Mar 31 2015

How to Increase Engagement by Increasing Business Literacy

We’ve all heard of the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey. The 12 indicators are an easy way to get a pulse on employee engagement. But are these indicators sufficient? Maybe there’s more to it…

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Mar 24 2015

How to Respond to Tough Culture Questions from a Job Candidate

It’s a funny thing really. We share our corporate culture through slick marketing and branding efforts. However, it’s a very different thing to be sitting across from a candidate, fielding culture questions during the interview process.

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Mar 17 2015

5 Aspects of Games to Leverage for Increased Millennial Engagement & Retention

Do you track your American Express points, your frequent flyer miles, Fitbit steps, Weight Watcher points, or your LinkedIn profile strength bar? If so, you have fallen victim to being engaged through gamification. But it’s okay because as humans we are wired to play games. Have you ever thought to harness the power of gaming to engage your Millennial employees?

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Mar 12 2015

What Came First? The Brand or the Benefits?

Total rewards. It’s been HR’s responsibility for decades, right? These comp and benefits programs go beyond basic administration. HR has other things to do—conduct needs assessments, select the appropriate benefit mix, develop plans, evaluate the effectiveness of the offerings…you know the drill. What hasn’t been around so long—at least not as long as benefits—is employer branding.

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Mar 06 2015

HR Cloud Announces European Launch, Hosting Launch Party at HR Tech Europe

HR Cloud is officially launching in Europe this month at Europe’s most important HR Technology conference, HR Tech Europe. HR Cloud, a modern and powerful cloud-based HRMS solution, including core, onboarding, company directory, and leave request HR software, will be showcasing its software at booth number 504.

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Mar 02 2015

What You Need to Know About Your Next Boss: The Chief of Work

An article in Fortune discussed workplace predictions of 2015, one of which is the rise of a Chief of Work. A Chief of Work would work with an eye toward building a culture that attracts top talent, or what Peter Andrew, workplace strategy director, calls “the complete experience of working for the company, and how that affects performance.”

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Feb 17 2015

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Start Here

In the past, employee engagement was viewed as a “reactive” measure. Engagement was seen as a way to help solve employment issues such as turnover, low morale, and labor relations claims. But, as US businesses lose about $11 billion annually due to employee turnover HR can’t sit by and wait for the next issue to solve. We need to be proactive. This means understanding what employee engagement is and implementing the right program to keep organizations ahead of the engagement curve.

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Feb 10 2015

8 Tips to Enhance Your Company's Millennial Onboarding Process

These days, company loyalty from a Millennial is as rare as getting a phone call from a Millennial. However, your organization’s onboarding process could be the differentiator needed to solidify Millennial loyalty once and for all.

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Feb 03 2015

What is the HR Blogosphere Saying About 2015 HR Trends?

As 2015 kicked off we were advised, via multiple sources, which HR trends to pay attention to during the year. So what’s on the horizon you ask? What have the pundits and prognosticators highlighted as HR trends? If you’ve had the time over the past month perhaps you’ve read a number of these predictions. If, however, you’re looking for a quick recap from what’s on the web and in the HR blogosphere, here are three main trends that have been discussed in multiple corners.

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Jan 27 2015

HR Technology Trends: How to Evaluate Employee Experience

HR technology has improved significantly in the last several years, providing organizations with solutions that are designed to streamline HR processes and make teams more efficient by focusing on engagement and collaboration, all while improving the user experience. Think clean, simple, easy to use solutions that employees grade as an A+.

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Jan 20 2015

How Would You Define HR in 2015?

It seems that every other week we are bombarded by articles denouncing HR, predicting the demise of HR, or reminding us that HR is doomed. Sometimes the authors take that route because, let’s face it, it makes for an enticing headline and leads to lots of clicks. While I don’t believe that HR is heading towards full-out extinction, it IS time for a radical reimagining of what human resources stands for, which requires a transformation of the profession as well as the adoption of a new mindset by human resources practitioners.

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Jan 14 2015

How to Create a Lasting First Impression on Employees

An oft-repeated truism is “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” and all of us, I’m fairly certain, have stories and examples of times when we judged an individual upon first meeting based on either body language, behavior, or some other contextual factor.

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Jan 06 2015

6 Millennial Retention Strategies to Adopt in 2015

It’s no secret that more and more Millennials are hopping from one career to another. In fact, 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job less than 3 years (Forbes) and the cost of replacing a Millennial employee ranges from $15,000 - $20,000. (Millennial Branding) Needless to say, retaining the right Millennial talent has never been more crucial.

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Dec 23 2014

Three Keys to Selecting a Solid HR Technology Solution

Research has shown that companies are planning to greatly increase their HR technology investment in the coming year. The focus is shifting away from reducing cost and moving towards increased efficiency to which technology is key. This is likely why the 2014 HR Technology conference saw more expo hall visitors this year, searching for answers and engaging in discussions around their specific goals.

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Dec 16 2014

How to Work With IT to Implement a Killer HR Tech Solution

I recently read an article defining the term “behavioral IT” as outlined by IT professional, Prem Kamble. He defines behavioral IT as the “behavioral aspects of IT driven transitions, particularly the stage of implementation when there is maximum people involvement and also maximum impact due to behavior, traits and fears of people.” And he further points out:

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Dec 14 2014

10 Ways The Cloud Improves HR Processes

The cloud is here and that is a good thing for HR professionals. The difficulty is that it forces HR to wade into a new technology—and that takes time. This white paper helps HR quickly get on track by exploring 10 reasons that are driving the decision to move HR processes onto the cloud.

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Nov 25 2014

How to Strengthen Your Company Brand

The ‘Employer Brand’ is, to put it simply, an organization’s reputation as an employer. This brand is what people (employees, applicants, candidates, and the public) associate with the organization whether that be good, bad, or indifferent. It encompasses culture, history, traditions and all the various touch-points of the employment experience.

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Nov 18 2014

3 Ways HR Defines Company Culture

Many will counter and say that HR is not responsible for defining or creating company culture. They’ll say creating company culture is the full duty of leadership, and HR is only obligated for helping to support or maintain a culture. This is not the case.

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Nov 11 2014

Want to Boost Productivity? Try Focusing on Employee Engagement

Increasing employee engagement is not a strategy although many HR professionals and organizational leaders will announce they have an “engagement strategy.” Rather, engagement is the outcome after following a series of steps (the strategy) often designed to create a better work environment, promote trust, build collaboration, and sustain the organizational culture.

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Nov 11 2014

Launching a Successful Onboarding Initiative: How to incorporate technology and measure ROI

In “Onboarding from Scratch,” HR Cloud’s first in a series of onboarding white papers, we presented our latest thinking on the why and how organizations are using a formal onboarding initiative to gain impressive and important benefits related to improving the longevity of new hires as well as increasing the efficiency of the recruiting process. An effective onboarding program will have a bottom line impact and will result in newly hired employees becoming productive sooner.

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Nov 04 2014

How to Blend National Culture with Corporate Culture

If you work in a global firm and have interaction with multiple office locations throughout the world, understanding how national culture and corporate culture can be combined might be a difficult and confusing task, albeit a necessary one at that.

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Oct 30 2014

Onboarding from Scratch: Grasping Onboarding Benefits and Best Practices

ONBOARDING, QUITE SIMPLY, is bringing a newly hired employee “on board.” However, as simple as that sounds, a lot of effort, planning and interdepartmental collaboration is needed to accomplish the end result. Onboarding, if done right, leads to early productivity, excitement, and increased engagement of new hires. Not only that, onboarding makes new employees comfortable in their work environment and cognizant of collegial relationships and assignments and how they matter to overall company objectives.

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Oct 27 2014

Vote for HR Cloud's Onboard Video for "Video of the Day"

HR Cloud’s new video about the benefits of its Onboard software has been nominated as Video of the Day by VOTD. You can help make the video a VOTD winner by casting your vote!

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Oct 24 2014

The #HRTechConf Wrap Up

If you didn’t make it to HR Tech this year, here’s what you missed.

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Oct 14 2014

3 Ways to Remove Workplace Stress

Many of us support the belief that if we work hard and put in long hours on the job, the stress that we deal with on a regular basis is a natural side effect of working in a high performance culture. In fact, if we’re not dealing with some sort of stress, it might appear that things are going too well and maybe we all need to work just a little harder. This is a myth.

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Sep 30 2014

How to Identify Cultural Fit

We talk about cultural fit often, but what does it really mean? How do we actually assess this during an interview?

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Sep 25 2014

HR Cloud Exhibiting at World’s Largest HR Technology Conference

HR Cloud is showcasing Onboard and Core HR Software at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition October 7-10, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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Sep 24 2014

The Neglected Child of HR Technology Evals: The User

Choosing a new HCM solution requires that an HR team go through several stages, including review of products, demos, sales and negotiations and, ultimately, once a solution is chosen, the implementation process. It’s critical; however, that HR professionals never lose sight of the needs, desires, and capabilities of the myriad end-users in their organization—the people who will be accessing the tech solution on a daily basis.

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Sep 16 2014

How to Integrate Culture into Your Onboarding Strategy

Onboarding can be quite busy and overwhelming for a new hire. Many will say that HR should focus on getting forms and requirements completed and not worry so much about how a new employee “fits in to the culture” on the very first day. However, no matter how much needs to be discussed, culture should be incorporated into every aspect of the onboarding activities.

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Sep 09 2014

What Should You Do With Employee Engagement Data?

In the first post of this series, we discussed the SHRM Workplace Vision Study, the importance of employee engagement and the factors that influence engagement.

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Sep 02 2014

The State of Employee Engagement. How Engaged Are Your Employees?

For many employers, frustration still exists when it comes to determining what employee engagement really looks like. It’s not so much about unlocking the secrets of successful engagement but really understanding how to institute change that impacts culture and behavior.

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Aug 26 2014

3 Glocalization Strategies HR Can Use Right Now

Your company culture may be the best branding tool you have. This is not the glossy ‘photo shoot’ ready version of what you want to show to the world but rather the true, authentic glimpse of what really goes on behind closed doors.

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Aug 19 2014

How to Align Company Culture with Social Technology Engagement

Using social technology in the workplace is more than just sending out an email telling employees to download and use the latest app. New tools have some amazing features and functionality, but to make social tools work for your workforce, you need to give the technology some “soul.”

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Aug 12 2014

5 Tips for Teaching Managers How to Interview Millennials

Interviewing an experienced professional may seem fairly straightforward; however the opposite is true for interviewing millennials.

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Aug 04 2014

How Much Money Do HR Professionals Make? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data released this year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that in 2012 the median annual wage for HR specialists was $55,800. The lowest 10% earned less than $32,770 while the top 10% got paid more than $95,380.

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Jul 29 2014
Jul 22 2014

5 Things to Avoid When Onboarding Employees

So often we find ourselves trying to perfect the recruiting process—trying to attract the right talent at the right time for the right job. We spend vast amounts of effort, money, and resources getting candidates in the door and converting them to new hires so much so that we forget about them once they start. If done incorrectly, onboarding can be a bad experience…like throwing cold water on that warm, fuzzy feeling you worked hard to create.

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Jul 15 2014

SHRM14 Technology Round-up

#NOTATSHRM14 or just impossible to catch every session? From an HR technology perspective, there were some great take-away points we didn’t want you to miss out on, so we compared notes, reviewed the #SHRM14 hashtag and asked some of your colleagues what was most relevant to them.

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Jul 08 2014

8 SHRM Certification Questions That Were Answered at SHRM14

The 2014 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition provided a bit more this year than the regular bevy of interesting keynote speakers, engaging concurrent session topics, and the awe-inspiring vastness of the Expo Hall. SHRM recently announced they will be entering the HR certification game.

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Jul 01 2014

HR Cloud Answers Your Technology Questions at SHRM14

Entering the SHRM14 expo hall last week was a bit overwhelming and exciting—so many HR vendors to visit and so little time. I spoke with many vendors, and was also interested in hearing the game plans of attendees and their goals for visiting the expo. Yes, the swag and giveaways are always fun, but many attendees were on a mission, as if they were at a pre-holiday sale looking for the best deals. Attendees planned ahead and mapped out booth visits. After all, understanding how to evaluate the best system for your organization is critical. We all know we need the technology, but where do we start?

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Jun 17 2014

Your #SHRM14 HR Technology Session Preview

In the 2012 book, “HR from the Outside In”, the authors outlined six competencies for the future of human resources with one of those being 'Technology Proponent.' As noted in the book, HR professionals who strengthen their effectiveness in this domain have a greater opportunity to impact business success and increase HR value within their organizations.

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Jun 11 2014

Who is Involved in Onboarding a New Hire?

When we hear the word “onboarding,” many people think, “It’s what HR does to bring someone new in to the company.” In fact, if you ask most managers about the onboarding process, they generally believe it is HR’s responsibility and that it involves paperwork, benefit forms, parking passes, etc. But onboarding is so much more than just filling out a few forms. It’s a consistent process that occurs on a daily basis and continues far beyond the typical 30, 60, or even 90 days.

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Jun 03 2014

Why HR Should Incorporate Company Brand with Recruiting and Onboarding

Tying your company brand to the recruiting process will help strengthen the onboarding experience and increase employee engagement. Here are 3 ways to get started:

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May 27 2014

3 Best Practices for Onboarding Remote Employees

Trying to onboard remote employees but struggling to maintain continuity? Do you find that corporate based employees are more loyal and engaged, while those that telecommute experience less job satisfaction and have higher exit rates? A successful onboarding program will help link your remote employee to the office by providing tools and communication to ensure accountability, productivity, and engagement.

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May 19 2014

Onboarding: Whose Job is it Anyway?

When contemplating the onboarding process for new employees, it’s common to think the responsibility resides solely in the domain of the HR department.

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May 14 2014

“The Cloud’s Business Impact on HR” Approved for HRCI Strategic Credit

The presentation, “The Cloud’s Business Impact on HR,” has been approved for business recertification credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. HR Technology Consultants, Kyle Tudor and Larissa Fleming, are now accepting invitations to present this topic at SHRM meetings, conferences, events, and webinar.

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May 13 2014

Onboarding: Joining the Culture Club

Your company culture is unique. It’s the ecosystem, the DNA, and the lifeblood that courses through the veins of your organizational body. Culture is the living, breathing and forever-morphing embodiment of how stuff gets done at your place of business; it’s the traditions, norms, attitudes, and the supported and/or reinforced behaviors of your employees.

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May 07 2014

Morristown Networking Event for HR Professionals

Connect with local HR professionals and learn about the latest advances in human resources technology at HR Cloud’s Business Mixer. Join your colleagues at the meetup May 21, 2014 from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm at The Famished Frog. This is a free event!

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May 01 2014

3 Ways for HR to Gain Trust in the Workplace

Being an HR professional doesn’t make you a “company man” but can put you in the uncomfortable position of being a “middle man.” Representing both managers and employees can place a strain on your ability to be consistent, fair, and available to those around you. Against such strain, how does HR gain trust in the workplace?

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Apr 23 2014

Promoting Workplace Etiquette to Millennials: The Role of Onboarding

HR professionals of today often find new grad hires struggling to fit in to the company’s professional environment. When this happens, is it HR’s responsibility to teach professionalism?

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