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5 Human Resource Management Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.27.2014 | Small Business
Margaret Jacoby

It is imperative that you make sure your company avoids these common, costly mistakes.

What If Your Boss Really Is a Jerk?

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

There's no question that the yelling, screaming, abusive jerks are the worst, and they can be very painful and difficult to deal with. Before we look at them more closely, let's consider the six more subtle types of jerk boss behavior and how to apply to each type the withering medicine of rationality, orderliness and professionalism.

The Bottom Line Impact of Wellbeing in the Workplace

Alex Pirouz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Work practices, culture, well-being programs and relationships within workplaces are key determinants, not only of whether people feel valued and supported in their work roles, but also of individual health.

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

Keep CALM and Manage On

Erin Daruszka | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold.

It's Not Just About the Bagels: Building Employee Engagement (Pt. 3) The Employee in Employee Engagement

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Charles J. Alaimo

The very phrase "employee engagement" is nothing without the employee. We are all employees, and at times it's easier to blame the employer for our woes without taking a look in the mirror. I've worked with many employees who thought the grass was greener elsewhere.

6 Ways to Kill Your Employee's Productivity

Jill Keto | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Jill Keto

Wondering how to improve your team's employee engagement and productivity at work? An engaged, productive workforce is the lifeblood of company success. But sometimes leaders take the wrong approach and end up harming their workforce culture instead of nurturing it.

An NFL Guide to Employee Management

Ian Sephton | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Ian Sephton

Assessing and managing talent is difficult. If it were easy there would be fewer managers, classes on management, and self-help books! Why is it so hard?

How to Hire the Wrong People and Fail, Sometimes, Repeatedly!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Why is it that some truly amazing social entrepreneurship ventures never get off the ground? Or why do some concepts and programs with every reason to succeed and thrive only achieve a modicum of success, and then die?

48 Hours After a Job Rejection

Melissa Llarena | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Melissa Llarena

he 48 hours after a job rejection are critical. They sting even when you really did not want the job. You spent a great deal of time convincing yourself that you were the best candidate but apparently the interviewer disagreed.f

Workplace Guru Can Tell You How to Land a Job from What You Take in Your Coffee

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Stephen Viscusi

Do you think you knew all the basic human resources questions hiring companies like to ask? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? HR 101, I call them. Familiar?

Why Your Business Needs a Tennis Player

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

We've all been part of a group or team where everything clicked. Everyone knows things a great team needs -- leadership, ownership of solving problems, camaraderie and integrity.

Why Communication Fails and How to Fix It: The Perception Gap

Anne Loehr | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

A perception gap occurs when the intention you set forth and communicate is misunderstood by your audience -- bosses, peers, subordinates, clients, partners, and even friends. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.

How to Know if You've Been Blindsided by Data

David Hassell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
David Hassell

To paraphrase the Scottish poet Andrew Lang, don't use data as a drunken man uses a lamp post -- for support rather than illumination.

Scheduling Fireworks: Five Ways to Prepare for Summer Vacation Season

Joyce Maroney | Posted 07.24.2014 | Small Business
Joyce Maroney

Finding the right formula for managing employee time off during the warmer months -- especially in northern cities -- is like a favorite summertime cocktail: one part planned vacation, one part ad hoc request, with a dash of playing hooky.

Why You Need HR

Erin Daruszka | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

A good HR professional is here to help you, not hinder you. We do not want to make your life difficult, but we want to see the business succeed and help you avoid the landmines that are out there by virtue of being an employer.

The Challenge of Coming From the Outside to Take Over an Existing Team

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

As the outsider, you've got to figure out who's who on the team. You have a lot of new relationships to build.

Trying to improve morale in government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Reginald Wells is the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Human Resources and also serves as the agency's chie...

EEOC: Parity for Maternity and Paternity Leave

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

The EEOC issued its new guidance on parental leave today. In it, they lay the basis for parity between company-offered maternity and paternity leave. ...

What Type of Tech Job Applicants Offer the Best Performance

Jason Grill | Posted 07.14.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

As the tech job sector continues to grow in the United States there is a constant competition going on between employers to get the best talent available. However, there is a true disconnect between many businesses looking to hire talent and what the high tech worker really wants from a job.

How to Win by Throwing out the Traditional Hiring Playbook

Sean McNamara | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Sean McNamara

How can the next generation of industry leaders apply this misfit math to a unique business model, structure, and culture?

The Magnification Effect: Minimizing Your Hidden Cost as an Executive or Manager

Edward Muzio | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

This amusing (or depressing) anecdote is more than just a reminder to proofread your emails. It's a case study in the magnification effect of senior leadership.

It's Not Just About the Bagels: Building Employee Engagement (Pt. 2) -- To Understand Where You Want to Be, You Need to Know Where You Are Now

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Charles J. Alaimo

No amount of bagels could make up for the incredible lack of leadership and engagement that existed at this company. I found it an odd contrast that one of the items touted was "Bagel Wednesdays" when not much attention was paid to anything else meaningful.

3 (Free) Motivators That Work

Gina DeLapa | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Gina DeLapa

As a kid, you were probably offered all sorts of motivators that didn't work: money, candy and gold stars, for example. How did those incentives feel to you? How did they drive, or not drive, the desired behaviors?

What Job Candidates Can Learn From Interview Questions

Gina DeLapa | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Gina DeLapa

As a career counselor who I have had extensive conversations not only with job candidates on how to succeed in and interview, but also with the interviewers seeking to hire them.