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Millennials Want To Be A Part Of Something

Almost half of all Millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015. At least that’s what a report from Aon Hewitt says. Why? Many younger workers feel socially disconnected in the workplace. While most employers focus on organizational-oriented themes like teamwork, profits and customer satisfaction, Millennials say relationship-oriented outcomes, including better connections…
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So What Color Was That Dress Anyway?

Gold and white? Blue and black? More importantly, what did it teach us? We all see the same things, but interpret them differently. In the case of the multi-colored dress it was the physiological variations within our eye structures that changed our individual sensations to light and thus our perception of color. But can emotions…
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What You Missed At HR West

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to hear me speak at HR West last week. What a great group I had—smart, engaged and forward thinking. Everything the progressive HR community represents. My topic was Optimizing the Impact of Employee Recognition Strategies on Enterprise Performance, but it could have just have easily been titled:…
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Today is employee appreciation day. A day set aside to show employees that you care about them, appreciate their efforts and value their contributions. Many businesses have events planned today, ranging from formal presentations in the auditorium to pizza parties in the break room. All of these gestures are good for morale and convey a…
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Learning From Brian Williams

Brian Williams has been in the news recently. Not on, in. The scandal surrounding his “misremembering” of past events has made him material for the tabloids. It’s also forced him off the air. A news anchor that bends the truth is seen as distrustful at worst, inauthentic at best. Mr. Williams lost his credibility and…
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Using Recognition As A Recruitment Tool

One of the most often overlooked benefits of recognizing current employees is the effect it has on future recruits. The labor situation has become a “sellers’ market.” The number of vacant jobs is the highest it has been in 14 years. Five million positions are currently unfilled with only about 2 million people “looking.” Future…
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“Stay With Me”

The song “Stay With Me” just won a bunch of awards at the Grammy’s, and the timing couldn’t be more fitting. Nearly 3 million jobs were created in 2014, the best year since 1999, and the number of unfilled job postings has not been this high in a long time. In 2009, there were seven…
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Gallup’s latest employee engagement survey came out recently. It shows there are both encouraging signs, as well as work to be done. First the good: Thirty-one percent of all employees are engaged. While that may not sound like a large number (and yes, there is room for improvement) it is still the highest tally since…
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Eighty-three percent of companies are seriously worried about their leadership pipelines. That’s understandable. The working population is getting smaller in size and younger in age. At the same time global growth plans are expanding. Senior executives are wondering who will step up and lead satellite work units and/or cross-functional business teams. Bersin says that identifying,…
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