April, 2015

Aligning #HR Technology With Your Talent Decisions

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at SilkRoad , a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions.

Remotivate Your Gen X Employees with These 4 Tips

ClearCompany HRM

We’ve talked about Millennials and the Baby Boomers, but what about the near-forgotten Gen X? These employees have much to give in terms of experience and industry knowledge.

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How Apple Watch Will Change the Way We Work

Cornerstone On Demand

With the official (online) release of Apple Watch only one day away, the internet is rife with predictions about whether the smart watch will succeed or fail — and how it will affect our lives in the process.

The HR Leadership Revolution — Will You Thrive?


More than ever before, the business world needs strong HR leaders. The workforce in the developed world and China is rapidly aging. New, first-time workers are barely replacing workers who are retiring.

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How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

7 Reasons to Marry an #HR Pro


As I looked at my wonderful wife this week and think about our upcoming anniversary (8 years in June), I wondered about the spouses of other HR professionals around the world. Me and the love of my life–Diet Dew. Oh, and Melanie is there, too.

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Will Technology Replace Recruiters – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

We talk about the importance of being technology savvy and the increasing use of technology in business. It stands to reason that embracing technology needs to be part of our job description. But does that mean we should be concerned about technology making our jobs obsolete?

The Link Between Employer Branding and Employee Engagement

ClearCompany HRM

Employers have lots of concepts to juggle. Time-to-fill, return on investment, employer branding, turnover, engagement. Sometimes these concepts bleed together, and sifting through them for the right plan of action can be difficult.

5 Companies Using Gamification to Boost Business Results

Cornerstone On Demand

In 2011, a group of online gamers collectively solved a problem in three short weeks that had puzzled scientists for decades: They found the structure of an enzyme that helps AIDS-like viruses reproduce.

The Great HR Gender Divide: Part I


Having worked in the tech industry for nearly twenty years now, being the only woman in the room doesn’t faze me. But I have to admit, when I became part of the Visier team I was excited to be joining a tech company that serves a female-dominated market.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

The Power of Thanks Is in Us All, if We’re Willing to Share It


by Lynette Silva. Recognize This! Simply expressing appreciation and gratitude to others can change perspectives for the better. I benefit from my job in the same ways most people do. I earn a paycheck that pays for a roof over my head and food in my belly.

Changing The World – The Forefront of Reinventing HR

Ultimate Software

A colleague recently asked me what I wanted to do in my job, and I answered that “I want to change the world”. We laughed, but then I told him I was completely serious.

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program

HR Bartender

Organizations are facing some unique challenges when it comes to talent. The Boomer generation is planning to leave the workforce (or at least transition to part-time or semi-retirement).

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Small Business Concerns: 4 Ways to Create Consistent Performance Management

ClearCompany HRM

Good performance management can help your employees work at their best consistently, help align their goals with the company’s business strategy, and build better teams through tracking and collaboration.

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

How to Help Introverts Thrive in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

It's no secret that our culture tends to prize outgoing, social individuals—both in and out of the workplace—more than the quiet and thoughtful types.

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16 Stories to Energize Your Leadership

The People Equation

Feeling burned out as a leader? It’s a common feeling: work life is hectic and leaders feel especially “squeezed.” This constant pressure can suck every last bit of energy from you and the people you lead, with unfortunate results.

7 Ways to Get Managers to Provide More Feeback


The other day I happened across a blog that posed a very interesting question: Feedback would happen all the time if.? So, what would you say? I can’t reign it in to just one idea, so here are seven things I think would lead to more feedback in the workplace.

Learn How To Develop Others

All Things Workplace

"Developing Others" ranks dead last on just about every organizational skill level survey with which I've been involved or have read. . It's not because people lack awareness of its importance; quite the contrary. It's because development takes time.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Respect Email Expectations

HR Bartender

I’ve read a few good posts recently about the need for schedule management. So naturally, I feel compelled to toss in my two-cents. The first one that crossed my desk was from the Harvard Business Review titled “ Your Late Night Emails are Hurting Your Team ”.

You Can’t Afford to Ignore Mobile Recruitment Anymore

ClearCompany HRM

You’ve begun the venture into the mobile corporate world. Already, the organization’s website and career page are mobile-enabled, but the question is whether or not you’re ready to embark on a mobile recruitment strategy.

How to Build a Talent Pipeline with Social Media Content Marketing

Cornerstone On Demand

We have an interesting dichotomy in the world of talent—companies are crying out about talent gaps everywhere, without using their full range of resources to actually look for talent. One such resource is social media.

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A New Definition of Leadership for the Next Generation of Leaders

The People Equation

The definition of leadership is changing. Societal expectations of the workplace, fed by economic and demographic trends, are morphing the leadership job description.

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Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

Accounting Lessons for HR Pros (Interview)


Today I have the pleasure of introducing my brother, Brandon, to the HR community. Brandon is an auditor for the federal government and has worked in the world of accounting for more than ten years.

10 Must Follow* Tips For New College Grads From an HR Guy

Something Different

1. There is an asterisk in the title because, really, what the heck do I know? -_- A few days ago I received the following writing prompt from Joe Amodei at TheLadders (follow them on Twitter here ): Well, we’d love for you to create a post where you discuss what your top tips are for a 22 year old about to enter the workforce and post it on your blog. Our goal is for you to make this an organic and inspiring piece for anyone who could be in that scary situation of starting his or her career. These tips don’t have to be directly related to a certain job. It could even be as simple as remembering there are more important things in life than work. …Okay. So advice for 22 year olds just starting out their professional careers. I can do that (I think). Here goes … but keep in mind that this is mostly practical advice geared towards how to obtain maximum career success based on my own individual (and often meandering) experience and anecdotes: 1. Don’t worry too much about your first salary – instead, focus on the type of work you’re going to be doing. Unless you got your degree in an in demand STEM field or are starting with a top-paying employer (e.g. Google, GE, BCG etc.), chances are your first salary isn’t going to be very high. And even if you fall into one of those buckets (or are an unusually good negotiator and/or fortunate), what qualifies as a “high” salary to you now is likely negligible in the grand scheme of things. As a new college grad you should regularly be seeing big (in some cases double digit) percentage increases in salary annually early in your career if you are getting frequent advancement opportunities. Pay flattens out as you get deeper into your 30s, but as a 22 year-old don’t worry about the difference between making, say, $38k and $52k out of the gate. That difference will turn out to be negligible latter in your career (even factoring in time value of money) if you land jobs that teach you rare and valuable skills. Incomes well in excess of six figures are in your grasp as you enter your 30s (and earlier, for some), but you have to develop a scarce skill set that adds a lot of value. And you probably aren’t going to learn (most of) this skill set in school. You will learn it on the job. So when taking that first job ask yourself “How does this make me better?” not “How much does this pay me?” Taking the former approach will pay off over time. 2. Get lots of different experiences. Don’t stay in any one role for too long (which is not necessarily the same as not staying with one company). Don’t stay in any one role for two long. This doesn’t mean that you need to constantly jump employers… but if you aren’t getting regular opportunities to advance into bigger (or at least different) job assignments during your first 4-5 years in the workforce then you need to move on. One of the worst spaces to be in early in your career is to look up and see that you are 28 and have been in the same transactional Customer Service role that you were in when you were a 21-22 college graduate. Don’t be that guy/gal. Get new experiences as much as you can when you’re young. 3. The greatest predictor of what you will accomplish in the future is how you spend your time now. So use it wisely. …So you graduated college. You get to relax on the weekends from now on, right? Wrong! College is where you learn how to learn, but your post-grad career is where you learn how to apply that skill towards your career and continued education. If you aren’t continually finding ways to advance your skill set during your off time – e.g. in the form of research briefs, MOOCs, trade associations, networking, professional designations/certificates etc. – then you are doing things wrong. You create separation from your peers by how you spend your time when you’re not at work. Everyone puts in a minimum of 35-40 hours during the week… that’s table stakes in today’s employment marketplace. What are you doing when you’re off the clock, though? You always need to keep getting better, which means that you should never stop learning or looking for an edge. 4. Sleep. Do as I say, not as I do… …But seriously, sleep. The improved level of performance you will have on 7-9 hours sleep (how much you need varies by person) compared against what you can produce on less makes getting a good night’s rest common sense. 5. Early in your career, try not to quit your job if you don’t have something else lined up first. This is one of the worst mistakes I see 20 somethings make. They decide that their job isn’t challenging them enough / their skill set is underutilized / whatever and so they quit their jobs without something else lined up. But doing this (i) wrecks your resume, (ii) kills your negotiating leverage when you get your next role because you lose walk-away power, (iii) undermines your employability with the very real percentage of employers that don’t consider unemployed people and (iv) is a bad habit to get into when the going gets tough. If your job sucks then just suck it up and slog through every day until you find a new (better) gig that you can transition into. 6. If you are in your 20s and the first 5+ years of your career you’re only seeing 3-4% year over year pay increases then it is time for a change. I said in point #1 that you shouldn’t worry about comp for your first job – and you shouldn’t… but that’s because as a 20 something you should be seeing regular healthy pay increases if you are (i) with a company where you are getting regular advancement opportunities and (ii) learning rare and valuable skills. To be fair, most employers aren’t equipped to give top performing employees the sorts of wage increases they could find on the open market externally simply because comp structures haven’t caught up to the changed world of work yet… but that shouldn’t be true for you if you’re a 25 year-old that is just hitting your stride. If you are consistently a top performer in your 20s and all you’re seeing are 3-4% increases year over year then it’s time to move on. 7. Deliver on the work that you say you will deliver on. When you are first figuring out how to work it can be hard to do this well because it is easy to over-promise due to unrealistic expectations, but over the long run the best way to grow your professional brand internally is by consistently delivering on the work you’re expected (and volunteer) to do at a high level. 8. Treat everyone in your workplace with respect. No one likes to work with a jerk, so don’t be one. In fact, go a step further and treat everyone as well as you can all the time. This doesn’t mean being a wet blanket (more on that below) but it does mean being kind. This will pay dividends over time. 9. Don’t be afraid to speak up and stand your ground. You have to hold people accountable. 20 somethings often struggle with holding people accountable and standing up to co-workers/customers/bosses/whoever that are abusive or otherwise don’t respect their boundaries. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion, though, and if someone is treating you unfairly or otherwise walking over you don’t be afraid to push back. People will respect you more when you can do this, and furthermore being able to stand your ground and push back are table stakes skills of being a good people manager (which is often a typical step up on many career ladders). 10. Sleep. I said this already. I know. But I am saying it again. It’s that important. Get your 7-9 hours. …With that said, don’t just take my career advice. There are lots of other things beyond those mentioned above to consider if you want a fulfilling career. For example, if you want advice on work-life and all that jazz, check out these awesome posts from other former-college grads turned professionals providing advice on how to make the best of the start of your career. As always, let me know what I got wrong (and right) in the comments section below. Best, Rory. 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How You Can Become a Simply Irresistible Organization

HR Bartender

There are lots of articles about what businesses need to do in order to be successful. The articles talk about developing outstanding products, killer marketing strategies, and focusing on metrics and numbers. It’s true – all of these things are important.

Small Business Concerns: Technology-Enabled Talent Management

ClearCompany HRM

Talent management is a difficult process to implement alone. How do you judge the work of the employees of your small business? You can keep up with tasks completed up to a certain point, but people can only manually track so much at a time.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.