Cultural Fit be Damned! Hire the Whacko!: Revisited.

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that says “employers should be aware of the dangers of hiring for cultural fit.” There are dangers of hiring everyone to fit into the culture. It makes the company homogeneous and that costs in creativity and innovation. Sometimes you have to ignore the fit and that …

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From the archive:What goes in an offer letter?

I read a story in the Human Times, a newsletter from EY, that the shared space company WeWork, has, for the most part, eliminated their use of non-compete agreements. They overreached who they had signing them at the hiring stage. Courts do not like non-competes. So be careful about their use. In fact you need …

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How long do I have to keep HR records? From the Archive

For the entirety of consulting I have gotten the question of how long records need to be kept. Since I got that question again last week I thought I would republish this post.  In my work, I spend time looking at the personnel files for many companies. Some of these files take up large amounts …

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HR Observations at Omega HR Solutions Turns Nine

I am having my blog birthday today. On August 31, 2006 I posted this brief paragraph below. I have read alot about the coming Labor shortage or the coming talent shortage. I certainly believe it, for a number of different reasons.. baby boomer retirement, fewer people in the next age wave, the diminishing quality of …

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From the archive- Future Friday: 6 Signs you are an HR Futurist

I am on vacation this week so I am dipping into the archives and reposting some popular posts. This one hit a note with readers and was heavily retweeted. Do you recognize yourself here at all? It was originally posted on September 6, 2013. I borrowed the inspiration for this post from a post by …

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Future Friday: Being Human in a Machine Age

I have written a number of times about the importance of figuring out what is human about your job. Of course that means you have also figured out what it is about your job that can be replaced by a robot or some other technology. A recent article by Andrew McAfee points out the importance …

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Six Rules for terminations: Firing Fast does not mean firing Stupidly!

  I am a firm believer in the idea of the concept of hiring slow and fire fast as the best way to select employees and the best way to protect your company in an employment relationship gone awry. You can read more here, here, here and here. However firing someone fast does not mean …

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The EEOC may make severances go away!

  A recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC against CVS has employment lawyers and knowledgeable HR people in a bit of a tizzy. The EEOC does not like CVS’ severance agreement and they want it radically changed. Let me explain. Severances First you need to understand that severances are not required under law. No company …

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Future Friday: What may save jobs is social interaction rather than transactions

  I have written several times about robots taking over jobs in the future, in some cases the near future. Many others are starting to write more and more about this as well. One such writer is Greg Satell who wrote Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human for Forbes. What robots will …

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Seven Things that belong on every HR Manager’s TO-DON’T List

  I came across a post written by Marc Chernoff on a blog about tips for a productive life. Chernoff’s post entitled 20 Things that Belong On Everyone’s TO-DON’T List. Just about three years ago I wrote about the importance of having a “to-don’t” list based on the work of Daniel Pink and Tom Peters, …

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