Guest Blog – 5 Mistakes to avoid when recruiting a remote team

Remote work is a reality no one can look away from. Even organizations that never thought of going remote, had to adapt to this new normal to sustain their businesses. Many companies have also started to hire remote staff. Remote hiring, if done in the right way, can really prove to be effective and successful …

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Employee Handbooks Revisited: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I read an article today where the author was talking about the Top Five Small Business Trends to Monitor in 2019. The fifth trend was Consistent And Transparent Employee Communication. The “I have found creating an up-to-date employee handbook that is readily accessible will benefit both upper management and employees.” I agree! I wrote this post on …

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Future Friday: Will trends cancel each other out?

We have all read that there is an ever-increasing number of teleworkers, those workers not resident in an office, rather working from home primarily. My wife is just such a worker. She has just returned, however, from a “summit” meeting of all of the other teleworkers in the company. She enjoyed it. She said that …

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Listening the correct way: An interview with Paul Endress for #SHRM18

Everyone in HR understands the importance of listening. We read about it all the time. We are trained in the value of active listening when interviewing or interacting with employees. However, I learned in a conversation with Paul Endress that active listening is not enough. To be very good listeners we need to be engaging …

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Three HR Lessons on a Wednesday morning

When you write five times a week like I do, you become grateful that other write great material that I can point out to you. Today is one of those days where I want to make you aware of some informative and thought=provoking lessons. First up is Todd Lebowitz who warns us that even though …

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5 Human Resource Management Goals for Your Small Business

I occasionally publish the work of freelance writers who write about human resources. Today’s guest writer writes about HR and small business.   It’s that time of year: suddenly everyone is swearing off sugar and joining a gym. But when you work in a small business, you have resolutions of your own to focus on! And …

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7 Steps to Take the Villain Out of Business: A Replayed Lesson from Scrooge

I think that this is an important lesson for all of in HR to remember. There are more “good guys” than there are bad. When I was in college I had no desire to be in the “business” world. I wanted to be an academic. I thought it was “nobler” than the base business world. …

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How to Use Employee Exit Interviews to Improve Your Business

We are starting the week with a guest post from writer Ashley Wilson. An exit interview is a valuable tool that very often is not used, especially in smaller companies. Ms. Wilson gives us some excellent tips for their proper use. All employees will eventually leave your company. Some will move onto a position with …

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5 Ways to Tear Down Department Silos and Unify Your Organization

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Silos and turf wars can cost your organization precious time and money. But the effects can be compounded even more when departments are at odds with one another and lack the proper tools to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace. Output then gets …

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From the Archive: Learn to be funny it will improve your Communication Skills

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the North Alabama SHRM conference in Huntsville, Alabama. I tried to incorporate some humor in to my presentation, even though the topic of investigations is not really a humorous subject. I hope it worked. Regardless these are still good tips that I wanted to reaffirm for readers. Most people …

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