Posts byJeff Butts

What HR Can Learn From Timehop’s Work-from-Home Experiment

The CEO of Timehop, an app development team that helps you create a photo album for the digital age, recently tried out something new and innovative. In the middle of a blustery New York City winter, Jonathan Wegener sent all of his employees home with instructions to work remotely, preferably from warmer locales. While some
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HR Professionals Need Professional Development, Too

HR performance is stagnating or growing worse, according to Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2015” report. Deloitte’s report points out that “HR is not keeping up with the pace of change in business. Today, there is a yawning gap between what business leaders want and the capabilities of HR to deliver, as suggested by the
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Sidekick Helps HR Professionals Prioritize Email Follow-ups

In an ever-connected world, human resources and recruiting professionals rely more and more on email to connect with hiring managers and job candidates. Job offer letters, on-boarding links, and interview requests are all handled by electronic mail. What this means for most HR folks is spending hours each day in their inbox, quite often wondering
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MyUnfold Uses LinkedIn and Skills Assessments to Ease Recruiting Headaches

  In January, we gave you a sneak peak into a new recruiting service called MyUnfold, which leverages candidates’ LinkedIn profiles to replace the resume. Now, the company behind MyUnfold has brought the recruiting service into its beta stage and is working with a number of big names to change the way people apply for
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CTCG Helps Take the Pain Out of Career Transitions

One of the most painful aspects of an organization downsizing or otherwise making employees redundant is trying to support that individual’s transition from one role to another or from one employer to another. Career management is not something you see universally taught in schools, colleges, or universities. This lack of education leaves the brunt of
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Why Should HR Care About Depression?

HR employees have so much to worry about, coordinating benefits, managing job searches, making sure all of the employees get their annual evaluations, and countless other tasks. Why should they worry about depression in the workplace, on top of all of that? According to recent research, depression is a nefarious beast that could be sapping
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This Free API Can Help You Create “Smarterer” Skills Assessments

When human resources practitioners test hard, soft, or elastic skills, keeping assessments up-to-date is often the most challenging task of the process. With programming languages and other business skills constantly evolving, an HR professional can be overburdened with the job of developing and redeveloping skills assessments. Dave Balter, the co-founder and CEO of Smarterer, says
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In a BYOD World, Where is Corporate Knowledge Stored?

The new generation of workers, the Millennials, almost insist on bringing their own smartphones and tablets with them to the workplace. For that matter, even Gen Xers and Baby Boomers have caught the technological bug and have their own smart devices. Increasingly, important notes and information are stored on these devices. Furthermore, Gartner recently predicted
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Unlock the Future of the Human Workforce with WorkHuman 2015

Learning how to harness the transformative powers of human relationships is the key to unlocking the full potential of your workforce. Any human resources professional can learn the skills and strategies to accomplish this, but it requires motivation and training to get it right. That’s why the WorkHuman 2015 seminar was created, to help HR
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What You Should Know About Searching a Candidate’s Social Media Profiles

It’s becoming more and more common in human resources to check out a candidate’s social media profiles before making that final hiring decision. When they do so, however, they need to be very mindful of the legalities surrounding the information gathered from social media searches. Thallen Brassel, of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, says
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Is Corporate Culture Really Real?

One of the biggest buzzwords in the professional world today is “corporate culture.” Job candidates are asked how they think they’ll fit into the corporate culture, and employers are urged to maintain a strong, positive brand identity within their corporate culture. What exactly is corporate culture, though? Does it really exist as prevalently as shop
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WORKible Hosts Building Talent Communities Webinar

Talent communities are a growing form of social recruiting that rely on networks of people who are part of the job-seeking process. Often, these people are seeking jobs themselves, but some are there to offer career advice to others. Members of a talent community can also include recruitment professionals, college campus recruiters, sources, and friends
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Social-Hire.com Takes the Pain Out of Social Recruiting

The job of recruiting top talent is never-ending, and it requires HR professionals to constantly learn new techniques and strategies. Unfortunately, all of the other responsibilities laid at the feet of recruiters can often mean learning new skills is difficult or impossible to do. This is a major reason why social media recruiting is so
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Looking Towards the Future: The Workplace of 2020

Nobody can dispute that the landscape of the workplace has been shifting and changing, but what might our workplaces look like in five years? What changes can we expect to see coming about by 2020? According to Dr. Di Ann Sanchez, a leading voice in organizational management and human resources strategies, we should expect to
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Can Upward Feedback Fuel More Employee Engagement?

  The problem of employee engagement is no longer just hypothetical; it’s a reality that Gallup polls have proven. The cold, hard truth is that the majority of U.S. employees are not engaged, with Gallup’s poll showing that 51% of employees were not engaged in 2014 and 17.5% were “actively disengaged” in 2014.   We’ve
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SmartSearch Announces Webinar For Emphasizing Job Postings Online

If you don’t already know that today’s job postings need to be different from yesterday’s, an upcoming webinar is right up your alley. Shally Steckerl, the president of The Sourcing Institute, will be joining SmartSearch on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:30pm PST / 4:30pm EST as a featured guest speaker. Steckerl will be discussing
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Argosight Co-Hosts Big Data Summit

Big data is not just an acceptable reality now, it has actually gone mainstream. It’s no longer about gathering as much data as possible; now the objective is to make the most money possible from that data. What does the ongoing goal to monetize big data mean for the knowledge worker, such as CEOs, CIOs,
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CLI Values Cards Makes It Easy to Focus on Crucial Values

  As a leader, it is vital that you keep on top of those values that make you better in leadership. In the hustle and bustle of your workday, though, it can be challenging to find the time to decide which values you need to focus on, let alone actually focus on those values. This
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Employee Disengagement May Result From the Information Revolution

  Is employee engagement a problem for your company? According to recent research by Dale Carnegie Training and MSW, only 29% of the workforce is fully engaged, so the likelihood is pretty strong that your organization may suffer from engagement problems. The symptoms of poor employee engagement can be as drastic as high employee turnover
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Screenom Takes the Pain Out of Candidate Assessment

When Chandrakanth Shettigar was building a team of six programmers for a Ruby on Rails-based startup, he discovered firsthand how tiring and cumbersome it can be to screen candidates for an open position. He became so frustrated with the manual interview process that he created his own tool for assessing candidates. This is how he
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Social Recognition is Good, But Only If It’s Done Right

According to a recent report from the Gartner Group, social employee recognition programs can have a positive impact on business results. These programs increase intrinsic motivation for employees to perform well, and therefore influence the organization’s bottom line in terms of higher performing and more productive employees. Does this mean that any social recognition or
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Andrew Leigh’s The Essentials of Management: 30 Years of Management Advice

  When Andrew Leigh first wrote 20 Ways to Manage Better in 1984, he had little clue that the book would last, in various forms, until the 21st century. In fact, he thought the book would be useful for little more than a year or two, because management styles and techniques change frequently. Fortunately for
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Diversity Coach Says Diversity Is More Than Just Numbers

  We’re firmly entrenched in the 21st century, and diversity coach James Rodgers says it is high time that we start incorporating 21st century ideals in our diversity management. Too many managers, Rodgers points out, think that diversity is all about a numbers game, all while they surround themselves with people who think like they
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