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First In, First Out: Why Recruiters Need To Bear Down In A Bull Market

Matt Charney Current Affairs, Matt Charney, Recruiting

If talent acquisition is a leading economic indicator (and since job growth certainly is, one could argue so too is the state of our profession, by extension), then it seems like the good times in recruiting will continue for the foreseeable future. Despite widespread economic uncertainty and political upheaval, unemployment remains at historic lows, and hiring demand almost unilaterally outstrips …

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Writer’s Block. Six-Year-Olds. And Truth.

Kathy Rapp Benefits, Change, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, wellness

Be forewarned.  I am experiencing writer’s block.  It’s so bad, I just poured myself a glass of bubbly and then proceeded to leave it in the kitchen. Which meant I had to get up, lost my train of thought once again, but brought back the bubbly. Why do I have writer’s block?  I’m totally uninspired by pop culture, current music, …

10 HR Recommendations for 2017

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, FOT Shoutout, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, The HR Profession

RJ set me up nice last week with his post on questions to ask before looking for a new HR gig.  And he’ll be pleased to know at least 5 people read his blog, as hrQ has 5 fabulous new resumes! For the rest of you who are either happy, or on the fence yet motivated because it’s the start …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

Yes, American Workers Can Learn a Lot From Their Uber-Loyal Canadian Cousins

John Hollon Current Affairs, Employee Relations, John Hollon, Retention

Everybody knows that Canadians, our English-speaking cousins to the North, are wonderfully courteous and kind, but guess what? They’re also incredibly loyal to their employers as well. Yes, this is yet another example of how the good people in Canada are so very, very different from their American counterparts. Most working Americans know all-too-well that the employer-employee loyalty bond has long …

Indecision 2016: Talking Politics In The Workplace

Patrick Ward Current Affairs, Patrick Ward, Policies, politics

Politics: one of the few remaining third rails of workplace banter and water-cooler conversation. In this politically charged environment of 2016, discussions and arguments are spilling over in the work setting more than ever before. SHRM recently polled employers regarding the 2016 election and found that more than a quarter of respondents believe this to be the most politically volatile electoral cycle …

Cultural Meltdown: When Values Don’t Match Workers’ Day-to-Day Reality

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Bad HR, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, employee experience, John Hollon, Performance

“If there is one job that I as CEO must do for our team members, customers, communities, and shareholders, it is to be the keeper of our company’s culture. It is the role of all team members to understand our culture, internalize it, live it, teach it, and reinforce it.” — CEO John Stumpf, from Wells Fargo‘s statement of values If …

Employees Who Take Stands: Colin Kaepernick Is The New Dixie Chicks

Kris Dunn Culture, Current Affairs, Kris Dunn

Have you heard about Colin Kaepernick?  Of course, you have.  Kaepernick is the San Francisco 49er quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest what he feels is racial injustice in America. I’m not here to wag the finger at Kaepernick.  One of the things that makes this the greatest country in the world is the fact that …

Illegal to Ask about a Candidate’s Compensation?

RJ Morris Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Employment Law, Negotiation, Outmatch, RJ Morris

Talent acquisition professionals get paid to talk turkey with candidates. I am talking about cold, hard cash money. What do you need, what do you feel your skillset is worth, what do you want, what will it take, and where are you at now? Every recruiter I have known is comfortable handling these conversations in a professional manner. ….until now. …

Fear and Loathing for Talent Pros from the Fed’s Beige Book

Steve Boese Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, HR, Job Market, Recruiting, Steve Boese, War for Talent

Because I often have nothing more interesting to do in my spare time, I like to peruse the Federal Reserve Board’s Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, known more informally as The Beige Book. The Beige Book is issued eight times per year, and consists of a collection of “anecdotal information on current economic conditions” by each Federal Reserve …