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Technology to the Rescue for Middle ManagersRead the rest of this entry »
If you hire people, but only after you get permission. If you have to enforce policies you didn't make, and when you go to discipline those who ignore those policies you're told you can't. If you spend more time in meetings with other managers than in meetings with your staff, you are a middle manager and among the unhappiest of workers in the company.
Who says? Studies ...
Consensus, Collaboration and Passion May Not Be So ImportantRead the rest of this entry »
What's better than having your team strive for consensus on important issues? Would you believe a good fight?
Pursuing consensus for its own sake is nowhere near as productive as embracing a robust discussion, even to the extent of a heated debate, some new research indicates. Consensus leads to group think. A free-ranging debate, on the other hand, results in a better, more creative and ultimately more effective resolution ...
Pay Is Important, But So Is RecognitionRead the rest of this entry »
Hey boss! Pardon the interruption, but we want to remind you that Friday is Employee Appreciation Day.
We know that you're one of those special bosses who remembers to appreciate your employees every day. You regularly recognize their good work and you thank them for working through lunch to help you polish your PowerPoint presentation. Friday, though, is a day to show appreciation to all of them for, well ...
Engagement Surveys Can Make a Difference If You Take ActionRead the rest of this entry »
Engagement surveys are one of those HR activities that prompt more than a little eye-rolling, and not just by the rank and file. Yet they serve an important function, gauging what employees are thinking about the company, their manager and the work they do.
Years of research convincingly shows that organizations with high engagement levels outperform their less engaged competitors on nearly every important business metric, including growth, productivity and ...
What Do You Do If You Didn't Make the Great Places List?Read the rest of this entry »
Glassdoor came out recently with its annual 100 list of the Best Places to Work. No need for you to look. Your company isn't there.
Needless to say perhaps, but all the ones you'd expect are there: Google, Facebook, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, In-N-Out Burger, just to name the first 5 on the list. What these companies, and the other 95 have in common is a ...
Survey: Job Search Has Become Too ImpersonalRead the rest of this entry »
Today's job search has become more impersonal even though technology has made finding a job easier.
A survey by the American Staffing Association of more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll found 69% say technology has made job searching impersonal, a feeling perhaps only reinforced by the feeling of 8 in 10 that their resume or job application goes into a "black box ...
Here's What to Do When You Can't Ask About SalaryRead the rest of this entry »
Asking a job candidate about their salary history has been a common -- and popular -- practice for decades. Knowing what a candidate is currently earning lets you know whether you can afford the person and it also gives you some indication of how much their current employer values them.
Now, though, a growing number of jurisdictions are prohibiting employers from asking the salary question. The justification for the bans in California ...
With More Candidates Fudging Resumes Verifying Is CriticalRead the rest of this entry »
White House officials were embarrassed earlier this month when they learned from a newspaper report that a fast-rising young star in a senior post in the Office of National Drug Control Policy had fudged important -- and easily verifiable -- parts of his resume.
Taylor Weyeneth, who has now resigned his White House job, claimed a master's degree he had not completed and he incorrectly listed dates of his previous ...
Improve Retention By Conducting Exit InterviewsRead the rest of this entry »
With unemployment nationally so low (4.1% for everyone; 2.1% for college graduates) that economists say the U.S. is at full employment, managers need to focus on retention in 2018.
It's just good sense to do what you can to hang on to your productive workers. Even if you can find qualified candidates with the right skills to fill a vacancy, the cost in real dollars and ...
More Enforcement of Workplace Immigration Compliance Is ExpectedRead the rest of this entry »
Workplace immigration compliance is getting increased attention from the government and this year, enforcement actions are expected to be increased significantly. A report on TLNT.com says that Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigative units have been ordered to step step up their activities by a factor of four or five.
The article counsels employers to review their compliance with visa and other regulations. While not all employers sponsor H-1B workers ...