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If I Were Running A Company…HRBlogs Weekly Reads 11/24/15

This is the final post before Thanksgiving. I hope you have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving, but before travelling with your family and friends, read these HR posts: Best Of HR Roundable: The Big Question – “What If I’m Not An ‘A’ Player?” by Steve Browne You really don’t need “A” players in every position. Yes, you need some “A” players, but you need...

If I Were Running a Company…Employment Branding 2015

*This post will feature my opinions on business and political sides and involves the terrorist attacks in Paris. This week, recruitDC will have its fall conference. I will talk about it next week, but if you look at the agenda, one of the themes is employment branding. I have said this many times that employment branding is overrated, but companies need individuals, rebels, and wild cards to...

If I Were Running A Company…HRBlogs Weekly Reads 11/13/15

Yes, you get a second edition this week because it’s Friday the 13th…and also it has been busy for me. Anyway, here we go: How open-minded are you….REALLY? by Mary Faulkner We try to be open-minded, but we all have biases. We will never reach utopia, but we can be close to it. Talent Leaders Agree: This One Metric Is the Biggest Challenge Facing Recruiters Today by James Ellis Ah...

If I Were Running A Company…HRBlogs Weekly Reads 11/9/2015

You wish you had enough time to do this, but realizing you do not. Eh, that’s life. Anyway… A 21st Century Workplace Question: To Drink On The Job, Or Not To Drink On The Job? by Cord Himelstein Here’s my rule: You can bring alcohol, but just buy only two six-packs. Your Job Description Matters More Than You Think by Paul Wolfe I would add that job descriptions should be channel...

If I Were Running A Company…Permanent

At my current job, I contact people (phone, email, and text) that I have an opportunity, either from a client and internally. For most of the responses, the candidates ask if this a full-time job. I have to clarify, to most of them, that this is a full-time, contract position. Some accept it, but some balked because they want a permanent position. That’s the keyword: permanent. In the day...

If I Were Running A Company…HRBlogs Weekly Reads 10/30/2015

It’s flu season and I caught it last week. I barely got up those few days, but I’m better now and I need to stay away from kids. Anyway, here we go:   It’s Time To Prime The Millennial Generation For Managerial Success by Beth Knuppel Get To Know Me: Here Comes GenZ by China Gorman HR has a fascination about millennials because of youth and trying to generalize who they are...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads...

If you’re wondering why I haven’t write in over a month? AEP Season, or more precisely, the Annual Enrollment Period. This is what you get in working in healthcare. After a long hiatus, here we go. My post comes at the same time as the HR Tech Conference. You will see a ton of article this week about the conference. To save you the trouble , here’s the #HRTechConf hashtag to...

If I Were Running A Company…Memories

At the end of July, I went to my 10-year reunion with my fellow NPR Summer Interns. I have already told this story about this group many times, on my blog, that this was the best class ever. We met at the new NPR headquarters, took the tour at the new place, shared our favorite stories, what were doing today and what the other interns, who couldn’t come, are likely doing today. The one...

Hey, it’s my Birthday today!

Today, I am turning 32 or as I like to call it, the right side of 35. Anyway, every year, I have a list of charities to donate. It’s never the same charities each year because there are causes that people should be focusing on. Also, I consider myself a better giver than a receiver, so on my birthday, I would like to give to these charities. Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 9/10/15

The fall season is here. Everyone is back at work and school and traffic will be crowded again. Now, I need the temperature to drop. Here we go: The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates by Derek Thompson The Talent Gap: College Grads Are Not Getting The Skills Employers Want by Raghav Singh do hiring managers really care about your GPA? by Alison Green A fascinating look at how...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 8/31/15

Just to let you know this will be the only edition of Weekly Reads this week as people are preparing for Labor Day Weekend and school. The Weekly Reads will return September 10. In the meantime… It’s Official: Millennials Are Now The Largest Part Of The U.S. Workforce by Cord Himelstein Hooray for us. Now, we need better leaders to update us to the 21st Century. You don’t need a degree...

If I Were Running A Company…Roanoke

Normally at this time, this would be reserved for the #HRBlogs Weekly Reads, but after what happened in Moneta, VA yesterday, I’m going to discuss that in length. The Weekly Reads will return on Monday. After another senseless tragedy involving journalists doing their job on live TV, people will question many things from mental health, gun control, social media, and other topics. However...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 8/20/15

Did you miss me already? Here we go: Do You Have To Accommodate An Outdoor Worker Who Can’t Work In The Sun? by Eric B. Meyer We all think anyone with a disability that employers must accommodate, but the key word is “essential.” If the job is essential like working in the sun or working underwater, then it’s a must and the person, with the disability, must prove he/she can...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 8/17/15

This is the delayed version because work has been picking up lately with open enrollment period coming up and also the Nats losing streak is making me depressed and this is somehow making me happy since I’m not focusing on the team. I will have two Weekly reads this week. Here we go: Why THIS #SHRM Board of Directors election REALLY Matters by Matthew Stollak Although I’m not a voting...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 8/6/15

It has been a nutty week for me. Luckily, everything settles down next week. Granted, a lot of work work, but Nats baseball is on the west coast. Here we go: The average worker loses 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia, and companies are taking notice by Jena McGregor During Lent, I used to take naps during lunchtime. I shut my office door and take a 30-45 minute nap. I actually...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 7/30/15

I will tell this week is hectic with many things going on with work and some big announcements with my current company, but next week is going to be crazy with work, Chia Pets, nephews, and stuff. Here we go: HR in A Quarter Mile by Melissa Fairman I wish my team building was seas at the Lexus Presidents Seats at Nationals Park. Then again, I would want to hike. How to Be Charismatic: 7 Ways to...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads 7/23/15

Another week, another set of HR Blogs to read: Employee or Contractor? via NPR You now know why we’re moving to the Contractor economy. This is the bad side of it. For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent by Paul Hebert Process is never pretty, but it is necessary to keep your company afloat. Dispel Your Team’s Fear of Data by Thomas C. Redman Hint: Be Joe Maddon or...

If I Were Running A Company…Cheap Labor

It was recently that Linkedin announced that they will ask 300 of their interns to “hack” the HR department and try to improve it. Most do not like the idea. My feelings initially was maybe Linkedin wanted to get the young person’s perspective of HR. Then, came Reddit. If you don’t know the story, Reddit is a community board, of many topics, for people to join. They can...

If I Were Running A Company…#HRBlogs Weekly Reads...

I am doing a new segment called, #HRBlogs Weekly Reads, in my HR Blog series for several reasons: I think I have establish enough that you know my HR/Recruiting views are and at times when I’m writing a new blog post, I’m repeating myself of previous posts. Also, there are a lot of HR/Recruiting content out there and I would like to share them to you. I have an extended role at...

If I Were Running A Company…Culture/Community

76 percent of job seekers say company culture is important – @susan_vitale #SHRM15 pic.twitter.com/QnlhQ3kF3h — iCIMS (@iCIMS) June 29, 2015 I was not there at #SHRM15, but there was a lot of talk about workplace culture. Then, I read from Sharlyn Lauby about Corporate Culture and Communities with Michael Lee Stallard about the “Connection Culture.” I agree with...

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