Future Friday: What will be the “Firsts” in HR ?

  My favorite futurist, Thomas Frey, wrote a very interesting article about a year and a half ago. It was titled 56 Future Accomplishments: Waiting for Someone to go First. It was a fascinating piece on some of the “firsts” that have occurred, such as: 1st People to Fly 1st Nude Actress in a Movie …

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HR Carnival Hosted by Dovetail

What do the names China Gorman, Steve Browne, Doug Shaw, Tiffany Kuehl, Trish McFarlane, Wally Bock, Robin Schooling, Naomi Bloom, Dan McCarthy and I have in common? Give up? We are all bloggers, and some of them pretty damn good ones, who appear on the mid-January HR Carnival that was posted on January 15, 2014. …

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Steal this Picture, I dare you!

  I once learned a lesson about copyright infringement, a painful lesson. I needed a minefield picture for one of my blog posts. The minefield was a metaphor. I went to the Internet and found one. It did not appear to have a copyright so I used it. Several months later I got a letter …

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Future Friday: Will We Control Technology or Will it Control Us?

  This is a brief post today. I have written several times about “robot” workers replacing human workers. You can find these here, here and here. Many of the jobs that will be replaced will be lower level jobs. Unfortunately I fear more than that will be replaced if we do not do something about …

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Whistleblowing and Retaliation- What is protected?

This week in my PHR certification class I am presenting on risk management and safety. Of course the primary law in this area is the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) which is administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) Within that law are protections for “whistleblowers”. This means that an employer …

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Future Friday: Insourcing as a Future Driver

  One of biggest trends of American business in the last several decades has been “outsourcing” also known as “offshoring.” However, due to a number of reasons that trend is changing. One well known futurist even says “insourcing” will become the next big macro trend in business and will drive many changes. Reasons for the …

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A Podcast Book Review of Pink’s To Sell is Human

  Most of us do not really consider ourselves in the field of sales and are generally happy for it. Dan Pink, who keynoted at the SHRM 2013 conference (see my notes here) told us differently. His research found that 8 out of every 9 people in the U.S. do some sort of sales in …

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Political Update: Comp Time Bill Proposed in the U.S. Senate

As many of you know I teach the PHR certification classes that are offered at two local universities. One of the modules that is covered is one on compensation. We cover the Fair Labor Standards Act in class, of which two components cover the minimum wage and the subject of compensatory time (comp time).These two …

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Future Friday: The Demise of Pay for Time

  I have written several times on the concept of Results only work environments (ROWE). You can see that here, here and here. I think it is a great concept but I have noted that most organizations will have a difficult time instituting because of the way we currently have to pay people. One futurist …

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How to Boost Professionalism on a Small Business Budget

A Guest Post by Larry Lecuyer When meeting business acquaintances, nonverbal communication in the first seven seconds plays a decisive impact on your first impression, New York University researchers report. Missouri University of Science and Technology studies show online impressions form even faster, and website visitors evaluate your brand within two-tenths of a second. Portraying …

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