HR & Management Tips
What the Smart Employee Won't Be Wearing On HalloweenRead the rest of this entry »
If you're planning to dress-up for work on Halloween, give your costume a sensitivity check. Wearing a costume that sends the wrong message can get you into hot water with HR or even kill a career.
A few years ago, Ebola costumes became trendy, until the backlash started. This year, retailers felt pressured to pull an Anne Frank costume after a social media storm ignited. People even came up ...
The No Cost Edge of Voluntary BenefitsRead the rest of this entry »
Today, in the struggle to fill jobs, fair compensation, insurance benefits and a 401(k) have become table stakes. To one up the competition, you need to sell the excitement and significance of the work, the company culture, a career trajectory and a work life balance.
Once you're doing that, there's one more thing that can help you seal the deal with the top talent you want -- voluntary ...
Is Stress Turning You Into a Micromanager?Read the rest of this entry »
Micromanager, hands-on manager, control freak, whatever label you apply the boss who hovers, who wants to know everything that is going on is killing creativity, hurting performance and injuring the health of the team they manage.
Why do they do that? One reason, according to an article on Fast Company, is stress. "When you feel overwhelmed, you worry that you don’t have a good handle on things – so what ...
How You Can Compete For Tech Talent and WinRead the rest of this entry »
Recruiting IT professionals is tough. You've known that for years. You know well that there are more jobs than experienced people and that you're in a market competing with the likes of Google, Amazon, and Facebook, to name just three of the biggies. They get millions of applications a year, while you're lucky if even one qualified candidate applies for your developer job.
Dice, the tech-focused career ...
Overqualified Candidates Can Be Your Best WorkersRead the rest of this entry »
If you are ruling out candidates because you believe them "over qualified" for the position, you're missing out on workers who can hit the ground running, becoming productive more quickly, while saving time and money on training.
That's the argument Charles Coy makes in a recent article extolling the virtues of hiring candidates with more experience and qualifications than the job description calls for. Senior Director of Analyst ...
New IRS Per Diem Travel Rates Take EffectRead the rest of this entry »
New per diem rates from the IRS for business travel went into effect yesterday and are little changed from last year.
Announced last week by the IRS, per diems for both high cost and other locales increased by $2 over last year's rates. Now the combined hotel and meals and incidentals per diem for high cost locales is $284 and $191 for everywhere else.
The biggest change for most ...
Tired of Your Job? Redesign It!Read the rest of this entry »
Not happy in your job? Don't quit. Redesign it!
Job crafting is a way to rearrange and rethink what you do and how you approach it. Changing what you do is job crafting at its most extreme; more commonly, it's a way of customizing tasks and responsibilities and interaction with co-workers in a way that makes the job more satisfying and engaging.
Here's an example: a security ...
Your LinkedIn Post Can Get You Into Legal TroubleRead the rest of this entry »
As practically everyone of working age in the U.S. knows, LinkedIn is the place to be if you're serious about your career. Having an active presence there is a critical -- some might say -- indispensable part of building your personal brand.
But, as Liz Vevea and her current employer, Citi-Cargo & Storage Co., discovered to their dismay, what you post on LinkedIn about your new job can get you ...
To Avoid Being Bossy, Are You Being Unclear?Read the rest of this entry »
You're the type of manager who doesn't want to come across as "bossy." That's good, but the way you do it may be leaving your team members confused about just what it is you want.
When you use phrases like "I kind of suspect" or "I'm not sure, but" and when you toss in qualifiers such as "hopefully" and "possibly" simply to avoid sounding controlling, you ...
Employment Index Predicts Continued Job GrowthRead the rest of this entry »
The Conference Board's venerable Employment Trends Index for August came in at 134.62, the highest ever recorded for the 4 decade old measure of future job growth.
Released Tuesday, the index is 5.6% higher than it was in August a year ago, and well above the 91.27 it reached in May 2009 at the height of the Great Recession.
“The rapid growth in the Employment Trends ...