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Forget Talent and Get to Work

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2018 205

The White House Shouldn’t Have Revoked Jim Acosta’s Credentials because CNN Should Have Fired Him First

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There’s a standard story in recruiting where a candidate for a high-level position treats the receptionist poorly. As a result, the hiring manager rejects the candidate because anyone who treats a receptionist that way isn’t the type of person you’d want to hire.

2018 169

What I Learned When I Gave a TEDx Talk

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I love to speak. In fact, I feel more comfortable in front of a microphone than at a networking event. So, when my friend and colleague Kristen Pressner suggested I give a TEDx talk, I was like, sure, no problem.

2018 187

Our Manager Appeases Bullies. What Can We Do?

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Recently, my colleague and I carefully documented and reported acts of long-term bullying by two of our coworkers. Soon afterward, HR summoned the entire department for a mandatory meeting where our boss’s manager and the top HR manager yelled and reprimanded us. We were told our complaints were petty and stupid, and that their time was wasted.

2018 126

If You’re Going to Rage Quit, Do It Right

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When your boss is horrible , or customers have unreasonable and rude requests, or you just can’t take it anymore, you may wish to “rage quit” your job–walk out in a dramatic fashion. Quitting without notice makes for some sweet revenge. Who can blame you?

2018 179

I Have No Idea Why I Was Just Fired

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I am hoping you can help me understand this. I have worked as a contract worker (meaning no benefits, and being paid by the recruiter’s company). . . I was working for 6 weeks, and then I get a call after 5:00 p.m. from the recruiter who tells me my assignment ended, and that the place I was working for does not want me to show up for work the next day. Of course, I ask why? And I am told, ” you were not a good fit.” ” . What does that mean?

2018 180

How to Empower Your Employees to Make Better Business Decisions

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Steve Jobs was notorious for his autocratic leadership style. Instead of empowering his employees to make their own decisions, he would set the strategy, goals and method—and expect them to follow suit. While Apple was incredibly successful under his leadership, some of the downsides of this style are apparent since his passing in 2011. The most recent example involves the removal of movies from people’s iTunes accounts.

2018 163

Has HR Gone Wild? Josh Bersin at UNLEASH

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HR is no longer content just to be disruptive, it’s gone wild! That was the message Industry Analyst Josh Bersin gave at UNLEASH last week in Amsterdam. It evokes images of the wild west. A place where government regulation was rare and arguments settled with gunfights rather than negotiation. At least that’s the image people often have when you talk about wild. While we certainly have regulations to deal with, GDPR anyone?, the world of HR Tech is indeed wild. The struggle for attention.

2018 135

Can a Standard Vacation Policy Help You Keep Up During the Holiday Season?

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As the holiday season approaches, more people will start requesting time off during what for many businesses is one of the busiest times of the year. A standard vacation policy for small businesses can help you handle employee time off requests and ensure that the holidays are as productive as any other season. All you need is a plan. Here’s how to decide what yours should look like. How to Manage Vacation Time for Employees.

2018 126

3 Open Enrollment Best Practices Every HR Manager Should Know

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Every HR manager counts down until the first day of open enrollment. This year, that date is November 1. As the busy season fast approaches, it’s important to be adequately prepared. Review the following three open enrollment best practices and ready your organization for a successful open enrollment season. Gather Your Materials. If you wait until the last minute to get things ready, you’ll be more stressed and less prepared to answer employee questions.

2018 151

19 (More) Tales of Performance Review Horror

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Everyone hates their annual performance review but we dutifully do them. For some good reasons, but I digress.) I few weeks ago, I published 18 True Tales of Ridiculous Performance Appraisals , and what I got was even more tales of ridiculous performance appraisals. Enjoy, but managers, don’t use these a template. There was a statement about a complaint made on me the previous year. I’d never heard about it.

2018 145

The Importance of Paid Time off and Vacation

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Americans famously get less paid time off than other developed nations, and yet we don’t manage to use it all. While it may seem better to have your employees working than to have them enjoying their PTO, the reality is that you should want them out of the office. Taking a break is good for them and good for your business. Here’s why and how to get your employees to take advantage of their PTO allotment. Remove the Fear.

2018 143

Do You Want Your Child to Be a Doctor? Take Away the Smartphone and Hand Her an Embroidery Hoop

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If your little darlings (or you) have dreams of medical school, you may think you purely need to focus on math and science. But, Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says that you also need to know how to cut and sew. Kneebone (side note: how could he be anything other than a doctor with that name?) told the BBC , that the issue has become urgent. Naturally, a surgeon needs to cut and sew.

2018 133

Halloween Rerun: Real Life HR Horror Stories

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When you’re an HR person, for the first few years everything is interesting and sometimes shocking. The longer you’re there the less shocking things become—because you’ve seen it before. Someone’s watching porn in the office? Yep, time for a firing and disinfecting, but this person wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. Someone made a racial slur in the break room? Time for training and a possible firing, depending on the situation.

2018 133

Why Student Loan Repayment Is Not the Benefit You Should Offer in 2019

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Americans are drowning in student loan debt. The average person (as of 2016) graduates with $37,172 in debt. That’s a tremendous burden and businesses are doing the right thing in helping their employees pay down this debt. That’s the general consensus, but it’s not actually the best use of your benefit dollars. Here’s why. Student loans are voluntary. Yes, rich kids can get through school without student loans, Yay. But, I’m not talking about that.

2019 155

Make it Easy for Your Employees to Vote

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While early voting and mail-in ballots are common in many locations, tomorrow, November 6, is the real deal: voting day. As an employer, what are your responsibilities to your employees and their right to vote? Don’t tell your employees how to vote. It’s generally legal to attempt to influence your employees’ votes. Some states have specific rules about employers influencing voters, but most don’t. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

2018 123

Dilemma of the Month: Negative Feedback From Direct Reports

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I am a new manager with four direct reports. I have always had great performance reviews and am in good standing at my company. Recently, my boss held a meeting with my direct reports where they filled out a survey about my performance as their manager. The results were not anonymous, and when my boss shared them with me, he disclosed that “someone” mentioned I wasn’t allowing my team to learn, but rather I was micromanaging them.

2018 133

The Demands of the Google Walkout Explained

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On Thursday, thousands of Google employees walked out on their jobs to protest how the tech giant handles sexual harassment complaints. The organizers, Claire Stapleton, Tanuja Gupta, Meredith Whittaker, Celie O’Neil-Hart, Stephanie Parker, Erica Anderson, and Amr Gaber, made their demands known at The Cut. Unlike the coal miners in the 1800s, every Google employee could find a new job and walk away.

2018 126

In a Small Business, Everyone Does Multiple Jobs. How Do You Choose Accurate Titles?

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I always find the job title “secretary” fascinating. It’s both an administrative support person, almost always non-exempt, and not responsible for high-level activities, and an exceedingly high government official, with incredibly complex and varied responsibilities, some of whom are responsible for literally hundreds of thousands of employees.

2018 151

Boss’s Day is Coming Up. Under No Circumstances Should You Buy Your Boss a Present.

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Presents only go one way in the office. Managers can buy presents for their direct reports, and CEOs are free to hand out bonuses at any time. But employees don’t get presents for their bosses (except in very few cases which I will explain below). October 16 is Boss’s Day and that is no exception. If you’re the boss, do not expect, do not hint, do not give any indication no matter how slight, that you expect any sort of gift. Period. This is not my rule.

2018 148

Would Floating Holidays Work for Your Business?

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You’ve likely heard the term “floating holidays” used before, but you might not be sure exactly what they are. Wonder no more! Floating holidays are a way of giving employees the ability to take some special days off, and work during others. Instead of allowing all employees to get Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day off, a floating holiday policy offers team members a certain amount of time off (in lieu of public holidays) to use on whatever days they choose.

2018 145

Are Your Employees Taking Lunch Breaks? Here’s Why They Should

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The harder your employees work, the better, right? Not quite. Breaks at work, from regular lunch hours to informal opportunities for socializing, are essential for your employees to reach their full performance potential. Here’s why. The Importance of Lunch Breaks for Employees. First, your brain needs a breather. We all understand that if people do physical labor, their bodies need to rest and recover. So why should we assume our brains can keep going all the time? They can’t.

2018 153

Job Application Rejection: A Male Candidate Would Be Better

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When you’re job hunting rejections are expected. Most of the time you can expect a “thanks but no thanks” email or to be ghosted. It’s rare to be given a reason. However, a woman in Lausanne, Switzerland received a reason why she had been rejected: She’s not male. This email from a senior recruiter at Interiman , says while they would think about her as a candidate if she had more experience, they really prefer a male candidate.

2018 129

What’s the Best Way to Get Employees to the Gym?

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Sure, you want to get your workers to the gym, but how should you do it? Should you set up a fitness reimbursement system as part of your employer wellness program, or should you go all-in and build an on-site gym? Either option has its benefits, depending on your business, your employees and your location. Fitness Reimbursement Programs.

2018 123

How Much Do Job Titles Really Matter?

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BY SUZANNE LUCAS SEPTEMBER 18, 2018. You can call me anything, just don’t call me late for dinner.”. This old dad joke demonstrates a laid-back attitude towards life, one which I applaud. After all, very few people say my name correctly. (It’s It’s Suzanne, not Susan, thank you!). But, what about job titles? Can we call service employees anything? Does it matter whether someone is a “temperature control expert” or a “HVAC technician” as long as the pay and job duties are the same?

2018 151

Megyn Kelly, $69 Million, and Your Office Halloween Party

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Getting fired is awful, but a $69 million severance check can help make things a little bit less traumatic. You know, enough money to tide you over until you can find a new job. That’s the rumored amount of Megyn Kelly ‘s payout after NBC fired her from Megyn Kelly Today. Kelly said she didn’t think “blackface” was any different than any other Halloween costume.

2018 126

World Mental Health Day

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Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. Mental health is so important and yet we often treat it as a minor aspect of our lives. While there are numerous mental health conditions, I’m focusing on depression today, as it’s extremely common. There’s a good chance that someone in your office is struggling right now. I’m sharing three articles about depression to help you, whether you’re the person suffering or the manager of someone who is suffering.

2018 138

Top 5 Employee Benefit Trends of 2018

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The new year has arrived. So, what employee benefits trends can we expect to see in 2018? Here are five that may impact your business. Tax Reform. The new tax bill will likely change a lot about your company’s finances. How businesses choose to respond to this will vary, but you can expect to see some organizations adding better benefits. Walmart, for instance, already announced a better maternity/paternity plan.

2018 127

How to Create a Small Business Benefits Package Your Employees Will Love

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While the desire to create a great small business benefits package may not have been one of the reasons you decided to go into business, if you want your company to thrive, the benefits you offer are of the utmost importance. Your benefits help keep your employees healthy, engaged and satisfied and are indispensable tools for recruiting and retaining talent. Getting benefits right does require hard work and resources, but the results can easily justify the investment.

2018 129

Gen Z is Coming to the Workforce. Here is What to Expect.

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They are young. They are driven. They are pragmatic. They crave financial stability. They won’t put away their laundry no matter how many times I ask them. Okay, that last sentence may just refer to the two adorable Gen Zs who happen to be my offspring. But, this next group has just started to hit the workforce (the oldest are 23), and will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion. (We

2018 151

Just When You Thought Team Building Couldn’t Get Worse, Here Comes Cuddle a Co-Worker

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Team building events can be good , mediocre, and bad, but until yesterday I hadn’t heard of one that I found completely horrifying. Joanna Holman tweeted this: I think I’ve found the world’s single worst workplace team building activity: Compulsory co-worker cuddling sessions in special tents. There’s even multiple cuddling positions, including some for conflict resolution. This will haunt me [link] (cc. AskAManager ). Joanna Holman (@joannamuses) August 18, 2018.

Sorry, HR, You Don’t Get Any Friends at Work

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I like people. I like helping people. I like having people over to my house for dinner. In fact, just last night I had Kate Bischoff and her kids over for dinner. Kate’s a work colleague and a friend. It was fabulous. But, if you’re an HR person, you absolutely, positively, should not have people in your client groups over for dinner. If you answer yes to any of the following questions about someone at work, you should never build a friendship with them.

2018 159

Court: In-N-Out Doesn’t Have the Right to Control Employee Uniforms

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Employers have the right to require employees to wear uniforms , but they don’t have the right to completely control everything on the uniform , the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals told In-N-Out.

2018 138

San Churro Chocolateria Shows a Sweet Way to Recruit

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I love dessert. I’m a firm believer that food can bring us together , and dessert can do that in a very special way. It must be true because I saw the most amazing LinkedIn post from Todd Rogerson , the Chief Happiness Officer for San Churro Chocolateria , an Australian dessert company. He wrote: As Chief Happiness Officer at San Churro Chocolateria, I am passionate in helping all staff find purpose in their career path.

2018 123

Ergonomics: Solution or Scam?

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Repetitive motion injuries are a real thing. Bad posture is also a real thing. So, it make sense to have “ergonomically correct” office furniture to help keep our bodies functioning as well as possible–and to help prevent pain. But what if all the money we spend making sure everything is ergonomic isn’t really helping? Sydney University professor Chris Maher, a leading authority on back pain, says that the evidence for ergonomics is slim.

2018 129

Swiss Saturday: Checking Out of Your Apartment

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My new garden. I mentioned earlier that we moved to a neighboring town. Our lease required three months notice before moving and in order to get the new house, we needed to take over before that time period ended.

2018 180

18 True Tales of Ridiculous Performance Appraisals

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“Your greatest strength… your listening abilities. well, there might not actually be anything going on in your head, but you SEEM like you’re listening,” this is a direct quote from a performance review, sent to me by Reflektive , a people management company. It’s performance review season–many companies do an annual review in December, so October is when people start thinking about writing them.

2018 129

Tell Your High School Senior Not to Apply to that Stretch School

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It’s that time of year when high school seniors are choosing where to apply for college. Typically students are told to apply to two-three “reach” or “stretch” schools , two-three “target” schools and two-three “safety” schools. I’m here to tell you a hiring secret: Managers don’t care where you went to college. Of course, they do!

2018 132

The surreal artwork of Juan Antonio Guirado is reborn in Virtual Reality

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Juan Antonio Guirado stands by his masterpiece 'Kali's Tunnel' acrylic and collage on board, 1989.

2017 206

Why a Chief Marketing Officer Wants His Best Employees to Quit

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Turnover is expensive and we all want our best employees to stay in our business, right? Of course, right. Except that sometimes you want even the best and the brightest to go out to other companies. While I’ve advocated this for years , I was somewhat surprised to see The Harvard Business Review do the same. Ryan Bonnici , the Chief Marketing Officer of G2 Crowd , gives four reasons why he encourages his best employees to look around, and take a new job if need be.

2018 135

Massachusetts Turns Non-Competes on Their Heads

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A non-compete prevents you from going to a competitor when you leave a job. Instead you are prohibited from working in similar jobs in a geographic region. They make sense when they simply prohibit salespeople from calling on their former customers, but companies were going crazy, and even fast food got involved. Massachusetts saw that these non-competes were hurting their tech industry.

What it Means for You When a Candidate Has a Criminal History

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You want a saint, but sadly, we are all sinners. And some of us have been convicted of our sins. You’re a hiring manager–and you find out that a candidate has a record. What can you do? Can you ask? Wait, how did you find out about the record in the first place? To learn more about what to do about candidates criminal records, click here: What employers must know about hiring candidates with criminal histories.

2018 129

Dear Facebook, I Don’t Need You to Protect Me from Hate Speech

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Dear Facebook, I’m actually an adult. I realize that not everyone on your site is–but really, it’s where us old fogies hang out. As such, I don’t need a parent, or a teacher, or a human resources manager to monitor things for me.

2018 177