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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...

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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Ransomware: Why Most Likely You Are Going Lose Everything On Your Computers

| 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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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

| Our Audience - 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...
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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...

Taking a Step Back to Look At WhoKnows

| Garrett O'Brien - Who is This Silo Buster That Can Tap Your Company-wide Expertise Right Now? Before everything starting breaking down on us in late October and finally resulted in us being offline until early December, we were introducing you to WhoKnows. Straight out, their CEO Chris Macomber and his team is leading the revolution in Knowledge Management solutions including the discovery and capture of data on tacit and explicit knowledge, credible insight into their skills, expertise, accomplishments, aspirations, and social endorsements answering these questions: Who knows what? Who knows how? Why? and Who knows who? The result: smarter faster collaboration, productivity, talent acquisition, workforce planning and increased overall ROI. As Chris Macomber says...

Our Top 25 Viewed Posts for 2016

| Garrett O'Brien - From Whence We Came While scanning over our top 25 viewed posts for 2016, I was humbled yet amazed we did as well as we did this year. They say it's not the fall that matters but that it is the bounce that counts. We bounced good! It always helps to step back and measure where one has grown, maintained ground... lost ground... As well as assess just how high we bounced. Truthfully, the last 2 years have been a huge challenge as many projects we started failed before they could even take off, or they took off and crash landed. We knew the risks for trying a lot of new things at the same time - not the most conducive environment for stability so thankfully we get bored easily here! For those that make themselves available to learn during the process, doing a lot of things at the same time builds character, strength, insight, discernment -- ...

Something To Celebrate Our Relaunch!

| Garrett O'Brien - As a thank you to you, our audience, we are offering something to celebrate our relaunch. Below we are offering free eBooks in both Human Resources and Leadership. Some of the free offers may have qualifications, such as the HR Executive Leadership, and others provide a free account to build your knowledge and skills. They are yours, just click the image and download!

Introducing Our Features for Everyone

| Garrett O'Brien - With this post we are launching with our new features and services - there are features for everyone, features for our members, as well as services for vendors. We are also officially relaunching with a new server, new theme, along with a ton of work performed on the back end. You will be introduced to the features for everyone in this post, and in our next post you will be introduced to the features for our members and a third post for our vendor services. And before we get started, we do want to offer our apologies to all for the abrupt downtime this month - the previous theme broke something resulting in not being able to accomplish anything on the back end without resorting to another theme during the process, bouncing back to the original and/or massaging the database. We already had the theme you see now started in ...

Considering Consulting? 4 Proven PR Strategies

| Charles Goodman - Whether New or Established Business Seeing as how the digital world keeps growing, it can seem practically impossible for a new business to be able to rise above all the other noise - proven PR strategies will be of a great help. That is why you need to effectively promote your message and brand value through primary channels by adopting the following proven PR strategies. First, establish a clearly-designed communication plan across all your online channels. This can spark conversations with prospects while leading buyers through your sales funnel processes successfully. Creating and implementing an effective PR strategy can profoundly impact your new business, especially with regards to the sales you can start receiving. While we are focusing within this content strategies for new businesses to gain recognition with their niche audience, it should be noted that these details are also great for well established businesses. The difference between the ...

The WhoKnows Quantum Profile – The Silo Buster

| Garrett O'Brien - In one of our earlier posts, we introduced the overall concept of WhoKnows as well as the mission and promise of CEO Chris Macomber to provide "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." We noted that Chris's team is leading the revolution in Knowledge Management solutions including the discovery and capture of data on tacit and explicit knowledge, credible insight into their skills, expertise, accomplishments, aspirations, and social endorsements answering these questions: Who knows what? Who knows how? Why? and Who knows who? Resulting in smarter faster collaboration, productivity, talent acquisition, workforce planning and increased overall ROI.

Time Tracking Software For Freelancers and SMBs

| Our Audience - This article is from guest blogger Christine Jones   The internet has made it possible for any freelancer to work from his/her own home and make money. They seek employment over the internet through freelancing. They become virtual employees of an employer who’s perhaps halfway across the world. Many are catching up to the idea, and a lot of web designers and web developers are taking advantage of this great opportunity to get work. One of the key tools required for a virtual freelancer is a time tracking software. The requirement is to fulfill the need of keeping track of the time of the work you do for your clients. Here are 4 recommendations...

Managing Your Career in Uncertain Economic Times

| Lauren Bailey - The economy has everyone scrambling to figure out their long term life plans. If you’re not worried about your financial future, then you’re wondering about the state of your current career path. With businesses cutting back on employees and tightening their belts, it’s only logical that you’d take a step back and assess your future as a professional. But how exactly do you manage your career amid such uncertain times? How wise would it be to change jobs or to alter the trajectory of your career path in a market where jobs are so scarce? Let’s take a look at your options...

7 Job Interview Tips You Definitely Shouldn’t Ignore

| Damian Wolf - We All Can Use Tips on Interviews Next to attitude, preparation is everything when it comes to interviews Job interviews are very stressful for most people – there is plenty at stake and it all hinges on your ability to perform well under stress and to promote yourself without coming of as arrogant, insecure or crazy. Speaking publicly, even in front of small crowds, is a difficult task to master and your nerves can get the best of you and make you seem inadequate. To truly optimize your presentation takes time, but with a few simple tips you can quickly improve your interview skills.

10 Great Ways To Improve Your Career NOW

| Damian Wolf - Many people are extremely worried about what the future holds because of the economy instead of seeking ways to improve their career. As many are fearful of losing their job and instead they should be positive and look up, not to mention see if they can actually take advantage of the situation and better their careers. A positive attitude is essential in today's workplace and this article will list 10 great ways to improve your career today. By being more proactive and positive, you are far more likely to see your efforts rewarded than not.

The WhoKnows Discover Engine Breaks Through the Natural Language Processing Accuracy Level by More than 40%

| Garrett O'Brien - Whether you don't know anything about natural language processing or if you do, this post is a door to a new level in HR for you. Last week, we were very pleased to introduce WhoKnows Inc as being part of the launch of our Next Gen Vendors™ series (see our post here). Straight out — their CEO Chris Macomber and his team is leading the revolution in Knowledge Management solutions including the discovery and capture of data on tacit and explicit knowledge, credible insight into their skills, expertise, accomplishments, aspirations, and social endorsements answering these questions: Who knows what? Who knows how? Why? and Who knows who? The result? Smarter faster collaboration, productivity, talent acquisition, workforce planning and increased overall ROI. As Chris Macomber, WhoKnows' CEO says: "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 ...

Does Your Workplace Really Support Women?

| Our Audience - This post was contributed by Susan Wells, freelance business writer.

WhoKnows Inc. Now Participating In
The HRIS World Content Series: Next Gen Vendors™

| Garrett O'Brien - By popular demand, HRIS World is announcing the roll out of its newest service: The HRIS World Content Series: Next Gen Vendors™, the goal of which is to provide companies like yours with the latest and greatest in HR and HRIS tools, solutions, and thought leadership so you get up-to-date actionable insights into the most innovative new solutions and vendors – their product, services, the team and leaders behind the logos. To discover more about the Next Gen Vendors™ insights, click this toggle box for more information... Some amazing solution providers have already contacted us -- even before we formally announced, so word is getting around! And we discovered that by providing insight on next gen solutions, some of the spotlight is on what we're doing as well. Such is the case with WhoKnows, Inc. headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Redwood City, California.

Lumesse to Reveal Next Generation Talent Management Suite ETWeb empower at HR Tech World Paris

| Garrett O'Brien - 25th and 26th October Palais des Congrès, Paris Lumesse stand 130 – Level 2 20 minutes product demo ETWeb empower Day 2 (October 26th) at 12:50-13:10 Paris – Lumesse, a global leader in talent solutions, is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the upcoming HR Tech World Congress in Paris. Recognized globally as the leading event on the future of work, addressing innovations and technologies in Human Resources, #HRTechWorld represents the ideal venue for Lumesse to showcase its new ETWeb empower talent management suite. This year’s Congress, which is expected to welcome some 4,000 HR experts from over 120 countries, will offer the HR community a comprehensive overview of the working world of tomorrow and the latest technological innovations. Several workshops, conferences and networking sessions will be organized throughout the event for greater conviviality and to facilitate exchange. Live Demo of Lumesse’s ETWeb empower In SaaS and private cloud ...

As Important Talent Management Is, Are You Selecting the Right System?

| Garrett O'Brien - If you haven’t figured it out by now, then let me be for first to tell you that your HR department of even 5 years ago has left the building. Anything 15 or even 10 years ago can now be found in the archives of most libraries, if they are keeping archives of such. There have been changes on all levels… Globally, the workforce is shrinking and the workload is expanding – meaning the workforce today is facing more decisions on their own and fewer people to look up to for direction. Formal education is creating a skills scarcity as the rate of change of technology is now faster than the rate most are being educated – students are learning on their own in many areas of the world while taking classes that will be outdated by the time they graduate, they are learning the need to know how to ...

Background Checks Are Enough? Think Again…

| Jane - How to Hire the Right Person for your Company If you've recently entered the world of hiring, in which you, for the first time, are sitting on the other side of the interview table, you may breathe a sigh of relief. You may think that, now that you're in charge, being the interviewer and not the interviewee is going to be easy. In hiring, that's misconception number one. Misconception number two is that hiring the right person will be apparent after talking for only a few minutes. Of course, running a standard background check is an integral part of the hiring process. But there's more to it. Here are a few tips: Don't necessarily hire the person you perceive as most intelligent I know this may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but intelligence, which is usually gauged by an ability to converse well, isn't necessarily the quality you're looking for when ...

What They Don’t Tell You Before Obtaining A New HRIS System

| Garrett O'Brien - The market for HR / HR technology / HRIS software is trying to keep pace with the demand and for good reason -- a LOT of systems are getting old, which means the technology and the means for reporting are already old (5 years or more is considered old). This also means the demands and means to search for a system, solutions and/or software is also growing -- where there is a need, there are those willing to fill the need. This includes, but is not limited to, blogs and companies that focus specifically on the pros and cons, ins and outs, as well as bells and whistles of the latest versions of various systems. As these resources are already available to you, what we are NOT going to do is tell you with this post is what to buy nor are we going to tell you if integrated or best-in-class ...

Does Your Company Have Unresolved Policies Concerning Digital Usage During Work?

| Garrett O'Brien - The demand -- and sometimes expectation -- to be 'connected' to work 24/7 has lead to a definite need to review business etiquette in the digital age. This is especially true as employees are now bringing their own machines into work - iPad, Smart Phones, tablets, even laptops. They are also bringing their work home, to the pool side, coffee shop, park bench.... And hopefully not to the party or other social-only events.

How a Small Business Can Benefit from the Cloud

| Garrett O'Brien - For our parent company CGServices USA Inc, most of their clientele are the Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies. Yet it is the small company makes up nearly 80% of the U.S. economy. To this end, we include small businesses as well enterprises in our promotions and articles. A small business is usually considered to be any company with few than 50 employees. Where does the number 50 come from? No clue -- what does matter is that any small business usually has a full-deck of things to do to maintain and/or establish growth without being burdened by systems they do not need. In today's economy this is ESPECIALLY true. Fast rising fuel costs, inflation, government regulation heavily burdening the overhead, national healthcare costs to be factored in, not to mention the threat of higher taxes. As a small business owner, you definitely feel the economy and the government is conspiring against ...

Performance Reviews: Thoughts from a Gen Y’er

| 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. At the most basic level of his argument, though, is a serious call to action: performance reviews need a makeover. And just as a company would adjust its business model to meet the demands of a ...

HR Software Solutions Renews Its Relationship with The HRIS World

| Garrett O'Brien - One of our means to keeping The HRIS World going is to provide marketing support to vendors. And one of those vendors is our Preferred Vendor for HRIS services focuses on providing vendor management, system selection, project management, system implementation and HR outsourcing. Their name? Well, their logo says it all... About HR Software Solutions, Inc. As a professional services firm, HR Software Solutions Inc. was founded with the mission of developing trusted business partnerships through mutual trust and respect. They were founded in 2006 with the goal of providing businesses with the resources needed to run an effective implementation while helping them achieve their organizational goals and objectives. Founder and President, Lauren DeFilippo Gander, is a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of Human Resources working with both medium and large organizations, private and public sectors alike. Prior to starting HR Software Solutions, Ms. ...

Employee Benefits Programs Can Incentivize Your Workers

| Garrett O'Brien - Of All the Means to Create Incentive with An Employee, Employee Benefits is Still King A shrinking workforce, higher operational costs, and many overseas economies on the rebound, employee benefits have gone from an employee incentive to a employer necessity Attracting and retaining talented professionals is not always about money. Your ability to offer key benefits will appeal to potential employees and generate loyalty and a sense of pride with your current employees. A well thought-out benefit plan can improve productivity as employees are more effective when they are assured of security for themselves and their families.

Selecting a Global HR System: Essentials Check-List for SMB’s

| Sue Lingard - If you are reading this article, chances are you are one of the many thousands of mid-sized and growing organizations doing business around the world. You’ve probably found that with international growth, comes the need for an international workforce, and with an international workforce comes international headaches! The rise of modern, affordable Cloud HR software means there are now global HR solutions available to fit companies of every size and every budget. Unfortunately, while most HR vendors claim their systems are global, many of them only solve part of the problem. Rather than really supporting a global deployment, their international HRIS functionality is only skin deep. Since these HR systems are delivered online, in the Cloud, it’s true that employees can log on from anywhere; and perhaps see screens in their chosen language—using familiar terminology or date formatting. However, when it comes to key areas, like helping you comply with ...

20th HR Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit

| Garrett O'Brien -   When: October 17-20, 2016 Where: B Resort & Spa, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 The only event that brings together 150+ of the best and brightest industry professionals to discuss and discover new tools, strategies and solutions for developing, implementing & optimizing the HR Shared Services model. Attendees will receive the opportunity to take home insights on how to: Gain exposure to solution providers who are at the forefront of change and innovation Find out how mature, leading-edge HR SSOs continuously improve and grow their service capabilities Discover the best and newest ways to build a new HR shared services model Made authentic and lasting connections with a broad spectrum of HRSSO peers in terms of industry, scope and functional expertise Visit Coca-Cola’s HR Shared Services Center to find out how they’ve evolved their model to better meet the needs of the business Event Agenda: http://bit.ly/29Ps34o ...

What Are the Key Challenges for HR in Europe?

| Garrett O'Brien - What Are Yours and How Do You Tackle Them? The days when the basic function of an HR professional focused purely on core HR matters of recruitment and payroll are long gone. ‘It was a simpler time’, current HR managers might sigh. But times have indeed changed.
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The Rate of Change in IT + Improvisations = Consumerization

| Garrett O'Brien - R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research Group and has provided an excellent article called named “Coming to Terms with the Consumerization of IT” on the Harvard Business Review blog. His article focuses on the reality many companies need to face as their employees consumerize the services of IT.... Though this article was posted in 2011, there is still a lot of relevancy in what Ray has to share. The rate of change in technology is behind much of what is happening today -- before technology started changing so rapidly, cultures and society had time to adapt and ‘catch up’, now it is a matter of identifying what is a fad, as well as what is really on a trend. But in all cases, improvisation by the youth and young at heart will be leading the way. There are some fundamental constants but they too ...