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Are Companies Obligated to Write Reference Letters – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

I mentioned in my #SHRM16 wrap-up that I spoke at a pre-conference workshop on social media strategies. This question came up at the workshop and someone else asked it on HR Bartender just a few days ago. It’s obviously a popular topic. If an employee’s current manager refuses to provide a letter of reference, even if employee is in good standing, is that an EEOC violation ?

The Road to Rio: How to Build a Gold-Medal Winning Team

ClearCompany HRM

The guts, the glory, the gold. Olympics junkies everywhere will be keeping tabs on the Americans in Rio starting August 5th. The summer Olympics are dominated with major team events in sports such as soccer, basketball and beach volleyball as well as mixed individual-team sports like gymnastics, swimming and track & field. In events such as these, athletes compete for the team - as well as in individual events - trying to bring back as much hardware as available. Talent Management

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3 Companies Hiring Smarter, Better, Faster with Behavioral Assessments

Cornerstone On Demand

You may think you're bad at judging which candidates will become star employees and which will crash and burn. But it turns out almost everyone is. According to a study out of the University of Toledo in 2000, interviewers tend to form an opinion about a candidate within ten seconds of the person walking in a room. The problem? These snap judgements are usually wrong

Why Non-Scripted Vendor Demos are a Waste of Your time during Software Selection


How to Work Smarter, Not Harder During Your Software Selection Process. Written by: Samantha Colby. You’re new to a position/company, and in your assessment of your organization’s HR landscape, you realize that you have some outdated technology. Maybe it’s an on-premise system, or an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that doesn’t present the best possible candidate experience, or a scheduling system that isn’t optimized for your HR team to use efficiently.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Corporate Training: You Can Learn Anything

HR Bartender

“You only have to know one thing. You can learn anything.”. That was the takeaway message from Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. Khan was the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo in Washington D.C. His presentation told the story of the Khan Academy, which you can see in his TED talk. But in telling the Khan Academy story, he talked about the future of learning.

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How to Adapt to Our World of Exponential Change

Cornerstone On Demand

We are living in a world of constant change. It is not slow, linear or incremental—it's exponential. New technology, in particular, continues to adapt at an increasing rate. The Angry Birds app took off in 35 days, when the telephone took 75 years to become accepted into society

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3 Tips To Make Sure You Nail Your Job Interview


Hourly jobs are the primary entry into the job market for many first-time job seekers. That means a slew of newbies flood job boards, respond to ‘help wanted’ ads, and submit resumes, hoping to score interviews with restaurant, retail, and hospitality managers. The problem is that most applicants new to the job hunt are woefully unprepared for what to expect, and how to conduct themselves, during the interview process.

Why Your Organization Should Consider an Internal Hackathon

HR Bartender

Last year, I interviewed Steve Boese, co-chair of the HR Technology Conference , on the topic of hackathons. A hackathon is an event during which participants collaborate, conceptualize and test new products or services. The event is usually followed with a presentation to a panel of decision makers. When this event is done externally, the hackathon might be considered a competition of sorts, with the presentation being to a group of judges. However, hackathons can be done internally too.

How Strategic Is Your Company Culture? Strategic Culture & Why You Need It.


“Strategic culture” is not merely a catchy phrase to drop in a business meeting. It’s actually a very powerful concept that can help you think through what your company values and what that means for your internal strategy. Brandon Smith, also known as the Workplace Therapist , spoke about this topic at a CultureIQ event earlier this year, and everyone walked away wanting to learn more. We wanted to help you do just that, so we reached out to continue the conversation with him.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Dear ReWorker: How Do I Manage a 100-Person Company as an HR Team of One?

Cornerstone On Demand

Dear ReWorker, I landed my first job in HR a year out of college at a company that grew quickly. During this exponential growth, the team never had time to develop an HR department. They hired me along with a part-time consultant to create an HR department from scratch. At the time, the company had just under 65 employees. After three months, they decided not to renew the consultant's contract, and I've been heading HR as a department of one ever since

Guest Blogging for EmployeeConnect


Contributing to the EmployeeConnect Blog is about sharing your passion and expertise with thousands of other HR professionals everywhere in the world. It’s also being able to share best-practises, innovative ideas, and the latest happenings in the world of HR. We like to constantly reconsider current practises to offer new options, with the aim of providing improved solutions. And also, it’s always nice to hear new views and perspectives. Why Guest Post?

Recipes for #HR Success: Critical Evaluation

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: This series is brought to you by our friends at Capella University. Capella is an accredited online university dedicated to providing an exceptional, professionally aligned education that puts you in the best position to succeed in your field. Enjoy the post!). A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Harvard Business Review article titled, “The Changing Role of the CHRO.” The article talks about the need for HR professionals to develop analytical skills.

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5 Benefits of a Data-Driven Recruitment Strategy


The latest JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) came out earlier this month and as the graph below shows, there continues to be more job openings than hires being made. Companies cannot hire fast enough to keep up with their workforce demands and competition is fierce for those high potential people who will deliver innovative solutions or go above and beyond for your customers.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

TED Talk Tuesday: How to Stop the Plague of Pointless Meetings

Cornerstone On Demand

This post is part of our monthly TED Talk Tuesday serie s, spotlighting can't-miss TED Talks and their key takeaways. You can learn more about our partnership with TED here

The Impact of Brand Ambassadors on Engagement


It can be said that those who work in PR or Marketing for an organisation are those who speak for it. They use creative ways to create buzz, hype it up and attract stakeholders that are the cream of the crop. It could start with successful campaigns, great commercials or even killer social media strategies. Being either of the methods, they basically build the company brand. This perspective is true, but shouldn’t be entirely relied upon when trying to start up the image of your company.

Blame your company culture on the pens you use.

What is Paul Thinking

Culture – the tapestry of who and what your company is and stands for. Woven from many different behaviors – large and small. Culture isn’t what is written on posters outside the offices of your senior leadership team. Culture is what happens in the conference rooms and on the phones of your employees. Culture is the space between words and actions. Culture is in the pens and fancy leather portfolios (logo-identified or not.). You think I’m kidding right? But I’m not.

8 Reasons To Make Every Day ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’

Get Hppy

If you are like the majority of people in the United States, you own a pet. And most likely that pet is a cat or a dog. Your life probably looks something like this: You get up in the morning, go through your routine, and leave for work. Your pet stays at home and waits for your return. That is the life of most pets and their owners. But what if you were to bring your pet to work? Some employees and employers have taken notice of the importance of pets and how they spend their days alone at home.

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Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

Cartoon Coffee Break: Office Politics

Cornerstone On Demand

Editor's Note: This post is part of our "Cartoon Coffee Break" series. While we take talent management seriously, we also know it's important to have a good laugh. Check back every two weeks for a new ReWork cartoon

How to Rock Employee Satisfaction


Some say that when an employee feels satisfaction with their job, it means they feel engaged at work. What’s wrong with this belief is that for starters, employers take this feeling of being satisfied to stem from what’s being given in return aka. a salary. Secondly, it’s not always true because you can totally be satisfied with your job but it might not be enough of an incentive to get you showing up to work every day.

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Should HR Let Employees Watch the Summer Olympics at Work?


It’s been an exciting first few days of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Whether you’re cheering Michael Phelps on to his 20th gold medal or admiring Usain Bolt’s speedy feet on the track, there is no shortage of examples that can motivate and inspire employees. However, when it comes to letting employees watch the Olympics at work, some executive leaders may see it as a distraction and productivity drain. A recent study by the Workforce Institute at Kronos found that an estimated 55 million U.S.

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Embracing Learning and Development


Learning and development has gone through monumental changes over the last 15 years. Around the time of the new millennium, Learning & Development teams were mainly utilized as a way to develop and distribute content to employees. Fast-forward to today, and you find the emergence of the Chief Learning Office (CLO) and other new initiatives to enable employees to excel in their careers.

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How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

Help Your Team Be More Productive with these 4 Tips

The People Equation

If you asked your team members what saps their productivity, what would they say? They’d probably mention unnecessary meetings, interruptions or poor communications, right? What if — shockingly — you were listed as one of the reasons that your team couldn’t get their work done? Wait a minute, you say, I’m not a micromanager; I give them space. And I’m here to help them prioritize if needed.

The Necessity of Creativity in Employee Engagement

Get Hppy

“Creative thinking is not a talent; it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.”. Edward de Bono. Your employees want to feel connected to your organization in a meaningful way. Yes, you hired them to do a particular job, using their skills, knowledge, and expertise. Given the opportunity, you may find you your team members offer a whole lot more ingenuity than you thought.

Why Culture Change is Like Working Out


Every summer, I tell myself that I’m going to be beach-body ready by the time the sunshine and 90-degree weather hit. I buy new yoga pants. I join a gym. Yet after two days straight of jumping on the cardio machines, other priorities start to creep in. I have too much work to do. I need more sleep. My good intentions remain just that – good intentions. This cycle got me thinking about the challenges many leaders encounter when trying to drive culture change.

The Difference Between the PHR and SPHR Exams


The winter testing window is coming up with HRCI (the Human Resources Certification Institute, for you newbies), and you might be wondering what the difference is between the PHR and SPHR exams. With both of the exam pass rates hovering around 50% (54% PHR, 53% SPHR), it’s critical to make sure you understand the requirements of each and develop a proper plan for preparing.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

Why Leading with ideas is the Secret to Successful Leadership


Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric summed up the current era of leadership perfectly when he described leadership in the current age in the following way: “ …you will have to lead with ideas, not by controlling information.”. . What Welch meant was that in the connected world we now live in, knowledge is no longer easily hidden from people and this has forever changed our attitudes towards information. It has changed our desire for information – we want it now.

VIDEO: The Impact of 360-Degree Feedback Coaching - DecisionWise


Download 360-Degree Feedback Survey. Take a look at our research on the impact 360-degree feedback coaching. By coaching, I mean sitting down with someone to debrief their 360-degree feedback results and helping them to create an action plan. For the purpose of this study, we collected feedback from 244 leaders from a Fortune 500 company with locations around the world. These leaders had recently received 360-degree feedback and were provided coaching by internal HR professionals.

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2 WorkHuman Lessons from the NFL


by Lynette Silva. Recognize This! Working more human requires we allow our humans to be fully themselves, inside and outside work. You could call me a football fan if, by “fan,” you mean I sit and a read book next to my husband while he watches the Patriots game. But I seem to have picked up more than I realized by this fan-through-proximity method.