Human Resources

@Progressive Offers HR and Management Tips for Small Business Owners

August 23, 2016

What if Progressive Insurance’s Flo was your HR lady? Or your boss? This was fun to contemplate as I wrote a series of blog posts for Progressive’s newly revamped commercial insurance site. In addition to offering a variety of insurance programs for small businesses (who knew there was a specific type of dump truck insurance?) […]

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May Carnival of HR Hosted by @stelzner

May 19, 2016

This month’s Carnival of HR is hosted by Mark Stelzner of Inflexion Advisors. Mark is one of the first HR colleagues I met on Twitter in 2009. He’s been a wonderful mentor over the years and I finally got to meet him last week (woohoo!) in person. Fun fact about Mr. Stelzner: he used to […]

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4 Tips for Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes

April 19, 2016

How many interviews should a company conduct to find the ideal job candidate? What role does “gut instinct” play in hiring? Is there a perfect applicant screening process? These are the questions that HR directors and hiring managers grapple with every day. The answer is discouraging, yet unsurprising: it’s a lot more complicated than you […]

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4 Great Questions to Ask Before You Use Personality Assessments in Your Company

April 14, 2016

I’m a huge advocate of using personality assessments (sometimes called “profiles” or “instruments”) for professional development, if the circumstances are right and the tool being used is appropriate for the situation. That’s a significant “if.” Often, I encounter overly enthusiastic executives who want to use a particular assessment with their team because they personally favor that […]

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Big Data Needn’t Be “Evil Data” in the Workplace

April 12, 2016

When I work with executives, I’m wary when they get that “gleam” in their eye when reviewing reams of data with me. If it’s nothing but, “50% margin blah blah” and “trending indicators yada yada,” warning bells go off in my head. There needs to be the counter-weight of people somewhere in that equation to inform their decision-making. Big data […]

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@Globoforce CEO on Creating a #WORKHUMAN Culture

April 11, 2016

“When most people think of the word ‘work’ they don’t tend to pair ‘human’ with it.” How sad is that? But it’s true, especially when you consider the modern office’s use of technology. Technology does everything from scheduling bathroom breaks in a call center to monitoring employee performance reviews. And when technology is used to […]

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What Your HR Manager Can (and Can’t) Accomplish with Assessments

April 5, 2016

“Hey Jennifer, we want to do a team building event with the XYZ personality assessment.” Over the years, this is how many of my conversations with senior leaders have started. Whether it was in my role as a corporate trainer, or as an independent executive coach, the theme was constant: a team leader sees a […]

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How Will the Continuing Evolution of Social Media Impact the Workplace?

December 14, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study.  All opinions are mine. Social media touches every element of the workplace. Whether it’s a customer service employee who tracks his company’s Facebook feed for disgruntled customers, or job seekers […]

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Want to Land that Job? Pay Attention to the “Big 4” of Hiring

November 30, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”)  All opinions are mine. Want to find a new job? You probably figure that prospective employers place a heavy emphasis on your current job to decide if they want […]

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Social Recruiting – It’s Time to Get on Board

October 26, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”)  All opinions are mine. What does the rise of social recruiting mean for the future of HR? The way that companies attract qualified job applicants continues to evolve at […]

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