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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Putting the “Super” Back in Supervise

If you’re a manager – and stop me if you’ve heard this one before – it really helps your employees to not be a jerk. The Onion recently released this “study” that, as is typical of the satire newsmagazine, made me laugh: “Not Being an A**hole May Boost Employee Morale.”  Ah, it’s funny because it’s true.  

As a refugee former employee at a company that made the dysfunctional atmosphere of Wernham Hogg look like Google, I can relate (more than I’d prefer to) with David Silverman’s recent post in the Harvard Business Review about the “11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had.”

In retrospect, however, I’ll admit that, perhaps it wasn’t so much that my boss was a terrible manager, but just that she didn’t understand my work habits anymore than I understood her management style, and this discrepancy became a major source of conflict.   Continue reading >>

By in Generational Hiring, Talent Management

Time to Jump on the Employee Training Train?

Today, announced the launch of CareerBuilder Institute, a site designed to help workers improve their skill sets and make themselves more marketable through online courses.

The courses are designed and created by leading industry specialists and content is gathered from years of research in areas such as: computer, business, and management and leadership skills, sales and language training, licensing and certifications, and various assessments. Continue reading >>

By in Retention, Talent Management

No Money, Sex, Religion…but what about Politics?

How much election coverage should your co-workers really be covering?

It’s safe to say that the hype of the upcoming U.S. presidential election isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The dust barely had time to settle from Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention before the drama surrounding Sarah Palin, John McCain’s newly announced vice presidential candidate, caught on media fire. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Social Media, Talent Management

Be Careful What You Conserve For…

If your company is making a conscious decision to “go green” – and not just for appearance’s sake - I genuinely applaud you.  Just don’t make the same mistake that Texas-based canning company WHH Ranch did, using shredded checks from a nearby bank to package their shipped goods to customers.  

As good as their intentions might’ve been, they probably could’ve made a wiser decision about which paper products they chose to recycle…perhaps something a little less identity-thefty, no?   Continue reading >>

By in Employment Branding, Insights & Trends, Talent Management

The New Interview: More Real than a 3-D Screening of Jaws

I gave a pretty interesting interview last week. In this interview, I tried a new technique that could be called 3-dimensional interviewing.  You should know up front that I made a big interviewing mistake a few years ago and suffered tried to make it work for about eight months before finally concluding that I had to let an employee go.  As a result of this experience, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and trying different interviewing techniques to hopefully avoid such a mistake in the future.  Continue reading >>

By in Interviewing, Talent Acquisition

Should Women in the Work Force be Outraged? Battle of the Sexes Rages On…

It’s Wednesday, and it’s been a hellish week already. You’re sitting at a swank bar in town (read: cheesy chain establishment that’s conveniently located across the street from your office) with the usual happy hour crew, and the waitress is giving you looks while desperately trying to swipe your second – or is it your fifth? – vodka tonic from your hands. Continue reading >>

By in Survey Results

First-of-its-kind report on staffing trends set for release…and other “hump day” news

Today, and the Inavero Institute announced the upcoming release of a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive staffing industry guide. The guide is based on a nationwide three-year study among more than 1,500 staffing industry clients and 8,800 job candidates.

The study, scheduled to be published in full on September 26, 2008, identifies key opportunities and insights for staffing firms related to topics such as improving brand awareness, communication and the overall user experience. Continue reading >>

By in Survey Results

Snatching up layoffs: other companies’ losses are your gain

There’s a great scene in When Harry Met Sally when Meg Ryan’s title character is having lunch with her girlfriends Marie and Alice, and she breaks the news that she and her long-time boyfriend, Joe, broke up. Immediately, of course, Alice exhibits sympathy, but Carrie Fisher’s reaction as Marie is priceless: “You mean Joe’s available?”

Oh, Marie, if only hiring managers today thought the way you do.  Continue reading >>

By in Employment Branding, Survey Results, Talent Acquisition

8 Little Things that Make a Big Difference to Your Employees

“It’s not me, it’s you,” your disgruntled employee Steve* says, spinning on his heel and walking out the door. Before he exits, he casts you a final look of disappointment, leaving you with a sudden job vacancy and an empty space in your heart.


Okay, maybe it’s not always as dramatic as an episode of As the World Turns – but at times, your employees will likely experience low morale – and you risk losing good people because of it. Continue reading >>

By in Retention, Talent Management

Should you encourage your employees to tweet?

It doesn’t surprise me that I’m only now learning about – and figuring out – Twitter. 

When it comes to technology, I’m laughably behind the rest of the world.  I was still listening to cassette tapes long after all of my friends converted to CDs (and no way have I ever been cool enough to pull off the excuse that I’m “retro.”);  I spent years rolling my eyes at friends who asked me, “How can you not have a cell phone?” before I finally gave in – and began subscribing to the same belief; and for way too long, I put way too much faith in my disposable cameras from Walgreens, trusting that one shot would come out decently the first time, every time – for 15 bucks a pop.  Continue reading >>

By in Employment Branding, Retention, Social Media, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management

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