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Future Human Capital Trends: From Super Jobs to Social Enterprise

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

Between the war for talent, automation, the surge in gig workers, and independent contractors, everyone wants to know where this whole work thing is headed. Recently, Deloitte Consulting LLP put together its “2019 Human Capital Trends Report.” I had the chance to speak with Brad Denny, Principal at Deloitte, to discuss some of its interesting...

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What to Do About Workplace Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

Do you associate alcohol addiction with workplace events, like a group of coworkers at a happy hour on a Friday afternoon? No, but perhaps you should. Nearly 50 million Americans struggle with addiction, and alcohol is the most common culprit. Drinking is pervasive throughout our culture, with almost half of all Americans over age 12 […] The...

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Positive Returns on Financial Wellness Rely on Employee Behavioral Change

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

Managing a multigenerational workforce is no easy feat for today’s Human Resources (HR) departments. While Boomers set sail into retirement, bright-eyed Millennials crop up in their place, bringing with them wildly different experiences and expectations that challenge the meaning of “workplace benefits” as HR currently knows it to be....

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Increase Employee HSA Engagement by Using a Lighthearted Touch

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

Today, more employers than ever offer their employees a consumer-driven health plan with a health savings account (HSA) as part of their benefits package. And to help build employee adoption and engagement, HR managers are constantly challenged to come up with educational tactics. Oftentimes, when educating employees about their HSA, employers...

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Conversational AI vs. Recruiter Chatbots: What’s the Difference?

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:00

One of the most common questions I hear from HR professionals is: What is conversational artificial intelligence (CAI), and how is it different from recruiting chatbots? This question isn’t surprising. One of the biggest trends in recruiting over the last few years has been the use of chatbots to help address inefficiencies in the hiring...

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Chief Diversity Officers Aren’t Aligning with Overall Strategy

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:00

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are increasingly recognized as a valid and important business goal. Being inclusive of a diverse staff exposes the organization to insights based on that group’s background, experiences, and perceptions of the world around it. This can help the company be more creative, be better at problem solving, and be more...

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What Is Organizational Knowledge, and Where Can I Find It?

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:00

Just like humans, members of a tribe of elephants communicate expressively and meaningfully with one another. Elephants’ memories can span up to 50 years. For example, they can remember the locations of watering holes hundreds of miles away—which is very useful in the savannah. Think of your organization as being like a tribe of elephants,...

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Online Training and Information for a Mobile Workforce

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:00

Do you believe the best employee learning occurs while on the job and within the context of the work? There are well-tested steps to follow for rolling out a training solution for a large, mobile workforce. Courtney Cordova, Director of Change Enablement at Whole Foods Market, presented 5 Steps to Implementing a Modern Mobile Learning […] The...

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Learn How to Avoid Religious Coercion at Night School

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 04:00

In the film Night School, the main character experiences a workplace that mixes religion and the workplace in a way that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would not approve of. In this comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, Hart plays Teddy Walker, a successful outdoor grill salesman who is living beyond his means...

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NLRB Steps Up Rulemaking Push With ‘Ambitious’ Agenda

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 04:00

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it known that—much more than in the past—it will embark on rulemaking to set policy. Its recently announced rulemaking agenda provides evidence of the new direction. The rulemaking priority list, released by the Office of Management and Budget on May 22, notes the Board is not only...

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A Comprehensive Checklist of What VR Training Must Include

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 04:00

Research and statistics show that virtual reality (VR) in corporate training will reach a value of $2.8 billion by 2023 and that VR has several benefits for the learning and development (L&D) industry. But if you want your employees to experience those benefits from your VR learning initiatives, there are five essential elements you must...

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Learn to Innovate, Lead, and Embrace Change

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 04:00

There has been a century of expected compliance by workers to do their jobs a certain way, so we are all expected to keep up! The new model for employee development will be a recognition that each person offers a set of special and different skills that can’t come through compliance with routines and standardized […] The post Learn to...

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Surprise! You Are the Accounts Receivable Department Now

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00

There is, perhaps, no corporate position that has undergone more changes in responsibility than that of a Human Resources (HR) manager. Often among those changes is the added responsibility of operating accounts receivable (A/R). These professionals are regularly charged with recruiting, maintaining a safe environment, enhancing employer/employee...

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Oprah Winfrey on Learning to Be a Leader

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00

Learning is when you remember the “a-ha” of knowing the truth. The common language we all share is the truth about ourselves. Oprah Winfrey, the global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress, gave these and other insights about leadership and talent development in her keynote session at the 2019 ATD International Conference and...

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A Culture of Success

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00

After years of discussion and research, one thing is clear about workplace culture: Getting it right is very important. Like employer branding, culture exists in every organization, whether everyone is aware of it or not. Also as with employer branding, it is very important that leaders in organizations take the reins of their culture; otherwise,...

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For the Record, Meticulous Retention of Plan Documents Is Crucial

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires that every employer maintain sufficient records for each employee to be able to determine the benefits due to the employees now or in the future. The plan sponsor has responsibility for retaining retirement plan records even when a third-party administrator (TPA) is hired to provide...

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Closing the Gap: Achieving Gender Equality in Tech Leadership

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00

Our founder and CEO, J Schwan, approached me a few years ago to discuss a big opportunity: Solstice needed its first chief operating officer. Our ranks had swelled from 46 to over 250 since I joined, and I was incredibly honored to be considered. The offer was an affirmation of my career accomplishments to date, […] The post Closing the Gap:...

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A Careful Balance: Managing Political Activity and Speech at Work

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00

HR professionals have the responsibility to enforce workplace rules, promote cooperation, insist on civility and respect, and—most of all—remind folks they are on one team, at least in the workplace. Meanwhile, another election season is immiment. How do you keep people working productively when those very divisive discussions are happening at...

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Creating an Effective Freelancer Strategy

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00

Freelancers have become a large part of the global workforce. According to one recent statistic, there are more than 56.7 million freelancers in the United States today. From a recruiter’s perspective, there are a few reasons why hiring freelancers makes sense. One study published by MRI found that a shortage of qualified candidates was the...

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How to Use Humor to Boost Human Effectiveness

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00

As an engineer, I am obsessed with efficiency. Even my name is efficient: My full name is Andrew, but I go by Drew because it’s only one syllable. But through my work with organizations around the globe, I’ve learned that you can’t be efficient with humans because they have “emotions” and “feelings” and get “sick” […] The...

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