Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: What's Been Happening This Week?

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: What's Been Happening This Week?

Our Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup is back and in full effect! We're going to try something different and share the latest news that affects work, talent, and HR - think job trends, unemployment reports, company changes, etc. Just read this roundup every Friday, and you'll be quite the conversationalist at weekend cocktail parties. As topics become popular in the news, we'll sometimes zero in on that in a given week. Let us know what you think!

1) America's Best Employers 2015 from Forbes

"As the job market starts to heat up for the first time in nearly a decade, the hunt for top talent is on. Workers have more options now than they’ve had in a long time. So who’s offering them the best situations? Forbes decided to find out by asking those in the best position to say: America’s employees. In partnership with Statista.com, we asked more than 20,000 American workers at large U.S. companies, nonprofit institutions like hospitals, government agencies, and U.S. divisions of multinationals a simple question: on a scale of 0-10, how likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry. The result: a list of 500 employers, across 25 industries, where the workers like their jobs enough to spread the word."

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Babies and Revenues: Creating a Company That Works

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Babies and Revenues: Creating a Company That Works

Nine months ago, my colleague Lexi and I were chatting after a client call. I eagerly shared with her the news that I was expecting my first baby. Guess what...she was too!  Most entrepreneurs or small business leaders would freak out--two key employees needing to be out at the same time? Two key employees who would have new family and time demands?

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Your 2015 Culture

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Your 2015 Culture

New year, same culture? Most companies want to have a culture that's engaging, attractive and aligned with their business. But they don't know how. If you want to jumpstart your cuture in 2015, get started with some motivation and guidance. This week's Roundup will help get you in the groove.

1) 12 Ways Millennials Will Change Company Culture in 2015 from Under 30 CEO

"How will company culture continue to change in the next two years as more Millennials make their way up the ladder? Millennials are a hyperconnected generation and are growing more accustomed to working from home or remotely, placing less emphasis on physical presence in an office. We’re going to see time tracking and invoicing tools become essential for companies as they focus on results and productivity, but in a place or at a time of their own choosing."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: 2015 Hiring Trends

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: 2015 Hiring Trends

You may not know it, but Q1 is the busiest hiring time for most companies. If you're gearing up to hire or job search, you'll want to know what the latest trends are. This week we look at hiring in 2015--what's new and what you need to know.

1) Emerging Human Resource Trends in 2015: Is Your Business Ready? from The Huffington Post

"You've heard about Generation X and Generation Y, but now you need to know about Generation Z. These individuals were born between 1995 and 2010, and many are likely to be seniors in college by the end of 2015. Generation Z workers will start to enter the workforce as interns and entry-level employees, and they are going to go fast. You may want to get in on the action by snatching up highly talented college seniors before competitors hire them."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Best of Retention

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Best of Retention

In the last of our "Best of" series, we're focusing on retention. Take a look at the best from our Talent and HR News Weekly Roundups in 2014 that cover anything having to do with retaining your employees. We'll be back next week with fresh news roundups for 2015!

1) Engage and retain staff in 2014 and beyond from HR Zone

"It’s a common misconception that an individual’s performance at work is based solely on just their capability. Whilst possessing the right skills and abilities is important, in today’s competitive business world, it is based on so much more than this.  The silent threat of ghost turnover - The period of economic recession played host to a stagnating pool of talent. Suffering from uncompetitive reward and constrained training and development budgets, staff stayed in their current roles, not because of job satisfaction but because of job security. This is known as ‘ghost turnover’ – employees who want to leave their current jobs but can’t due to a lack of alternative or secure opportunities."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Culture

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Culture

We talk a lot about culture at exaqueo and the benefits to the bottom line of a business. It's so foundational to every aspect of a company. This week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup features the "Best of Culture" articles from throughout the past year. Enjoy!

1) sing Your Culture to Attract Top Talent from Forbes

"Drab offices, deafening silence, draconian rules — these are the trademarks of stifling workplaces. And if your aspirational employees are working in this kind of environment, believe me, they won’t stay long. We all know that finding valuable employees is a hefty time investment, but leaders should spend just as much time building the culture that keeps them. Unfortunately, that’s seldom the case, and the repercussions can be far-reaching. To get some additional insight on this critical topic, I reached out to Fred Virgin, former SVP of HR at GE, and Carolyn D’Anna, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick, for their opinions on how company culture can be your greatest selling point or biggest hindrance."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Focus on Employees

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Focus on Employees

As part of our "Best of" series, this week we're taking a look back at anything with a focus on employees. From engagement to motivation, take a look at the highlights from 2014: 

1) No Managers Required: How Zappos Ditched the Old Corporate Structure for Something New from Fast Company

"No more job titles. No more managers. No more hierarchical decisions. By this time next year, Zappos’s 1,500 workers will be organized into something called a holacracy.  Holacracy is a little known organizational management system that’s is gaining a toehold in the business world. Zappos, so far, is its biggest adopter. Holacracy takes its name from the Greek word holos, a single, autonomous, self-sufficient unit, that is, at the same time, dependent on a larger unit. Think of a human cell’s relationship to the entire body."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of HR Technology

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of HR Technology

This week we're taking a look back at "Best of HR Technology" from our Talent and HR News Weekly Roundups in 2014. Take a look below to see some highlights in this area from the past year: 

1) The 5 Factors of Social-Media Marketing Most People Don't Consider from Entrepreneur 

"This has long been a question brands have tried to definitely answer. It has been brought to the fore of late by a recent Gallup poll, the report from which states, "A clear majority of Americans say social media have no effect at all on their purchasing decisions." That may make it sound like social media marketing has little benefit, but the report's cursory dismissal doesn't take into account several other factors."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Recruiting

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Recruiting

As we near year end and transition into 2015, we're going to bring you a "best of" series of Talent and HR News Weekly Roundups over the next few weeks. We'll share some of the most popular, interesting, and newsworthy pieces that we shared over the past year related to certain topics. This week we're spotlighting "Best of Recruiting." Check out what made the cut below:

 

1) Top Tips for Recruiting from Businessworks

"During the past three years that I've been CTO at Affectv, we have grown from three to 40 people, more than doubling our Engineering team in the last eight months alone, says Pravin (Prav) Paratey. In the next six months, we are looking to double this number again. We've made mistakes and avoided some ... here are the things I wish I'd known three years ago!"

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: The Psychology of Working Together

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: The Psychology of Working Together

Psychology can be applied to almost everything. Wonder why companies pick certain colors to be a part of their logo? They are trying to tap into something deep into your psyche to evoke an emotion they want associated with their brand. The same applies to the workplace and working together - there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. This week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update looks into the psychology of working together. Check out the latest thinking below: 

1) Managing The “Talent” from The Work Psychology Company

"Managing talent in an organisation could be defined as being focussed upon particular people in the business, a set of characteristics or more toward a statement of identified needs for the future. Some organisations see talent as the ability to go on toward leadership & CEO status, or as McCartney & Garrow (2006) suggest as “employees that have a disproportionate impact upon the bottom line, or have the potential to do so” However the CIPD (2006) defines talent management as ‘the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement/retention and deployment of those individuals with high potential who are of particular value to an organisation’. So how do organisations identify a talent pool or groups of individuals that will have significant effect upon the business and most interesting what do they do with the group when they have been identified?"

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Leadership Insights

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Leadership Insights

Anyone can demonstrate leadership qualities, regardless of your level. You don't need to be CEO of a company to demonstrate leadership. Below are some of the latest articles sharing thoughts on leadership and improving your skills in this area. 

1) Leader, Know Yourself from Lead Change Group

"Servant leadership is not easy to do in today’s dog-eat-dog, me-first business environment. Yet we’ve all had great bosses that embraced their role to help team members succeed, to feel good about their contributions, and to feel trusted and respected in their workplace. In fact, when working for a boss that cares and serves, employees’ engagement increases, production increases, and service to customers increases."

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Five Ways to Make Performance Reviews Bearable and Valuable

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Five Ways to Make Performance Reviews Bearable and Valuable

As we near the end of the year, forget the turkeys and trees. It's performance evaluation time. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, we all crave feedback. It's the rare (and unfortunate) professional who doesn't care how s/he performs. For the most part, we all want to know: "what can we do better?"

Yet, we dread this time of year. Evaluations take time, energy and always seem to sink to the bottom of the to do list until we get those threatening "now or never" emails from HR. So here are five ways to make it worth your while (and theirs!).

1) Start with a S/O matrix
For each employee you have to review, start with a simple strengths and opportunities matrix. Create a four block and with stream of consciousness writing, quickly bullet point that employee's strengths and opportunities with specific examples of each. And if you can't come up with a specific example, don't include the strength or opportunity!  This helps jumpstart start the process and ensures you're evaluating that employee on actual work rather than just past predjudice.

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Tips for Making the Right Hiring Decisions

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Tips for Making the Right Hiring Decisions

Probably one of the hardest business decisions is a hiring decision. There are so many variables to consider, and it's an expensive commitment. Some people rely on their gut, some pepople rely on more quantitative criteria. Whatever your method, here are some tips for making the right hiring decisions.

1) Old School Tools And Techniques Can't Win Today's Talent War from Forbes

"Think about the talent contests that are so popular on TV these days. They’re entertaining, but they bear no resemblance to the way the world really works. In those shows, individuals vie for the privilege of winning over an elite panel of experts. In the real world, organizations are vying for talent that’s all too scarce and growing scarcer. Why? Demographics are shifting; automation is eliminating most rote tasks, allowing people to do more of what they’re best at; and organizations are looking to expand globally while maintaining the same high standards they established at home."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Getting - and Keeping - the Right Employees

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Getting - and Keeping - the Right Employees

Attracting new employees is hard enough. It's a huge investment, and you could spend months or even years trying to find that diamond in the rough. Now that you found that diamond, it doesn't end there. Retaining the right employees is a whole other beast. This week's Talent and HR News Weekly update features the latest thinking around getting - and keeping - the right employees. 

1) So You've Hired Someone Great--Now What? from Inc.

"Over a recent breakfast meeting, a colleague, Marisa, was discussing her company's challenges in integrating newly hired people into their culture. She went on to describe candidates who aced every round of interviews and had buy-in from all levels of the company. In her opinion, such high-performers should successfully and seamlessly integrate into the organization's culture without assistance. She was perplexed why some of her new hires hadn't lived up to her expectations--failing to assimilate or just not turning out to be the motivated personalities she saw in the interviews."

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exaqueo is Growing!

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exaqueo is Growing!

We know, you can't always pronounce our name (it's ex-ACK-we-o) and you may wonder why we're always lowercase (exaqueo: we want to stand out as a brand), but you won't wonder why we're growing.  It's easy to understand: organizations are recognizing the importance of standing out from the crowd. They want focused help on understanding their workforces and using that data to create real culture, brand and talent strategies.

With that, we're pleased to welcome two new team members to our core team.  Lesley Bartley joins exaqueo as a project manager and consultant and Amie Ernst joins us as a sourcing consultant. Both come from multiple in-house roles with organizations, so they know what it's like to be challenged for resources, dollars and stakeholder buy-in.

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Achieving the Best Company Culture

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Achieving the Best Company Culture

We are on a culture kick over here at exaqueo (have you seen our recent posts herehere, and here???). Could be the neat projects we're currently working on, or it could just be our general excitement around this content (we geek out with this stuff). We'll continue the trend in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup and share recent news around achieving the best company culture. Take a look below:

1) Using Your Culture to Attract Top Talent from Forbes

"Drab offices, deafening silence, draconian rules — these are the trademarks of stifling workplaces. And if your aspirational employees are working in this kind of environment, believe me, they won’t stay long. We all know that finding valuable employees is a hefty time investment, but leaders should spend just as much time building the culture that keeps them. Unfortunately, that’s seldom the case, and the repercussions can be far-reaching. To get some additional insight on this critical topic, I reached out to Fred Virgin, former SVP of HR at GE, and Carolyn D’Anna, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick, for their opinions on how company culture can be your greatest selling point or biggest hindrance."

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How Do You Size Up When Answering Candidate Questions about Culture?

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How Do You Size Up When Answering Candidate Questions about Culture?

When it comes to interviewing, there are so many resources out there to help individual candidates prepare. These resources cover almost everything you can think of – how to dress, how firm to shake hands, how you should use body language…and most importantly, how to answer interview questions. 

There is a ton of information out there on that last bit. And, as we all know in recruiting, the job search is a 2-way street. When a candidate walks into an interview, they aren’t there just to answer questions, they are there to ask them too. The candidate has just as much right to interview a company as the company has interviewing the candidate to determine the right fit.

That said, are you (as the company) prepared for the questions a candidate might ask about your culture? Most of you may think, “sure, I can describe the culture of my company.” But if a candidate were to ask each interviewer the same question about culture, would he hear the same answer? And would the answer include not only the good, but the bad and the ugly too? And also the parts of your company that make you really unique (aside from just “collaborative,” “laid back,” “formal”)?

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Local Career Development: RecruitDC

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Local Career Development: RecruitDC

It's great to have recruiting, HR and business networking friends all over the country and world. But as any good HR/talent professional knows, if any or all of your work is local, you MUST be involved in the local community.

Take Washington, DC for example.  My hometown for the past 15+ years (sorry Philly, you'll always be my first), DC was just named as the most expensive city to live in. And this has major impact on recruiters and talent professionals everywhere from salary to COLAs to wooing talented candidates from less expensive markets.

Enter RecruitDC. I'm proud to be on the board of our area's largest recruiting and talent organization. We're an all volunteer organization led by an awesome team and our goal is just to bring the community together to talk talent and better our own local learning.

Our next conference was just announced--December 11, 2014--and tickets are on sale now! We always sell out, so if you're local, or even if you're not, we'd love to have you join our half-day talent-fest. Come Spring, we'll have our full-day conference with other events and meet-ups in between.

Not in DC? Check your local community to see if you have a local group there. There are strong groups in places like Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest for starters.  Other groups I'm missing? Let me know!

 

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Making Sure Employees Are Happy

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Making Sure Employees Are Happy

Earlier this week, we shared an interview with Lily Cua from Aspire about providing employees meaningful company perks. This is all part of a larger effort to improve the work experience, and thus hopefully give employees the warm and fuzzy feeling that makes them want to stick around (there's more to employee retention, but this is part of it).  To continue along with this theme, this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update features some recent news pieces focused on making sure employees are happy (you may have seen one about a few (very) big tech firms providing a certain benefit to boost female retention...) Enjoy!

1) Kip Tindell: How He Created An Employee-First Culture At The Container Store from Forbes

"I spoke to Kip Tindell, who is currently the Chairman & CEO of The Container Store. He was presented with Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1991 and is a recipient of the National Retail Federation’s 1998 Innovator of the Year Award. In 2006, along with wife Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer) and Garrett Boone (Chairman Emeritus), Tindell was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame and he is a 2009 Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame inductee."

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