Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules of Reference Checks

TLNT: The Business of HR

I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are what you do when you want to know if someone is a jerk.

9 Public Speaking Tips for Your Next Business Presentation

HR Bartender

But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone refer to their material as boring. Business and Customers Career Development Consulting Leadership and Management Technology and Social Media Training and Development business communication training and development

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Everything #HR Needs to Know About API

HR Bartender

Twitter is having API issues at the moment, We’ll let you know when they are fixed. — #TweetChat (@TweetChat) April 27, 2015. Chris] If you really want to get your geek on, you can reference Wikipedia to learn more about APIs.

The Golden Rule of Giving a Great Presentation

HR Bartender

For many of us when we’re asked to do a presentation, we have to wear three hats: Developer – We have to put together the outline, references, resources, etc. Business and Customers Leadership and Management Technology and Social Media Training and Development business communication

Creating Strategy and Being Strategic Aren’t the Same Thing

HR Bartender

Thinking in time refers to the view of referencing the past to create the future. Business and Customers Consulting Leadership and Management Training and Development business strategic planning

All About Employee Personality Tests – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Lilly] These words are generally used interchangeably depending on the person referring to the ‘test’ or ‘assessment.’ Other companies may deliver a group training session to help results interpreters understand how the reports are structured and provide FAQs or skill practices.

Fake Job References—Has the World Really Come to This?!

HR Daily Advisor

The other day I heard about a company that provides fake references for job applicants, renters, and others. And from what I understand, the length it goes to in order to “lie” on behalf of its clients is unbelievable—even if the references it provides are believable.

Will Technology Replace Recruiters – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Recruiting Animal is the host of the Recruiting Animal show (broadcast live every Wednesday at 12n Eastern), and Stacy Donovan Zapar is the founder of Tenfold , a consultancy providing social training solutions and the most connected woman on LinkedIn.

Who Owns Your Social Brand – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

A while ago, I was doing some training at a company where they had hired someone with 750,000 Twitter followers. Editor’s Note: Please remember to refer to a social platform’s Terms of Service (TOS) for details.).

I didn’t check references on a new hire and he’s struggling — should I check them now?

Ask a Manager

Both my teammate and I stressed during the interview process that training would take a lot of time and effort. There isn’t efficient on-the-job training provided by our current employer, so I’ve had to come up with training plans, provide resources and 1:1 training as well as handle my duties for clients in our book of business. I inquired with my teammate about whether they checked his references. references

How to Deliver Stand-Out Employee Training and Development


Are you one of the many companies ready to make employee training a top priority? spending on corporate training grew by 15 percent last year (the highest growth rate in seven years). As the demand for employee training grows, so do the delivery options for employers.

How Smart Talent Management Can Shift the Employee Productivity Curve

Cornerstone On Demand

Take strategic steps to make smarter hires by encouraging existing employees to refer strong potential workers and equipping recruiters with better tools like configurable career sites and smart tracking systems to make the best hires.

Blueprints for Nine Essential Business Meetings

The People Equation

Written by Sharlyn Lauby, HR professional and founder of the award-winning HR Bartender blog, Essential Meeting Blueprints is an indispensable reference guide for anyone who wants to run a better meeting. – Training meetings.

A Successful Support Model – Part 2: Meat and Potatoes


Here are a few examples to get you started: FAQs, training materials, and quick reference guides that can be easily accessed at any time. Written by: Julia Hatton.

ACA Legislative Update Fall 2015

Health efx

States that Expanded Medicaid as of November 3, 2015. On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed H.R. 1314, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,” which among other things, repealed the Fair Labor Standards Act’s auto-enrollment requirement.

Fact or hype: Do predictive workforce analytics actually work?


A full accounting needs to extend beyond hiring and training to include separation, productivity, and lost knowledge. Visier applies what could be referred to as Continuous Machine Learning. This one is for you, Bill Kutik.

Don't Be Afraid to Say, 'You're Fired'

Cornerstone On Demand

2) The employee is a poor performer: Everyone needs training time. 3) The employee lacks the skill set you need: If someone lacks the skills to do the job and the skills are not something that you can provide through training — or you've given ample training and the employee simply can't grasp the topic — it's time to let her go. Offer help in the job hunt, give a great reference and a fair severance package.

Why Communal Learning (And Cake Pops) Are the Future of L&D

Cornerstone On Demand

Just as the tradition of annual performance reviews is on the wane, the concept of one-and-done training sessions is becoming increasingly outdated. The pace of technology continues to accelerate each year, and HR professionals can no longer expect to train people once a year (or even once a quarter) to keep up to speed—instead, employees need opportunities to constantly learn and improve their knowledge.

employer asked for references after I’d already been hired, good bosses from TV and movies, and more

Ask a Manager

My new employer just asked for my references — after we’d set a start date and I quit my old job. My start date at the new company is soon, and they have confirmed plane tickets and hotel reservations for me to fly up to their office for training (they’re opening a new office in my city, but until then I’ll be telecommuting). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

In Healthcare, a Happy Staff Makes for Healthy Patients

Cornerstone On Demand

Communicate your organization's mission clearly and consistently so employees have a strong reference from which to set personal goals. Healthcare professionals know a slew of factors go into keeping patients healthy, safe and satisfied with the care they’re receiving.

Why lack of employee engagement in 2015 is the top issue?

Effortless HR

In 2014, only 26% of business leaders thought it was important to retain employees; now in 2015, 50% of businesses believe that it is vital to find a way to keep your best talents. Incentives are important – whether we’re referring to financial or non-financial incentives, these matter a lot; a valuable worker must be compensated accordingly. The post Why lack of employee engagement in 2015 is the top issue?

the person who referred me for a job was arrested, overly long bathroom breaks, and more

Ask a Manager

The person who referred me for a job was arrested and fired. The person who referred me was terminated from the company after they found out she had been arrested. I have no idea whether you’re tainted in their minds because of who referred you or not, but there’s no reason that you can’t try applying again and see what happens. It would be far better to back out now than to let them train you, work a few months, and then quit.

Strategic HRM (HR Carnival)


David Richter from OctopusHR offers a great case study into how the HR team aligned training goals with the organizational strategy (with some excellent results). This week I’m hosting the Strategic HCM themed HR Carnival.

Performance and Rewards: Differentiate Only When It’s Worth It


Finally, efforts to improve performance ratings through scale improvements, rater training, calibration processes, 360 degree feedback, and forced distributions have not met with much success. References supporting these ideas are available at this link.

my reference is an ex, warning an acquaintance not to take a job at my awful company, and more

Ask a Manager

When a reference is also an ex. My former manager in the last full-time job I held, which directly relates to the position, is adamant I should cite him as a reference. Or would citing him as a reference be unprofessional? *I* But his objectivity is now compromised because of the personal relationship you had (just like how if you worked for your mom, most people wouldn’t consider her a fully objective, unbiased reference either). It’s four answers to four questions.

3 Ways to Engage the Next Generation of RNs

Cornerstone On Demand

With a talent shortage and an increasingly young workforce, it's critical for hospitals to provide access to education and training for nurses. Provide 24/7 Access to Training. Katrina Greer applied to college planning to become an orthodontist.

can I go on my boyfriend’s business trip, I referred someone who alienated his team, and more

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Would his boss care if I stayed in the hotel room while my boyfriend was out training? The person I referred for a job has alienated his whole team. I recently referred an associate to join my team at work. I didn’t know the associate really well; he happened to take a training class I attended and was very engaging, and I felt an immediate fit/gut feel that we needed him on our team. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

HRO Today Looks at Evolution of Reference Checking


Today’s online reference checking tools are adding more value to the hiring process than ever before according to an article in HRO Today. According to the article, online reference checking is reaching a new level of maturity. “Online reference checking solutions have been lauded for doing just that—no more phone tag or unanswered emails for hiring managers. ” Information from the reference check report can also make a difference post-hire.

How to Deliver Stand-Out Employee Training and Development


Are you one of the many companies ready to make employee training a top priority? spending on corporate training grew by 15 percent last year (the highest growth rate in seven years). As the demand for employee training grows, so do the delivery options for employers. But how do you know which training format is best for your company and employees? First, know that there are two basic goals of employee training: 1. Training and Performance

Leadership Reading List-Why Every Book is Different


This also applies to courses and other training events as well as this leadership reading list, in case you’re wondering. These are just a few that I have read that I commonly share and refer others to. Do you make leadership training books a priority in your own development? .

3 Hiring Concerns and How to Embrace Them

Spark Hire

In the final interview stages, make sure that you are qualifying your candidates as follows: Request references – both personal and professional and do your due diligence by checking each of these references. It’s a well known fact that hiring can be stressful.

Does Managing the HR Function in California Require an SPHR?

Something Different

Failure to pay this penalty (referred to as a meal period premium) on the paycheck that the violation occurred can – as in the case of failing to pay wages at the time of discharge – result in additional penalties.

Transgender Issues Within the Workplace

ATD Human Capital

Some have referred to Caitlyn as being courageous and brave; others have been angered by the public attention she has received. Additionally, when developing training programs, keep these questions in mind: What does teamwork really mean?

I’ve Had Six Great Bosses in Four Years – Here’s What I’ve Learned From Each One (Part 1)

Something Different

And so whenever I had a day where I was feeling really overwhelmed, I looked to her example as a reference for how I should carry myself under pressure. Reporting to an HR Manager, I had day-to-day responsibilities around employee and labor union relations, recruiting, training, and safety.


HR Metrics – Connecting Goals to Organizational Strategy

New to HR

Your metrics will show you whether the outcomes of employee training, engagement exercise and any other talent-related communication was monetarily worthwhile. Cross-reference these with your data and see if you are neglecting any areas of employee wellbeing.

HEY BIG COMPANY: Are Your Management Trainees Bristling At Being Salaried Employees?

The HR Capitalist

Someday my boys are going to grow up and they may land in a management training program right out of school. Once in management, the trainees would be expected to know how every aspect of the restaurant is run so that they can train other workers. Ah yes.

I’m getting mixed messages from my boss, training resistant senior colleagues, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m in a management training program where I work in one department, but receive leadership training from another. There’s a week-long conference coming up (arranged through the training department) that I’ve been registered for since before my overseas assignment. He said it wasn’t a problem and that he knew these types of events and conferences were part of the deal when he chose to include his department in the leadership-training program.