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Monthly Archives: June 2010

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Creating a Great Place to Work®: Lessons from 2010′s FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®

SAS. Nordstrom. Google. Whole Foods. What do all these companies have in common beyond their brand recognition? They all made the 2010 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. And this year at the 2010 SHRM Annual Convention in San Diego (#SHRM10), Michael Burchell, Ed. D., vice president for Global Business Development, Great Place to Work® Institute returned to talk about what exactly these 100 company’s do to make the list (last year his talk focused on the 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work For in America). He noted that any company has the potential to make one of these two lists, regardless of industry, employee demographics, location or work status.

Commonalities between companies that make the list
Burchell started his presentation asking, “What is the difference between a good place and a great place to work?” following that up with, “It’s not about what you do, but how you do it.” Through his company’s 20-plus years of research on this topic, Burchell found the one thing all these companies have in common: TRUST. These companies are all places where employees “trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.”

The Three Components of Trust:

  1. The relationship between employees and management.
  2. The relationship between employees and their jobs/company (pride).
  3. The relationship between employees and other employees (camaraderie).

Building this kind of trust enables companies to reap positive business benefits and increased productivity through increased caliber of employees, increased quality of products and increased levels of risk taking and innovation. It’s an investment, but a worthwhile one.

By in Employment Branding, Retention

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Hold the Sparklers — One Last Salute to June’s Recruitment News and Gossip

Well, while you were busy singing along to Hall and Oates’s “Maneater” at SHRM 2010, watching the longest tennis match in history, pacing in anxious anticipation of the premiere of “Eclipse,” or showing off your new bikini bod, lots of things were happening in the world of recruitment news and gossip this month. Let’s get right to it. Continue reading >>

By in In Review, Social Media

The Chair is Always Cozier in the Other Cube…And More News From this Week

While you were busy totally seeing this coming, inexplicably getting your own YouTube channel,  or showing would-be iPhone owners what waiting in line for a guilty pleasure really looks like, here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week… Continue reading >>

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By in In Review

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Are You Bringing Your Dog to the Office Tomorrow? June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day, started by Pet Sitters International, was first celebrated in 1999 (with 300 companies participating) to celebrate the companionship of dogs and encourage people to adopt dogs from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.  As we’ve discussed in the past, this annual event encourages employers to experience the value of pets in the workplace for one designated day, for the primary purpose of promoting pet adoptions and better the lives of shelter dogs. Continue reading >>

By in News & Events, Philanthropy, Talent Management

The Good Manager: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century Manager

My Q&A with Dean Gualco: What it Means to be a Good Manager in Today’s Workplace

I recently spoke with Dean Gualco, human resources manager and author of The Good Manager: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century Manager, a book that focuses on how managers have gone from being respected in society and trusted by their employees to the source of blame for many workplace problems today.

Gualco rallies against this new view of managers, and lays out six attributes that he thinks are essential to being a good manager: Like What You Do, Knowledgeable, Solid Organizational Skills, Work Hard, Make Work Fun, and Be a Good Person.

During our discussion, he also shared his thoughts on everything from why employees view managers’ jobs as less stressful than their own, to the growing tendency to blame managers when things go awry, to the role managers play in their employees’ development, to the one thing managers can start doing today to become better managers.

Below is the Q&A -- simply click the “Play” button within each to hear Gualco’s answer to my question.

By in Book Review, Insights & Trends, Leadership Development, Retention, Talent Management

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An Inside Peek Into CareerBuilder’s New hireINSIDER — and Why it May Transform Your Application Process

According to a Personified survey of 250,000 job seekers, nearly 60 percent of job applicants reported they never received a response from the last employer they applied to for a job.

With millions of job seekers applying to hundreds of thousands of jobs every day, it’s increasingly challenging for you, the employer or recruiter, to provide applicants with useful information about your hiring process. Continue reading >>

By in CareerBuilder Solutions, Talent Acquisition

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Job Seekers Want to Know: What Are Your Deal Breakers?

Care to offer some insight?

Earlier this week, my colleague over at our job seeker blog, The Work Buzz, Kaitlin Madden, told me about an article she’s working on about what constitutes a deal breaker for hiring managers or recruiters.  So I thought I’d help her out by asking for your feedback…

What do you consider a deal breaker…during an interview? Continue reading >>

By in Interviewing, Talent Acquisition

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Book Review: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

You know when people ask if you should read the book before you see the movie?  Well, that’s kind of how I felt upon reading Tony Hsieh’s new book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, his personal account of helping develop and become CEO of successful online retailer Zappos.

The book is divided into three parts. The first is a look back at Hsieh’s childhood, wherein Hsieh shows signs of drive, business-savvy and entrepreneurship from a young age, setting the stage to become a successful business owner before turning 30.  Continue reading >>

By in Book Review, Insights & Trends, Talent Management

Your Fake Businessman Is On His Way…And Other News From This Week

While you were busy figuring out what to spend today’s $59 on, suddenly thinking that having lactose intolerance wouldn’t be that bad, or (shameless plus alert) seeing all the free stuff you could get when you visit Booth #1419 during SHRM 2010 in San Diego!…here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…

If you or someone you know abuses the “Reply all” button, you should read this Continue reading >>.

By in In Review

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5 Tips For Overworked Fathers to Better Balance Work and Family Life — Just in Time for Father’s Day

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This Sunday is Father’s Day, and while it’s a great excuse to spoil dads everywhere with the latest gadgets, grill supplies, or bacon of the month club memberships, a little extra quality time with Dad might be in order this year, in light of results from CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day survey.

Survey results among 800 working fathers who are employed full-time showed that a still-struggling economy is causing many working dads to experience more stress, more work — and, not surprisingly, less time spent with their families.

Why the stress?

  • One in ten working dads said their spouse or significant other has become unemployed in the last 12 months, with 50 percent of those dads indicating it’s causing stress at home.
  • Forty-two percent of working dads said they are the sole providers in their household
  • Nine percent of working fathers say they have taken on a second job in the last 12 months to provide for their family.

Office overtime on overdrive

As many of you know firsthand, leaner staffs have led to fewer people handling a higher volume of work. This has made it more difficult for working fathers to achieve a healthy work/life balance, as many are stuck at the office working longer hours — and less time with their kids.

But just how many hours?

  • Sixty-three percent of working dads said they work more than 40 hours per week.
  • Three in ten (31 percent) working dads who take work home reported they typically bring work home five days a week or more.
  • Thirty percent bring work home on the weekends.

And how much less time with their kids?

  • Close to four in ten (37 percent) of working dads said they spend two hours or less with their children each work day.
  • More than three in ten (35 percent) reported they missed two or more significant events in their child’s life due to work in the last year.

How to be a better juggler

These are bleak statistics, but as Mary Delaney, one of CareerBuilder’s own busy working mothers, has said, there are things you can do to better balance work and family. and now, Jason Ferrara, VP Corporate Marketing at CareerBuilder and a father of two, shares his tips for working dads everywhere to better manage the delicate balancing act of providing for one’s family — and being there as a partner and a father.

By in Economy, Retention, Survey Results, Talent Management

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