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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...

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 ...

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 ...

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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...

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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Does Your Workplace Really Support Women?
Our Audience

This post was contributed by Susan Wells, freelance business writer.

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.

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.

Why Business Ethics Doesn’t Work and Never Will
Garrett O'Brien

Our Voice, Ears, Words Determine Our Destination Having multiple sets of ethics skews our perspective The well-known leadership expert/speaker/author, John C. Maxwell, was asked by a colleague what his thoughts were on business ethics. Without hesitation, Mr. Maxwell said, "There is no such thing as business ethics!" Now, before being dismissive, realize Mr. Maxwell has sold more than 13 million books worldwide and his organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. I believe he knows a few things about what he shares...

The Price We Are Paying for NOT Unplugging From Work
Garrett O'Brien

Luggage from Work, Luggage from Home, This is a Vacation? We unpack our luggage after our vacation, why don't we unpack our luggage of work for our vacation? While reading a local business journal, I nearly fell off my chair. As most of us in the white-collar world as well as some in the blue-collar world can attest, when you go on vacation there is that ‘you are going to get some work done as well’ mentality present. Whether it is self-imposed or not, workers are becoming more, let’s say un-relaxed than ever before. The need to disconnect, recharge and rejuvenate is foreign to many. I like to call the combination Dr. R. Those who say they only need a few days of here and there to be able to get back into the “full swing of things” I find unconvincing – once you get to know them you almost ...

BYOD: What Is It? And How Will It Work for Your Business?
Dawn Altnam

Dawn Altnam lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world where spends her time researching her interests and then frequently sharing her discoveries in blogs. Links of interest : BYOD : Tablets Hybrid solution ________________________________________ Technology investments are necessary for any business wanting to keep up with today's mobile world. However, in a struggling economy, few businesses are able to provide their employees with the latest technology. This problem has become even more prevalent in recent years, as the speed of innovation has forced companies to replace hardware at a staggering rate. Thus, business leaders must make an unfortunate choice between spending limited funding on new technology or running the risk of becoming obsolete. Click the read more button to discover how every cloud has a silver lining...

Clear Content, Foggy Context, Skewed Perspective
Garrett O'Brien

Knowing the Content Does Not Equate to Knowing the Context Knowing the full context of the content we use as well as discerning why decisions were made they way there were in that context is fast becoming a lost skill. And given the amount of information available to us doubles every 60 hours, what does that really say about us? Could it be the quality of the information being added is equivalent to junk and trash?? Or is it we are just settling for what feels and sounds good to the situation at hand as well as the current argument (meaning we have abandoned virtues, principles, and integrity)???… And maybe, just maybe… many of us just don’t test our beliefs well enough to discern all this????

What We Are Unwilling to Change? And Why?
Garrett O'Brien

One of the many words of wisdom we broadcast on LinkedIn and our twitter jobs account (@thwjobs) states simply: What we are keeping in front of us is where we go... and What we tolerate, we cannot change. In an earlier article, we discussed why we should establish and focus on only one set of ethics least we risk the lose of integrity, trust and understanding from family, friends, collegues. Or, we should risk the acknowledgement that we are indeed limited and do what we can to rectify the situation.

Big Data for Predicting Job Performance: Big Dollar$? or Big Whup ?
Tom Janz

It’s hard to crack open a business magazine or click on a human resource blog these days without coming across the phrase ‘Big Data’ in the headline. Most definitions of ‘Big Data’ center around words that begin with the letter ‘V’– Volume, velocity, and variety. Volume means big, not surprisingly. Where Megabyte used to mean ‘big’ and now Gigabyte means ‘big’ now, Big Data is measured in terabytes, petabytes, and zettabytes (a trillion gigabytes). Yet when it comes to predicting job performance, we seldom have had more than a few megabytes of data. The largest meta-analyses that combine the data from hundreds of studies that include data on the performer’s mental ability, personality, bio-data, training courses, work experience, and credit history, in order to predict important performance outcomes such as supervisory performance ratings, attendance data, customer satisfaction scores, production and wastage data would still have a hard time exceeding a ...

Is Your Company’s Strategy All Chat and No Metrics?
Tom Janz

  When someone from Texas says that you are “All hat and no cattle”, it means that they think you put all your effort into looking the part vs. delivering the goods. Well, you have to have a lot of hat to be a Cowboys fan these days. Turnover in business is good. Turnovers in football, not so much. But I digress -- let's get on with this week's post...

How Do You Know When You Are Asking the Right Questions?
Garrett O'Brien

With the economical challenges every business is facing, trimming costs and maintaining a watchful eye on overhead and project costs is paramount for all businesses, whether SMB’s or international enterprises. The economics landscape is changing drastically -- and ideas, innovative or not, need to be focused on providing more return for their investment… This includes an increase in efficiencies, cost-effectiveness, a well-defined ROI is imperative to keeping costs under control and effective training that reduces the learning curve after the implementation.

Is An Open Door Policy Best For Your Team?
Kimberley Laws

It's your first time being a "boss" -- wow! It sounds weird doesn't it? "Boss." You possess top-notch managerial skills and you know you'll do an excellent job. You've just got one big hurdle to overcome: figuring out what type of boss you want to be. And, more importantly, what type of boss your team needs you to be. You've likely heard a lot of hype about the millennium's most touted management style -- the "open door" policy. While it does boast many benefits, it is not without its problems too. Before embarking on your first big decision in your new role and initiating your own "open door" policy, there are a few things you need to consider.   "If you come through my door, I will not greet you with a blinding white light."

Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management (Intro Part 4 of 6)
Garrett O'Brien

In our first 3 articles of this series, we provided an introduction to What a HRIS sytem is in "What is a HRIS system?" Rethinking beyond the traditional project methodologies in our post BEFORE Searching for a new HRIS system when selecting a HRIS system during the implementation of a HRIS system As well as taking a a systematic, efficient selection and planning process to your HRIS project As with any methodology, it is inevitable there would be a need to strengthen any weaknesses. Most methodologies and processes evolve in cycles, usually resulting from the needs that grow as the result of new technologies and from evidences that certain aspects of the processes needs improvement. Complexity and change always magnifies weaknesses as well as strengths. The more complex the project, the more the weaknesses and inefficiencies become magnified.  

6 Shortcuts for Retaining Your Employees in Record Time
Our Audience

This is a guest post by Hafsah Nazir, HR analyst Sitting in your office, having a cup of tea, and a usual corporate schmooze with a few of your managers; you are surprised to know 7 of your employees left in the last 2 months. Yes! You knew it could happen but you were way too busy to look in on your employees. Few of those 7 people could even be your best pick for an upcoming project. If you don’t look out for your employees, you may fall through thin ice. Failure to retain employees could leave you open-handed. Your brand might have nailed down the victory but you cannot hold back its name until you know how to retain your key employees. Here are a few practices that could fit in with your modus operandi to retain your key talent...

Why We, Not Technology, Are the Problem
Garrett O'Brien

Editor's note: This post was published as a draft by the writer on another social media platform; David Chaney, the author, provides professional services to corporate decision makers while his words always provide thoughts to ponder... His draft focuses on technology and character and how the latter plays a role on the former and is republished here with his consent...     "Throughout history technology has either been a friend or foe of human development and advance."Today's technologies, and those of the last several decades that have led to the explosion of information availability and global communication, are no different. "Our challenge today, then, as those who wish to repel tyranny in any form and expand freedom and liberty, is to insist upon the free and unfettered development and trade of technologies that address this challenge.

Do You Know How to Identify Your Future Business Leaders?
Liam Tarry

As the world's economy continues to struggle, today's business leaders face difficult decisions when it comes to ensuring their company stays afloat. From matters such as pay freezes, retrenchments, benefit reductions and cancelled training and development programmes, many business leaders accept that things may get worse, before they get better. Although managing costs remain top priority, successful businesses know that when they identify, develop, and retain talented leaders with strong economic skill sets, then they will succeed in the long term and emerge from the economic slowdown in a strong position. However, being able to spot effective leaders is a tricky task. These people not only need a head for figures, they also need to be able to champion change, foster cross-organisational learning, and build unity across the board. In this post, ETS, a provider of 360 degree feedback surveys discusses with me five points on how businesses can identify ...

Tips for Building Relationships with Your Employees — and Still Being Professional
Bridget Galbreath

Building Strong Relationships With Employees Makes for the Best Retention Possibilities 3 basic steps will help managers build respected relationships that will last beyond the work place Being the boss can be very rewarding, but it can also be pretty tough. You want to run a tight ship and ensure that all work is getting done in a professional manner, yet you don't want to work in an environment where your employees feel as if they are robots or that you are someone who is cold, impersonal, and simply barks orders. How do you create a work environment that offers the best of both worlds? A place there your employees feel as if they can comfortably talk to you and even share a few jokes, yet not cross the line into personal territory and risk your integrity and your role as the boss? With careful decision making and the right ...

People and Technology, Just What Are We Pretending Not to Know?
Garrett O'Brien

  Our post Symptom? or Problem? Don’t Know How to Use Big Data... initiated this series by focusing on 3 points (you can read why in the post)… Nearly all businesses are all revved up with no place to go Most are really asking the wrong questions and need to learn to ask the right questions What we ignore, what we believe, what and whom we are willing to listen to is the human element contributing to this lack of understanding All this is knowledge heavy, which means there is a balance that needs to be made. In our more detailed 2nd installment, we discussed understanding how to use big data can be dependent upon one trait and why…

Understanding How to Use Big Data Is Dependent Upon One Trait
Garrett O'Brien

Are We Focused Upon the Means? or Ends? Earlier this month, I presented a high level view of how our not understanding how to use Big Data is a symptom, not a problem on the HR Tech World blog, closing with the following statements... "Well, the first step towards any success is the always rooted in the willingness to listen – but to whom? Those that impart knowledge are also capable of imparting error, yes? "Qualifying who we listen to is important. What we hear repeatedly we eventually believe – and there has been a lot of concepts, ideas and thoughts repeatedly shared nearly everywhere. So what does one do when there are so many beliefs, thoughts, suggestions as to what will work?" This view evolved from what we have been reading and experiencing at The HRIS World, which is this...

5 Ways to Motivate Employees and Teams to Hit Targets
Our Audience

This posts provided by Rosie Symonds, writer One of the best ways to make a sales team or staff meet the target goal is to use incentives. Incentives can be products that employees want or need. This means that what you are offering will make the employee work hard to reach a goal, or to get a specific account. Discover What Your Employees' Value..

Reassessing the Management in Project Management (Intro Part 5 of 6)
Garrett O'Brien

In my previous article, Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management, a discussion was presented to look at the effort and resources consumed throughout the project (including the budget). A comparison of these two variables to the project phases provided the following diagrams, using the same timelines…

Exploiting Innovative Technologies in BI and Big Data Analytics
Garrett O'Brien

BI and Big Data Analytics Infographic from SAP Analytics Click the read more button to discover more...

When Turnover Boosts the Bottom Line
Tom Janz

From all the articles, blogs and books that thump the tub month after month over reducing the terrible affliction of turnover, you could easily think that turnover must always be bad for the bottom line. But you would be wrong! There are situations when turnover delivers a positive overall financial benefit. To find those situations, we need to know about all the human capital impacts that turnover has on a corporation.

What Role Can HR Play in a Turbulent Economy?
Our Audience

For many economic analysts, the end of 2008 has brought the world economy into a new era - the "Age of Turbulence." For them the world today is more interconnected and more dependent as globalization and technology have combined to generate a new level of fragility. Indeed, business leaders have always lived with some level of risk and uncertainty although today the pace of change and magnitude of the shocks are much larger than before. Therefore, we ask: How today's businessmen deal with the economic turmoil? Some organizations respond to crisis by promoting deep cuts in their costs, renegotiating contracts with suppliers - in search of lower prices - and laying off workers generally. Therefore, many business owners end up using the executives of Human Resources to try and minimize the damage and stay the course. But getting the most out of employees in this type of scenario may seem ...

Dealing with Sensitive Situations Like Sexual Harassment
Andrew Lisa

It's True -- An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure Using compassion and being sensitive yet firm will go a long way in your stand The business of doing business is only part of the challenge that your company faces. Handling the issues of your employees -- the human beings of varying backgrounds, sensitivities, beliefs, and persuasions -- can be a full-time job in and of itself. In the modern workplace, employees expect -- rightfully so -- their work environment to be safe, comfortable, and secure. It is the business's leadership that will determine the workplace culture.

10 Best American Companies for Which to Work
Annette Hazard

Your work experience is largely determined by the company for which you work. Even if you love your field, have great client relationships and enjoy what you do each day, doing it for a company that does not appreciate its employees dampers your entire work experience. The following companies not only appreciate their employees, but they also foster a positive work environment in creative ways. Snag a job at one of these companies, and you will benefit from perks like in-office massages, vacation packages, service awards, and more -- Annette Hazard shares a list of 10 of these companies...

Business Management 101: Do You Have the Basics Down?
Kim Wade

Everyone makes it look so easy. You create a business, open the doors, get customers, and make money. End of story, right? If only it were so easy to manage a business. Before you jump into the captain’s chair, make sure you have the basics of business management down. Contributor Kim Wade talks up the basics of business management -- see what you may have missed, and perhaps what you can add to her article as well...

Team Alignment and Performance: Data Talks
Tom Janz

Aligning management teams around competitive brand strategy forms the dominant mantra coming from business schools and high priced consultants alike. Most sell strategy alignment workshops on the theory that strong alignment is a good thing. They say it, but what does the data say? On the personality front, the received wisdom differs. Personality should align with competitive strategy overall, but any one team needs complimentary personalities. If the team leader leans strongly to the creative for an innovation team, some members should be detail-oriented executors. If the team leader leans strongly on process compliance for a production team, at least some members should have the creative gene to avoid following the tried and true over a cliff. Put another way, diversity advocates decry the group-think of cloned teams, where everyone looks, thinks, and acts the same. Does that imply the more the diversity on personality the better? What does the data say?

What Comes First — Your Company’s Strategy? Or Your Company’s Talent?
Tom Janz

Hint: Neither! img cr giantgroup.com Ahh Strategy--- the favorite topic of OD auteurs looking for a seat at the table or consultants looking for an invoice to send. There has been (and likely never will be) no end of opinion over strategy captured in books, blogs, webinars, and videos on the topic. Some research too. Most of them contain charts, diagrams, or photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one. What most of these don’t have is a way to measure strategy as opposed to describing what it should be. And who was it who said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it?” But that is the topic of next week’s blog, let's get on with this blog...

10 Traits of Transformational CEOs

  RevenueNOW's Jeff Christian Reveals Characteristics and Behaviors of Great Leaders CLEVELAND, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff Christian, CEO of RevenueNOW -- The ONLY company delivering ensured rapid revenue growth -- is possibly a transformational CEO himself. Dr. Tom Janz, one of the foremost experts in behavioral assessment, co-founder of RevenueNOW (and LeadershipNOW), states "In working with Jeff over the past nine months I have concluded that his achievements around transforming the search industry, building transformational startup companies that turned into category leaders, and starting non-profits that transformed educational and recovery institutions -- would be more than enough to qualify him as a transformational CEO. We will know for sure when Transformational LABS completes The Presidents of the United States Transformational Assessment that we are committed to completing over the next two weeks."

Manage Your Project’s Expectations Before They Manage You — In Court…
Garrett O'Brien

For the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of law suits involving poorly run projects. One only has to Google 'lawsuits resulting from poorly managed projects' to see just how expensive the rewards are, never mind the cost of the trials and litigation. For some, the fact that these matters are now heading to the courts is surprising, and for others not surprising at all. They have seen this as something inevitable, given the trends of the past decade or so... There has always been court cases, but the number has been increasing at an alarming rate...

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Can HR Achieve A Competitive Advantage in China?
Nicole Dominique Le Maire

The rapid growth of China as a trading superpower is forcing some of the greatest changes in economic life since the industrial revolution. It seems that this evolution is on a path similar to what America experienced, with employers increasingly turning to improving performance by building morale, teamwork, communications and leadership effectiveness. This is not surprising and reflects growing competition for labour, loosened governmental migration rules, more emphasis on knowledge work and employees who, like their employers, are better educated and increasingly world class. So while the Chinese economy continues to expand at a substantial rate, current laws no more than 25 years old, no longer adequately balance the economic progress of China with the appropriate level of protection for workers. Qingdao port, China | img cr www.porttechnology.org

BEFORE Searching for A New HRIS System (Intro Part 2 of 6)
Garrett O'Brien

Whether you are considering a new system or want to replace your current HR, payroll, timekeeping, benefits management and / or self-service system, here's one quick tip... Stop everything you are doing! NOW! Though many will approach acquiring a HRIS system as a top-down process, there is a much better way to approach this project that will provide more benefits than most, if not all, traditional project methodologies that most embrace...

The HRIS World Project Insights Series #thwCES
RFP? Or Scenario? Which Shall It Be?
Garrett O'Brien

The scenario approach as well as the RFP approach have been around a lot longer than any of us -- think Leonardo da Vinci... As long as the needs of the object (in this case, HRM) are being met (as opposed to desires and wants), scenario thinking has created many innovative approaches, solutions, services and products. And so hasn’t a well formed RFP…

The High Cost of Ignorance When Selecting Selection Tools (part 2)
Tom Janz

Last week, Part 1 of this 2-part series introduced the people-engineering behind the sad truth around how companies often acquire what they claim to be their most valuable asset. Using a fast and easy ‘rule of thumb’ calculator, Part 1 of this series suggested that a company we will call ‘Redface’ left somewhere around $129M on the table when it chose one pre-employment screening method over another. This week, Part 2 descends into the detail of that choice. However, to lighten things up, I will use the language of the brothers Grimm, adapted to a North American setting. No need to be dour and sarcastic. There is a 3rd party to all this -- yours truly played the role of Chief Guru at a company we will call “PeoplePuzzlers”. ..

The High Cost of Ignorance When Selecting Selection Tools
Tom Janz

President Obama, in a speech delivered in July 2013, said... “If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century.” This article applies that sentiment to the cost of ignorance when selecting candidate screening tools in the 21st century. Part 1 covers getting a grip on the cost of making subjective vs. analytical choices among screening tool options. Part 2 covers a practical case study (only the names have been changed): The curious case of Redface and SoKantYou Tom starts Part 1 here...

Whither CSR?
Daryl Boey

Mention the term Corporate Social Responsibility and generic images conjured include companies organising events for senior citizens, painting houses, distributing food donations, and teaching skills to empower the less fortunate. Few would disagree that it is the moral obligation of large multi-billion dollar corporations to give back to those who may not have as much. Many companies themselves understand the importance of #CSR, as part of inculcating a wider sense of civic and social responsibility among its employees, and to attract millennial talent that seek out a greater sense of purpose other than themselves. Ad-hoc volunteering helps puts things in perspective. It provides immediate assistance to beneficiaries, a safe haven for employees to pursue their altruistic interests. Being more appreciative of what we have, is a lesson that needs to be revisited on a regular basis.

The HRIS Market in Italy: Opportunities and Challenges During an Economic Crisis
Rosario Squillante

The Tech Overview   Italy is one of the most important country of Europe and a leading economy within the EU. Food, luxury & design, manufacturing, automotive, tourism are some of the trademarks industries of “Bel Paese”. But in the last few years, the world crisis has dramatically pushed everything that was already in a difficult situation. Italians have high tax rate: small- and medium-sized businesses pay more than 65% in corporate tax, more than any of their rich-country counterparts a hard bureaucracy antiquated labour laws and a stereotyped corruption tradition All of which has held a potential big economy in an average market as where to invest. But structural crisis is also a change opportunity that opens new challenges. Read more of what Rosario has to share about Italy and how they have succeeded in spite of the economic crisis...

Get Active and Start Promoting Employee Wellness
Garrett O'Brien

Recent data released by the 2013 Health Care Survey, conducted annually by AON, found that an increasing number of employers are offering wellness programs in the workplace. Evidence has demonstrated that providing incentives to employees to live a healthier lifestyle can decrease the costs of health insurance as well as lessen absentee rates and increase employee productivity.

Managing and Empowering Talent: The Importance of Training your Employees in 2013
Lewis R Humphries

The Rate of Change of Technology Is Now Faster Than It Takes to Attend a 4-Year College It is becoming imperative to learn skills that teach us how to think as opposed to what to think If you run a business, it can be important that you work alongside your team to help them to achieve the best that they can as individuals and as a whole. This is key to business success, as motivated and multi-skilled employees are the key driving force behind any successful venture. While this may seem like a daunting task, however, there was lots of ways that you can help you colleagues make the most of their talents and grow professionally. It is important that you listen to your employees to discover what skills they feel that they would like to improve on and gain, and listen to their individual needs because no two people are ...

Background Check Challenges: HR Implications of the Navy Yard Shooting
Anthony Sills

When Bad Things Happen, Is It Really Wise to Make Quick Changes? Good intentions and $5 will get you a cup of coffee anywhere -- thinking through the ramifications of changes will provide for a better outcome altogether On September 16, 2013 tragedy struck in Washington, DC. Now, more than 2 months later, many are pushing for tougher employee screening processes. This presents a question -- what lessons can we learn from the Navy Yard shooting?

Why Your Business Needs a Clear-Cut BYOD Policy
Garrett O'Brien

Workforce Demographics Are Shifting, So Is the Need for Vigilance The tides of change in technology means security and policies need to be in sync as well A study by the research group Ovum found that more than 60% of employees use their personal mobile devices to access company data. A BYOD (bring your own device) policy seems like a win-win proposition for employees and management alike, but this tech trend is raising concerns about security and communication.

What If There Could Be a Way To Map Out The Future of HCM?
Garrett O'Brien

The World Economic Forum Introduces The Human Capital Index New index identifies countries’ ability to develop and nurture human capital Thanks to the works of The World Economic Forum, a country can ascertain, via an index, where it stands globally right now and what it needs to do to become a better nation through its most valuable resource -- their people. Human Capital Report A nation’s human capital endowment - the skills and capacities that reside in people and that are put to productive use - can be a more important determinant of long term economic success than virtually any other resource. The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new Index which measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Workforce & Employment and Enabling Environment.

Using Your Circles of Influence to Change Your Future
Garrett O'Brien

Who You Add to Your List of Influencers Could Determine the Outcome of Your Career Who we listen to, whose counsel we pursue, who we consider a hero is the biggest indicator of our character One of the more powerful and valuable treasures you can give yourself is a circle of influential people to follow. LinkedIn Influencers provides easy access to a large group of influential people and most of the time you will be following them for material they contribute as well as news of their happenings, they will still provide some level of inspiration, aspiration as well as influence for your future. You may even find yourself reaching out to some of your influencers as well - whether on LinkedIn or elsewhere. There will be people who you are naturally attracted to just because they like what you like; others that will attract you will be because they ...

Business as Usual? 5 Tactics That Every Business Needs to Practice
Casey Haslem

CSP - Customers, Sales, Success Are the Focus of Your Tactics Developing, differentiating, improving, investing, planning are your keys Keeping your business ahead of the competition requires that you review fundamental business tactics for gathering new customers, increasing sales and planning for success. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day crises in your company to the point that you lose sight of the bigger picture, which is your company's growth. Regardless of which business you are in, that's your ultimate goal. Let's step back from the contained chaos of running your company and revisit some basics of running a 21st century business.

10 Lessons You Can Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs
Debbie Allen

A Discipline Requires Only 21 Days - Afterwhich, It Is A Habit The time and energy to create a habit occurs in the first 21 days, afterwhich you perform this task without thought and much energy... Success is the very same thing! Everybody wants to be successful... And one of the best ways to find success is to learn from the lessons of those who have come before you. Be your own 'Little Engine That Could'! Photo Courtesy of: SweetOnVeg

Is Mobile EAM Software the Wave of the Future?

EAM : Enterprise Asset Management The more the moving parts, the more likely something will breakdown -- including how your maintenance technicians work as well Maintenance technicians are on the move now more than ever before, so they need quick access to information about equipment and repairs to work productively. Click the read more button to discover more...

Fearful Leadership Can Become Courageous Leadership
Garrett O'Brien

Courage Is a Skill -- Skills Can Be Learned Fear and courage can occupy the same space -- the difference is how to use that feat to motivate you When it comes to leadership, there has always been all sorts of how-to books, webinars, seminars, and conferences... Yet what is the success rate of the attendees AFTER being a subject to these gatherings? We believe THAT has yet to be measured with any level of accuracy -- the only measurement we really have right now are the recommendations by others as well as the promotional campaigns by professional organizations. There are no real statistics on what methods allow you to be become a success leader - whether measured by Briggs-Myers personality type nor other -- all they can do is tell you what type of leader you are. What is not measurable is your will power to overcome fear and that ...

Recognizing Internal Business Threats and Maintaining Good Employee Relationships
Lewis R Humphries

External Threats and Market Conditions Can Shift Your ocus People fail from broken focus as problems will divert your attention As the global economic recovery remains tentative, it is all too easy for business owners to become preoccupied with external threats and market conditions. While these undoubtedly have an impact on the course that your business will take during periods of austerity, however, you cannot afford to lose sight of the internal risks that may ultimately undermine your prosperity. Recognizing these internal threats and how they may impact on your business and employees is critically important. There is no point in creating a recession proof business plan if you allow your firm to become vulnerable to issues that originate within, so there is a pressing need to consider all aspects of your venture when economic hardship takes hold. Click the read more button to discover more of what Lewis has ...

Raise the Bar on Your Company’s Performance Management!
Michael Palmer

5 Ways To Improve Your Company’s Performance Management Performance management is involved in tracking the activities of your staff, and their productivity. This then provides a benchmark on which to improve. This can be measured in a variety of ways, from goal setting to more discussion-based methods. There are a number of different ways of both carrying out performance tracking, and encouraging staff to increase productivity and therefore improve profitability. Click the read more button to discover more...

Using Military Leadership Skills to Improve Business
Angela Prickette

5 Military Leadership Skills That Businesses Can Benefit From It's more than the trust we have for them otherwise a lot of leaderships skills could be found elsewhere Leadership skills are a primary feature that businesses look for when choosing managers and CEOs Those who serve in the military are admired by Americans, consistently placing in the number-one spot as the group of people they trust most. Military service awards people important leadership skills that businesses can use in their operations. img credit : guidestarinc.com Click the read more button to discover more of what Angela has to share with us...

5 Core Leadership Skills The Greatest of Leaders Have in Common
Abi Rule

There Are Leaders Then There Are the Greatest Leaders What Separates Leaders from the Great Leaders? Humanity's major advances in science, technology, and politics are in large part due to the work of leaders. Leaders are the initiative-takers. They are the first to raise their hands during a vote and the first to take a step towards a goal. They are the tiny pebble that ultimately becomes an avalanche. There’s debate as to whether leaders are born or made. It is true that some people come into the world with certain natural traits, such as charisma, that make them excellent leaders. However, all the charisma in the world means nothing if you don’t also have the leadership skills necessary to accomplish your objectives. Luckily, skills can be learned. Click the read more button to discover the 5 core skills that all the world’s leaders have mastered...

How to Make or Break a Business
Angela Prickette

Employee Morale Can Make or Break Your Business A diligent and trustworthy employee is difficult to find. Not only are diligent and trustworthy employees hard to find, they're difficult to keep as well. One of the key reasons for their exit? When an excellent employee suddenly leaves a company, or steadily declines in his or her quality of work, then low morale is usually the issue. Employee morale is the ability of the employees to successfully perform and complete tasks based on their discipline, confidence, happiness, and teamwork. Keeping employee morale high can increase your business's productivity and revenue. Click the read more button to discover 4 ways that morale can affect your business as well as some tips to boost employee morale...

How to Lose Your IT Team in 10 days
Dawn Altnam

Dawn Altnam lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world where spends her time researching her interests and then frequently sharing her discoveries in blogs. Links of interest : [easyazon-link asin="B008DM2MK8" locale="us"]The Leadership Challenge by Kouses and Posner[/easyazon-link] Pure Storage ________________________________________ The economy is heating up and your competitors are hiring, so your IT staff may not feel as stuck as they did a few years ago when the job market was tight. Employees cite unhappiness with management as the number one reason they leave their jobs, so unless you want your IT team to take their valuable skills and irreplaceable knowledge with them when they head to greener pastures, it’s time for managers to take a long hard look at their behavior and its effect on employee satisfaction. Dawn Altnam brings you 5 things to consider in your management practices, just click the read more ...

Own Your Own Success: The Value of a MBA for Women
Garrett O'Brien

A LOT of attention has been drawn on leadership lately, especially in the forms of Sheryl Sandberg (COO, facebook), Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo!). They are not the first women in leadership positions -- Susan B. Anthony and Golda Meir are a couple to note -- and many more could be added, be sure to add yours to our comments! An infographic is included to focus on several aspects of women and the value of the MBA.

Just How Much Has Corporate Culture Impacted Your Life?
Gerri Elder

Gerri Elder discusses how movies and television shows glamorize corporations to the extent that it seems we're almost obsessed with them. If we are, there's a good reason for that: Corporations make or break this country and its people. In some way or another, a corporation plays a part in our lives. [Infograph]

The Importance of Celebrating Your Employees Difference
Annabelle Smyth

Parents often reward their children for their accomplishments, but many adults fail to take advantage of this important productivity booster. Fortunately, more businesses are using employee appreciation programs to build employee satisfaction and propel them toward success in workplace projects. Annabelle Smyth, our guest blogger, discusses how companies can get started tracking employee accomplishments for big benefits.

7 Tips for Planning an Out-of-Town Business Meeting
Cara Aley

  Some people relish the opportunity to travel for work, and others feel only disdain at the idea. We’re here to make it all just a bit easier, regardless of which camp you fall into... With some tips for optimizing your out-of-town business planning. [custom_author=PinterestTHCW]

Threatened: IT Jobs in the Wild
Dawn Altnam

For years, the IT landscape has thrived on specialized information technology professionals. But as technology and needs have rapidly shifted in recent years, so have IT needs. Specialized IT positions are shifting right along with the technology. Understanding how this affects your IT department means having a solid grasp on the types of positions affected. More importantly, you’ll need to understand some new technology and how to navigate to ensure you’re getting the most out of IT resources. This involves a significant shift in how you think about positions in your IT department. Click the read more button to discover more...

What Can Happen When the RFI is Overlooked
Garrett O'Brien

Many projects start with much anticipation and highly constructive energies between vendor and client. Some clients end up rolling forward quite readily with their project while others -- well, they are trying to figure out how everything cooled off with their vendor to the point where they feel like they are standing in the middle of a large empty room holding a full bag of empty promises.

So… What Makes a Really GOOD Manager?
Our Audience

This article is a guest post by Clare, content writer Management is the backbone of a successful business. Without their guidance, many companies would underperform on a regular basis. A hardworking manager can drive their workforce forward, even when the going gets tough. A great backbone will, in turn, attract great staff. A driven and proactive workforce is the secret to running a successful business. But what is it that makes a good manager? What are the skills and prerequisites to becoming a great leader? Here we look at what it is that sets a mediocre manager apart from a magnificent one: Relationships with Staff A great manager is more than a senior member of staff; they are an integrated member of the team. By building a great relationship with your workforce, and being more than just ‘the boss’, you’ll always get the very best out of your team. By having ...