Want to Drive Profits? Start with HR

Posted & filed under Leadership, Planning, Staffing Tips.

When asked, most senior executives will list their people as one of their company’s top resources. Yet when given the opportunity to use HR and talent management to make a strategic impact, many hiring managers balk. The idea that HR can actively engage in increasing profits, rather than merely cutting costs, is a new one… Read more »

Why Didn’t I Think Of That? Become a thought leader to brand yourself–and your company

Posted & filed under Career Review, Leadership.

  Thought Leadership–Defined   Like “core competencies” and “best practices,” “thought leadership” is in danger of making Forbes’ list of most annoying business jargon. The term is definitely overused and often misused, mostly because it’s so difficult to define. Many use it interchangeably with the term “expert”–but thought leaders are much more than that. True… Read more »

Financial Health–Put that Raise to Work for You

Posted & filed under Career Review, Planning.

The recent economic downturn triggered a series of salary freezes throughout the work world–including among senior executives in many industries. As the economy recovers, the salary freeze is finally thawing. If you weathered the winter of recession with a frozen salary, you may now be seeing your work bear fruit in the form of raises… Read more »

Is IT Taking Over HR?

Posted & filed under Leadership, Planning.

Today’s HR departments leverage IT to benefit almost every aspect of their daily operations. Continual technology improvements, coupled with declining costs, have fueled a surge in HR’s usage of technology: Software is being deployed to manage areas such as internal mobility, appraisal management, succession planning and personal development. E-recruitment and performance management software are dramatically… Read more »

It Pays to Help New Staff Start Right

Posted & filed under Leadership, Planning, Staffing Tips, Workplace Stress.

Managers should invest wisely in well-designed staff orientation programs. Effectively orientating your new employees can pay big dividends in staff retention, employee commitment and customer satisfaction.   Staff members who are properly trained and welcomed at the beginning of their careers feel good about their choice of employer, fit in quickly with peers and colleagues… Read more »

Pinterest… for Recruiting? Really?

Posted & filed under Intraplacement, Planning, Social Media, Staffing Tips.

Maybe you’ve read about Pinterest’s amazing stats. 11.7 million unique users by January 2012, making it the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. Drove more referral traffic to retailers than LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ combined in January 2012. Had a user base of 3.3 million people as of… Read more »

Top 10 Job Hunting Blunders

Posted & filed under Career Review, Planning, Workplace Stress.

Whether you are just starting your professional life, a seasoned pro looking to make a savvy career move, between jobs, or simply feeling the need to move on, the quality of your job hunt will determine your level of success. Do you know what actions might put the kibosh on your quest? Here are 10… Read more »

STAFFING FOR PROFIT

Posted & filed under Contingent Workforce, Intraplacement, Planning, Staffing Tips.

Think about it-staffing expenses are probably the biggest line item on your P&L. The more actively you manage that expense, the more profitable you can become. But, managing staffing is not just about cutting costs. It’s about effectively matching your staffing resources to the challenges and opportunities your business faces. Here are a few ideas… Read more »