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An Update On Our Launched Programs and Projects
Garrett O'Brien

Projects and Programs Launched Our newsletters, news magazines, as well as our Content Series, have been launched, focusing on several verticals to give you and our audiences a choice on what to focus on. Our newsletters provide several options, including any choice(s) of our Content Series (or the entire Content Series), podcasts, and/or webinars as well as the option to receive everything we publish. Our current topics in our Content Series include AI and HR Millennials Vendor Spotlight Vendor Interviews Enterprise Software Options Leadership Project Management Insights HR Dog (why is the technology tail still wagging the HR dog?) Our  15+ News Magazines have been launched through Flipboard and are fed from RSS feeds and alerts we have set up across the internet and cover the topics in our content series as well as HR management, HR Technology, Analytics, Conferences, Learning, the industry as a whole, Future of World and a couple of side magazine on Economics and ...


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 ...


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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An Update On Our Launched Programs and Projects
Garrett O'Brien

Projects and Programs Launched Our newsletters, news magazines, as well as our Content Series, have been launched, focusing on several verticals to give you and our audiences a choice on what to focus on. Our newsletters provide several options, including any choice(s) of our Content Series (or the entire Content Series), podcasts, and/or webinars as well as the option to receive everything we publish. Our current topics in our Content Series include AI and HR Millennials Vendor Spotlight Vendor Interviews Enterprise Software Options Leadership Project Management Insights HR Dog (why is the technology tail still wagging the HR dog?) Our  15+ News Magazines have been launched through Flipboard and are fed from RSS feeds and alerts we have set up across the internet and cover the topics in our content series as well as HR management, HR Technology, Analytics, Conferences, Learning, the industry as a whole, Future of World and a couple of side magazine on Economics and ...

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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MOVE Guides Shortlisted as Finalist for 2017 SaaS Awards
Garrett O'Brien

MOVE Guides Shortlisted as Finalist for 2017 SaaS Awards International Software Program Announces Finalists SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON (August 2, 2017) – MOVE Guides is a finalist in the 2017 SaaS Awards Program in the category Best SaaS Product for HR or Recruitment. MOVE Guides has developed the world’s first cloud-based talent mobility software platform, defining and driving the future of global talent management and workforce planning. Brynne Kennedy, founder and CEO of MOVE Guides, commented, “Competition in the global SaaS marketplace is extremely intense. MOVE Guides is honored to be short-listed for our Talent Mobility Cloud solution, which has been embraced by enterprises seeking better global talent management.” MOVE Guides is honored to be short-listed for our Talent Mobility Cloud solution, which has been embraced by enterprises seeking better global talent management.” With awards for excellence and innovation in SaaS, the Software-as-a-Service Awards program accepts entries worldwide, including the US, ...

Optimizing Your Company as Well as Your Business Processes
The King of ROI is Beyond Knowledge and Great Skill Sets
Garrett O'Brien

The King of ROI is Beyond Knowledge and Great Skill Sets Have many thoughts concerning business processes being used to optimize the economic strength of a company in today's economy and found the following on PNMSOFT and could not really summarise nor say it better myself... Paramount Needs Automating administrative and repetitive processes to increase the ROI, improve risk management and make it easier to track and report on financial decisions is paramount to a streamlined, efficient, and effective HRIS system. If the company's business processes have not been refined well enough to the information flow of their systems AS WELL AS the systems honed to the culture of the company, you will have headaches...


MOVE Guides CEO Brynne Kennedy Named a 2017 Workforce Magazine Game Changer
Garrett O'Brien

MOVE Guides CEO Brynne Kennedy Named a 2017 Workforce Magazine Game Changer Kennedy Recognized for Disrupting How Organizations Approach Global Talent Management and Mobile Workforce  SAN FRANCISCO, CA and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – (July 18, 2017) – MOVE Guides, a technology leader that helps HR teams move their employees around the world, today announced that founder and CEO Brynne Kennedy has been named a 2017 Game Changer by Workforce magazine. The distinction honors Kennedy as one of the 25 leaders under the age of 40 making a significant mark on the HR profession. Kennedy founded MOVE Guides in 2012 after experiencing a series of cumbersome relocations and went on to launch the first enterprise software platform and employee support model for managing the global mobile workforce. Since then, the company has experienced astronomical growth, nearly tripling in 2016 while earning a significant market share in the U.S., Australia, Europe and ...


When Trust In Leadership Is Consistently Breaking, Get a New Tea Cup
Garrett O'Brien

Trust in leadership is extremely important - the building of trust is a consistent effort, breaking that trust can happen seconds. That leadership comes in many forms - your boss, your boss's boss, the influential voice(s) in your industry. Leadership always comes with trust -- people build trust in you as a leader in what you say as well as what you don't say, in how you connect, as well as your character. Like a 3-legged stool, leadership cannot stand on only 2 of the 3 qualities, neither can a community, organization, nor sovereignty for that matter... Your word is the most important asset you have - only you can permit the value of your word to be broken, or to be built When your results consistently back your word, people know they can trust you When people know when you say yes, it is a done deal and when you ...

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A Refresher: What is Software as a Service (SaaS)
Rashed Kahn

From some of the questions we have seen on Quora, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms, we are reposting this to help refresh some memories as well as inform others who are still confused with the '<whatever>aaS' alphabet soup.  Software as a Service, which is also known as SaaS, is a way of delivering hosted software based in the cloud - unlike the more traditional method, whereby software is installed on machines individually. Instead of limiting access to one device, the cloud is a way of using external servers to store data remotely, which can then be accessed from any computer, in any location, by anyone with permission to share it. This method can be used to access some of the common business applications, such as HR, accounts, content management, and service desk applications.

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Now Automate Your Billable Time or Payable Hours via Passive Timekeeping
Garrett O'Brien

Simplify Your Tracking Your Time with "Passive" Timekeeping! You may have noticed a new item at the top of our sidebar promoting Chrometa, promising to simplify your life -- well, we are going to tell you how it can do that! Most importantly, Chrometa is easy & 100% accurate! The software captures your time for you as you work on your PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android. And there is no need to start or stop timers as all that's done for you. Seriously, it's like having your very own personal timekeeper. Chrometa also works great on cell phones  - no missed billable or payable minutes (or hours)! Working flex-time or on multiple projects? BINGO! No lost time, no confusion! Every email you write, every call you make or take, every minute you work gets recorded and "automatically" put on your time sheet.

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Giving Small Business a Competitive Advantage with the Cloud
Jon Smith

Jon Smith is a regular contributor to The HRIS World. Anyone involved with technology and business is hearing about the cloud -- what many do not know is how the cloud is giving small businesses a competitive advantage. As technology changes, which it so rapidly does, it is important that small businesses keep up-to-date with the latest trends opening up opportunities to innovate, diversify, gain, and keep a competitive advantage. Cloud computing is one of these trends it is extremely cost-effective for small businesses, reducing IT costs and increasing efficiency in the process. Cloud services are extremely secure and provide small businesses with flexibility, allowing users to access and update records wherever they are in the world. It implies that the digital infrastructure of a small business can be housed externally and can provide a versatile alternative to keeping servers on site. Servers can be very costly to maintain, in ...


What Are The Security Issues Surrounding Cloud Technology?
Our Audience

The cloud has become a hot topic in the last couple of years - and everyone is starting to ask, "What are the security issues surrounding cloud technology?" Every company seems to want a piece of cloud technology. Home users are even taking a bite out of the cloud technology explosion. It should be noted, however, that as with all new technology there are still some issues to work out. One of the main issues is the security of cloud networks. So far, people have been able to use it to share resources without many issues, but the cloud is under attack by hackers.

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What Are the 10 Best HR Consulting Firms in Australia?
Our Audience

What Are the 10 Best HR Consulting Firms in Australia? Australia is currently experiencing growth in 3 industries: mining, technology, and education. With a shirt from other, more traditional jobs to these, some HR firms have been showing excellence in adapting. The following list is a compilation of agencies that show 3 things... allegiance to their industry the desire to correctly train their recruits, and a willingness to keep up with the times If you are looking to expand into Australia, or you are already there, these 10 HR firms are definitely worth checking out! Australia Wide Personnel Founded: 1979 Australia Wide Personnel provides specialist engineering & technical recruitment services. This business handles permanent and contract recruitment assignments and operates from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth.


Ensuring Equality in the Workplace as an HR Manager
Garrett O'Brien

Ensuring Equality in the Workplace as an HR Manager Ensuring equality in the workplace is FULL of rules, regulations, laws -- all affecting the company mission. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the legal branch of the U.S. Federal government overlooking all this -- and it is a full-time job staying on top of everything. For that reason, feel free to share any points you feel need to be added - or taken out - of this post in the comments at the bottom of this post, thanks! EEO Laws and Interview Do’s and Don’ts Know the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws No employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin (Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII) If men and women perform essentially equal work in the same establishments, sex-based wage discrimination is prohibited (the Equal Pay Act of 1963) Individuals 40+ years of age ...


Learning How to THINK Instead of What to Think
Garrett O'Brien

We can't solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein Questions Provide Direction Our mindset and pattern of thinking decide the kind of questions we ask in a situation. A curious and an open mind has a lot of open-ended questions, which it wants to be explored. It is these questions which help us discern things, recognize patterns, explore ideas with a level of discernment and make the best decision. Our curious nature, if led with discipline, questions can lead to a focused and disciplined way to solve problems in the world. The right questions provide a clear focus, good or even great direction, many beneficial possibilities, and solid perspectives. While the wrong questions may lead us to the wrong direction, skewed perspectives, even the wrong opportunities. So, is it important to spend time in deliberating the questions that ...


Automation – Is The Technology Tail About to Wag the HR Dog Again?
Garrett O'Brien

The HR tech marketing is increasingly shifting its focus from talk of big data and cloud-based solutions to bolder claims of automation of tasks and roles, primarily through the use of machine learning/AI. HR has a responsibility to understand the changing landscape of work and how it will impact organizations, but it also needs to turn its gaze inward. There are several levels that have to be addressed in order to prepare for automation and it needs to happen NOW -- mostly because the rate of change of technology is not going to wait for you, you, or you. The rate is so fast now that what used to take decades to change now happens in less than 18 months. And that rate is shrinking that timeline logarithmically -- the next workforce to arrive on the scene, Generation Z, will see changes occurring within months as well as within weeks. ...

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How Technology Has Changed HR and the Hiring Process
Garrett O'Brien

In a world where technology is a part of every facet of life, it is no surprise that technology has changed HR and the hiring process. In light of budget constraints and personnel cuts, human resource departments are struggling to keep up with the growing demands of effectively streamlining the hiring process. Large and small companies are taking advantage of technology to handle the increasing number of applicants. From submitting an application to filling out the mountains of required paperwork, more companies are relying on technology to balance the workload. Additionally, utilizing technology decreases inaccuracies because applicants input their own information. Thanks to technology, five employees can complete the work of 10 without increased administrative costs or loss in efficiency.

What does our Independence Day have to do with HR Management
What Does Independence Day in the U.S. Have to Do with HR Management?
Garrett O'Brien

Given the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., we are going to focus on some details that most do not know - but should. Being a history buff for nearly 50 years now, you can usually find me reading the Founders original notes and letters as well as notes and letters of nearly any political figure in the National Archives and elsewhere. My only criteria are it has to be written by them or has to be accompanied by a text the provides a better read of the original. Why do I not read history textbooks, especially those written by those who have been deemed experts in their own field? During a break in my studies at the local library, I opened a U.S. history textbook published in 1873 that was 104 years old at the time. Truthfully, I felt the writer had gotten everything wrong and needed a better education -- until I asked ...


An Update On Our Launched Programs and Projects
Garrett O'Brien

Projects and Programs Launched Our newsletters, news magazines, as well as our Content Series, have been launched, focusing on several verticals to give you and our audiences a choice on what to focus on. Our newsletters provide several options, including any choice(s) of our Content Series (or the entire Content Series), podcasts, and/or webinars as well as the option to receive everything we publish. Our current topics in our Content Series include AI and HR Millennials Vendor Spotlight Vendor Interviews Enterprise Software Options Leadership Project Management Insights HR Dog (why is the technology tail still wagging the HR dog?) Our  15+ News Magazines have been launched through Flipboard and are fed from RSS feeds and alerts we have set up across the internet and cover the topics in our content series as well as HR management, HR Technology, Analytics, Conferences, Learning, the industry as a whole, Future of World and a couple of side magazine on Economics and ...


3 Tips for Assessing the Value of Degrees
Our Audience

What is the value of degrees: With the proliferation of online education programs, for-profit schools, and other innovations in the education sector, it has become more challenging for human resources professionals to stay on top of which schools are legit and which are questionable. Spotting diploma mills is a key skill for HR workers these days. This can be a very sensitive topic: on one hand, you want to make sure you’re hiring the best possible candidates, but on the other hand, you don’t want to be automatically prejudiced against a good potential hire just because they didn’t have the opportunity to attend a prestigious (meaning both selective and expensive) university. It’s a difficult balance to strike. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to the value of degrees: Do Your Homework Like I said, it’s hard to stay abreast of all the many ...


Before Switching To Cloud Computing
Our Audience

Editor's note: there are still some holding out from moving to cloud computing even though they would most likely do well there -- while others should be really holding out. How to tell if you should -- or shouldn't - move to the cloud. Most business owners and executives now know the many benefits of switching to the cloud computing... real time updates lower costs access to major applications enhanced data security for all employees, even remote workers Despite these major incentives, many organizations are still delaying the transition to the cloud. This usually results from fears about the transition and misconceptions about how the cloud works. To help better understand the benefits, here are three benefits of cloud computing... The cost savings can be more than most executives think Depending on your business size, switching to a cloud-based system could result in staggering cost savings. Even mid-sized companies can thousands ...

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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.


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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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?

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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...

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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  

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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...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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...