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7 Strategies for Hiring and Managing Creative Employees

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Today we’re going to explore the intersection of creativity, innovation, and intrapreneurship (entrepreneurial activities occurring within an organization) and how these activities bring value to the business world. I hope you enjoy! Innovation is a curious thing.

9 Lessons for Running a Great HR Function

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This weekend I was doing some spring cleaning. Well, summer cleaning, since I missed the spring season. Anyway, one of the things I found was a box of items I used to keep on my whiteboard next to my desk as reminders of important aspects of HR.

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Experiences, Not Stuff: From Parenting to Business

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Last weekend my wife forwarded me an article that hit her right between the eyes. And to be honest, it did for me as well. It was a parenting piece that focused on one of the rampant problems we deal with in our house: toys.

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3 Examples of Evidence-Based HR in Action

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Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop based on metrics, evidence-based HR, and change management.

The Path To Creating A High-Performing Resilient Organization

Leaders who practice 'active listening' across the organization will tap into a wealth of actionable insight that would otherwise be difficult to access. Enabling and encouraging people to communicate inclusively and transparently helps to cultivate a 'listening culture'.

How Much Is Employee Turnover Costing You?

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The New Recruiting Metric: First Year Retention

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As HR is increasing its presence as a strategic part of the business, key performance indicators, or KPIs, are becoming a key part of the language for discussing how it is actually performing.

Your Uber Drivers are Cheating Because They Don’t Want an Algorithm for a Manager

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If you missed the news this last week, a pair of researchers have published a report showing that Uber drivers are gaming the system in order to earn more money, reduce pickups, and fight back against what they see as a tyrannical algorithm.

Why Candidate Experience is Least Important for Many

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One of the most common terms around recruiting these days is candidate experience. If you’re late to the game, it’s basically a look at how candidates are treated as they enter your recruiting funnel all the way to getting an offer, if they move that far.

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 Secret to Alienating Your Employees Over Time

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I recently learned a great strategy that I can’t wait to share with you. Employee: Hey Bob. I know you are busy. I just have a few quick questions. A few of us came up with this really great idea for the party. HR: No. Employee: Um, well, okay. So, Jim needs me to help him with this thing… HR: No. Employee: All right, then, just one more question… HR: No. Employee: Come on, you didn’t even give me a chance!

How Talent Technology Enables Employee Engagement [Podcast]

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Listen on Stitcher Listen on Blogtalkradio Talent management technology has come a long way in recent years. I can still remember seeing a demo for a technology solution back in 2014 and the salesperson was so proud of the fact that I could copy and paste data into the system. By the way: It wasn’t searchable. You couldn’t run reports. You couldn’t export anything. There was no way to actually USE the data in there, but I could put it in if I wanted.

My Anniversary

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I attended the WorkHuman conference a few weeks ago in Arizona and connected with many friends and colleagues that I hadn’t seen in a while, and each of them asked how my work was going. This week marks my one year anniversary of running Lighthouse Research & Advisory , and it has been such a joy. Here is the link to my announcement last year , in case you’re a new reader. I’m able to do the work that I love, whether it be writing, speaking/teaching, or research.

Avoid the Hype: Unlimited Paid Time Off

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One of the benefits that has received growing attention in the last year is unlimited vacation time.

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.

Learning Anarchy: The Risks and Rewards of Informal Learning (Webinar)

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According to Deloitte , more than 80% of learning is informal in nature, yet many companies are still unsure how to harness this critical mass of activities to improve performance, minimize risk and deliver organizational value. Consider this: if you have a toddler, that child can probably pick up your phone, unlock it and open their favorite app. But it’s likely that you haven’t formally created content or delivered a course to the child on how to accomplish this task.

How to Coach Employees and Managers on Career Options

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As I look back on the past five years and all of the people I’ve met, I have made some interesting conclusions about career choices. My background as an HR pro has helped to expose me to a wide variety of experiences, people, and career options.

Top 5 Things Hiring Managers want from Entry Level HR Candidates

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Several years ago I did some really interesting research into what HR hiring managers wanted from candidates applying for entry level HR jobs.

HR: The CEO’s Most Trusted Advisor

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Among all of the opportunities that HR leaders have, I believe that one of the most valuable is puncturing the CEO bubble by acting in a strategic advisor capacity. As I wrote some time ago, 76% of CEOs value their relationship with HR.

Getting the Org Chart to Deliver Your Strategy (Hint: No Restructuring Involved)

Driving your strategy isn't a matter of moving your org chart around (i.e. restructuring); it involves shifting the way your employees and leaders think and collaborate—so you can harness the power of a startling and dramatic new way of doing business.

Measuring the ROI of HR Programs is Critical: Here’s How Patagonia Does It

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When I am teaching a class to prepare students for the PHR/SPHR exams, one of the things I repeatedly highlight is the need to tie HR practices back to business objectives.

Breaking the (HR) Rules: Making Friends at Work

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Alabama SHRM Conference. It was a great experience, and I love taking notes from other speakers throughout the day as well. My friend Dawn Burke from Daxko was speaking about stress on our employees and most notably on the HR staff.

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HR Project Management: The Ultimate Guide

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HR Project Management Skills are Powerful Tools–Do You Have Them? When you look at a list of key HR competencies, one thing that often is lacking is a good set of project management skills.

Oops! How Failing an Interview Question Taught Her About HR Strategy

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I had been on the job search for a little while, and I was very thrilled when I received a request to come in and interview for a manufacturing operation that produced rubber molds and other rubber pieces. This was going to be my first big HR role, and I was really nervous.

Employer Branding: Funnel Building with your Employer Brand

Speaker: Iain Hamilton, In-house Consultant & Managing Director, People Traction

Employer branding is often viewed as a project rather than an evergreen way to attract and retain talent. In this webinar we will discuss how to build talent acquistions funnels using employer branding content and embracing a life-hack mindset.

How to Rock Your Next HR Job Interview

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Recently a friend was applying for a job, and she came to me for help with preparing. She had worked with the firm for some time, and the opening was for a more senior position she was hoping to achieve. We took a little time to make sure the resume was presentable, and then we went to the fun part: a strategic plan.

Managing the Complexities of the Contingent Workforce

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One of the conversations I’m having more often is around this concept of the contingent workforce, but in a recent presentation I realized some people weren’t aware of the issues surrounding this group. In essence,this segment of the workforce in the United States is made up of temp workers, contractors, freelancers, part timers, and other non-full time labor. With me so far? Now, let’s look at how big of a deal this is: “Up to 30% of the Fortune 100 workforce is contingent.

University of Phoenix Research: Your Employees Aren’t Innovative Enough [Podcast]

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Note: If you’re looking for a good app to access We’re Only Human and other podcasts, I personally use Stitcher on my Android device. Did you know that your employees aren’t innovative or creative enough? That’s the latest from a research study performed by University of Phoenix on workplace innovation.

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New Research on Generations in the Workplace

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After looking deeply at the research on generations in the workplace, I have come up with some findings that will help everyone to perform their jobs better. It seems like a new study comes out every day attempting to explain how to approach each generation of workers, what matters to them, etc.

Employer Branding: The No-Fluff Culture Conversation

Speaker: Kirsten Davidson, Senior Partner, Employer Branding, Employera

If you feel like you’re banging your head against the wall driving your culture and employer brand efforts forward, you’re not alone. Former head of employer brand for Glassdoor and industry leader in culture and employer branding, Kirsten Davidson shares the lessons she’s learned the hard way so you don’t have to. Join us for a frank conversation about what just about everyone is getting wrong, and how to get it right.

Performance Management, Culture, and Business Results [New Research]

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This summer at Lighthouse we’ve been working our way through a number of research studies, but to be honest one of the ones I’ve been incredibly pumped about is focused on performance management. It’s probably because I get a sense of the discontent around this practice regardless of where I go and who I speak with. It’s incredibly hated at so many companies by HR, management, and the employees. But there are also companies that are using it as a kind of secret weapon.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition

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Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and guidance of our peers, executives, and staff.

SHRM-CP or PHR? Today’s HR Certification Decision

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I’m going to preface today’s discussion a bit. I have been a SHRM volunteer leader since 2009. I’ve been a long-time supporter of SHRM. I also have been a supporter of HRCI since 2009 when I became certified.

What Forecasting Teaches Us About HR

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You know I’m a big fan of Freakonomics. I talk about them fairly often. This is due in part to the nature of the content–it’s not explicitly about HR, recruiting, or business. It just ties in nicely with what we do, as you’ll see in this post.

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Employer Branding: The New Front-Line

Speaker: Philip Black, Head of US Strategy, Omobono

Hear from Head of Strategy, U.S. at Omobono, Philip Black, about new ways that leading, forward-thinking companies are using Employer Branding in order to differentiate themselves from competition to find the talent they need.