HR Bashing: Don’t Let Them Get You Down

HR Bashing: Don’t Let Them Get You Down

Say No to the Hype Quit reading any of the articles that say you are hated. You aren’t. Hate articles are a load of tabloid spin. Hate is such a polarizing word. It makes a great headline, but is simply wrong. If you are disliked, you are disliked no more than any other “corporate” entity […]

3 Little Career Secrets Of The Ultra-Successful Read

3 Little Career Secrets Of The Ultra-Successful Read

1. Continuous Improvement Through Education “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” ― Zig Ziglar The wealthiest people I know have invested in themselves far beyond a typical education. They spend tens of thousands of dollars on education each and every year. Why? Because they […]

Analytics For Dummies

Analytics For Dummies

Many vendors are striving to help clients achieve the ultimate goal of predictive analytics, but there are still many obstacles to overcome – both in what the technology can deliver, and how HR thinks about data. Most of the current workforce analytics tools available are still limited, preventing companies from mixing and matching complex metrics […]

In Defense Of HR

In Defense Of HR

In case you missed it, in the July/August issue of the Harvard Business Review, Ram Charan writes how It’s Time to Split HR.  What really rankles me about these types of articles isn’t necessarily the content (in fact, what Charan proposes isn’t such a bad idea)—it’s the underlying tone that comes along with it… which […]

Are You A LinkedIn Inmail Spammer? [Video]

The big change that will be affecting LinkedIn Recruiter users is the fact that LinkedIn will soon start punishing users who have Inmail response rates below 13%. Here are the details of the program directly from the LinkedIn blog: “We’re determined to improve the member and recruiter experiences. So in January we stopped enabling Recruiter […]

The Top 20 Countries By Number Of LinkedIn Members

The Top 20 Countries By Number Of LinkedIn Members

Top 50 Countries* By Number of LinkedIn Members Rank Country Members 1 United States 111,455,003 2 India 29,169,586 3 Brazil 19,658,016 4 United Kingdom 17,439,495 5 Canada 10,785,924 6 France 8,690,538 7 Italy 7,719,987 8 Mexico 6,855,808 9 Spain 6,794,241 10 Australia 6,618,597 11 China 6,237,850 12 Netherlands 5,497,325 13 Argentina 4,157,826 14 Colombia 3,913,315 […]

7 Ways To Actively Manage Your Career

7 Ways To Actively Manage Your Career

1. Set and communicate clear goals The key to getting what you want is knowing what you want. You must know what you want out of your career and you should be clear about these goals with your manager and your mentor. These goals are also great ways to measure your progress through the year […]

5 Recruiting Tools For Setting Up An HR Department

5 Recruiting Tools For Setting Up An HR Department

1. Applicant Tracking Software Take a guess as to how many large companies have ATS… 75% of large companies use this recruitment tool to filter through the massive amounts of resumes that come through their virtual gates. Ten of America’s largest employers have more than 300,000 workers, which combined equal 5.6 million employees. It takes recruiters an average of 6 […]

7 Little Known Features Of Facebook

7 Little Known Features Of Facebook

Save links and read later. Whenever you see a post in that has been shared, there’ll be a “Save” option in the drop down menu on the right corner. The “Save” option shows up for links, places, music, books, movies, TV shows and events according to Facebook but not for plain text updates and photos […]

Benefits Of Bringing An Industrial Trainer Into Your Workplace

Benefits Of Bringing An Industrial Trainer Into Your Workplace

Jim Thornton, president of NATA says, “With the ever increasing demand on output and return on investment in today’s workplace, employees in the occupational setting remain at risk of acute and overuse on-the-job injuries.” The expertise of trainers in musculoskeletal injuries makes them a strategic choice for an occupational safety and health team. Some success […]

6 Burning Questions I Have About SHRM’s New Certification Program

6 Burning Questions I Have About SHRM’s New Certification Program

What’s the real difference between HRCI’s certification program and SHRM’s certification program? Per the Internet and life, a competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guideenabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. Has the new SHRM certification program been validated as an instrument that accurately measures […]

Movie Theaters Should Increase Prices Thanksgiving Weekend, But They Won’t

Movie Theaters Should Increase Prices Thanksgiving Weekend, But They Won’t

Retailers aren’t the only ones preparing for a rush of business this holiday season. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a busy time for the movie business too, with average weekly attendance over Thanksgiving weekend spiking, followed by an even more pronounced surge in attendance during Christmas. But unlike, say, the airline industry, movie theaters […]

Think Black Friday When Recruiting

Think Black Friday When Recruiting

Black Friday may now have slipped into Black Thursday, but for retailers, the essential experience remains the same. Either they see throngs of shoppers and achieve success or they see an empty cash register and struggle to survive. While the outcome is obviously influenced by the quality of what they’re selling, it’s the way those […]

Whats The Real Cost Of Black Friday?

Whats The Real Cost Of Black Friday?

Consumer data has long shown that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year.  But in the late 2000’s the opening times slowly began to creep forward; 6am to 5am to 4am and currently, retailers are opening at 10pm Thanksgiving night or even staying open. My business side understands. You have […]

Black Friday Blues

Black Friday Blues

By now, the headlines are pretty much burned into the American consciousness. Brick-and-mortar retailers, apparently feeling disadvantaged when competing both with each other and online powerhouses such as Amazon, have raised the “we are opening even earlier on Thanksgiving Day” stakes. Black Friday? It’s quickly becoming a quaint notion. Kmart, for example, is opening its […]

Which Retailers Will Sing A Black Friday Swan Song?

Which Retailers Will Sing A Black Friday Swan Song?

Many are struggling. Most will power through, but some retailers may be facing their last holiday season. A season of giving isn’t enough for some retailers. A few struggling companies are in need of a holiday miracle. “The overall landscape in retail has had no real growth in earnings since 2009,” says Monica Aggarwal, senior […]

Are You Making These 5 Common Interview Mistakes? [Video]

Prospective employees come in with their game face on, dressed and ready to impress potential employers. Interviewing employers, on the other hand, are tasked with selecting an employee who may or may not actually live up to the personality that they interviewed – after all, some people interview well but aren’t actually good hires, and […]

What The CIA’s Ridiculously Intense Hiring Process Can Teach Us

What The CIA’s Ridiculously Intense Hiring Process Can Teach Us

The CIA’s clandestine service, aka the people going undercover and reporting back information, is anything but easy to get into. As mentioned, the hiring process can take upwards of two years, with candidates and their larger networks forced to endure a multitude of exams. The first step in the process is a pretty basic phone […]

Got A ‘Black Friday’ Recruiting Offer?

Got A ‘Black Friday’ Recruiting Offer?

Let’s focus on your company’s recruiting. Do you have a “Black Friday” offer? Something to get candidates stampeding to your company? Probably not. Why not create some excitement and hysteria for your offer? Something different, alluring, exciting? Start by giving your recruiting offer a name or title: Leadership Development Program Business Transformation Initiative Fast Track […]

OSHA Issues Safety Guidelines For Black Friday Retailers

OSHA Issues Safety Guidelines For Black Friday Retailers

n a tip sheet posted Nov. 17, OSHA said workplace injuries during jam-packed holiday sales have increased, and cited the 2008 death of an employee trampled by Black Friday shoppers. OSHA’s tips include designating workers to contact emergency personnel if needed during holiday promotions, using an Internet lottery system for popular items that could cause […]

Why Black Friday Is Loosing Steam

Why Black Friday Is Loosing Steam

Just a few years ago, Black Friday was the most powerful force in marketing, representing: The opening bell of holiday shopping, eliciting a “ready, set, go” reaction from consumers. The biggest retail sales day of the year. A much-discussed cultural phenomenon. Some loved Black Friday, some hated it, but we all talked about it. But […]

Brace Yourself For A Blue Christmas

Brace Yourself For A Blue Christmas

Retailers should brace themselves for a blue Christmas. Gallup released its November expectations for the Christmas season and there was a bit of good news. U.S. adults plan to spend an average of $720 on gifts this year, up from their $704 estimate in November 2013. But that slight rise in dollars is perhaps the […]

8 Unsettling Facts About Bad Bosses [Infographic]

8 Unsettling Facts About Bad Bosses [Infographic]

Bad bosses cost companies millions per year, and the worst part, like snakes (yuck), they’re able to slither through their superiors and make it seem like they’re doing an outstanding job; however, their good job is coming at the expense of other employees’ happiness and well-being. Here are some unsettling facts about bad bosses:   […]

Two Opportunities For Job Seekers & Employers This Holiday Season

Two Opportunities For Job Seekers & Employers This Holiday Season

1. Job postings go up before most job seekers are looking We averaged seasonal retail job search traffic and seasonal retail job postings volume for the 2012 and 2013 holiday seasons. The chart below is normalized from the highest point so the peak is equal to 100. This shows the weekly breakdown of seasonal retail […]

If Everyone Was Honest At Job Interviews [Video]

Social Talent shared this hilarious Buzzfeed video with the caption: They say honesty is the best policy… but neither Recruiter nor Job Seeker should ever, ever, ever be this honest! We recommend you read “Most Bizarre Interview We’ve Heard About”  Want to receive more articles like this to your inbox? Subscribe here

Tis the Season – HR Get Your Teams Ready For The Holidays

Tis the Season – HR Get Your Teams Ready For The Holidays

As an HR person, and as a business professional, I know that the sales and revenue that we drive on those busy holidays is real important to those stores. People not in retail or service industries, are off work and they want to go shopping, watch a movie, and/or go out to eat. I also […]

HR Giving Thanks

HR Giving Thanks

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, this post will be dedicated to gratitude. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can make you happier. Take a moment and test the theory. Stop reading and spend the next few minutes naming things (out loud is ok) for which you are grateful. How many of you smiled at […]

Want to Lead By Example? Start By Taking A Break

Want to Lead By Example? Start By Taking A Break

Why is it so hard for leaders to adopt positive work style changes when they know the impact it can have on people’s energy? I generally find there are two traps that entrepreneurs fall into. The first is that they underestimate the example they set with their own work style. Leaders may choose to burn […]

7 Ways To Optimize Your Time & Productivity

7 Ways To Optimize Your Time & Productivity

Set Goals. It’s almost impossible to properly manage your time if you don’t have any goals in place.  Goals are what are going to keep you on course, they will help you plan and they will keep you motivated and focused on the end destination.  Your goals are what you should continue to come back to […]

Christmas Grind

Christmas Grind

It’s the first official day of my Thanksgiving PTO, and my husband and I are in his satellite office down in South Florida so he can grind out a few hours of work. You’ve been there—budgets are closing, projects are wrapping up, and everyone wants to check out but they need YOUR help to do […]

Recruiting Tools To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Recruiting Tools To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

So before you stuff your turkey, fill your gravy boat, or eat just one more slice of pumpkin pie, let’s take a moment to reflect on all the great recruiting tools to be thankful for this year: Take off like a social (media) butterfly Social media tools are making it easier than ever before to […]

How One Ohio Butcher Moves 400 Turduckens By Mail

How One Ohio Butcher Moves 400 Turduckens By Mail

Catullo, 31, is forecasting sales of 400 turduckens from the lead-up to Thanksgiving through the days before Christmas. Call it 1,200 birds, maybe 6,000 pounds of fowl. While that’s nothing for mail-order meat purveyors such as Allen Brothers or Omaha Steaks, which can run through 1 million pounds of dry ice during a single holiday […]

5 Unique Ways To Show Thanks To Your Employees

5 Unique Ways To Show Thanks To Your Employees

Take a break from potluck. It’s great to offer an opportunity for employees to celebrate a holiday over good food, but when they have to supply the food themselves it may diminish the gesture. A Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings can come from your local grocery store at a reasonable cost. Local caterers […]

Social Recruitment’s Present And Future

Social Recruitment’s Present And Future

Social media has entered every corner of our lives. Facebook alone has more than a billion users, each averaging 15 minutes a day on the site. From the accumulated star ratings on websites to jobs found through LinkedIn and sharing holiday photos through Facebook, this crowded, chaotic world of human interaction is everywhere. Like any […]

Buffalo-Area Mall Threatens To Fine Stores That Don’t Open On Thanksgiving

Buffalo-Area Mall Threatens To Fine Stores That Don’t Open On Thanksgiving

An upstate New York shopping mall is threatening to fine retailers about $200 an hour if they fail to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walden Galleria, a suburban Buffalo retail complex with more than 200 stores, told store managers in a meeting last week that they must open their doors when the shopping center […]

19% To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Co-workers

19% To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Co-workers

A lot of employees will tell you that their office is “just like a family,” but some workers are taking that comparison to another level. According to a new study from CareerBuilder, 19 percent of workers plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers this year. While relatively steady across employee age groups, celebrating Thanksgiving with colleagues […]

4 Tips For Handling Customer Complaints Without Compromising Your Values

4 Tips For Handling Customer Complaints Without Compromising Your Values

Don’t overpromise. Companies spend a lot of time building anticipation around the launch of their products. But if you overhype your product, only to have it underperform when it gets to your customers, they won’t be happy. Make sure your marketing reflects the benefits your products can realistically provide without overpromising. Listen and respond to […]

Costco’s Call: Staying Closed Thanksgiving Is A Good Idea

Costco’s Call: Staying Closed Thanksgiving Is A Good Idea

Last year, Costco took a controversial stand by refusing to stay open during Thanksgiving, citing the need to dispel the trend of retailers opening earlier and earlier on the busiest shopping days of the season. Wal-Mart, for instance, is open 24/7 (except Christmas), and will ask 1 million employees to show up to work on […]

The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination. And no matter how many ways you divide your time and attention, no matter how many duties you try and multi-task, […]

Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

As the great American author Henry David Thoreau once stated: Our life is frittered away by detail. …Simply, simplify. In essence, don’t sweat the small stuff. Make your life easier by concentrating on the big picture. Correspondingly, a number of very successful people have adopted this philosophy in their daily routines. Decision Fatigue: Why Many […]

Top 10 Most Expensive Colleges

Top 10 Most Expensive Colleges

Getting ready to send your child off to college? Perhaps you’re filling out applications. Here’s a list of the 10 priciest colleges, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education: Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville, NY: $65,480 Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, CA: $64,427 Columbia College – New York: $63,440 New York University – New York: […]

Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

Here are the top five reasons why “The Customer Is Always Right” is wrong. It Makes Employees Unhappy: Gordon Bethune is a brash Texan (as is Herb Kelleher, coincidentally) who is best known for turning Continental Airlines around “From Worst to First,” a story told in his book of the same title from 1998. He wanted […]

5 Technology-related barriers that kill your candidate experience

5 Technology-related barriers that kill your candidate experience

Employers spend a good deal of time and money on building a candidate experience that will keep their talent pipelines well-stocked, but how much of that investment is hindered by their own technology—or lack thereof? A new, nationwide study explores five major technology-related barriers that can kill your candidate experience and your chances of landing […]

How Incentive Based Pay Works

How Incentive Based Pay Works

Money is not always a motivator for everyone. We want to instantly think that we can drive performance or discourage behaviors through monetary incentives. While that may be the case at times, it’s also worth noting that we humans are unpredictable creatures. That’s why motivation discussions are based on theory, not law.  Everyone Needs a […]

U.S. Economy Picks Up Speed

U.S. Economy Picks Up Speed

CNN Money reports that the U.S. economy grew at a faster pace in the third quarter than originally reported, another sign that the recovery is picking up speed. Growth in the third quarter revised higher as both consumer spending and business investment show greater strength. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, […]

Things That Make You Successful (Beyond the Obvious)

Things That Make You Successful (Beyond the Obvious)

Of course an Ivy League education or stellar sales skills help you to become successful. But different research proves that there are some random variables that contribute to your professional success. Written below are the results from numerous studies conducted: BIRTH MONTH. Kids born right before an annual cutoff date for starting school or sports […]

Airbnb named 2014 Company of the Year

Airbnb named 2014 Company of the Year

Disruptive, brazen, and overall brilliant, the (possibly illegal) home-sharing empire has become the biggest lodging provider on Earth–earning it the title of Inc. ‘s 2014 Company of the Year. Airbnb’s website surpassed 800,000 listings worldwide, which means they now offer more lodging than Hilton Worldwide or InterContinental Hotels Group or any other hotel chain in […]

Here’s What Tech Companies Pay Their Interns

Here’s What Tech Companies Pay Their Interns

Here’s a list of what top Silicon Valley startups are paying their interns (compiled from what former interns claim they were made or offered): Quora $8250/month + $1500 housing Palantir: $7500 + housing Pinterest: $7500 + $1.5k/month housing Upthere: $6400/mo + $900/mo housing Jane Street: $10,400/month Dropbox: $8.5 salary + $5 housing stipend or provided […]

Flying for the holidays? Avoid doing these things on an airplane

Flying for the holidays? Avoid doing these things on an airplane

Traveling is stressful enough. The last thing you want to deal with is an annoying person on an airplane. Here is a list of the most agitating behavior done on an airplane: Abusing someone else’s possessions in overhead bin. When you get your items placed nicely in a bin and a straggler from ten rows […]

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