Future Friday: Texting as the new HR tool

If you are in HR or business management do you use a text message as a tool to communicate to, engage with and recruit your employees or potential employees? If you are not you may want to rethink that. Studies show that teens send sixty (60) or more text messages a day. Yeah, but those …

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Balancing on the Tightrope of Corporate Transparency

Today’s post is courtesy of my friends at SocialMonsters.org It’s a common predicament in the workplace. Employees clamor for more information, after feeling blindsided by an abrupt change in HR policies. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, the management sends an endless cache of documents to your staff to keep them in the …

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If you have not updated your handbook this year you are way behind

Let’s face it we all know that the employee handbook is a valuable document to every employer there is. We also know that it is a document that, due to neglect, can get your company in trouble. If you have not updated your handbook your are behind the times. New issues There are a number …

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Why It is Important for HR to Stay Up on Technology

  How many of you use a smartphone or a tablet to communicate with your employees? Still using email on a desktop? Well you are behind the times. Here is why it is important for HR to stay up on technology. Desktop computers have been left behind Here are some trends you to be aware …

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Storytelling: A Key HR Competency?

No this is not a post on ethics, I don’t mean the “lie” kind of storytelling. I mean the kind of storytelling that inspires, moves and connects with us. We all like a good story. Human history is replete with good stories and good story tellers. As children we could not wait for mom or …

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Key Outcomes for Employee Communication

A lot of verbiage is spent on what makes for good employee communication. Many people put a lot of time into thinking about the “hows” to do employee communication. But you need to think about the “outcomes” of your communication. Before we get to outcomes however, let’s review some of the building blocks of employee communication. …

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Silence Improves Employee Communication

Listening skills, which includes the use of silence, is something many of us need to improve upon. I have been doing some reading in order to improve my consulting skills. I read a post by consultant Alistair MacPherson, writer of Clientonomy, entitled Improve Listening Skills to Win More Clients. He makes three points that I …

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Intercultural English: Will This Dog Hunt?

I got a newsletter in my email today that had an announcement about a seminar on Intercultural English that is being presented by Lorelei Carobolante. The SHRM ad copy had the following description “Whether you work in the U.S. or globally, learning the concepts of Intercultural English can improve relationships, collaboration and productivity. Intercultural English …

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