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#Nextchat: HR Tactics for 2015 and Beyond


HR pros are always looking for effective ways to accomplish their organization’s talent management strategies. The problem is finding the time to plan and implement a strategy while keeping up with daily administrative tasks.  

A smart talent strategy is critical for any organization.  The key is to determine where your organization has needs and to find creative ways to address them.

If you don’t have enough of the right employees; if you’re scaring them away during the interview, or if they don’t stick around for very long, then the strategies...


How to Integrate Freelance Contractors into your Company Culture

Whether you rely on regional sales representatives, a freelance accountant, or a remote IT team to manage your ecommerce site, some of your most valuable employees may rarely set foot in the office. How do you create a cohesive company culture with a team that includes remote contractors? Finding ways to motivate, inspire, and integrate your freelance workforce into this culture can make the difference between an employee who's simply working for a paycheck and one who is engaged with your core business values. Here are a few tips to bring them on board.



Court Ok's Firing of Employee Who Made "Inappropriately Intense" Facebook Posts

You know all that stuff you read on the internet about employees who can badmouth their boss on the internet, all in the name of free speech, and not get fired for it....

Yeah, about that...

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Here's a recent opinion from the Fifth Circuit about a 25-year police sergeant, a public employee, whose First Amendment freedom of speech rights were not violated when she was fired for posting Facebook comments, which were


Wellness in the Workplace: Digital Eye Strain

Many office dwellers who work in front of computers for extended periods of time know there are unintended health consequences like increased risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease that come with 40+ hours of sitting each week. However, individuals with computer-oriented jobs often neglect to understand how a constant use of technology can impact eyesight and vision health.

Too much screen time can result in a temporary discomfort known as digital eye strain, which is characterized as the temporary physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a screen. Marked by symptoms such as...


5 Ways To Go Beyond The Resume in 2015


No one likes resumes. People don't like writing them. People don't like reviewing them.

How can organizations and recruiters go beyond the resume in 2015 to make a culturally aligned hiring choice?

Here are five talent strategies and tactics that will enable you to go beyond the resume this year.

1. Eliminate Job Postings

"If you eliminate the job posting, you eliminate the practice of people writing their resume to match the job description," says Brian Mohr, co-founder of the leadership search firm Y Scouts. "Then, people have no choice but to...


HR Should Be Paying Attention to Analysts

As a blogger, I’ve been fortunate to participate in events that I would not normally have attended when I was an HR Generalist. During those events, I learn about specific companies, their products and services, and how they address the needs of human resources professionals.

I’ve also had the opportunity to meet HR analysts from around the world. Frankly, this is a new group of people I never had access to during my corporate career. The more time I spend with them, the more I learn and realize how valuable they would have been to me when I...


Why Companies Are Doling Out Wearable Devices to Employees


Have you ever run or walked a 5K? Did you wonder how they knew your standing in the race?

It was because your race bib had a sensor—or “wearable technology”—that was activated as soon as you hit the start line and also registered when you hit the finish line. That data was sent to the run’s database and a day or so later it was available to you.

With the popularity of wearable technologies, some companies also have begun providing incentives or reimbursements to...


#Nextchat: A Culture of Sports in the Workplace


With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to talk about the many parallels between the workplace and world of sports. 

In his blog post I Love Sports References in the Workplace, HR professional John Hudson gives multiple examples of the sports jargon we use every day in the office. There are teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules and role-players, just to name a few.

In one example, Hudson writes, “Have you ever been asked to find those ‘A players’?...


Slacking on OFCCP Compliance



By the fall of 2013, those of us in the federal contractor community were made aware of some significant changes coming down from the OFCCP. In good old OFCCP fashion, we were inundated with several new directives that were proposed with very little guidance to employers. Of course all of the major employment law firms went to town developing webinars and the like. Unfortunately, those did little to ease employer’s pains and added to the growing number of contractors in a vegetative state over the new compliance requirements. In January of 2014, I went to a...