HR Basics Archives

Is Your Small Business Ready For HR Tech?

When we talk about talent strategy, we’re talking about a responsibility full of moving parts. HR professionals are tasked with finding talent to match a business’ momentum, which means they are constantly scaling programs up and down, looking back while thinking ahead, and keeping a close eye on the culture and morale of…

What Candy Crush Taught Me About Being a Good Manager

Business lessons can sneak up in the oddest of places. Even viral online games can give us insight into important organizational processes. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’ve been playing Candy Crush Saga off and on for a few months. For those unfamiliar, it is a highly addictive game where you work…

Job Boards Aren’t Dead, Just Changing

No doubt you have heard doomsayers predicting the death of job boards. You also likely realize that the boards are still an important part of a diversified recruitment strategy. However, while the boards may not be dying, the landscape definitely is changing. If you are responsible for recruitment strategy ROI, it’s important to…

5 Tips to Improving Your Leadership Skills

Gallup estimates that manager’s account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. Team effectiveness depends on good managers, which is challenging when you consider that teams are comprised of people with different motivators, needs, expectations, and performance. And the responsibility of making the team effective depends…

Oh No! Not Another Lousy Logo Gift!

It’s usually HR’s job to come up with the annual employee gift. Most companies are lame and will do the exact same thing every year. If they don’t give a turkey on Thanksgiving, they’ll definitely give out turkeys at Christmas. If they did give a turkey at Thanksgiving, you’ll likely get a ham…

3 Steps to Making Feedback A Habit

The strongest way to make a new culture stick is by transforming new behaviors into regular habits. To really make feedback a part of your culture, follow these steps: 1. Training First, really make sure the behaviors your employees are forming are the right ones. You don’t want people to get into the…

They Want to Hear the Bad More Even Than the Good

A magnetic manager is someone who easily attracts and retains STAR (self-motivated, talented, accountable, responsible, and stable) employees. One secret that separates them from other professionals is feedback (and not necessarily the glowing kind). In 2014, Harvard Business Review contributors surveyed 900 employees to get their opinions on feedback. What they found was pretty…

What Makes an Employer-of-Choice So Great?

The following is my spin on a Retail Wire opinion piece about what makes a great retailer… Here’s what makes an employer an “employer of choice.” Leadership and innovation: You have to give people good reasons to pick your company over your competitors as a place to work  as well as good reasons to stay….

Why Are You Letting Tolerance Undermine Your Culture?

Leaders will often ask me what they can do to accelerate a change in their culture. As someone who likes to find ways to provide simplicity on seemingly complex and theoretical topics, I’ve long been searching for that mythical “one thing” that will make the most difference. I think I’ve found it. I’ll be interested…