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Can HR Analytics Algorithms Be the Insightful HR Executive Route To Top Corporate Leadership?
Soumyasanto Sen and Raja Sengupta

Editor's note: no sooner did Raja get started with us and the HR industry, than he gained employment in the forestry industry. We were offered this post, originally posted in Linkedin but still highly relevant to HR Analytics and Text Analytics. We wish Raja all the best in his new endeavors and, if the future permits it, perhaps his return to the HR industry. Raja has been working with AI, text analytics, and HR analytics for quite a while in India. EDITORIAL: As this post gets into the overview of HR analytics, it focuses more on what than why. A basic knowledge level of analytics is assumed with this post. If the content here is over your head and you are either a decision maker and/or work in the HR department, then here's a question for you: If you, or the most technical person in your HR department, cannot understand this ...


Call for Sponsors
Garrett O'Brien

Our Call for Sponsors is now open! The HRIS World is looking for all the open minded companies that would like to support our site help us maintain the free cost for everyone who visits our site promote yourself and reach out to a significant number of relevant influencers and professionals within the HR and HR technology industry All announcements will be made through our social media accounts: LinkedIn (company page, our groups, public feed) twitter (7 accounts) Google plus Flipboard (more than 30 magazines) scoop.it StumbleUpon Tumblr paper.li


Why The HRIS World?
Garrett O'Brien

When I finished writing our pillars, I always felt something just wasn't complete. The pillars provide an insight into who we are, what we stand for, our values, even the value of knowledge... Wisdom... Discernment... and Principles... And much thanks to Simon Sinek's teachings, I was able to discover what that feeling was, what made me feel the pillars weren't complete. I never addressed the why...

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Call for Sponsors
Garrett O'Brien

Our Call for Sponsors is now open! The HRIS World is looking for all the open minded companies that would like to support our site help us maintain the free cost for everyone who visits our site promote yourself and reach out to a significant number of relevant influencers and professionals within the HR and HR technology industry All announcements will be made through our social media accounts: LinkedIn (company page, our groups, public feed) twitter (7 accounts) Google plus Flipboard (more than 30 magazines) scoop.it StumbleUpon Tumblr paper.li

millennials and leadership
Getting Tomorrow’s HR & HR Technology Leaders to Actually Listen, Reflect, Aspire, Lead… Serve…
Garrett O'Brien

Better yet, are you, as a current leader, listening? reflecting? aspiring? leading? If not, then how can we mentor and request tomorrow's HR & HR technology leaders of tomorrow to do the same? If yes, are they instilling the necessary skills while they are mentoring those who will lead in the future? The Millennials are unique and their mentoring will have to be different to focus on what the deprivation they experienced from failed parenting and the failed authorities who guided them until they were 18 years old or even older. Let's step back a bit to share the genesis of this post before getting into its purpose and I am going to focus on the older generation first. Not out of accusing guilt -- but to bring focus on the trickle-down effects of poor leadership...


Why The HRIS World?
Garrett O'Brien

When I finished writing our pillars, I always felt something just wasn't complete. The pillars provide an insight into who we are, what we stand for, our values, even the value of knowledge... Wisdom... Discernment... and Principles... And much thanks to Simon Sinek's teachings, I was able to discover what that feeling was, what made me feel the pillars weren't complete. I never addressed the why...

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Intel Core vPro Chip – How It Is a Security Lifeline
Our Audience

The next generation Intel Core vPro Chip processor platform has been unveiled with the promise of unparalleled security and management capabilities. And since the security promise sounds almost too good to be true, it is being predicted that they’ll end up hogging everything ranging from Ultrabooks to desktop PCs and from workstations to intelligent systems. And there is a distinct possibility that it might just become a nightmare for computer monitoring software, and other such malware. Chipping In Intel shored up security capabilities throughout the chip via the latest vPro platform. This should make life easy for IT managers by easing out their task of setting up and configuring systems – both of which are pivotal as far as IT consumerization is concerned. What upping the ante on the BYOB (Bring Your Own Device) trend has meant is that security issues and management troubles come to the fore quite often. ...

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Infograph: Job Safety – How Safe is Your Job? Think Again…
Gerri Elder

We all assume a safe day at work -- but even a librarian is prone to having an accident. Guest post by Gerri Elder discusses the need to be working safely, and in safety. [Infograph]

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How to Master Speaking Confidently for Presentations
Garrett O'Brien

From a marketing perspective, having an event that you can use to promote a business, product or service is a very smart move. This way you can get people feeling involved with your business, you can generate excitement using showmanship, and you can ensure that everyone is in a good mood and feeling receptive when you break the news (free food and drink can have this effect). Often the most important part of this will be giving a presentation where you will announce your product or service, and you will probably also be required to speak in various other capacities too – as you welcome everyone to the event and as talk generally as the host. This is a problem then if you struggle to speak in front of crowds and if you are nervous to stand up in front of an audience. Rather than letting this stifle your ability ...


How to Learn the Art of Negotiating Your Contract
Garrett O'Brien

Whether you're an independent contractor (IC) just starting out or been doing this for a while, negotiating rates requires flexibility and professionalism and are the keys to acquiring new clients as well as creating repeat clients. For the sake of your professional reputation, it's very important to learn how to negotiate your contracting rates. All IC's want to be paid adequately for their time and services, but clients need to be able to afford your rate. This article will provide information on how to ensure a profit while making sure clients don't feel as though they're being overcharged.    


What is Social Learning and How Does It Apply to HR?
Lauren Gander

Social learning theory was created by Albert Bandura and takes elements from cognitive learning theory and behavioral learning theory. Cognitive learning theory asserts that psychological factors are responsible for shaping learning, while behavioral learning theory claims environmental stimuli are the basis for learning, according to Psychology Today. A selective synthesis of these two theories, social learning theory posits that observing the actions of others has a direct impact on human behavior. This theory may be applicable in the human resources sphere, particularly during the training process. The Houston Chronicle's Small Business blog recommends taking the following steps to apply the principles of social learning theory to teaching employees new skills and/or processes.


Finding Work After Long-Term Unemployment
Our Audience

Finding work after long-term unemployment means you are competing with more than 90 million-plus eligible workers that have been out of the workforce as well. Not all 90+ million are interested in getting back to work and may have elected early retirement - while others have a bread-winner that can cover all bases for the family. Whatever their scenario, those in this bucket are not even counted in the weekly unemployment figures provided by anyone as the algorithm used avoids such headcounts. Finding a job after you have been out of work for a long period of time is more challenging than ever. With the current economic climate, so many people are out of work so it might comfort you to know that you are not alone. In fact, there are millions of people all around the world that are currently seeking work after experiencing long-term unemployment.

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Creating a Successful Professional Development Plan
Lauren Gander

A well-defined professional development plan (PDP) can reduce employee turnover in addition to inspiring and challenging workers whose progress may be stagnant. Duke University's Human Resources website recommends taking the following steps when helping employees build a successful PDP.


Our Education System Needs a Wake-Up Call – From You
Garrett O'Brien

Introduction Education needs a wake-up call -- way too many are way too comfortable with the status quo and it is slowly killing us. We have a new generation taking over the workforce and they need our assistance where we failed to provide it to them while growing up. If our country is to remain the powerhouse it is, we have to act soon -- least we become the talk of barroom conversations of what once was.


New Feature: Weekly Video Presentations… Or How We Bounced From A Critical Error
Garrett O'Brien

Perspective Can Be A Chosen View Though we had ordered new computers to be delivered 2 months before an interview we conducted with Chris Macomber, CEO of WhoKnows, Inc., they still had not arrived by the time of the interview - so, we went with the technology we had. You know what happens next: we conducted the interview, started working on the video, and the computers arrived... However,  they were NOT the computers we ordered! One arrived with Windows 7 Home, another with Linux, and a third with Win10 Pro but no keyboard, no mouse, no monitor - as we couldn't tell which generations of chips were in the machines and as we definitely couldn't trust the vendors word on what was in the machines, we elected to return all the machines and order anew from a different vendor (this time an American vendor, not Brasilian). At the time of accepting ...


Can HR Analytics Algorithms Be the Insightful HR Executive Route To Top Corporate Leadership?
Soumyasanto Sen and Raja Sengupta

Editor's note: no sooner did Raja get started with us and the HR industry, than he gained employment in the forestry industry. We were offered this post, originally posted in Linkedin but still highly relevant to HR Analytics and Text Analytics. We wish Raja all the best in his new endeavors and, if the future permits it, perhaps his return to the HR industry. Raja has been working with AI, text analytics, and HR analytics for quite a while in India. EDITORIAL: As this post gets into the overview of HR analytics, it focuses more on what than why. A basic knowledge level of analytics is assumed with this post. If the content here is over your head and you are either a decision maker and/or work in the HR department, then here's a question for you: If you, or the most technical person in your HR department, cannot understand this ...

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Ransomware: Stop Playing With Fire… and Fate
Garrett O'Brien

Probablity versus Level of Devestation With everything in life, we should not be focused upon the likelihood of getting or not getting hit by something that can cause harm, instead we should be focused upon minimizing the level of the devastation if and when we do get hit, especially when that something is consistently escalting. A couple of weeks ago, a seemingly innocent download for an upgrade resulted hours later in our entire system - all our networked machines, synched machines, and all their drives - being literaly held for ransom. As we were connected to our server at the time, thankfully the protection for our server stopped it from being affected. Even though I work more than 3000 hours a year on the web and usually can recognize a stealth attempt to hack into our computers, I have discovereed since working on our recovery from this issue that even ...


Call for Sponsors
Garrett O'Brien

Our Call for Sponsors is now open! The HRIS World is looking for all the open minded companies that would like to support our site help us maintain the free cost for everyone who visits our site promote yourself and reach out to a significant number of relevant influencers and professionals within the HR and HR technology industry All announcements will be made through our social media accounts: LinkedIn (company page, our groups, public feed) twitter (7 accounts) Google plus Flipboard (more than 30 magazines) scoop.it StumbleUpon Tumblr paper.li

millennials and leadership
Getting Tomorrow’s HR & HR Technology Leaders to Actually Listen, Reflect, Aspire, Lead… Serve…
Garrett O'Brien

Better yet, are you, as a current leader, listening? reflecting? aspiring? leading? If not, then how can we mentor and request tomorrow's HR & HR technology leaders of tomorrow to do the same? If yes, are they instilling the necessary skills while they are mentoring those who will lead in the future? The Millennials are unique and their mentoring will have to be different to focus on what the deprivation they experienced from failed parenting and the failed authorities who guided them until they were 18 years old or even older. Let's step back a bit to share the genesis of this post before getting into its purpose and I am going to focus on the older generation first. Not out of accusing guilt -- but to bring focus on the trickle-down effects of poor leadership...


Why The HRIS World?
Garrett O'Brien

When I finished writing our pillars, I always felt something just wasn't complete. The pillars provide an insight into who we are, what we stand for, our values, even the value of knowledge... Wisdom... Discernment... and Principles... And much thanks to Simon Sinek's teachings, I was able to discover what that feeling was, what made me feel the pillars weren't complete. I never addressed the why...


Leveraging HR Technology in an HR Paper World
Dawn Altnam

Contributed by Dawn Altnam Dawn Altnam was a regular contributor to The HRIS World and we wish her all the best in her new endeavors. Links of interest : Paycor : Recruitment Systems Video conferencing : GPS technology ________________________________________ Meeting the Challenge of the Internet The recruiting process in any HR department is a labor and paper-intensive activity... - Position requirements must be gathered and interpreted - Job listings must be updated - Potential candidates must be screened The use of technology to assist in recruiting is helping reduce the effort and allow the creation of easy-to-repeat processes. Everything about HR is changing. To be specific, it’s all moving to the Internet. Recruiting, interviewing, and even paying employees (via 3rd party payroll services) is the direction in which our industry is moving. Click the read more button to discover how to not just cope with these changes, but how to ...


Is Using Social Media While Working Cheating My Employer?
Our Audience

This article is from guest blogger David Ching, a marketing strategist. It’s a moral question that was never quite addressed by the likes of Socrates or St. Augustine, but that doesn’t mean it’s not relevant... What constitutes cheating your employer in the age of social media? It’s a loaded question precisely because there are so many different circumstances that might constitute cheating your employer, as well as circumstances in which the usage of social media at work is perfectly justified.If you’ve come to this article to find the answer to your own moral dilemma, don’t let us steer you wrong.  Let’s examine exactly what your situation is and what it might mean for your social media habits. If you’ve come to this article to find the answer to your own moral dilemma, don’t let us steer you wrong. Let’s examine exactly what your situation is and what it might mean ...

enjoy your coffee
Shouldn’t feel guilty about coffee addiction? Even just a little?
Garrett O'Brien

Shouldn't you feel guilty about that coffee addiction? Even just a little? Well, you need to watch the video! And why a video on this topic? Well, we're busy today -- actually, this week... And why are we busy this week? More features coming at you in the coming week! So, to keep you coming back, we are going to provide some light entertainment. You can also visit some of our videos on our YouTube channel Or browse some of our recent articles here. Have your thought about making us convenient to you by subscribing to anyone (or more) of our newsletters? But whatever you do, don't go away! Bookmark us, or any web page for that matter, but pressing <Ctrl-D> on your keyboard... We'll keep something going here until the new features start rolling out. Meanwhile, treat yourself some excellent coffee... And now, the video... On coffee... image credit to ...

Online-privacy
Stop Being Tracked on ALL Your Browsers with ONE Plugin
Garrett O'Brien

Is it possible to keep from being tracked on ALL your browsers ONE plugin? Most of us have a preferred browser -- some of us have a LOT of browsers. With the concern of online security being heightened by SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and (no thanks to) the White House and the Online Privacy Bill of Rights, as well as everyone is talking about Google's new 'refined' and consolidated privacy policy, there are solutions available but not too many are talking about them. The HRIS World has found ONE plugin that will work on (almost) ALL browsers...

google search tips
Searching with the Right Keywords and the Right Technique?
Garrett O'Brien

You know what it is, you use it often, but are you getting the right answers? Some will use it more than others, using their own technique and keywords… Others will use it only to believe if they can’t find it, then it doesn’t exist… Well, you can’t find the wind, but it does exist. What am I talking about?

compliance software
4 Ways Compliance Software Can Reduce the Strain on HR
Ben Stoneham

How Does Compliance Management reduce the strain on HR? Non-Compliance Can Result In Surprise Penalties and Fees, Thereby Increasing the Strain on HR One of the more difficult aspects associated with running a business is the constant threat of non-compliance. Generally, these rules are made to ensure the safety and success of a business and their staff, but with changes so often implemented to legislation, it is not uncommon for businesses to be fined for not complying with a regulation they weren’t even aware of. In fact, the term ‘HR’ in itself can encompass anything under the umbrella of administration and anyone who works in this area will know there is more to it than paperwork. But, what if the different components of HR aren’t communicating with one another? Payroll, Recruitment, Company policy, etc. If these aren’t connected in some manner, mismanagement can exacerbate lost time and money. Software that ...


Managing Work-Life Integration
Daryl Boey

In the past few years, work-life balance has given way to a more all-encompassing term – work-life integration. While there are a few definitions in literature, personally, this means having to think about your family and personal life as a driving motivator behind the work that you do, and seeing work tasks share time with friends and loved ones. Despite the seeming inevitability of work-life integration and the benefits that come with it, the extent of these overlapping boundaries and effects differ across industries and employees. For many baby boomers, work-life integration may well be an unwanted necessity, while for many millennials; this may be a well-received choice. However, with every benefit comes an unwelcome consequence...

Millennials in the workplace
The Top 10 Qualities That Influence Millennials In Their Choice of Company
Garrett O'Brien

This post on Millennials was written by Chris Wien CCP, PHR, was originally published on the Decusoft blog. The chart below is from a PWC employee survey shows that Compensation (Ranked #1) and Benefits (Ranked #4) are among the most important factors Millennials consider when choosing a company. According to PWC’s Chairman, Bob Moritz, to acknowledge these survey results, PWC expanded choice in many rewards areas – including bonuses. Also, according to the PWC’s survey of its workforce, a greater percentage of Millennials want to be recognized and rewarded for their work at least monthly when asked about reward frequency (41% vs.30%). Harvard Business Review  

aspirations of Millennials
Millennials at Work… What Are Their Career Aspirations?
John Terra

With every generation comes a new set of sensibilities, priorities, values, and expectations. The passing of time means throwing out old things that didn't work, and introducing new ideas and methods. No aspect of life is immune to this change, and that includes the workplace. As baby-boomers retire and millennials fill more of those vacancies, career goals and aspirations are changing. If current trends continue, here is what millennials want out of their jobs. Millennials are replacing boomers in the workforce, and bringing a new set of sensibilities with them

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Millennial Performance Reviews: Thoughts from a Millennial
Kyle Lagunas

The workforce has changed. We don’t carpool to cut commuting costs -- we telecommute. We don’t go MIA when we’re on the road--we have a whole arsenal of mobile apps to keep us plugged in. Many of the archaic processes organizations have relied on to manage talent performance for the last two generations simply aren’t cutting it anymore. For example, Dr. Samuel Culbert argues in his article, Get Rid of the Performance Review, that performance reviews are “little more than a dysfunctional pretense”. Whether you love them or hate them, though, they aren’t going anywhere for most of us. In his article, Culbert fails to distinguish that some reviews are better executed than others...

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Aspirations of a New Generation – the Millennials
Joyce Chua

The Millenials are typically defined as those born between the 1980s and 1990s. This generation already forms the majority of the global workforce. How ready is the world for them? Studies have shown that Millennials have high expectations of themselves and their employers at the workplace (Armour, 2010). They expect to be managed fairly and place an emphasis on professional development. The Millennials are also keen learners, constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities for personal growth. At the same time, they crave autonomy in making decisions, displaying a preference for task ownership. With the ever increasing complexity involved in managing this generation, here are some considerations we can apply to sate that Millennial appetite...


How Cybercrime Can Impact Human Resources and Your Business
Garrett O'Brien

Every day, U.S. businesses experience thousands of attempted hacker intrusions (see a live map here). With cybercrime on the rise globally, it's important to understand some of the motivation behind cybercrime. Since hackers can have a negative impact on a business, it's important for companies to have a variety of ways to reduce the risk of hacking. In addition, it's essential for human resource managers to understand the risks of hackers. Simple Beginnings Early hackers would often break into computers for the sheer thrill of success. In many cases, breaking into a computer could prove that one had a unique set of skills that others didn't have. In some cases, hackers would deface websites and graffiti them with vanity information about themselves...

agile development
5 Strong Reasons Your Company Should Move to Agile Development
Garrett O'Brien

This guest post is being republished and was originally submitted by Chris Bell - writer, VP, Software Engineer. Unfortunately, that is all we have on him right now as his information was lost when our database corrupted. Agile development (also known as scrum development) is the practice of designing and releasing software features in frequent intervals. Rather than releasing a final version of a software application at one time, agile teams are continuously releasing new iterations of an application, adding new features and refining the user experience. Using agile practices, companies can enjoy a range of advantages beyond the traditional methods of software development. Here are just 5 of the many benefits created by agile development...


Facts Are Important and Why They Are Not Enough
Garrett O'Brien

One of the on-going issues in project management as well as executive sponsorship that I keep coming across are the presentation of facts. Facts are good and should not be ignored - unfortunately most people stop there. Facts are only snapshots - they rarely take into account the context before, during and after the fact was established. Which makes waving facts fruitless and frustrating in front of those that know better (like yours truly). Most facts will change when the environment around them changes -- meaning facts are contextual. Once you understand the need to question the context before, during and after a fact, someone can waive all the facts they want in front of you without effect -- and they’ll believe you’re the one that’s nuts until they learn this principle themselves. You -- all of us -- are all ignorant about something and usually about many things, and in ...

#thwAI
What You Need to Know About AI and NLP When It Comes to HR
Soumyasanto Sen and Raja Sengupta

Text analysis is possibly the most familiar tool known HR. Almost everyone in HR/ recruitment is hands on with Boolean keyword searches for identifying good resumes and of course the oft humorous results and typical frustrations associated with it. Natural Language processing (NLP) basically takes text analysis to a much higher level of detail, granularity and accuracy. Acute insights from NLP were a technological constraint in the past but there have been major strides of late. This has primarily been aided by the development of distributed computing (cloud) and intense research in NLP applications by academic and professional bodies around the world.

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Why After AI, NLP Needs to Be the Next Conversation In HR
Garrett O'Brien

AI Is the Conversation Today We recently shared some of our thoughts on LinkedIn updates about HR and AI (artificial intelligence) being the latest conversation nearly everywhere... Given the propensity for disruption of the last decade, many may believe this is another replacement to the what-and-how we do things. We may not be the first to say this, but we will -- AI is not a replacement technology, instead AI is and will be pulling all the technologies today together, in its wake creating a faster, easier environment in which to work... Notice we did not say there will not be mishaps, discoveries and a learning curve for us -- there always is with technology. We are definitely entering an era where new ways are supplementing not replacing the latest means - which also means people analytics / HR analytics, big data, and cloud computing are staying, not going away...

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How Looking Professional Could Land You the Pitch
Garrett O'Brien

Many studies have revealed it takes between 7 and 17 seconds for people to make a lasting judgment on your character, which places a high level of importance to looking professional when you want to land an opportunity. Seventeen seconds, never mind seven, is not quite long enough to run through your pitch, charm your audience with an anecdote, and present all your corroborating evidence. It is however enough time to make a first impression -- you’d better make sure that first impression counts for something. If you want to be successful in life, you can’t rely on just knowing the correct thing to say. For every idea you put across, the person on the other side of the desk is conjuring up plenty of their own ideas from the thousands of visual clues that you are projecting. How can you make sure the signals you’re giving are the right ...

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HR and IT Need to Combine Efforts on Workforce Analytics
Lauren Gander

Editor's note: this is a repost about workforce analytics from the HR Software Solutions Inc. blog A recent article in Computerworld by Michelle Rafter inspires our latest thoughts on the HR Software Solutions blog. She writes...


How to Deal with Sexual Harassment or Discrimination Complaints Now
Angelita

While not at all complaints are necessarily legitimate, each and every manager or HR professional should take concerns about harassment seriously Not only do such complaints pose a threat to the company because of the possibility of lawsuits, but complaints are often made for very serious reasons. A workplace that allows or overlooks harassment is a workplace in which unfairness, hostility, and emotional pain become the norm. Here are some basic steps to take in the event that an employee reports a case of sexual harassment or discrimination...

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The Value of Pre-Employment Testing in the Recruitment Process
Garrett O'Brien

This quick guide to pre-employment testing is provided by a BCL Legal, a legal recruitment agency in the U.K. Managers often have a difficult time filling open job positions because there are so many people applying for them. An excellent way to screen job applicants is to provide them with pre-employment tests. Many times, these tests will include testing applicants based on their work skills, personality, knowledge, Integrity, cognitive abilities, emotional intelligence, and more. Many times, drug testing any applicant is part of the screening process as well. After pre-employment tests are conducted, managers can then come to a conclusion as to which job applicants can best fulfill any open job positions. Why Are Pre-Employment Tests So Valuable? There are many benefits associated with conducting pre-employment assessments. One of the major benefits is that companies are able to decrease the amount of time and resources it takes to hire new workers. ...

leadership
What Your Leadership Talent Pool Says About Your Company’s Future
Kyle Lagunas

Kyle Lagunas wrote this post about leadership in 2012 and we're providing an update by adding some of our thoughts as well -- Kyle provided a great handle on the topic that we really don't need to edit much of his work here. A lot has changed since then, as we were only on the verge of all the changes we are in the midst of today - especially with a workforce that was set to shrink 70% globally (and it did) Baby Boomers not so sure they would be retiring (and many haven't) Millennials becoming the dominant workforce (and they have) Workskills shortage due to the lag in education (and there is) and technology set to skyrocket in the rate of change (and it has) However, a very important conversation that is missing today is succession...


What Should a Good Relocation Policy Have for Your Move?
Jason Lancaster

Employee relocation policies can vary widely from company to company based on large variety of different business practices. However, there are staple relocation benefits that all good policies share. See how your policy stacks up to these items...

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Your 4-Point Guide to Successfully Managing Millennials
Garrett O'Brien

As an HR professional, you’ve probably experienced (or heard) the horror stories when managing the ethics of Millennials, or "Generation Me" -- individuals born in 1980 or later. You know full-well about the constant texting and using cell phones, the sense of entitlement, and the constant need for praise. Every generation has its own quirks, however it’s important to acknowledge that your own biases could color your approach to managing any generation. Do know from the get-go, this post is not about work ethics, business ethics, or any other descriptive ethics -- this is about ethics, period. Whenever we maintain a separate set of ethics for anything, we have already opened the door for confusion, bias, and the need to remember from which box we are operating -- as a leader, you need to create one set of ethics and stick to it, they are meant to be tested not ...

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facebook Is Not Playing Nice…YET AGAIN….
Garrett O'Brien

And this time they are negatively affecting the collateral of our business -- from the stats of companies leaving facebook, it appears we aren't the first and definitely not the last company they have and will jerk around. At issue was my photo ID provided to verify I am who I say I am - my U.S. passport. To start, my passport is valid, is legal, and has all the information that facebook wanted - my legal name, my date of birth, my photo. However being a legal document, it does not have my everyday name. In their own words, facebook will request a government issued picture ID for two reasons...


How to Improve Project Management by Using Time & Attendance Software
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This article on project management is from guest blogger Erica Bell, writer -- her post reviews available types of software As a Human Resources (HR) professional, time management is key to performing your job well. With the constant stream of tasks from hiring to figuring out payroll services, things can sometimes become overwhelming. Time and attendance software can help you save time and money. There are a number of options currently available to match the needs of your company, whether you work with a small business or large corporation. Here are 3 common types of software systems to take into account as you consider time and attendance software for your office...


Sharpen Your Career Skills At Your Convenience
Garrett O'Brien

Quite often when an employee exits a company the position is not filled, especially in light of the economy being what has been globally. Since the global economy has been on the down (and flat in many cases) for more than 11 years, this lack of replacement of resources is resulting in the current workforce seeing demands placed on them like never before. Stress levels are high, with more than 80% of office workers working 6 days a week instead of five, and the days are usually 10, 12, 14 hours or more. Yet, we all know -- and are being told-- that to get ahead we need to be involved in improving our own standing, meaning we need to get certified. Skills and Education Get You Ahead Yet, to get ahead, every employee knows they have to sharpen their skills and/or education. But who wants to be traveling to ...


Seeking Cloud-Based Project Management Tools?
Biljana Dimovska

Yes, supervising a project can make people go crazy. It is most likely true when we don't use the suitable project management tools to do our job. However, for regular people, sticky notes, office suites, small notebooks and to-do applications are already enough for them. On the contrary, people who work for big companies, particularly the project managers, need more than that; they need something that is all-inclusive. This article will help you in choosing the best and most used Cloud-hosted project management tools. Options for Free Cloud Project Management Tools These tools have more detailed features and provide one strategy to administer all your projects without a challenge. Here's a listing of the top 6 popular project management apps...

Picking the Right Project Manager
Tips On Picking The Right Project Manager
Garrett O'Brien

Picking the right project manager is a process that involve making many very important decisions -- and the outcome of these decisions can mean the success for your project, or its failure. Moving forward with the selection process for the right project manager for your business means knowing the right qualifications to have in mind for the person you will be choosing, as well as knowing the right questions to ask. Your discernment during this process needs to be focused as well as relying upon the feedback of others as well as your gut. That said, here are a few attributes to look for on your search...


What Have We Learned About Cloud Security? Myth and Threats
Garrett O'Brien

Cloud computing is shaking the technology tail of more than just the HR dog - so this post can be a reference for HR technologists, HRIS administrators as well as your IT department. Hens we have elected to have this post as part of our HR Dog Series (#HRdog). let's start off by clarifying some myths first -- that will present a better frame of reference on what we have learned about cloud security so far. We're also breaking every role in the book of blogging as this post is huge - but it is concise and can be used for future reference when dealing with cloud security. This has turned out to be a bit lengthy as we are covering the myths first -- this will help isolate what is a real problem and what isn't. To make things easier for you the myths are listed with a link to ...


Beyond Change Management: Transformational Leadership Recommendations
Garrett O'Brien

There are a ton of reasons to read every day, or at least frequently - and I'm not talking about the time spent wondering around the internet. What works is a book - preferably hardcover or paperback, most today will convenience themselves with a download of some file format. We should vary what we read, otherwise we are only exercising one part of our brain - plus books do take us places we normally would never see or go to, all thanks to how our brains are wired when we read. This all goes true for our careers and work as well -- the topic can be a bit dry, like a technology or economics book, but a good writer knows how to capture your attention, and some even talk to you instead of writing at you with their works. With this in mind, we put together 5 of the ...


What Is A VPN And Why You Should Really Be Using a VPN
Garrett O'Brien

What Is a VPN? Put simply, a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a group of computers (or discrete networks) networked together over a public network—namely, the internet. Businesses use VPNs to connect remote datacenters, and individuals can use VPNs to get access to network resources when they're not physically on the same LAN (local area network), or as a method for securing and encrypting their communications when they're using an untrusted public network. When you connect to a VPN, you usually launch a VPN client on your computer (or click a link on a special website), log in with your credentials, and your computer exchanges trusted keys with a far away server. Once both computers have verified each other as authentic, all of your internet communication is encrypted and secured from eavesdropping. The most important thing you need to know about a VPN:...


With All the Praise of Their First Release, WhoKnows Leaps Forward with a New Release
Garrett O'Brien

If you have been following this series on WhoKnows, you know we have introduced you to who the are how their Discover Engine breaks through the NLP accuracy level by more than 40%, and how their Quantum Profile is the means of breaking down silos down completely within even the largest of organizations Then you will also know with all the praise they received from their first release when they hit the ground running, WhoKnows would have to leap forward if they had a new release... Well, they did! Enough so their CEO Chris Macomber can still say unequivocally: “We promise our customers: no more silos, no more throwing a query or problem over the fence to another team. “Our customers are not only envisioning but experiencing an enterprise that is as personal and close-knit as a startup garage team.” If you haven't, just click the links above so you can either get caught ...

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Does Managing Your Talent Have to be Strenuous?
Hafsah Nazir

This post contribute by Hafsah Nazir, HR Analyst. Talent has different meanings to different organizations. A hi-tech industry will refer to as talented to someone who understands the latest developments in technological world and brings about the changes to the organization accordingly. However such a talented hi-tech expert will be invaluable to a fashion industry. Therefore in my opinion the first step is to define the talent is... related to and needed by you, particularly for your kind of industry being sought by your competitors and should be hired by you


Ready for the 2017 IHRIM Conference?
Garrett O'Brien

Join Us for the 2017 IHRIM Conference in Toronto IHRIM's Annual Conference is the must-attend conference for innovation, best practice solutions and networking for HR professionals involved in systems, technology and analytics. Join us on March 26th - March 29th at the Westin Harbour Castle, in Toronto, Canada. Anticipate four days of real-world case studies, expert-led interactive sessions and one-to-one conversations with your peers as well as access to the latest in technology through our vendor showcase. Register Now! Early Registration Rates End February 10, 2017!


Modern Shakespeare – Why Change Has Much Ado About Everything
Garrett O'Brien

Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing is more like Much Ado About Everything... Our lives, if we stand back long enough, are comedies that, like Shakespeare's play, combines elements of mistaken identities, love, robust hilarity with more serious meditations found on honour, shame, and court politics. Yet nothing seems no longer irrelevant and everything seems to be relevant to everyone... We are busier, hopefully more productive, better organized, more knowledgeable, than any society before us thanks to technology. Yet at the same time, we are less regulated in our personal behavior and in the use of our tongue. We need to return to ground zero and see what needs to be rebuilt... 6 Pillars Trustworthiness... Respect... Responsibility... Fairness... Caring... Citizenship... Character Raising the bar of expectations has never resulted in lower quality of anything - yet for many leaders, that bar keeps slipping. Not going to raise quality or even maintain ...


Top 5 Absence Management Systems For Small Businesses
Garrett O'Brien

This article is from guest blogger Orson Daymond, writer. Many a time business owners and companies are confused about the software to utilize to manage absence. Here is our list of some of the best software to use based on the features, design and consistency of the results they have produced in their application. Here is a summary of the top 5 absence management systems best suited for small businesses...