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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.

Your HYPER-Local Workplace Culture

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Amy and Becky have adjoining cubicles in your Midwest Region Customer Care Service Center. They’ve sat within 10 feet of each other since 2002 and together have survived 2 CEOs, 3 Department Directors and 6 Supervisors.

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The Employee Experience: As Simple as “X” and “Y?”

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Sixty years ago Douglas McGregor from the MIT Sloan School of Management presented two theories of workforce motivation he named “Theory X” and “Theory Y.”

I Hate Twitter’s 280-Character Limit

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At the risk of sounding like the crabby old neighbor lady, waving an upraised fist and shouting “get off my lawn,” let me just say that I despise Twitter’s 280-character limit. With a passion.

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.

Is it Ever Time to STOP Chasing a Dream?

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The internet, magazines and even the backs-of-cereal-boxes are filled with inspirational messages, stories and exhortations. Quotes abound as HR bloggers, career coaches and life style experts share words of encouragement: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Les Brown. “11 11 Reasons Why You Should Dream Big” Robert – Wanderlust Worker. Why You’re Never Too Old To Chase Your Dreams” Caleb James.


Dispatches from Oz – #HRTechFest

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Today (I think… I’ve totally lost track of the days and time zones), I’m heading back to the states after 5 stupendous days in Sydney, Australia.

Repeat After Me: Just Don’t Be a Richard

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I’ve had numerous conversations over the last several months that have given me pause as an HR professional. Wait, let me amend that. Conversations that have given me pause as a business professional.

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 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.

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!

It’s OK. I’m With the Band (recruiting edition)

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I live in south Louisiana and let me just say that one perception about our lifestyle here is pretty damn true: we have lots and lots and lots of live music. Most anywhere, and at most any time, one can find a band or a solo artist jamming out or singing on a street corner.

A Salute to the Volunteers – #SHRM17

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Lookin’ for HR Love in All the Wrong Places

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Just a few short weeks ago the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition rolled into New Orleans; with the volunteers and vendors and attendees there were 20,000’ish folks at this HR love fest. I enjoyed the big show; I always do.

Time for an Upgrade – the HR Technology Experience

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I’m always somewhat amused when a new iPhone (or pick your device) comes out. As soon as the iPhone7 went on sale on September 16 th my Facebook timeline was filled with status updates of “I’ve ordered mine!” and “my phone should be shipped by xx date!” The memes quickly followed. Headphone jacks?

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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.

Set it and Forget It: Cooking With HR Technology

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I’ve recently found myself in numerous conversations with HR professionals and recruiters about striking the balance between effective use of HR technology and still maintaining a human touch in the processes that impact candidates, applicants and employees.

The State of Employee Benefits – #SHRM17

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In conjunction with the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition, SHRM released their 2017 Employee Benefits report (you can download the report here ).

A Tale of Disengagement: The Marginalized Employee

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A friend of mine is frustrated at work. Frustrated enough to adopt the mantra “I’m learning to not even care.” (as as he so succinctly put it). . And he is, by nature, a very caring person. . He cares about his customers, his company, and his performance.

Human Centered Hiring and Culture Fit

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The importance of aligning hiring to organizational culture is endlessly discussed, debated, and analyzed. Everyone from researchers to C-suite leaders to HR professionals has an opinion on how to achieve this seemingly elusive nirvana.

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!

The Dark Web of EMPLOYER References

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It goes both ways of course; candidates seek information on a prospective employer AND companies search for nuggets of digestible content on a new hire. LinkedIn profiles are examined and mined not only for information but also for contacts, connections and leads.

The Power of Many. The Power of ONE.

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Every now and again I dig into the archives. Here’s a post from 2012. Still true. . Last week, in the manner that these things occur, there was a picture making the rounds on Facebook that poked fun ( in an amusing way with just a dash of profanity ) of the old cliché “there’s no ‘I’ in team.”.

The 1987 Personnel Technology Conference #HRTechConf

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Imagine, if you will, that the HR Tech Conference had not held its inaugural event 20 years ago but had, instead, started up thirty years ago in 1987. . I don’t know about y’all but I was working in an office in 1987; a recruitment agency to be exact.

What’s Nexxt? – #SHRM17

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Yeaterday, of at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition , Beyond (The Career Network) unveiled its new brand, platform and vision for the future of talent acquisition which is based on nearly 20 years of feedback and ongoing innovation. Nexxt , as it’s been re-named, is being rolled out as a full-service recruiting platform for companies and agencies that can provide a targeted method of sourcing the best people from a broader talent pool. “We’ve

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.

Now Listen Up: #TalentTalk

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I like to talk (surprise!) and, perhaps more specifically, I quite often like to talk about HR, talent development, and leadership.

History of Labor: 1908

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Lewis Hine: Mollahan Mills, Newberry, S.C. – 1908. The post History of Labor: 1908 appeared first on Robin Schooling. business


No Phone? No Profile? No Problem!

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Guess what? Not all of us live, work and try to hire people in Silicon Valley. And, according to Matt Charney , that’s probably a good thing.

Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company – #HRTechConf

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Here’s one of the things I like about the HR Technology Conference & Exposition – discovering where the innovation is happening. What solutions are being created? What problems are being solved?

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.

The Week in HR: Baton Rouge Edition

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So what’s happening? What have y’all been talking about in HR & Recruiting over the past week? I’m sure I missed a blog post or two about “When Candidates Act Like Ryan Lochte.” There were, no doubt, numerous posts I didn’t read about the Randstad/Monster deal.

Who Loves Ya Baby! #nextchat

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Do YOU love HR? Well…maybe it’s more that I “like” HR. Perhaps it’s that I “have a REALLY strong attraction” for HR? Something. I dunno.

Startup Pavilion at the #HRTechConf

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In just a few short weeks (October 4 – 7, 2016) the always anticipated, never imitated, HR Technology Conference & Exposition will be kicking off at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Anecdotes, Stereotypes, and Hiring Cojones

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Last week I had the pleasure of participating as a “mock interviewer” (Lord… how many times have I done this in my HR career?) for a batch of fresh-faced interns in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s InternBR program.

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.

Will your Employees Love It? Or Leave It?

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I am the super fan of all things HGTV – Property Brothers, House Hunters ( omg – House Hunters International!!).

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.

Hammer Time: The HR Dress Code Game

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Jeans. Jeans with holes or frayed edges. Dark denim. Light denim. Skirts that are too short. Cleavage that is too prominent. Underwear. No underwear. Dreadlocks. Hair that’s not a “color found in nature.” Facial hair. Hair on men that extends below the collar. Earrings that are too big.

Let’s Get #ERE16 Tattoos on Bourbon Street!

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Next week (and I’m quite excited!) I’m heading over to from Baton Rouge to New Orleans (a 60 mile drive which, by Louisiana traffic standards, will take 3 hours) in order to get my TA mojo on at The ERE Recruiting Conference (#ERE16).


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.