

Looking for the BEST in Your New Hires

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The hiring process can be tortuous. Lengthy and cumbersome, the journey from completing an application to day-one-of-employment is often fraught with peril for both the applicant and the recruiting/HR team.

2018 in Talent Acquisition & The 2019 Impact

2019 will certainly have its own set of talent acquisition challenges. This valuable report reflects on key events in 2018 and extracts critical insights to help lay the path forward this year. Get on board or get left behind with these key takeaways.

Elephants in the Workplace

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An elephant never forgets. We all know that saying. It implies, for some reason, that elephants possess some incredible long term memory. Apparently though, there is some research backing this up). There are also elephants at work. Which can be super awesome. Or sometimes quite dreadful.

Longing to Belong

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I’ve recently found myself diving into multiple conversations, online and off, about “belonging” at work.

The Not-So Magical Place Where HR Policies are Born

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Eeeww: The Top Employee “Issue” That Makes HR People Queasy

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Working in human resources means you get to do all sorts of cool things related to organizational culture, employee experience, performance and development, and change management.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Advocating for the Workplace Revolution

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I can barely browse through LinkedIn or Facebook, open a magazine (remember those?), or attend a conference/event where the topic of the Future of Work is not being debated, dissected and regurgitated out as sound bites.

No Joke: Your HR Lady is the Funnest Person You (Don’t) Know

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I’m going to let you in on a secret; those aloof stern-faced bureaucrats who work in your human resources department are, quite possibly, some of the most engaging and enjoyable people at your company. I’m not kidding. They’re probably a lot of fun. Naturally you scoff.

An HR Biology Lesson: Menstruation Version

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Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at the Ohio HR conference for the second time. Fabulous event (as always) with lots of peace, love and happiness HR-style.

The Unofficial (and totally non-scientific) History of HR Blogging

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I’ve been gearing up for the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Carnival of HR and, as we all know, I enjoy nothing more than a good party!

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

BattleBots: Attraction, Retention and Employee Benefits

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Yesterday, as is often the case, there was a good discussion in the HR Open Source Facebook Group. A group member posed a question stating she was looking for creative ideas as her company wants to offer additional benefits/perks beyond the basics (medical/dental/vision).

Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf #nextchat

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Today is the start of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas; it’s the 20th annual event and we’re kicking off with the 2nd Annual Women in HR Tech pre-conference event today.

HR and the Digital Bubble

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I’m looking forward to attending the HR Technology Conference & Exposition (##HRTechConf) next week where, once again, I’ll be a member of the HR Tech Insiders team. This post, Digital Readiness and Matters of HR , originally appeared on the #HRTechConf site.

The Precariousness of a #WorkHuman Journey

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It’s just after 2 PM on Day 2 ( and a-half ) of Globoforce’s WorkHuman event in Austin and I just walked back over to the Convention Center from my hotel.

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

Engaging Top Tech Candidates Doesn’t Have to be a Mystery

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Finding – and more importantly – having conversations with tech talent is an ongoing challenge isn’t it? If you’re looking for an Application Developer with Agile or JavaFX experience (by tomorrow!)

Do Something Awesome Every Day

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I recently had lunch with a woman I worked with several years ago; she and I had interacted somewhat frequently to attend to business but we also genuinely liked each other. Simpatico and compatible.

The Most Boring Answers to the Question “What Does HR Do?”

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I was poking around the internet recently and, as inevitably happens, I fell down a rabbit hole. It started with a review of numerous HR job postings which are always amusing; is there seriously a human being out there who craves the job title Human Resources Point Person ?

The Dangers Inherent in “Keeping Sweet” at Work

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There’s a mantra, a commandment really, amongst certain religious fundamentalist groups that women and girls should always “keep sweet.” While the concept seems to have originated in polygamous/FLDS cults society, it has reached into other patriarchal groups.

HR Service Delivery software for the non-traditional workforce

The rise of the gig economy means HR must support a variety of worker types. This eBook explains how HR can easily serve the non-traditional workforce, including those in manufacturing and retail who work away from a desk or outside traditional office hours.