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    Moving Up the Ladder - Myth vs. Reality: The Job Interview
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - Feb, 2016
The interview starts long before you meet face-to-face with the hiring manager, and it doesn't end until a deal is reached...or you find out you're not the chosen one. Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial, brings us his unmatched experience with interviews, letting us know which thoughts and ideas ring true - or false - when selling yourself one last time. Mike gives Tim Muma detailed examples of what will work for you wh...
 
    Employment Notebook - Unlimited Vacation Perks and Challenges
by Courtney Seiter and Tim Muma - Jan, 2016
On the surface, getting unlimited vacation sounds like the perfect benefit for any employee. Until you've been put in this situation, however, you don't realize the mental hurdles that need to be overcome to take full advantage of this terrific perk. Courtney Seiter, head of content marketing for Buffer, brings us her first-hand experiences with unlimited vacation, and how Buffer made adjustments to ensure the best for its emp...
 
    Government Compliance - OFCCP: Friend or Foe?
by Ahmed Younies and Jacquelyn Peterson - Oct, 2015
Many employers approach being a federal contractor based on what they read or hear...enforcement, audit, penalties, etc. Ahmed Younies, President and CEO of HR Unlimited, Inc., shares his perspective on how employers should approach being a federal contractor and subcontractor, and it might surprise you. Government Compliance is where you'll hear hot topics about Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Planning, an...
 
    Management Decisions - Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence
by Jason Porter and Tim Muma - Oct, 2015
While thankfully rare in a majority of cases, there always remains the chance of tragic workplace violence occurring in the workplace. Though instances of death claim the headlines, other forms and levels of violence exist and can lead to fatal actions. Jason Porter, regional managing director at Pinkerton, a leading provider of risk management and security solutions around the world, discusses workplace violence awareness. Ja...
 
  Is Your Job Stressful?
by Carole Kanchier - Feb, 2016
Numerous studies show that job stress is the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Occupational stress has been defined as a "global epidemic" by the United Nations' International Labor Organization. As for business, The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses $300 billion dollars a year in absenteeism, lower productivi...
 
  How to Get a Raise in 2016
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Jan, 2016
The US Labor market is picking up speed and your promote-ability could follow suit. While asking for a raise may be something you look forward to as much as a root canal, being well prepared will help reduce your anxiety and up your chances of getting a promotion. Remember, you’ll never get it of you don’t ask. Manage Up – Don’t assume that your boss knows everything that you are doing, including the accolades and successes...
 
  Beyond Perks: These Companies Are Getting Creative To Keep Millennials On Board
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2016
For a long time, the conversation about attracting and retaining millennial employees focused on perks. Over the past few years, companies have realized that creating a millennial-friendly environment doesn’t just mean video games and free granola bars. Employers are making significant strides in offering benefits that are important to millennials, from open offices to flexible work schedules to time off for volunteering. I...
 
  How To Use Social Media In Your Recruiting With 3 Easy Steps
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2016
Social media can be a terrific recruiting tool, but only if you understand your audience and the laws that formally and informally govern networks. Most organizations have figured out by now that blasting generic job postings over Twitter doesn’t generate much targeted interest. The better approach requires a bit more legwork but is certainly worth it in the end. Locate where your targets already hang out Most organizati...
 
  HR Needs to Look in the Mirror
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2016
Last year, a colleague emailed me a report by McKinsey and the Conference Board. Called False Summit: Why the Human Capital Function Still Has Far To Go, the paper eschewed the notion that companies and their leadership teams have achieved the holistic and systematic view of human capital strategy that is required in today’s business world. Using research conducted across three methods: a global survey, a literature review,...
 
  Top 4 Mediator Skills for HR Professionals
by Kenzi Bisbing - Jan, 2016
It is inevitable that HR professionals at one point in time will have to deal with workplace conflict. An easy way to combat that conflict is to mediate disputes with the parties involved in a neutral manner. Turns out, HR professionals can really learn a few things from mediators; skills that can even make them become better professionals. 1. Negotiation skills HR professionals can negotiate everything from contracts...
 
  Variables Impacting Recruitment Strategy
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2016
Segmentation is nothing new to our colleagues down the hall in marketing, but when it comes to recruiting, it’s a relatively new phenomenon. Just a few years ago, recruiting messages were “one-size-fits-all.” We agreed on company verbiage we wanted to share publicly and then shouted those words to anyone who would listen. Then, of course, we’d be stuck going through thousands of resumes, many of which were completely unsuitabl...
 
  4 Ways To Encourage Intrapreneurship
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2016
I’ve long been a fan of intrapreneurship, or the practice of entrepreneurial strategies within the context of, and leveraging the resources of, an established organization. I wanted to come up with some good intrepreneurship programs pioneered by HR for this piece, but it was more difficult than I expected. Beyond the open allocation topic, which we discussed earlier this year and which is mostly limited to the startup comm...
 
  Start Your New Hire's Year Off Right
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2016
In her book You’ve Only Got Three Seconds, Camille Lavington writes that people form a permanent opinion of you based on a very brief initial impression. The same phenomenon can occur when fresh hires show up to their first day at a new job. If things go well, they may return home brimming with enthusiasm for this next phase in their life. And if things don’t go well, a seed can be planted. This seed whispers that they've made...
 
  Here’s Why You Can Cross Performance Reviews off Your Year-End List…Forever
by Lindsey Pollak - Dec, 2015
Dread year-end performance reviews? You’re in good company. It turns out, they’re not particularly effective anyway, especially according to millennials. A study from human resources provider TriNet found the traditional performance-review process can negatively impact many millennials’ attitudes about their jobs and employers. In fact, nearly 30 percent of the workers surveyed have looked for a new job after a performance rev...
 
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