HR Management

CEOs Seem to Get It, But What About HR Leaders?

Global survey

Here’s another survey analysis and report that should be required reading for all HR professionals — pwc’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey. The survey looks at how business leaders are finding new ways to compete in “an era of unprecedented digital change.” I know, it sounds like another consulting firm’s move to make the…

SHRM Las Vegas 3: Mika Brezezinski Makes Her Pinch Hitting Opportunity Count


Mika Brzezinski, the keynote speaker on Day 3 of the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, is known primarily for three things: She is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show. She is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Advisor for President Carter. She is…

Proposed Labor Department Regulations Would Greatly Expand Overtime Pay

Overtime overwork

By John E. Thompson At long last, the anxiously-awaited proposed changes in regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions have been published by the U.S. Department of Labor for public consideration and comment. Blaring headlines notwithstanding, here is what you should know: These…

They May be Slipping, But Job Boards Are Still the Top Way to Find a Job

Hiring job board

As more than one survey has pointed out, job boards are far from dead. The latest survey, from the International Association of Employment Web Sites, shows applying to a job posted on a commercial site is still the leading way some job seekers find work, with nearly 25 percent saying they “responded to…

8 Good Things We All Can Learn From Millenials


Millennials are the last generation with a front row seat experiencing the change from analog to digital. Their youthful eyes saw the world turn global and connected. They were witness to the introduction of the sharing collaborative economy. What can we learn from them? What is a Millennial? Millennials (also known as Generation Y)…

How Do You Become an Authentic Leader?


Leaders are increasingly engaging in fierce competition over their companies’ very identities. At risk is their ability to successfully manage their relationships with customers, investors, partners, employees and others due to the rapidly changing context for global business. The appearance and empowerment of new stakeholders, the emergence of a “flat world,” and the…

Another Study Urges Restricting Employers’ Scheduling Options


By John E. Thompson Just as we expected, another report – this one from DC Jobs With Justice, the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and the Georgetown University Department of Government – asserts that District of Columbia employers are imposing “erratic and unpredictable hours” for their workers in an effort…

The 5 Things That Employees Hate to Hear From New Managers

Hate frustrated dislike

Leaders want to make their mark on operations, stamp their philosophical footprint on minds, leave their legacy on hearts and in hallways. They hope their leadership will be unique, profitable, and pleasant. These are understandable goals. All too often, however, they start out with similar comments — lines that set their employees up…

SHRM Las Vegas 2: Yes, HR IS in the Human Nature Business


Deep thinkers expressing deep thoughts seem to be the standard fare for keynote presentations on Day 2 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition. Last year, SHRM attendees heard New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman on Day 2 in Orlando. He’s most famous for the book The World…

Where Cultural Change in an Organization Really Comes From


For many of us in business, company culture is both an essential and elusive element of a productive workforce. Culture influences everything: how an organization identifies and solves business problems, recovers from failures and thrives in times of success. It serves as a guiding force for employee behavior, shaping mindsets, attitude and effort….