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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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What’s New in Hiring and HR for This Year?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

Well, it’s that time of the year when we all start wondering what is going to happen in 2017. Of course, I cannot tell you exactly what will happen—after all it is the future—but I can paint a picture of some of the likely things to happen. It Is All About AI We have been talking in HR for a while now about the use of big data. The collection of data, the analysis of data, and the use of data for prediction and ultimately machine learning are all subjects that have been talked about the last several years. The year 2017, according to Josh Bersin, is the year this all comes together. He sees 2017 as being a year of disruption and a great deal of change. Consultant, speaker, writer, and self-described digital catalyst, Meghan M. Bir [...]

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The Most Desirable Leadership Skills for 2017

Posted by Chris Fields

Each year we all can’t help but to speculate and try to predict what’s going to happen in the new year and as we enter 2017, I can’t help but to wonder what will be the top issues that leaders will face. Based upon my observations in the labor market, a bit of research, and some conversations with other great HR professionals, here are the most desirable leadership skills necessary for a successful 2017. Communication Surprise! Communication is always a sought-after skill. However, in the new year, I predict it will be even more important that it is now. I am not the only one who believes communication will be key next year. During a conversation with my friend, Dave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, Executive Director of Human Resources, Director [...]

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Hottest HR Trends for 2017

Posted by Eric Friedman

Another year ends, and that means it’s time to look ahead at what the new year has in store for the world of human resources. In 2017, the hottest HR trends will center more than ever on the employee experience and employee satisfaction. Technology will continue to stake its claim in the world of HR, with new and different platforms and a more holistic approach also shaking things up. Let’s jump right in—here are the 2017 hottest HR trends: 1. Improve employees’ experience Employers have always focused on improving their customers’ experience, but recently there’s been a shift to focusing more on employees’ experience too. This is in great part due to the skills-gap we’re facing. There simply aren’t enough skilled w [...]

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Is Employee Wellness Beneficial for Everyone?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

What employer wouldn’t like to have a way of increasing employee productivity, employee morale, and company profitability all at the same time? Not possible you think? Au contraire, my friend. Wellness programs—well done wellness programs, that is—can provide you with that increased productivity and morale that translates into more dollars to the bottom line. A Cross-Generational Need At this time we have a multi-generational workforce that can really benefit from good wellness programs. We have the Baby-boomers who, as they age, end up with health issues that may result in lowered stamina and thus a lowered capability to perform their jobs correctly. And we have Millennials who grew up as couch potatoes playing video games—to t [...]

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How to Organize an Office Party on a Budget

Posted by Chris Fields

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The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the time of year when human resource professionals become party planners. Most of your employees are looking forward to a little celebration, but from a business perspective, things can get a little pricey. And although parties are great, many employers feel those resources can be better used elsewhere. The thing is, no matter how much you spend on dinner and drinks or how nice your holiday party is, there are always those employees who will say, “They could have just given us a bonus instead of all of this!” We will come back to that later in this article, but what if you are asked to scale it back a little this year? What if the boss says, “Let’s do something different and les [...]

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Medical Marijuana at Work: How to Handle It

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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This election year has the potential for making the world of HR managers a bit hazier than it has been in the past. At least nine states have marijuana legalization initiatives on their ballots for November. Some of these initiatives involve the use of medical marijuana, while others propose regulating marijuana similarly to how alcohol is regulated. Legalized marijuana is not a new issue for HR. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have some form of legalized marijuana, so the question of how to deal with it in the workplace has come up before for many companies. No New Rules Required In reality, for the most part, no new rules are needed to figure out how to deal with marijuana in the workplace. Many companies already have [...]

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How to Show Appreciation to Your Employees

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Employee recognition is about more than saying “thank you” to your employees. It’s a way to keep them engaged and to make your work environment more positive. Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done. In the business world, that can make the difference between happy, productive workers and disgruntled workers who end up looking for another job. As Tony Schwartz, author and CEO of The Energy Project, put it: “Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter—that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it.” According to Gallup research, only one out of every three employees in the U.S. strongly agreed that th [...]

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