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6 Ways to Enable Psychological Safety in your Workplace

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My best friend, Quinn, made a huge mistake. Quinn works in medical sales. On an average day, he alertly views and assists spinal surgeries — awaiting the moment when the surgeon turns to him and asks for a critical surgical tool needed for the procedure. In a situation like his, there is zero room for error. Another person’s life depends on everything going according to plan. It’s a job of high stress and high stakes.

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Top 9 TED Talks on Human Resources

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“Workplace culture” is a buzzword frequently thrown around as an indicator of company success, yet remains an elusive concept. What distinguishes a great workplace from mediocrity? How do we retain and cultivate talent?

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List to Grow Your Career

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Summertime means great weather and bus, train, or plane trips to even better weather and adventures, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself on a beach with a book in hand. When I take time off work to go on a vacation — a real one, where I’m not checking email every five minutes — I come back to work refreshed and ready to take my projects to the next level. These books will get you thinking about how you can be better at work, and work can be better for you Click To Tweet.

Why Millennials Want More Feedback, More Often

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Everyone needs feedback. Constructive feedback helps people change course and reach their goals, and recognition affirms good behaviors. Companies that institute effective feedback are more likely to help their employees, and their bottom lines, grow. There are many articles being passed around saying millennials need more feedback, especially as companies scramble to change their work culture and benefits package to drive retention and acquisition of the generation.

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Employee Empowerment Is Key to Company Growth

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This #HumansofHR guest post is from author and consultant Denise Dudley. Are you promoting human-centered HR in your work? Send guest post ideas to dani@reflektive.com. Employee empowerment. It’s a term that’s bandied around a lot these days. Just go ahead and Google it, and you’ll find countless articles on the subject — almost none of which will tell you anything that’s really meat-and-potatoes (or tofu-and-brown rice) useful.

The 5 Ingredients You Need to Make Organizational Change

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There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and resistance to change. Let’s face it, people are creatures of habit and get comfortable in their routines, systems, and structures. Requiring them to break away from the familiar takes a seismic effort.

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What You Need to Know About the Changing Function of HR

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Human resources has undergone a massive transformation in recent years, and the industry continues to evolve. Make no mistake, this isn’t just a facelift from new tech tools that help HR professionals do their jobs. It’s a shift in the function of human resources. See also: The real cost of performance reviews.

How Am I Doing? The Importance of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

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We have spoken before about the importance of core values in a workplace and we’d like to bring up another factor that is just as important: environment. Remember in high school biology class when learning about the central nervous system and the “fight or flight” response the body has to fear?

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Managing Your Hiring Managers for Successful Recruiting

Are your hiring managers checked out in the recruiting process? Wish you could get them more involved and improve communication? Register for Newton’s upcoming webinar and learn a step by step action plan to keep them actively engaged in recruiting.

Why Compensation Doesn’t Drive Motivation

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Everyone can use more money. No matter how happy and engaged your employees are at work, they won’t turn down a raise or a perk. But will the incentive of a higher salary or compensation bonus improve their work performance? Well, that’s another story. Financial incentives can undermine autonomy and intrinsic motivation Click To Tweet.

What CHROs Need to Know About Changing Human Capital Management

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The pace of change in the workplace continues to accelerate, making HR’s role even more integrated with the most strategic business decisions. At Argyle Human Capital Leadership Forum in New York last week, I had the pleasure of joining Foot Locker’s Robert Perkins, Randstad’s Michelle Prince, and Verizon’s Martha Delehanty on a panel, moderated by Pauline Ashworth, to discuss how human capital management is changing.

17 Inspiring Quotes for HR Leaders

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‘Tis the season to get inspired. As 2016 comes to a close and the New Year is upon us, now is the perfect time to press the reset button, set new goals, and get excited for what’s on the horizon. Working in HR means being a leader by way of cultivating leadership in the workplace.

See What Your Employees Value [INFOGRAPHIC]

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More and more, employees are choosing workplaces that align with their personal values. For companies looking to recruit and retain talent, that should bring up the question: What do today’s employees value? Perhaps it’s not a simple question. Highly talented individuals across age groups, geographies, and industries may value very different things.

Amazon’s New Performance Review Process Will Be Employee-Focused

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The Seattle area’s two big technology companies are Microsoft and Amazon. In 2013, Microsoft became one of the early major companies to overhaul its performance review process, eliminating stack ranking and adapting its compensation process to put more influence in the hands of managers.

The Path To Creating A High-Performing Resilient Organization

Leaders who practice 'active listening' across the organization will tap into a wealth of actionable insight that would otherwise be difficult to access. Enabling and encouraging people to communicate inclusively and transparently helps to cultivate a 'listening culture'.

2017 HR Trends We’re Excited About Right Now

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As the year draws to a close, many companies are closing up their final review period and getting goal creation programs ready for the new year. There’s a lot happening behind-the-scenes in HR departments.

13 Podcasts on Human Resources You Don’t Want to Miss

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We look to organizations like Human Capital Institute and SHRM for research, learnings, and best practices related to running an HR or people operations department.

65% of Employees Want More Feedback — Here’s How to Give It to Them

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Behavioral change is one of the most-studied, discussed and trendiest topics in the realm of workplace innovations. If an organization can alter people’s behavior, then it can become dynamic and most importantly, coachable. While we all know feedback is the tool to achieve coachability, the issue isn’t that people don’t understand the connection between feedback and behavior change. In fact, Forbes reported 65 percent employees said that they want more feedback.

What Every VP of HR Need to Know About Change Management

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Implementation is about people. This may seem obvious, but it was an especially notable observation at the HR Technology Conference held in Chicago recently.

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.

Why HR Is Obsessed With Employee Performance Check-Ins

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Adobe’s evolved performance management program is aptly named the Check-in. Think about the feelings the name evokes, especially compared to its predecessor, the performance review. The check-in is lightweight, friendly and informal.

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Top Voices at SHRM 2017

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For many human resources professionals, this past weekend was spent waltzing down Bourbon Street with Mardi Gras beads in hand for the annual SHRM conference. For those who don’t know what SHRM is, it is the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference, which is the largest annual gathering of HR professionals in the world.

This Is How Facebook Does Performance Reviews

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As companies including General Electric and IBM have announced changes to their annual performance reviews meant to foster innovation, it’s interesting to see what younger technology companies are doing to engage their employees and promote learning and development.

This Consulting Firm Uses Company Values to Attract Top Talent

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Companies with well-defined values know they create a virtuous cycle. First, the values attract top talent who are able to be picky about the tone of their workplace, and then, those people affirm the company values through their voices and actions.

Breaking Down 2017 Labor Law Complexities

Workplace employment issues continue to make news as state and local governments propose labor law legislation at a frenzied pace. This free e-guide analyzes years of labor law posting data to provide you with a look at the complexity of labor law compliance for businesses of all sizes.

3 Feedback Types Every Manager Needs to Know

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There is a lot of talk these days about helping managers give more feedback to employees. What if it’s not a matter of more or less feedback, but rather intentional versus unintentional feedback? In other words, your managers are giving your employees plenty of feedback already, but are phrasing it in a way that prevents growth, instead of inspiring it. Unintentional feedback is emotionally withdrawn. Intentional feedback is emotionally transparent.

Why This Political Empowerment Startup Put Values First

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When is the right time to set company values? “Yesterday,” many founders will say. Creating company values is certainly a time-intensive exercise that many early-stage companies don’t feel they have the time or resources for.

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Without Retention, Diversity Efforts Fall Short

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Building diversity in the workplace is an initiative HR leaders cannot afford to miss. Companies with diverse workforces are proven to deliver higher performance and greater innovation. Therefore, many technology companies are directing large sums of money to increase internal diversity metrics and cultivate a broader pipeline of minority candidates. Despite investment in equal-opportunity hiring practices, diversity numbers are unimpressive Click To Tweet.

The Importance of Recognition in the Workplace

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Want to join the HR Roundtable and contribute insight to a monthly hot topic in HR innovation? Email dani@reflektive.com for more information. A good compliment goes a long way.

Getting the Org Chart to Deliver Your Strategy (Hint: No Restructuring Involved)

Driving your strategy isn't a matter of moving your org chart around (i.e. restructuring); it involves shifting the way your employees and leaders think and collaborate—so you can harness the power of a startling and dramatic new way of doing business.

How to Know If You Should Use Performance Ratings

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“I’d love to get rid of ratings, but it’ll never get past our senior management.” ” This is a popular refrain among HR folks as industry leaders including Goldman Sachs and GE have stopped rating their employees in annual reviews.

4 Foundations of a Great Performance Review Strategy

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Performance reviews fail to address their goal of growing a workforce’s performance. As we move away from Industrial Revolution-era ways into a new wave of work, many are realizing that the old tools don’t cut it any longer. Employees are not resources, they are people. Click To Tweet. The old processes — lengthy, anxiety-provoking , developmentally weak, and siloed — misalign with innate human motivation. Knowing what doesn’t work is helpful for understanding what not to do.

3 Ways to Stop Women From Getting Vague Feedback in Performance Reviews

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“Your communication style is too aggressive.” ” “You need to strengthen your knowledge of emerging markets.” ” Which of the above statement is more likely to be found in the performance review of a female employee? According to research on performance feedback by Stanford researchers , women are more likely to receive vague feedback (the former), and men are more likely to hear specific, developmental feedback (the latter).

Core Values Are Essential to Company Culture

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“Treat your customers like human beings, and they will always come back for more.”. The above statement is more than just a talking point in business management 101; it’s part of the core values statement of L.L. Bean, one of the most recognizable names in the retail world. It’s not realistic to construct a time-tested values system like L.L. Bean’s overnight; building a brand from the ground up takes time, patience, blood, sweat, and tears.

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 Learning in the Workplace

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In his TED Talk viewed over 17 million times, Daniel Pink gained fame when he said, “There’s a gap between what science knows and what business does.”. As someone who transitioned from the medical field into the business world, this connection rings true, with business often forgetting about the data uncovered from science, and the potential applications lost in most business practices.

Career Path Programs Retain Employees By Helping Them Move Up

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There’s a common refrain in exit interviews — “I wanted a new challenge.” ” Are employees at your company saying it when they leave? And, an even better question — are you giving them opportunities to advance and develop? Hearing frustrations around how to get ahead in exit interviews is one reason Imgur built out a formal career path program.

Company Values Help This Startup Scale Its Brand

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The key to effective company values is to evolve them with both a company’s brand and business needs. Serenflipity started as a travel experiment — founder Cara Thomas was off to 90-day solo trip to India and Southeast Asia.

36 Questions to Fall in Love — With Work

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You may be familiar with the 36 questions to fall in love, created by psychologist Arthur Aron, who studied the process of falling in love in a laboratory. The experiment of 20 years ago was popularized recently as voluntary subjects experimented with inducing love on their own. But for those of us spending at least 40 hours each week at work, our relationships in the workplace are important drivers of happiness and success, too.

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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.