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    10 Steps to Becoming an HR Professional

    10 Steps to Becoming an HR Professional
    Considering HR? Your timing is great. Human resources is transforming itself. Once widely viewed as mere tacticians, paper pushers, or in-office enforcers, today’s HR professionals are increasingly seen as integral to their companies’ business success. This growing strategic role means HR now has a place at the table where real business decisions are made, and that offers unprecedented opportunities for those ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +27
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    Whatever Happened to Transparency?

    Whatever Happened to Transparency?
    You remember transparency, don't you? Sure you do! Everyone was talking about it several months ago. It came right along with being on social media and operating openly in our communications. The idea was, to be successful, particularly on social media, you needed to be transparent – or, open, honest, and respectful in your interactions with others. Funny thing, though . ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Just Do Your Job

    Just Do Your Job
    I love all of the discussion centered who should report to which department. Whether it is a HR department arguing they should be reporting to the CEO and they should have a seat at the table to recruiters arguing that they should be in any department except HR, it gives me a broad smile. Someone is building excuses for performance deficiency. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Worst HR Practices

    10 Worst HR Practices
    I've been in business for 13 years and have seen my share of mistakes made by business owners - many that certainly could have been avoided if they'd had a great human resources specialist to guide them. Here is my top 10 list of worst mistakes business owners make, along with advice on how to avoid following suit. 1. Failure to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Simplify Everything in HR

    Simplify Everything in HR
    My buddy Chris Ferdinandi and I chat throughout the day about what's going in HR, social media and the world. Now I don't know about anybody else but I work from home. So I've got a crew of co-workers, colleagues and friends that I keep in touch with throughout the week. Chris is on that list for sure. We always talk ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Handling Workplace Retaliation

    Handling Workplace Retaliation
    Don't know the reason, but I've been noticing a lot of conversation lately about speaking up, giving feedback and all-around "conflict is healthy" talk. While I agree with most — if not all — of the conversation, I find that any discussion about putting disagreement on the table usually comes with questions regarding the consequences of doing so. Employees want to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Examining Employee Turnover

    Examining Employee Turnover
    The new talk on the street is that the number of people quitting their jobs exceeds the number of layoffs. I wonder if this is the first signs of the double and triple digit turnover that’s been predicted as the economy starts to improve. Any talk about employees quitting always prompts a conversation about the different kinds of turnover. Bad turnover is the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Importance of Recordkeeping

    The Importance of Recordkeeping
    In the human resources world, we sometimes get on this kick about recordkeeping. It's boring, tedious and can translate into being labeled bureaucratic. But I read an article this weekend that reinforces the need for paperwork and proper recordkeeping. The article was titled, "The Fisherman and the Tax Man." It's about British Petroleum (BP) requesting tax records from fisherman seeking compensation ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    High-Performance Organizations View Interns as Long-term Investments

    An often cited rationale for hiring interns is the prospect of having someone around to handle the grunt work no one else wants to do. But these days, many companies have more strategic goals in mind for their internship programs. The latest study from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) - the world's fastest growing and largest corporate network focused on ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Best Airlines for Business Travel

    The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets. But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers. So which perks would persuade you to pick one ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to be Accountable and Hold Others to it

    How to be Accountable and Hold Others to it
    This is a story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Real-world Application of the Strategic Business Partner Role

    Real-world Application of the Strategic Business Partner Role
    Fourteen years after the publication of Dave Ulrich's ground-breaking book HR Champions, organizations are still grappling with how to implement his recommended model for organizing HR to deliver optimum value. A key to that model is becoming a strategic partner, or what has come to be known as the creation of a strategic business partner (SBP) role. According to a recent ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Creating an Onboarding Plan

    Creating an Onboarding Plan
    There have been some very good posts written on the subject of onboarding. You can check them out here, here, and here. Some people think of orientation and onboarding as the same thing. I view onboarding as a longer process which includes orientation. Unfortunately, in many companies, orientation has become that half-day event where employees sign paperwork and review the employee handbook. That’s ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Strategies of Successful HR Executives

    Strategies of Successful HR Executives
    For HR professionals who suspect that the never-ending quest for the proverbial "seat at the table" is an unattainable objective, there are a growing number of examples of HR executives who have not only gained entry to the inner circle but have leveraged positions of significant influence within their organizations with great success. Such wins give those still wrestling with the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Are Your Managers Right For Employee Relations?

    Are Your Managers Right For Employee Relations?
    "The number one reason for conflict is the need to be right." The first time I heard this, I was an ROTC instructor by day and a graduate student by night. When I wasn't teaching leadership or hanging out by the Schuylkill River, I was grabbing nuggets of wisdom from my graduate courses. I think of this nugget often with managers ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Defining the Role of Human Resources

    Defining the Role of Human Resources
    The workplace is stressful these days and people are on edge. If it's not increasing demands, decreasing dollars and limited staff, it's the human resource staff standing in the way of supervisors and managers doing what they want to do, how they want to do it, and when they want to do it. The No-No Girls Back in the day, me ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Reimbursing Employee Meals?

    Reimbursing Employee Meals?
    A reader writes: Our office has a number of staff that travel to our various satellite offices – most of the travel is same day (home to office back to home)(no overnight stays). There are a few staff members that feel like they need to be reimbursed for breakfast and lunch and sometimes even dinner (if they leave after 5pm) from ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The Keys to Future HR Success

    The Keys to Future HR Success
    Maybe you're proud of the sheer productivity of your HR department. Your ratio of HR pros to employees is lower than the industry average, most transactional HR activities are delivered via self-service, and you have a finely tuned shared-services center. Generally speaking, your HR function is a lean, mean efficiency machine. Good for you. There's just one problem. By itself, it's ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization

    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization
    Business leaders complain all the time that nothing seems to have changed in their organizations, despite their best efforts to make things happen. Yet they continue to do the same things and receive the same results. Well, it's no wonder why nothing has changed! Here are five reasons why your progress may have stalled. 1. You have people on board who ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What Happened to Honest Communication?

    What Happened to Honest Communication?
    We need to talk. Can there be any more gut-tightening phrase in our language? Just ask anyone who's married. Or in any sort of relationship, personal or professional. Any employee summoned to his supervisor's office with that phrase probably shows up simply because there's no handy exit between his desk and the manager's office door. Why do we put off honest ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?