How Can the Construction Industry Overcome HR Challenges? A Guest Post

This is a guest post from Megan R. Nichols, STEM Writer. She offers advice to HR professionals in the construction industry. The construction industry has made significant advancements within technology and management practices in the past decade. Machines are becoming easier to work with — even to the point of self-operation — and newer, safer …

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Storytelling as a leadership and HR competency

I am reading the book Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is a biographical comparison of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. She feels that these four men had many traits in common that made them leaders during trying times. One of the commonalities that she saw as being …

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Emotional Intelligence in future generations

In a recent class, we covered the subject of emotional intelligence as an HR competency. It has become an oft talked about subject in HR. Emotional Intelligence has been around a long time. People who had it were good at “reading people.” But we went through a long period in HR when we were told …

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Company Board Meeting: 5 areas HR pros should focus on! A Guest Post

This is the third guest post by Fredrick Cameron. There is no doubt that the HR department plays a major role in the development and growth of a company. In fact, the HR department might be the only one that deals with virtually all aspects of a business. HR professionals are at times involved in …

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The Spring Addition of the HR Carnival

It seems that Spring is finally here for good and nothing signals that more than the Spring Edtion of the HR Carnival. This month’s edition is hosted by the self-proclaimed “student of human behavior” Tamara M. Rasberry. She has put together a collection of 19 fantastic blog posts. In case you don’t know, these bloggers …

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The Value of a Devil’s Advocate in HR: From the Archive

Someone sent me an email reminding me how much they liked this post. I thought I would republish it, as I think this is an important concept for HR.  In the Roman Catholic Church, from the year 1000 until 1978, fewer than 450 people were canonized as saints. In 1978, Pope John Paul II removed …

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A replay: “Have you” questions to ask yourself

I was flipping through my copy of The Little BIG Things and came across the pages that this previous post was written about. I thought as we approach the end of the year holidays it would be a good time to replay this post from earlier this year. Appreciation goes a long way! I am …

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Guest post: 10 successful ways to deal with conflicts when there is no HR

Today’s guest post is written by Asma Niaz, who brings us a more global view than I typically present. Educated in Pakistan and working out of the United Arab Emirates she does not have my U.S. centric point of view, yet what she presents is “universal” in dealing with people. She offers suggestions for how …

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Self-care is important to HR

I know many HR professionals who get down on themselves. Quite often the HR professional is their own worse critic. Too often we buy into the too often listened to nay-sayers about the HR profession, both in the general press and within our own companies. The Done list In a recent Management Tip of the …

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Problems with your company culture? Look in the mirror!

Have your employees been leaving? Have your Glassdoor ratings not been where you would like them to be? Employee productivity not where you would like it to be? It is very likely you have a culture problem. Who is to blame? Who creates the culture? Every organization has a culture. Some have a good culture …

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