Three Tips for Retaining Your Top Employees

I had the good fortune to hear a luncheon talk by an HR pro by the name of Jack Smalley. Jack, who is with Express Employment Professionals, was the guest speaker at the SHRM- Atlanta year end luncheon. The basic theme of his talk was organizational change, but wrapped up in that presentation were three …

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Being Well Read Is Fundamental To Success

A presidential candidate discovered the other day that being well read is fundamental to success in the race, or at least in order to keep from being embarrassed. No I am not talking about the presidential race in the U.S.; rather I am talking about the presidential race in Mexico. The candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, …

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The Top Five Soft Skills Necessary for the HR Professional

I was interviewed the other day as an HR “expert.” Naturally I was flattered. I am a sucker for an ego play. They wanted to talk about what it is like to be in HR and what does it take to get there. There were a number of questions, and I will have the podcast …

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HR Carnival: Great November Reading

The most recent HR Carnival is up and it provides some great reading on a variety of HR related topics. These topics include: Dealing with the flu at the workplace Paying attention to competitors and capturing competitive intelligence Respect in the workplace (a recent Mercer survey showed how critical this is. My post coming next …

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Can You Fire Someone for Participating in an “Occupy” Rally?

According to a recent article by SHRM the answer to that is a resounding “Maybe, depends.” Oh come on… you were expecting a different answer from HR and a lawyer in HR at that! Humor aside, let me help explain the answer of “Maybe” to the question of can you fire someone for participating in …

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Good Retention Takes More Than Money

In a post at Compensation Cafe writer and strategist, Derek Irvine, talked about the importance of money in retaining good employees. He pointed out that while money is important to retention it is not the only thing that is important. In discussing a Wall Street Journal article Derek points out that recognition is also a …

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HR Tools: The Power of Fun

If you asked people that work at your company “Do you have fun at work?” what are they likely to say? Do you have fun at work? You should! Fun is a powerful tool.  Fun is a way of getting people more engaged and more productive. Fun is a way to increase employee retention. Fun can be …

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Blogging and Tweeting in HR

There are many HR bloggers and Tweeters out in the world. Probably more tweeters than bloggers. Blogging is tough and you have to have a desire to be a writer, particularly since to be an effective blogger you have to produce content… a lot of content. Since I am wrapped up in the social media …

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Scanning the Environment: HR Technology Part II

Yesterday I introduced you to the work of Kyle Lagunas, who writes for Software Advice. Today I am going to point you to another aspect of his work. This is on mobile applications for the HR professional. So here is Part 2 of Scanning the Environment: HR Technology. This time around Kyle introduces us to …

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Beware of Jargon in Your Presentations

At some point in most HR professionals’ careers they will have to give a presentation. Many of aspire to giving presentation on regular basis and hope to make the transition to “speaker.” (My aspiration.) In HR it is easy to get caught up in the jargon of the field. Beware of this. We get criticized …

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