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Why HR Managers Make the Best CEOs

Posted by Chris Fields

HR Managers Make the Best CEOs

Since as far back as you can imagine, Human Resource professionals have wanted a seat at the table. Which table you ask? They want a seat at the boardroom table in the C-suite, also known as the executive table. Many HR professionals have spent a lifetime in pursuit of this prestigious seat; however, it seems that just recently companies have allowed HR into the boardroom as a strategic and an equal partner. Lately, CHROs are becoming CEOs. We wrote more about this subject in this article. That is not a good thing. It’s the best thing and here’s why. Have you thought about what makes a great CEO? There is no college curriculum to become a CEO, and, in fact, some of the most successful CEOs never even finished college. Take Mark Zuc [...]
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6 Ways to Prevent Employee Burnout

Posted by Eric Friedman

employee burnout

Are you feeling stressed at work, and do you have the impression that time is working against you? You are not alone. The majority of employees are working harder and feeling more overwhelmed at work than ever. A Gallup poll showed that the 40-hour work week is now pushing 47 hours for the average American worker. According to the 2016 Staples Business Advantage Index, 3 of 5 generations feel overworked and burned out, which reduces employee engagement, affects performance, and increases turnover. I wrote in a past article how you can measure employee engagement. While cutting back hours may seem like the logical solution, it’s not very practical in today’s competitive business environment. According to Gallup research, it’s n [...]
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6 Things You Should Know About Employee Termination

Posted by Eric Friedman

As HR professionals, we deal with many aspects of how an organization and its employees' function, the least pleasant of which is employee termination. Employment termination is a sensitive matter, and HR plays a big role in ensuring that fired employees are treated with respect and dignity. HR is like the ferryman, guiding the terminated employee through a transition. In many cases, the employee’s direct manager will handle the actual firing, since he or she can better explain the reasons behind the termination. HR should always be there, however, to help oversee and guide the conversation, making sure the manager stays on script and the employee has all the information he or she needs. In other cases, HR must handle the terminat [...]
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How will HR technology shape your future?

Posted by Eric Friedman

Over the past few years, technology has disrupted virtually every industry. One after another, tech-driven solutions, such as Amazon, Airbnb, and Uber, have shaken up industries as varied as retail, hospitality, and transportation. But what about HR? How are trends such as HR datafication, automation, artificial intelligence, and even robots impacting our industry? And what happens when you start taking the “human” out of human resources? Here’s a look at some of the biggest tech trends reshaping our profession. Robots and automation Don’t worry—HR jobs are unlikely to be taken over by robots any time soon. However, the trend towards bots and automation could see many HR roles change dramatically. The good news is that H [...]
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Best Ways to Have a Successful New Employee Onboarding

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

The process of bringing a new employee into the company is a very important one. The sooner a new employee is “connected” with the company, the sooner they are productive. They are also less likely to turnover, and leave because they are disappointed with the experience. What does it take to have a successful onboarding experience for you new employees? It is all about the employee experience In today’s HR literature, a frequent topic of discussion is the “employee experience.” According to Jacob Morgan, the three parts of employee experience include: the company culture, available technology, and the physical experience. It is so important that companies like Airbnb have rebranded HR as the Department of Employee Exper [...]
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Employee Exodus: Why Employees Leave and What HR Can Do About It

Posted by Eric Friedman

Gone are the days of the loyal employee working decades for the same company. The “company man”, who worked for the same company his entire career, is a thing of the past. Employees today last only a fraction of their careers working for one company, choosing instead to change jobs, experiment with different work concepts, and even work for themselves. Who is to blame? Employee turnover is a real problem that impacts every company. Playing the blame game when it comes to employee turnover will result in having both employers and employees to blame. In the early 20th century, employers rested easy knowing their workers would gladly stay with them forever so long as they got fair wages and treatment. Employees knew they had job sec [...]
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Creative Ways to Boost Employee Motivation

Posted by Chris Fields

HR understands that employee engagement is also tied to employee happiness, job satisfaction, morale, and motivation. The more you engage your employees and keep morale high, the more likely your employees will be happy, satisfied, and motivated to give their best and perform at their highest level. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, employee engagement is at 32%. Though this figure has increased slightly since 2013, 68% of all employees remain disengaged, tasking HR professionals to find creative ways to inspire and sustain employee motivation. Unmotivated workers are less productive. Lost productivity costs and failed motivation techniques cost employers billions of dollars. Finding ways to motivate employees has stumped Human Re [...]
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The Best (and Worst) Predictors of On-the-Job Performance

Posted by Eric Friedman

Hiring predictors are difficult to get right, as any HR recruitment professional can tell you. In fact, the vast majority of today’s organizations struggle to accurately identify the right person for the job. According to a recent research brief from Brandon Hall Group, 95% of organizations admit to making bad hires every year. A meta-analysis published in Psychological Bulletin concluded that a typical employment interview leads to the right hire only 57% of the time. In other words, it’s only slightly more effective than flipping a coin. While there are no hiring predictors that offer a 100% success rate, some are definitely better than others. Here, we take a look at three of the worst interview predictors, as well as three o [...]
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