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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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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.

20+ Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts That Good Candidates Follow

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As an HR professional, I am used to being on the interviewer’s side of the hiring table. That makes it easy for me to forget all the hard work candidates put into preparing for their interviews—well, some candidates.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

HR Analytics: Start with the Story

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Back in college I wrote a ton of papers for various classes. Without fail, my writing process would look like this. Read some of the research available and form an opinion. Write an essay based on that opinion. Go back and find data to back up my essay’s key points.

Does HR Certification Even Matter? [Podcast]

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If you’ve read this blog for more than a few days, you know I’m no stranger to the discussion around HR certification. But today I’m going to share some thoughts from a recent conversation with a friend and colleague on why HR certification matters and how to leverage it for career success. It was a fun discussion with Kristina Minyard, who recently completed her own SHRM-SCP exam, about the value of both the HRCI and SHRM certification options.

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.

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.

Should Employees Give Notice When They Quit?

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I just wanted to say “thank you” for the last few years. I have enjoyed my work and appreciate the opportunity to contribute. As of today I am turning in my two week notice… Like you probably have, I have had multiple versions of that conversation with managers over the years.

The Problem with HR Technology Integration

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Technology is everywhere in the workplace today, but one of the biggest problems for many companies is integrating the various systems they have.

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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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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How to Create a Communication Culture and Get Great Results

Creating a communication culture in an organization pays handsome dividends.