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#DisruptHR HSV 1.0 is in the books!

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Last week I did something here on the blog that I haven’t done in a LOOONG time. I didn’t post anything. But it wasn’t because I had nothing to say–it’s because I was neck deep in final preparations for DisruptHRHSV, which happened last Thursday night.

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The Biggest Sleep Study in History Uncovered this Chilling Fact About Us

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Recently I caught a story on Yahoo Finance about the analysis of more than six billion nights of sleep data released from FitBit. We all think about sleep in almost abstract terms–I sleep or I don’t, I’m sleepy or I’m not, etc.

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Here’s How An Engaged Company Outperforms Others by Nearly 150 Percent

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Employees are more disengaged than ever, and the statistics on employee engagement only serve to further the narrative. Gallup reports that more than half of employees (51 percent) say they’re actively looking for a different job or watching for opportunities. Nearly 26 percent of the U.S. workforce is going to change jobs this year, and these are typically the most highly skilled and motivated employees. Organizations need to fully understand just how critical engagement is to success.

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How to Be a Professional Troublemaker in HR [Podcast]

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This coming year, my wish for you is that you become more of a troublemaker in your business. Yes, you heard me correctly. HR has a longstanding tradition of being the administrative department. The party planners.

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Live Webinar: Train Like a Boss – Close the Skills Gap and Boost Employee Retention

Recruiting quality employees is no easy task. With unemployment at an all-time low, it's now more crucial than ever to engage and retain the employees you've hired. A demonstrated investment in employee development can set you apart and help attract more quality candidates. According to a recent report from Linkedin, over a fourth of HR professionals expect to be increasing their budgets in learning and development. Join us on 8/30 for a live webinar with Greg Goold, Director of Learning and Development at Paycor.

How Much Money Can You Earn With an HR Certification? [Free Calculator]

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How much does an HR certification impact your salary? While it matters differently at every organization and for each person, let’s answer that question with some data.

Video: What to Do When Your HR Strategy Fails

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When I speak about HR strategy, one of the things that inevitably comes up is that it’s hard to plan ahead. Things change. The business changes. The objectives shift. It makes it difficult to pin down the right HR strategy to support the organizational goals. And that’s okay.

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How Much Is Employee Turnover Costing You?

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We’re Only Human 39: Ohio Living Serves 70,000 Clients Annually with Core Values

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Do you know the core values of your business? Do your employees? More importantly, do they live them? In today’s episode, Ben interviews Dana Ullom-Vucelich, Chief Human Resources Officer and Ethics Officer at Ohio Living. Ohio Living provides services to a range of individuals, reaching more than 70,000 clients per year.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter…the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It’, breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

How to Build a Team Like the NBA

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If you know me, you know I’m not a sports person. I don’t watch. I don’t follow. It’s not that I have some strong dislike for sports. It’s just that when I stopped doing them in high school, I lost all interest.

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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.

PHR/SPHR Course Update [Announcement]

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If you aren’t studying for the HR certification exam then feel free to ignore this or share it with someone that is studying. Thanks! :-). Earlier this summer I set a really big goal for myself and the team that’s working on the development of the new PHR/SPHR course. I wanted to have the new course fully up and running by August 1st to coincide with the new HRCI changes.

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Using Job Titles Instead of Pay to Compensate Employees

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Writing a lot about compensation today! I also have a piece up about 3 ways compensation policies can cause employee turnover as well in case you want to check it out. . This past week I was talking with a friend and he explained that his job title had recently been changed from “XYZ specialist” to “XYZ manager.” ” He laughed and said that, of course, it didn’t come with a pay raise.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

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.

Stop! Do You Really Need Another Employee Survey?

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At a recent event I had the chance to speak with several HR leaders about their challenges, issues, and problems. Inevitably when I would ask them how they planned to follow up or dig into the issues, they mentioned the same thing: an employee survey. But is that the right avenue for gathering information? Are there times when surveys might not be the best way to gather intelligence on what’s happening in the business? Limitations of Surveys and Survey Alternatives.

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Future-Proofing Your Skills for an Automated Workplace

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In a recent interview, I heard motivational speaker Jon Acuff tell the interviewer that he sincerely hopes that nobody looks for their dream job as their first “real” job. Instead, he explained, that first job is there primarily to teach someone how to have a job. How to deal with people. How to handle pressure. How to solve problems.

Why You Should Always Discriminate in the Workplace

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Discrimination isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I overheard a conversation the other day between two employees at a local restaurant. One of them said: “I am so sick of our boss. He is always discriminating against me for coming in a few minutes late or not getting my work done as fast as Joe.” ” The second employee turned to the first and responded: “It serves you right. Show up on time. Do better work. It’s not really that hard.”

Just Released – Our 2018 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

BountyJobs curates the most impactful data in their marketplace: trends in salaries and fees across key verticals, emerging industry game changers, and other valuable analytics sure to influence your hiring strategy for the back half of the year. Download it!

Want a Sneak Peek at my Upcoming Ignite Talk?

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This week I’m at the HR Technology Conference. I wrote about everything I’m looking forward to and planning to talk about last week on the Lighthouse blog if you want to check it out.

SMB to Enterprise: The HR Technology Divide (#HRTechConf)

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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.

Your Invite to #DisruptHR HSV: Let’s Do This

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If you live within driving distance of of Huntsville, Alabama, I’d love to personally invite you to the first ever DisruptHR HSV on August 16th at 5:30pm. If you’re not familiar, DisruptHR is a global movement made up of local grassroots-level events giving HR and business leaders an opportunity to network and discuss how we can change HR for the better. We just closed the speaker applications and are sorting through submissions (announcing soon!)

Case Study: Using Hackathons to Attract, Develop, and Engage Talent

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“This message will appeal to people in our recruiting process who gravitate towards a culture of hackathons and innovation. It will also turn away others that don’t fit.” Gary Bolton, Vice President of Marketing at ADTRAN.

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.

Should I Get My Master’s Degree in HR?

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For most of you, I’ll go ahead and said it: You should not get a master’s degree in HR. Really. While that doesn’t apply to everyone, it does apply to a large number of the people that email, comment, and interact with me online.

Why I’m Attending an IT Conference (Advice for HR Leaders)

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This week I’m in Atlanta for the Microsoft Ignite event. Yes, I see the puzzled expressions. Microsoft? What am I thinking? No, I’m not making a career change. I’m perfectly happy where I am. Here’s the deal.

How to Scale Culture: Notes from #GDSummit

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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.

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The Secret to Great Team Performance May Surprise You [Podcast]

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The way we have done business in the past–it’s not going to work in the future. The world is volatile, complex… There’s rapid change. We have to change ourselves. It’s not making a change with tech or tools, it’s about the soft things: thanking people, helping them articulate the mission, helping them with careers. We have to be hard with the business, soft with people. Adrian Gostick.

Compensation Dictionary

We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Think of this as your comp cheat sheet—terms you need to know to put you on the fast track to becoming that cool comp kid we know you can be. Sure, you’ve heard some of the terms before, but you have no idea what they mean. Not to worry! Download this eBook and you’ll be ‘comp’letely fluent in no time. This ebook contains four sections: Section 1: Comp 101. Section 2: Market Pricing. Section 3: Pay Structures. Section 4: Pay Concerns and Pay Raises.

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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We’re Only Human 38: How to Take Advantage of the Human Qualities of Work

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What does it mean to be human? With all the discussion of robots, AI, and machines at work, is there a clear delineation between what humans can do that software can’t? In today’s discussion with the inimitable Dani Johnson of Red Thread Research, Ben and Dani discuss some practical ways employers can look at weaving more human components into the work they’re doing.

How Pay Transparency Affects Equality, Engagement, and More

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Next week I’m heading up to Massachusetts to talk about pay transparency to a group of HR and business leaders. Of all the topics I could have spoken about, why pay transparency? First of all, it’s becoming more and more of an issue because of legislation that prevents employers from asking about salary history.

Two Employee Engagement Secrets Nobody Ever Mentions

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It seems that we can’t turn around today without having a conversation that touches on employee engagement. Yet despite all the attention, it hasn’t really moved the needle.

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!

7 Lessons on Creating a Powerful Employee Experience

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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.

5 Research-Backed Performance Management Practices of Great Companies [Webinar]

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Instead of just hating on performance management processes, why don’t we do something about them? We hear a lot of stories about companies with rainbows and unicorns. Everything is perfect and happy. But the reality is most of us have challenges, and this is a real look at the specific practices we can use to improve outcomes.

How to Radically Change Your Performance Management Practice [Podcast]

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In today’s episode of We’re Only Human, I talk with Autumn Spehar, HR Director at Stout Advisory, about how her company made a radical change in its approach to performance management. We also talk about how it’s working out one year later and the key lessons learned.

The Calm Before the Storm…

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It’s been quiet this week, because I’ve been finishing up the final round of edits on my book that comes out later this year. Yesterday I turned in what I think is the 99.99% version to the editor (you never quite get that 0.01% from what I can tell). I’ve learned a lot in this process, and obviously there’s still some ways to go with the publishing and marketing process.

Applicant Tracking System Vendor Comparison Matrix

Trying to decide which ATS is right for your company? Newton is the only ATS built by recruiters, for recruiters. Download the comparison matrix to see how Newton compares to other ATS vendors.