2013

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The Other Elephant in the Room: Most Jobs Suck

The Bamboo Project Blog

. Last week I wrote about an elephant in the room of careers and employment that we aren't really acknowledging or discussing--the fact that there are 3.3 job seekers for every available job opening. . Today I want to acknowledge another elephant in the room that is the reality for both those who are unemployed and those who are currently working. It is this (and pardon my bluntness here): From a job seeker perspective, many, many jobs suck.

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The HR Skills Gap

NoExcusesHR

'I really love human resources work. You should too. What other profession deals with the most challenging human behavior? Who else is expected to have a global view every day while still managing the details of workforce planning, new technologies, staffing shortages, endless regulations, and still be ridiculously positive every step of the way? Human Resources, that''s who.

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The No. 1 Reason Employers Can't Find the Right Talent

45 Things

'There have been many complaints by some companies that they can’t find people to fill positions, despite a 7.3% unemployment rate. What gives? Are the unemployed a bunch of no-talent, bottom-of-the-barrel drudges who should never be given a job? Hardly. Check out Twitter or LinkedIn, and you’ll find experienced, smart, driven people looking for work.

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Learn 12 Secrets to Becoming a Thought Leader

David Zinger

'Cogito ergo sum – I think therefore I am. ( Reading Time: 5 Minutes). Learn how to be a thought leader from David Zinger’s employee engagement thought leadership. Do you want to be a thought leader? This post outlines a quirky 12 step process to thought leadership. What’s in a name ? I have been referred to as a thought leader in employee engagement and was conferred engagement Guru status by the UK’s Engage for Success movement.

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AI & DEI: With Great Opportunities Comes Great HR Responsibility

Speaker: Jen Kirkwood - Partner, Responsible HR & AI at IBM and World Economic Forum Executive Fellow

The promise of AI for today’s organizations is real, yet in a frenzied state of experimentation, many stumble to get to a full-scale enterprise. As companies race to discover what generative AI can do, HR must lead conversations about how to balance cutting-edge innovations with integrity, trust, and diversity. Globally, organizations are at a critical intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and AI acceleration.

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Resume Writing Tips That May Get You An Interview Call

TheHRBlog

Your resume is a potent tool that can land you a HR interview call and maybe a dream job you’ve been waiting for. These resume writing tips can increase your chances of securing an interview call. Your Resume Communicates How You Fit the Job A resume is actually a short account of a person’s career, which can demonstrate […].

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Why the @huffpostbiz Top 100 Social #HR Experts on Twitter Should Be a Wake-Up Call to #SHRM

True Faith HR

'Congrats to the 100 individuals who made the Huffington Post Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter this week. Lots of worthy individuals on the list, including 14-15 people I had never heard of before, so it provides the opportunity for new connections. However, if I am the Society for Human Resource Management , I''d be very worried about this list.

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4 Trends That Are Transforming Performance Management and Organizational Learning

Reviewsnap

'At its core, performance management is all about giving our people the information, resources and guidance they need to achieve specific goals. Sounds simple enough. Of course, the devil is in the details. One reason performance management is so challenging—the business world isn’t static. Our organizations evolve. Our business goals and targets shift.

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6 Time Management Tips For Workers

Quickbase

Employers want to hire workers who can prioritize and manage their work. In today’s workplace, more is being demanded of workers than ever before. You have to accomplish more in less time, with fewer resources. This puts a lot of pressure on you to be able to manage your time more efficiently so you can […].

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Like a Dog Chewing on a Toffee

Working Girl

'One of my most admired colleagues, whose advice carries the weight of an edict with me, asked me to write a post about working with ambiguity. She believed it would be cathartic for me personally but she also felt that sharing my experience working through ambiguity could be beneficial to others. “Everywhere I look,” she said, “I see people struggling to move forward and add value without understanding what they should be doing or what’s going to happen next.

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Early Tenure Turnover: Stop the Revolving Door of Hires

Speaker: Dr. Craig Ellis, Head of I-O Psychology, HighMatch

Are you facing a revolving door of hires, especially within their first 90 days of employment? In this webinar, Dr. Craig Ellis, a leading industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologist, offers insights and strategies to unravel the mystery behind early tenure turnover. Identify the root causes of early attrition to mitigate turnover’s impact in the first 12 months.

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The perfect storm of HR technology

Strategic HCM

' I''ve had this article published in Computer Weekly. It''s meant for CIOs but if you''re a CHRO you may still find it interesting. It builds on Thomas Otter''s focus on the HR nexus (I''ve relabelled it the perfect storm) at HR Tech Europe last year, in the run up to this year''s conference that I''ll be chairing again. It''s always good getting published but I''m particularly pleased with getting into CW finally - about 20 years after I gave up my regular subscription, leaving the world of

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Clarifying Your Career Path: Technology is Eating Your Job

The Bamboo Project Blog

This may be the one of the most important career posts I've ever written. I urge you to read it, even if you don't think it applies to you. . This morning I was tagged in a G+ conversation that linked to this article on the impact of technology in the workplace. It got me thinking, once again, about how technology is transforming the workplace. . One of the things I've been harping on for awhile now is that as individual workers, we need to be paying better attention to technological changes th

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Transformation - Saying It Is the Easy Part

NoExcusesHR

'I''ve been doing a lot of thinking about transformational leadership and what role Human Resources should play when an organization is committed to undergoing change in a meaningful way. Is HR there to pick up the pieces as leaders begin to quiver and shake at the slightest hint of a required change? Does HR move through the process along with the others who are impacted by new expectations, new goals, and ultimately a new and more effective corporate culture?

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How to Figure Out What an Interviewer is Thinking

45 Things

'An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. The job seeker feels pressure to answer questions and make a good impression. But career experts say interviews need to be two-way streets if job seekers want to make sure they won''t hate their new jobs in six months. Specifically, job candidates must be armed with questions to really learn what an organization is all about.

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Bridging the Gap: The Intersection of DEI Initiatives and Employee Benefits

Speaker: Jaye Johnson, CBP

Unlock the secrets to transforming your organization’s employee benefits into a strategic tool for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). During this informative session, we will discuss common pitfalls in traditional benefits and then delve into the essence of DEI in employee-centric benefit offerings. This involves not only defining DEI in the workplace but also understanding the pivotal role that employee benefits play in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

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Employee Engagement: Why Good is Good Enough

David Zinger

'The Blasphemy of GREAT WORK. Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you are no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an an end but a unique event in itself.

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10 Tricky HR Interview Questions & Their Answers

TheHRBlog

Human Resource managers may ask tricky HR interview questions to save time and try to figure out what kind of employee you really are. Joyce Lain Kennedy, a nationally syndicated careers columnist says outlines the 10 Trickiest Interview Questions & Their Answers Kennedy says that even if job hunters have rehearsed anticipated topics, an unexpected HR interview […].

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Part II “We Know More Than We Can Say: How to Use Tacit Knowledge

Conversation Matters

' . In Part I, I explained why “we know more than we can say” including, 1) how our brains store knowledge, 2) how we create knowledge 3) the values and relationships that are involved in tacit knowledge. I gave examples of situations in which knowledge workers, who understood something very deeply, were unable to clearly articulate what they knew to others, although they were themselves able to act on their deep knowledge.

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Best Wishes Curtis Midkiff (@shrmsmg)

True Faith HR

'I was saddened to hear the news today of the departure of Curtis Midkiff, Director of Social Engagement, from SHRM for greener pastures at the American Red Cross. I, of course, am happy that Curtis found an opportunity that he was excited to pursue, but it will definitely be a loss for SHRM. I first met Curtis when I was chosen as one of five inaugural SHRM Blog Squad members for the SHRM Annual Conference in San Diego.

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Delivering DEI Training That Drives Real Change

Speaker: Jeffrey Hall, Chief Creative Office of WILL Interactive

Great DEI training improves engagement, retention, and teamwork. Poor training does little. What content areas are right for our organization? How can you construct training around empathy-building, relatable stories for a positive disposition to hard topics? We’ll cover the latest research on how to make training that actually delivers attitudinal and behavioral shifts.

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Note To Performance-Driven Companies: Yank Those Stacked Rankings!

Reviewsnap

'There’s been a lot of chatter lately in the media and across social sites about the subject of stacked ranking (aka, “forced ranking,” “rank and yank” and few other colorful terms). In case you’re not familiar with it, stacked ranking is essentially the practice of ranking employees along a bell curve. Some employers use the rankings to openly compare workers’ performance (primarily as a way to motive those at the lower end of the curve to do better), while others actually use the rankings to f

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12 Lessons on Life and Leadership From Photography

QAspire

When you take up a new passion, it is so amazing to see how things unfold. Since last few years, I have turned into a photography enthusiast, an avid learner of the art. No, I am not taking any formal photography classes but am learning it by doing in my spare time. You can view my photographic adventures at Flickr. In Hindi, the word “Drishti” means vision.

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21 Contemporary Employee Engagement Tools and Concepts

David Zinger

'I recently wrote a post that was very popular on 19 antiquated employee engagement tools and concepts. It is always easier to attack, criticize, or rip apart than to offer suggestions and useful tools. So this post offers 21 contemporary employee engagement tools and concepts than can make a difference in employee engagement in 2013 and beyond. The image below is the pyramid model of employee engagement (Click on the image to download a document outlining a model demonstrating that employee eng

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Playing the Race Card

NoExcusesHR

'I have a couple of hot buttons in my life. Here''s the list: - racism - discrimination against those different than you (for any reason) - violence against women and children - racism Racism gets two votes because not only is it one of the most cowardly and disgusting belief systems I''ve ever encountered; but it also goes against the very core of what being a decent human being is all about.

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Are There Gaps in Your HR Policies?

Putting the right HR policies in place can help your organization grow smoothly and help your company culture thrive. Use this essential HR checklist to cover the basics and make sure there aren’t any gaps in your HR functions.

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Dear Unemployed Job Seekers: A Thank You Would Be Nice

The Bamboo Project Blog

' . In the past few weeks, I''ve had occasion to email several people who are unemployed. Some had emailed me for advice or connections. Others had participated in live events with me and I''d followed up by emailing them some resources they''d requested. A few wanted me to review their resumes or cover letters. . In each case, I took the time to craft a helpful response, including links to relevant information.

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Disposable Worker Syndrome is Killing Us

The Bamboo Project Blog

. For the past several months, I've been doing more work than usual with people who have been laid off from their jobs. I've listened to their stories of how the lay-offs occurred--usually in a brutally swift and cruel fashion--and been witness to their pain at having done all the right things, only to be told their services are no longer needed. It's heart-breaking, really, to see how they try to recover from this assault, accepting their disposability as inevitable in some ways. .

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The Four Patterns that Should Guide All Your Career Moves

The Bamboo Project Blog

. I wrote a couple of long posts in February on the two major factors most job seekers are dealing with in this economy. The first was on the reality that there aren't enough jobs for everyone who wants one. The second was on the poor quality of many of the jobs that do exist. . After writing these, though, I was left wondering what it is we can do to operate in this kind of environment.

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Don't Be Stupid

NoExcusesHR

'I recently saw a post about our insane tendency to push ourselves to achieve stretch goals and to over commit in our jobs; while at the same time being sure to only take on what we can handle in our personal lives ( most of the time.) Genius. Work Isn''t Supposed to be Torture Sometimes it seems our world has been reduced to a blur of a hyper-connected leadership culture of over achievement, climbing the ladder, being in the inner circle, being an insider, being close to the CEO, always scannin

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Managing Your Recruitment Agency Spend in 2024

Feeling overwhelmed by a juggling act of internal recruiting, agency relationships, and direct hire spend? You’re not alone. In today’s competitive talent landscape, building a dream team requires strategic orchestration. Recruiting agencies and search firms provide invaluable services, but managing them effectively alongside your internal team can pose unique challenges.

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3 Steps To A Better (HR) Life

NoExcusesHR

'I don''t know about you, but I sure would like my professional life to continue to be something I get excited about. I like coming to work. I like thinking about new ways to do my job. I like knowing my team has the okay to try new things without fear of reprisals from me or the organization''s leadership team. When I consider all of the various issues that impact how I go about doing my job, three things seem to jump out at me.

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#DisruptiveHR

NoExcusesHR

'Making the commitment to change the culture of an organization is a bold step. It requires the courage to publicly say that you are not satisfied with how things operate today, and that a change is not only on a wish list, but that it is now mandatory. That is a bold step. Leaders First I''ve had the opportunity one other time in my career to embark on an intentional culture change initiative.

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The Standard You Walk Past is the Standard You Accept

The Bamboo Project Blog

'"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept." --Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Australian Army Chief. As I continue to hear stories about how dysfunctional many workplaces are, how workers are poorly treated by both managers and colleagues, the video above really struck a chord for me. In it, Lt. General David Morrison is talking about how sexual abuse and aggression toward women is unacceptable in the Australian Army.

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