3 Examples of Evidence-Based HR in Action
MARCH 13, 2017
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop based on metrics, evidence-based HR, and change management.
7 Strategies for Hiring and Managing Creative Employees
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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.
7 Lessons on Creating a Powerful Employee Experience
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
I just finished reading a brand new book called The Employee Experience. It’s a great look at the relatively new concept of creating an experience for employees, not just trying to engage them or do some other one-off program that doesn’t deliver long-term results.
20+ Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts That Good Candidates Follow
JANUARY 10, 2017
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.
How to Find the Best Human Resource Management Software
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The New Recruiting Metric: First Year Retention
AUGUST 24, 2015
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.
Why Candidate Experience is Least Important for Many
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
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.
New Research on Generations in the Workplace
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
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.
Measuring the ROI of HR Programs is Critical: Here’s How Patagonia Does It
AUGUST 22, 2016
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.
The Essential Guide to Recruiting Performers
When your company needs to bring on new talent, it's tempting to do whatever it takes. But hiring just anyone isn't the solution. Download JazzHR's, The Essential Guide to Hiring Performers, to learn how you can create a scalable recruiting process that results in great hires.
Avoid the Hype: Unlimited Paid Time Off
JANUARY 18, 2016
One of the benefits that has received growing attention in the last year is unlimited vacation time.
HR: The CEO’s Most Trusted Advisor
APRIL 11, 2016
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.
How to Coach Employees and Managers on Career Options
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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.
Oops! How Failing an Interview Question Taught Her About HR Strategy
OCTOBER 11, 2016
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.
Breaking the (HR) Rules: Making Friends at Work
MAY 26, 2015
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.
New Research: What Candidates Really Want from Employers
JANUARY 9, 2017
Last week I published some new research that frankly surprised me. When we hear about video interviews, assessments, and hiring processes, we expect candidates and employers to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. But it’s not the case.
How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition
JULY 11, 2016
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.
Should Employees Give Notice When They Quit?
JULY 5, 2016
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 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.
HR Analytics: Start with the Story
DECEMBER 14, 2015
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.
The Problem with HR Technology Integration
MARCH 22, 2016
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
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
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.
The #1 Reason People Fail the HR Certification Exams
APRIL 24, 2017
At my last check, the pass rates for the HRCI exams were somewhere around 50%, meaning that half of the people that show up to take the test fail the exam.
Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?
Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.
What if Practice Doesn’t Make You Better?
AUGUST 15, 2016
We’ve probably all heard the axiom that 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to be world-class at something (speaking, skiing, dancing, etc.) But what if that has been misquoted all these years?
HR Certification Trends: An Interview with the CEO of HRCI
MAY 23, 2016
One of the most popular posts I’ve written all year was dedicated to the HR certification decision facing today’s HR pros. I decided to take it a step further and reach out to some people to discuss the behind-the-scenes pieces of the HR certification world.
SHRM-CP or PHR? Today’s HR Certification Decision
MARCH 14, 2016
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.
How Your Brain Works During Training
OCTOBER 26, 2015
I’ve been reading a slew of books lately focused on neuroscience. One line in the latest hit me, and I thought it would be interesting to pull together some of the thoughts from a few to share. Here’s the tidbit (emphasis mine): What do [scientific] studies show, viewed as a whole?
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
Should You Celebrate When Employees Leave?
MAY 2, 2016
I was talking with some HR professionals last week, and the conversation of transparency came up. What happens if managers care so much about their employees that they help or prepare them to leave the company to pursue the next step in their careers? Is that a good thing, because you’ve successfully grown someone to the level that they are prepared for that? Or is it a problem, since you’re turning over otherwise solid workers that could be contributing to your bottom line?
How to Learn HR for Free: A Practical Guide
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Recently on LinkedIn I saw someone asking how to learn HR. Specifically he was trying to learn compensation when he didn’t have a background/foundation in the topic.
SMB to Enterprise: The HR Technology Divide (#HRTechConf)
OCTOBER 3, 2016
Recently I was interviewed by a good friend from SHRM’s Public Affairs team, Mary Kaylor. She asked me a few questions about the HR Technology Conference, and you can read it all here. What I want to expound upon here is the final question in the interview.
How to Scale Culture: Notes from #GDSummit
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
One of the scariest parts of having a great culture is the fear that it will shift and change in negative ways as the company grows. I can remember talking with Atlassian earlier this year, an organization that has an enviable culture and has leveraged it for incredible success.
13 Signs of Inefficient Recruiting
Losing track of job applicants and resumes? Struggling to schedule interviews and follow-up with all your candidates? Tired of waiting on that interview feedback from the team? You’re not alone. In fact, these are just 3 of the 13 most common symptoms that plague every recruiter. Want to stop wasting time and money? Read our guide below and learn how you can avoid these pitfalls.
It’s Time to Break HR-Who’s With Me?
JULY 24, 2016
Once you get into HR you’ll see. It sucks the life out of you and before long you’ll be like everyone else in HR–just hating your life and making it miserable for everyone else. That conversation with a friend prior to me taking my first HR job has been forever burned into my brain. On that day I promised myself that I would never follow that path, instead charting a direction that brought a positive approach and results to the people I worked with (both inside and outside HR).