HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 9

What Fantasy Football Can Teach Us About Hiring

As the beginning of autumn draws closer and the NFL preseason begins, fantasy football managers across the country begin their comprehensive draft preparation. It’s common practice at this point to begin scouring through hundreds of player profiles and projections, engaging in several mock drafts, and exhausting every resource possible to get an edge on your competition. There’s a method to the madness of forming an all-star roster, and there are many strategies here that employers can adopt when hiring best-fit talent for their companies. Below, I’ve listed a few of the most integral parts of the process, just in time for the season.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 8

Building the Business Case for Talent Management

Corporate value is increasingly dependent on employees, and talent optimization is becoming a serious business issue.

The Brookings Institute has reported that 85% of a company’s market value is now calculated with intangible assets such as knowledge, reputation, and human talent. Just 25 years ago that figure was less than 40%, so the value shift has been dramatic and swift.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 7

The Art and Science of Coaching

People at Google love data. They measure everything. A few years back, they launched a research initiative called Project Oxygen in order to measure and improve key management behaviors at Google. This initiative is highlighted in a 2013 Harvard Business Review piece by David A. Garvin, professor at Harvard Business School.

Garvin writes, “Compared with leadership, managing remains understudied and undertaught–largely because it’s so difficult to describe, precisely and concretely, what managers actually do. We often say that they get things done through other people, yet we don’t usually spell out how in any detail.”

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 6

Facts and Fiction of the New FLSA Final Rule

"Millions to Earn More in Overtime!" That is what the newspaper headline read on the front page of the morning paper. Yes, as many of you are aware, the Department of Labor has finally released the final regulations regarding the new wage standard for exempt level employees. There was both good news and bad news in the notice published by the Department of Labor.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 5

Unleashing Employee Potential Through Lean Principles

Lean principles can transform company culture and revolutionize the way you run your business. Becoming lean–being more efficient with time, resources, and energy–will not just make your processes smoother, your delivery times faster, and your productivity greater. If you implement them correctly, lean principles will also empower your people to deliver a greater difference than ever before. And that will not just increase innovation throughout your teams, but also drive real, bottom-line results for your customers.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 4

13 Best HR & Workforce Metrics

I’ve written before about HR Metrics being the key to HR’s seat at the executive table. Given the fact that the HR and recruiting departments are non-income generating, having solid metrics are key to demonstrating to senior leaders and executives how strategic HR initiatives can help affect an organization’s bottom line. But HR is more than just cost per hire, so I thought it would only be fair to share with you some of my favorite human resources measurement examples, metrics, and formulas to demonstrate and capture the value that your team brings to the table.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 3

The Pros and Cons of Developing Talent Internally

Balancing between training current employees to fill future positions and investing in staffing processes to land top-tier external candidates is tricky. Even if you’ve already found (and hired) your next top performer, it’s important to know the pros and cons of developing talent within your company.

According to recent research on employee training, the answer is not so cut and dry.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 2

Attracting Better Talent Can Start with a Simple "Thank You"

Remember the good old days when it was HR who expected a thank you note from a candidate after the interview? Well a convergence of events has flipped the tables and now some companies have found that sending thank you notes to candidates is a good way to acquire top talent.

With highly skilled employees in short supply and open positions increasingly difficult to fill, smart companies are paying attention to what their employment brand means to potential candidates. That means the candidate experience is getting long overdue, but well-deserved attention.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 1

5 Powerful Human Resources Trends in 2016

In 2016, the biggest barrier to business success will be the subject of talent and, specifically, how we as business leaders will hire, retain, and train not just our future organizational leaders, but also the average employee. This simple fact is the reason that human resources and recruiting are forever linked; HR is responsible for the entire...

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HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 12

A Year Looking at the Bright Side

We all have the best intentions on January 1st–making resolutions to eat healthier or workout more or get more sleep. What if you made a resolution to live more gratefully? That’s the goal Janice Kaplan set for herself in her New York Times bestselling book, “The Gratitude Diaries.”

She writes in the first chapter, “I knew that how I felt about the 12 months ahead would probably have less to do with what actually happened than with the mood, spirit, and attitude I brought to each day.”

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