Apr 28 2016

Understanding "Leadership BS"

Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer has disturbed many managers with his new book Leadership BS. In the book he observes that while our leadership programs tell aspiring young managers to be virtuous, the data shows that most successful leaders diverge significantly from the saintly path. It’s easy to draw the conclusion that Pfeffer is advising leaders to get ahead by acting badly. That’s why people are upset.

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Mar 02 2016

HR Manager Named Among Best Jobs

The changing HR landscape is putting HR management front and center among desired positions in today's job market. According to recent research, HR managers rank as number six, sharing the spotlight with such popular professions as data scientists and mobile developers.

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Feb 16 2016

2016 HR Technology Trends Wrap Up

With fifteen years of the 21st century now in the past, HR is poised to benefit from emerging technologies more than ever before. Innovations in the field of HR technology are likely to spawn a steady uptake in adoption rates in 2016 and beyond. Here are some tech trends making splashes this year.

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Feb 03 2016

Toxic Workers. Are Your Most Productive Employees Costing You Money?

Conventional wisdom holds that finding a productive employee is the Holy Grail for HR professionals. However, a recent Harvard Business School study turns that notion on its head.

While it is still important to look at a potential hire's probable productivity, the study reveals that a surprising relationship exists between toxicity and productivity.

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Dec 15 2015

How HR Can Make Engagement Relevant to Managers

Everyone wants engaged employees. But let’s face it, when HR shows leadership an engagement score, what do they get? —Maybe a blank stare, questions about the numbers, changing the subject... What’s up with that? Well, the main reason engagement takes managers out of their comfort zone is they don’t get how to change engagement. Let’s fix that. 

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Nov 17 2015

Is it Time for Your Company to do a Cultural Assessment?

Those of us who work in human resources talk about company culture a lot. A heck of a lot. But let’s face it, for all the talk, company culture is tricky to define.

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Oct 08 2015

Great HR is Technology Driven HR - #HRTechConf

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day about the upcoming HR Technology Conference and Exposition. “Do HR practitioners attend?” he asked. “I always thought that conference was for IT people.”

I had to set him straight.

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Sep 29 2015

So You Want Productive Employees?

A recent Forbes article fills us in on the secret of ultra-productive people. Funny thing is that many of the “11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently” go against the grain. What if an employee is super productive but doesn’t work in “the way things are done” at the company?

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Sep 23 2015

Building a Big Employment Brand in a Small Company

HR leaders know that they need a strong employment brand to attract talent. That is easy enough if you are Google or Goldman Sachs, but what if you are a small company unknown to the general public? The good news is that building a strong brand is easier than you might think.

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Sep 02 2015

Rebranding Human Resources. Let’s Get Real

There are few, if any, corporate functions that discuss changing their name as frequently as does human resources. Even those functions that decide to undergo this transformative process usually do so for just a subset of their team.

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Aug 19 2015

Connect With Millennial Consumers Using These 5 Branding Shifts

Technology, social media, and the Millennial generation have ushered in a new era of branding. An era that requires greater transparency, digital know-how, and an unshakeable sense of who your customer is and the value you provide.

As the world turns, so must brands turn the page on their branding efforts. For HR this means changing your branding efforts to engage Millennials, job-seekers in particular.

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Jul 29 2015

3 Huge Benefits of Building Virtual “Water Coolers”

One of the aims of any well-planned onboarding program is ensuring that new hires forge connections with existing employees. This paves the way for effective working relationships. It also, in a very human way, reinforces the company culture, as current employees will demonstrate the values, beliefs, and behaviors embedded within the organization. Here’s how you can make sure employees develop lasting connections when they start their new job.

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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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