The Impact of a Handshake

  In this social media driven world today we meet and get to know people without ever having met them in person. People get connected and arrange for interviews without so much as a word spoken. Hopefully, eventually an actual meeting takes place. We have known in business, politics and social encounters that a firm …

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Improve Your Ability to Get a Job in One Step

  Many of us suffer from a lack of self-confidence from time to time. Speakers, consultants, lovers, and job hunters are notorious for questioning their ability to perform in the appropriate way in the appropriate situation. How would you like to improve your ability to get a job or to perform better in just one …

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Learn to Use the tools you have: Some advice for LinkedIn

  I think it is important to read outside of the field of HR. I make that statement for those of you that have not read me before, the rest of you are saying to yourself “So what else is new?” One of my favorite people to read is Todd Schnick. Todd is a marketing …

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Why Communication from Management is Important

In HR we try to impress on managers the importance of consistent communication. The best way to avoid many problems and misunderstandings is to communicate with employees. Well here is another reason why communication from management is important. Research by psychologist Heath Demaree, of Case Western Reserve University has shown that people who experience a …

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Social Media at SHRM 2012

  This conference was all about Social Media, at least for many of us. I was there as part of a large contingent of bloggers invited to participate and spread the word. Curtis Midkiff, Jr., the Director of Social Engagement for SHRM, lead a concerted effort to focus on the value of social media in …

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Five Suggestions for Improving Employee Handbooks

  Could you use five suggestions for improving your employee handbook? I write employee handbooks. Well actually I more often revise employee handbooks. But I do have a template that I have developed and adapted over the years. Lately I have thought that my version is beginning to sound a bit too much “legalistic.” And …

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How to Stay Current in HR When You Are Not Currently In HR

  I attended an HR dinner meeting the other night and was sitting at a table with a former student of mine who mentioned she was attending the meeting despite the fact that she was out of HR for the time being and had no immediate plans to return. (She was enjoying her opportunity to …

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How to Document for the “Dreaded” Performance Evaluation

My experience has been that both managers and employees hate the “dreaded” performance evaluation. Employees hate it because they are often blindsided by something they did not even know was important. Managers typically hate it because they have to make a public judgment about an employee and often DO NOT have the documentation necessary to …

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Wrap Up of SHRM Atlanta Conference: Final

This is the conclusion of my wrap up of the SHRM Atlanta conference. To me, as I have said before, a great deal of the value of attending a conference can be found in the marketplace. This gives you an opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about new innovations, new programs, and new offers. …

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Celebrating Creativity: Can HR Learn

Sometimes you have to celebrate and marvel at someone’s creativity. HR is often not considered the most creative department in any organization. But perhaps we can learn something by celebrating creativity. This video highlights the very creative work of Kelli Anderson, who shows us that very creative things can be done with simple materials. She …

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