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  • Why Conduct an HR Audit?
    by Judy Lindenberger - September 15, 2017
    All businesses must comply with a number of State and Federal employment regulations. If you don’t know about employment laws and regulations, or if you know and do not follow them, your business could be required to pay fees or be in danger of being sued. What can smart companies do? Proactively conduct a human resources audit. A human resources audit is a comprehensive review of your employment policies and practices....
  • Cultivating A Great Company Culture
    by Steve Farber - September 14, 2017
    It’s not surprising that an organization’s culture often is compared to a garden. After all, culture and cultivate share the same root word. The key to creating a great culture, then, is obvious: Cover it in manure, soak it with water, and pray for sunshine. OK, it’s probably better to plant the right seeds in the best soil, nurture the garden with love, and celebrate your fruits, vegetables, and blooms. Y...
  • Sell Me This Pen!
    by Debra Wheatman - September 8, 2017
    Gimmicks—video resumes, sending cookies to your interviewer, etc.—will not get you hired. But what about those situations in which the candidate is subjected to gimmicks, and is asked to perform parlor tricks for the interviewer? Yet another symptom of the lack of interview training on the part of managers, these types of questions are highly effective—at screening out top talent. My client Jeff has 20 yea...
  • The Worker Experience Drives Company Success
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 6, 2017
    The latest Gallup results indicate that employee engagement is a dismal 33%, a disappointing increase of only 3 points over the past few years. Gallup found that disengaged employees cost the country somewhere between $450 and $550 billion each year. That’s not good business and it’s not sustainable. I recently attended Appirio’s Worker Experience Tour in Chicago to learn more about how they defined and op...
  • HR Folks: Why Not Develop Your Own Apps?
    by Alexandra Levit - September 5, 2017
    Over the past five years, many organizations have moved their HR systems into cloud platforms and are looking for add-on tools that allow them to access/integrate – or build their own – mobile apps. This has led to the rise of what we call citizen development. According to Gartner’s IT Glossary, a citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications using development environments sanctioned by...
  • If You Try To Server Everyone In Your Business, You'll Serve No One Well
    by Kathy Caprino - September 5, 2017
    In my work as a trainer for new coaches, we focus on helping them refine their niche, and play bigger and stronger within that niche. I’m passionate about this because it took me far too many years (and a lot of wasted money and opportunities) to finally brave up and put a stake in the ground as to what I was keenly passionate to do as a coach. Why did it take forever? Because I was deeply afraid that the more narrow and...
  • Labor Day
    by Carole Kanchier - September 4, 2017
    Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year. It was originally organized to affirm the dignity and worth of workers. Labor days are celebrated annually at different times around the world to celebrate workers and their contributions to the economies of their countries. Labor Day began in Canada in 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organised the first significant workers' demonstration to support ex...
  • Inspiring Innovation
    by Debra Wheatman - September 1, 2017
    You’ve noticed. Business has radically changed. No longer can you sit back and enjoy increased revenues from the same products, year after year. You need to do something different. Maybe you need to find a new market for your products. Or perhaps you can find a way to solve new and emerging problems for your existing market. You ruminate on it. You decide to host a “town hall” meeting, in which you strongl...
  • Google vs Uber: Why High Performers with Non-Competes Are Always At Risk When Joining New Companies
    by Kris Dunn - August 29, 2017
    There's this old idea that non-competes and most types of NDA/IP agreements are either flimsy or negotiable. While that may true in some cases, my experience is that you can get sleepy/lazy related to how you consider these as an HR Leader. My experience as an HR leader recruiting high level candidates with non-competes/NDAs/IP agreements is as follows - they mean nothing until they do, then in a giant pissing contest,...
  • When Considering Employee Experience, Don't Forget About Culture
    by Alexandra Levit - August 28, 2017
    Last week, SilkRoad presented a webinar, Employee as Consumer: Building a Differentiated Experience Through the Lifecycle, with HR Daily Advisor. We talked about the consumerization of HR, the creation of a meaningful employee experience throughout the lifecycle, and how design thinking, talent activation, and employer branding play into it. At the end of the session, Jennifer asked: How do you create an experience that&rs...