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Feedback By Tech Or Face-to-Face?

A common concern raised by HR and managers when they begin using a feedback tool is what kind of impact it will have on face-to-face feedback. Will it actually disrupt communication flows in the office, rather than improve them? As with all new technology, the benefits can be significant when integrated in a…

How You Treat Rejected Candidates Can Have A Big Impact

Candidate experience will continue to be a major topic for companies and organizations for many years to come. Ensuring job candidates have a great experience starts with the job post and the ease of applying and continues straight through to onboarding. Your employer brand goes hand-in-hand with candidate experience. According to LinkedIn, “One of…

What We Can Learn About Branding From a Super Bowl Commercial

I could not click to exit the You Tube ad to get to the music video. I was spellbound. “Man…I want to see this movie,” I thought, and looked forward to sending the link to a couple of friends who I also knew would be touched by this stirring story unfolding before my…

What’s Wrong With Perfectionism?

During a recent coaching call with a corporate executive, I asked about her planning and organizational skills. She responded, “My skills are fine but never quite good enough.” When I asked about her people-development initiatives, she replied, “I can always do better in that area.” Finally, I asked about her communication skills. “That…

What Workforce Planning Technology Can Do

Employee turnover is extremely expensive, costing up to 1.5 to 2 times an employee’s salary, and those numbers are rising. Finding and training a replacement can be an arduous process. In an effort to recruit and retain employees, companies do everything from offer free, chef-cooked lunches to employees to regular retreats in fun…

How a CRM Can Help You Hire Faster and Better

Today’s labor market has become candidate-driven. With multiple job opportunities to choose from and easy access to information about companies and their employment brand, candidates act more and more like consumers. At the same time, there’s a strong demand for skilled specialists in many areas (programmers, marketers, consultants, etc.) all of which has…

HR Data Alone Won’t Make You Strategic

Embedded analytics — defined by Gartner as analytic capabilities that are “easily accessible from inside the application, without forcing users to switch between systems” — are one tactic that has been heralded as an effective approach for facilitating data-driven decisions. For HR leaders, the promise of embedded analytics is especially appealing, due to…

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…

What You Don’t Know About Your Retirement Plan Could Sink You

The U.S. Department of Labor in August significantly increased its penalties for retirement plan sponsors who get caught making compliance errors before they correct them on their own. What previously might have only been a fine of a few hundred dollars through the DOL’s Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program can instead result in penalties…