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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.

The Hidden Battle for SHRM and HRCI Recertification Credits

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Today I’m going to talk openly and honestly about SHRM, HRCI, and things that matter to today’s HR professionals. I have my SHRM-SCP and my SPHR, and I expect to keep them both for the foreseeable future. I think both have merit as of today (February 2018).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Much Is Employee Turnover Costing You?

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Moving Beyond Performance Management to Performance Enablement [Infographic]

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Earlier this fall I reported on a study we had completed at Lighthouse Research focused on performance management practices that separated high-performing companies (revenue, retention, engagement) from their peers. The infographic below illustrates these points well and is a great set of takeaways. The part I’m most intrigued by? Companies that follow a specific set of practices are more likely to improve engagement and business results, a double shot of positive organizational impact.

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.

Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report

Dice’s new Tech Salary Report is here. The skinny? While Cloud, Big Data and Process Management skills are driving the biggest pay increases, employers are also offering non-monetary motivators to attract and retain tech talent. Find out which skills and incentives are hot.

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.

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.

Should I Apply for this HR Job or Not? [Reader Question]

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Today’s question is from someone that is trying to get into the HR profession. It’s a common challenge , but her specific problem is whether this is coming too soon or if she is ready for the role. Check it out: Hello!! My name is Sam. I just started my educational journey in business, and eventually a degree in Human Resource.

Will an HR Certification Make Me More Valuable for a Senior HR Role? [Reader Question]

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HR certification questions are often seen as pretty binary: either I get one or I don’t. But in reality there’s a lot of nuance to the decision. Should I get an HR degree or an HR certification ? Will this help my career? Can it make me more competitive? How much money can I make ? That’s because certification is tied in with our personal lives in that it supports us financially, if we do it right. For the sake of the author I’m not sharing the person’s real name. .

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 Neuroscience of Great Learning Content: Attention, Memory, and Exploration [Podcast]

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Ask any business leader, and they’ll tell you they invest in the development of their workforce with the goal of improving performance. Yet the training and content delivery methods of the past aren’t keeping pace with the needs of the modern learner.

Essential Facts to Know Regarding Sexual Harassment Training

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With the current discussion surrounding sexual harassment and sexual allegations, it’s more important than ever for HR professionals to cover all the bases when it comes to compliance training. Even though behavior that might be considered sexual harassment might seem rather obvious in this day and age, it’s often more nuanced than most employees might consider. Knowing how to properly train and educate employees makes for a safer and much more comfortable workplace.

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.

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.

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!

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.

New Research: Be Weird to Get the Hiring Manager’s Attention

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I received the highlights from a new CareerBuilder study this week and they made me laugh for two reasons. First, because some of these ideas are actually pretty good, and second, because whoever wrote the press release of the data analysis is a bit off the mark. The gist of the research was this: people are looking for jobs (no surprise there) and some of them are doing interesting, strange, or downright weird things to try and stand out from the crowd.

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!

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.

Timing Is Everything: 3 Tips for Mastering the “When” of Recruiting Tech Talent

Tech recruiters will face the same tough hiring conditions in 2018 that they grappled with in 2017. Improve your chances of success during the biggest recruiting season of the year by following these 3 timing tips from Dice. You’ll learn when candidates are looking – and the best times to reach them.

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.

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.

Reinventing Recruiting: An Interview with Terry Terhark of randrr [Podcast]

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Tried to find a new job lately? It’s easy to feel like a rat in a wheel, running faster and faster yet getting nowhere. Despite this being a candidate’s market, it’s easy to feel like you are never going to get ahead of the game. In today’s conversation ( click here to listen ), Ben Eubanks interviews Terry Terhark, founder and CEO of randrr.

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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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.

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.

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.

Compensation Transparency: Advice for Getting the Balance Just Right

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When we think about tools like Expedia and Yelp, we realize the value of transparency in the marketplace. The underlying issue is information asymmetry – when one party has more information than the other, that party has additional leverage in a discussion or negotiation. Leveling the playing field between two parties in an exchange helps both to feel like they got a fair deal, which is essential in an employment situation. This specifically applies to compensation as well.

3 Examples for Measuring HR’s Business Impact [Podcast]

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Measurement. Analytics. Each of these words has the power to strike fear in the hearts of many HR pros, because let’s face it–most of us didn’t get into this profession because we’re awesome at math, right? :-) Seriously though, we can’t deny the power of data and evidence to prove the value HR can provide.

Winning An Unfair Share of Elite Talent: Recruiting Resolutions in 2018

Speaker: Jordan Burton, Founder of Burton Advisors LLC

The difference between “good” and “great” could not possibly be larger when it comes to talent. Truly elite performers—the top 5-10% in any given domain—can deliver 10x or more the results of an average employee, and can change the destinies of entire organizations. Jordan Burton of Burton Advisors has worked as a hiring advisor to dozens of high-growth companies and their venture capital investors over the past 10 years. In this session you will learn the tips and strategies he has shared with Silicon Valley’s top names in their quest for competitive edge in the war for talent.