What HR Experts Think You Need to Know 2017 Will Bring

Looking into the future

Raise your hand if you saw 2016 coming. Not literally saw 2016 coming; simple math determined that 2016 had to come immediately after 2015. But if you weren’t surprised by how last year went—if you expected every twist and turn that occurred during our last lap around the sun—raise your hand. Go ahead, raise it. […]

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Building Engagement Among Your Remote Workforce

Engaged remote worker

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts on the topic of remote workers. Check out the other two blogs here and here.) It’s 8:30 AM, and you’re nestled in your favorite sweats, looking out your window at your picturesque backyard flower beds, sipping your favorite brand of tea. Ahhh, sounds amazing. […]

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Employee Engagement: Whose responsibility is it?

Employee engagement

It’s easy to point the finger when it comes to employee engagement. Employees look to the organization to provide meaningful work. The organization looks to employees to find meaning in their work. But like any mutually beneficial relationship, effective workplace engagement requires active participation from both parties. HR—who often handles organizational engagement—needs to create a […]

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Study Says American Millennials Lack Skills: So, What Can Be Done?

Young adult employee works with headphones on

American millennials are less skilled than their international peers. (How’s that for a cold bucket of water?) At least, that’s what researchers from Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) have concluded after they tested the job skills of millennials (born after 1980) in 23 countries. Despite being the most educated generation ever in the country, American […]

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Do You Fire a Disengaged Employee? [Challenging HR Series]

disengaged employee

You probably know some of the signs. If you’re paying attention, they’re not hard to spot. An employee is always complaining and making excuses. He’s not excited about his work and isn’t looking for ways to be successful. He still comes to work and leaves, day in and day out, but something’s just missing. That […]

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Creating a Don’t-Feel-Guilty-To-Take-Time-Off Culture

PTO

I can’t believe summer is just about over. My kids got on a school bus last week and before I knew it, a whole school year began—complete with backpacks, homework and tests. Thankfully my kids are geared up and ready, and I believe it’s largely due to the several trips we were able to take […]

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