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Job Descriptions Remain a Weak Link in Hiring Process

Experts warn that many organizations’ job descriptions are so poorly written or out-of-date that they fail to attract top talent, exacerbate skills gaps, curb employee development and reduce retention of high-potential workers.
In crafting job descriptions, staffing professionals historically have focused on legal compliance and on laundry lists of skills and duties. In industries where hundreds of people might apply for every vacant position, some recruiters have found little reason to make job descriptions tight and bright.
But even with a sluggish job recovery, the war for top talent continues. Poorly crafted, overly wordy job descriptions are...

Small Companies Have Big Need for Talent Acquisition Technology

As many of you know, Brandon Hall Group launched its first annual Talent Acquisition Benchmark Survey at the start of the year. In the time since, I’ve been slicing and dicing the data – by levels of effectiveness, by industry, and most recently by company size.  Across the board, survey respondents indicated hiring better talent is their highest talent acquisition priority for 2014.

I have a lot of questions bouncing around in my mind, but as I get further and further into analysis of survey responses, I keep coming back to one: How? How do they plan to achieve...


#Nextchat: The Workplace Leadership Vacuum

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur

We’ve heard it over and over … again.  Employees don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.   Employee satisfaction doesn’t necessarily depend on what we give our employees, but who

Countless surveys have revealed that workers want honest, responsible and selfless supervisors. They want people managers who possess high levels of character...


#Nextchat RECAP: Who's Responsible for Workplace Wellness?

On April 16, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about "Who's Responsible for Workplace Wellness?"

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:





Are Gender Issues in the Workplace Still Maddening?

Last night was, according to @DonDraper_NY, the “beginning of the end.”  And, what a beginning it was.
Don remains on paid leave.  He visits Megan in California and then returns home to NY.
In his absence from the workplace, much of the focus was on Peggy and Joan.  Both worked incredibly hard on client retention and satisfaction but each was marginalized in ways that too many women still are today.
Joan fought hard to rescue a small but important account, Butler Footware. But instead of being thanked by the account executive, Ken Cosgrove, he told her...

Why HR Needs to Advocate for Change


The world is constantly bombarded with the emergence of new tools and technologies that change the way we live and work. And while many of these innovations can bring new efficiencies to the workplace, implementing these solutions can present a number of challenges. In addition to gaining executive buy-in and company-wide adoption, another key aspect is ensuring that any new technology acquisition complies with both the company’s legal processes and the larger local and federal regulations.

One of the biggest challenges is that company policies are often slow to keep up with the technology. And at today’s speed of...


It’s April 15: Today Is Tax Day!

Hopefully you had the opportunity to submit your taxes and are in the group of folks who are eagerly awaiting (or have received) a refund! Preparing your taxes can be tricky, and whether you utilize a professional to file or you go it alone, understanding the tax code can be intimidating at times.

What could make this process even more confusing is the fact that Congress has been discussing the concept of overall tax reform, and it could affect YOU!  Specifically, Congress could change the tax treatment of your retirement account(s).  If this sounds familiar, you may remember our ...


#Nextchat: Who's Responsible for Workplace Wellness?

If you’re an HR professional, you’ve probably been tasked in the past few years with creating a workplace wellness program–or ramping up the one that’s already in place. Consulting with health and wellness experts, and with other HR professionals to understand what they’re doing at their organizations, was likely a first step in the planning process.

While some praise workplace wellness programs for the positive influence on employees’ health habits, others feel they can cause mental and physical harm to employees who struggle with embarrassing weigh-ins, invasive...