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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 ”.

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.

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In the Face of Big Data, Interviews Are Obsolete

Cornerstone On Demand

Once upon a time hiring the right employee was relatively easy and inexpensive. A job application and quick interview was all that was needed. Life was simpler. Attitudes were relatively predictable. Replacements were a dime a dozen.

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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.

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.

SMART-ly Tracking Your Progress

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, “ Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” The book is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle , in the iTunes store, and directly from the publisher.).

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How Smart Talent Management Can Shift the Employee Productivity Curve

Cornerstone On Demand

Today's business climate makes earning a profit particularly hard as companies juggle multiple challenges: increased government regulation, tighter budgets and constantly-evolving technology.

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.

Forgetting to Monitor – Friday Distraction

HR Bartender

Implementation is not the final step in a process. Just about every process model I’ve ever seen has a final step called monitoring (or evaluation, or something like it). It’s that final piece in a process where you look at what you’ve implemented , evaluate it, and make tweaks for improvement.

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Small Business Concerns: Full Lifecycle Recruiting Makes Your Job Easier

ClearCompany HRM

As a small business owner, each of your hires matter, and you want every new person you hire to have as large an impact on your business as possible. And while you’re worried about finding funding, keeping your business afloat, or the rigors of advertising, recruiting can get lost in the shuffle.

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!

6 Ways to Spot a Toxic Employee During a Job Interview

Cornerstone On Demand

The chit-chatty office neighbor, the disparaging boss, the personal space invader. When you work with a “toxic employee,” life at work becomes unpleasant for you and everyone connected to him/her. In fact, toxic employees make their co-workers 54% more likely to resign , which ultimately can cost three times more in hiring expenses.

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Employee Motivation: The Neuroscience Connection

ATD Human Capital

A new UNC Executive Development white paper, Motivation on the Brain – Applying the Neuroscience of Motivation in the Workplace, discusses the science behind motivation and why it is important in the workplace. Click here to read full version


We Continue to Miss the Texting Opportunity In HR.

The HR Capitalist

HR’s never been accused of being on the bleeding edge, and any type of social media or communications usually finds HR pros trailing the pack. Take social media as an example. Lots of potholes. Full of traps.

You Asked: Answering Your Questions about The Power of Thanks (Part 1)


by Derek Irvine. Recognize This! Social recognition is a very powerful means of creating and managing culture, when structured in a considered, thoughtful way. Last week, Eric Mosley and I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar about our new book, The Power of Thanks.

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.

Why Addressing the Aging Workforce in Manufacturing Requires New Tactics

Cornerstone On Demand

As Baby Boomers reach retirement, the manufacturing industry is facing a skills dilemma. While the U.S. is dealing with an aging population across the board, the manufacturing industry is at a disproportionate disadvantage —in 2012, the median age of employees was 44.7

Knowing What You Don’t Know

Something Different

<> 1. It is 9:01 PM central time on a Friday as I sit down to write this. First off, apologies for the extraordinarily late post today 1 , but here we are. …So anyone that knows me (or reads me) knows that I am constantly pursuing new knowledge.

Moving the HR Industry Forward

China Gorman

I love finding new sources of information that shine a light on how organizations can achieve better business results through better people practices.

Retain Your Older Workers (It’s Good for Business)


According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than half of workers over age 60 plan to continue working in some capacity after retiring from their current career. I’ve read about the “graying of the workforce” and the impending “brain drain” for years, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the topic’s sheer magnitude.

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

The Secret to a Standout Candidate Experience? Company Culture.


By now we’ve talked your ears off about how much company culture affects the employee experience. But it doesn’t stop there. Company culture also influences the customer experience , and just as importantly, the candidate experience.

Are “Busy” People More or Less Productive?

Something Different

<> …So this morning I came across an interesting piece from HR pro Laurie Ruettimann that expounds on how life is too short to be busy: She goes on to say: I relaunched my consulting business in 2013 built on a belief that life is too short to be busy.

LinkedIn buys for $1.5 Billion, Signals Shift in the Learning Marketplace.

Josh Bersin

Today LinkedIn announced the acquisition of, a pioneering online learning company known for high-quality, expert-led video instruction.

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Ultimate Software Announces Partnership with NetSuite for HCM Integration at Connections Conference

Ultimate Software

Our annual customer and partner forum, Connections , took place in Las Vegas last month. An inspiring keynote by Simon Sinek; an artistic presentation from Erik Wahl ; a special concert with Grammy-winner Michael Bublé; and plenty of engaging and entertaining Magic—from the NBA-legend-turned-entrepreneur to some surprise on-stage illusions—all made for a memorable week.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

Holacracy – Mushroom Comparisons Aside, It’s an Uphill Slog towards Acceptance

The People Equation

When CEO Tony Hsieh sent out an all-company email informing his Zappos team that they were moving completely to the Holacracy organizational structure of self-management, the story was huge.

Does Managing the HR Function in California Require an SPHR?

Something Different

'1. Don’t judge me. -_- …So the other day I was chatting with another HR Pro about state laws 1 , and at one point she commented that “opening a business in California is like opening a business in another country” , going on to say that having a California designated SPHR certification is a table stakes requirement for any HR Leader hoping to make informed policy recommendations around how to manage the workforce. Ergo, this morning I started to do a little bit of research examining the differences between HR in California and HR everywhere else, assuming I’d find significant but not mind-blowing variations. Imagine my surprise then when I found the following: California Employees Must be Paid Immediately at the Time of Discharge: In California, if an employer discharges an employee, the wages earned and unpaid at the time of discharge are due and payable immediately. For each violation of this rule, an employer must pay $200 per employee, plus 2. See section’s § 201. and § 210. of the California labor code here. 25% of the amount unlawfully withheld. 2. The “Exemption Test” is much higher in California than elsewhere: Under the standard outlined in the FLSA (and most other states), the executive overtime exemption is defined by a number of factors, but mainly focuses on one’s “ primary job duties and responsibilities.” Conversely, California’s executive exemption requires exempt employees to (i) earn at least 2xs the 3. $9 an hour and going to $10 in 2016. state’s minimum wage 3 , (ii) supervise two or more employees, and (iii) spend 50% or more of their time on exempt activities. This can easily lead to situations like Heyen v. Safeway wherein employees are misclassified by an employer as exempt in California, even if that designation might have held true had that business been open almost anywhere else. Meal and Rest Periods: In contrast to federal law, in California an employer may not employ an employee for more than five hours per day without providing said employee with a meal period of at least thirty minutes. If an employer fails to comply, the employee must be paid one hour of pay at their regular rate of compensation for each workday that the meal period is not provided. 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. …I spent about an hour and a half reviewing California Labor and Employment Law before I became convinced that running a business there like one might run it anywhere else in the country can result in significant fines and 4. Depends on if you’re the employer or employee, I suppose. penalties. I am not saying that this is good or bad 4 – it just is what it is. With that said, revisiting our original question: As an HR pro can o ne learn enough to protect one’s business through good old-fashioned independent learning, or is the SPHR or some other professional training required? As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Best, Rory. HR Management Labor and Employment Law California employment law hr human resources labor law sphr'

The Great HR Gender Divide: Part II


In her book, Lean In , Sheryl Sandberg recounts the story of a board meeting where all the men attending (plus Sheryl) sat down around the conference table, while the couple of women attending chose chairs that were around the edge of the room.

Wanted: A More Educated—and Prepared—Workforce

ATD Human Capital

While affordable and effective education is an important imperative for society (and thus government), business may have to step up if they want to achieve global success. Click here to read full version


Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.