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exaqueo's weekly blog featuring insight from our team on industry news and trends, our research, client work and lessons learned.

Talent and HR News Weekly Update: The Latest in Hiring Veterans

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: The Latest in Hiring Veterans

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, we are featuring the latest news in hiring veterans for this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update. This has been a topic of discussion for years. See what some companies are doing to help veterans find employment. 

1) Wal-mart Announces Expansion of Veteran Hiring from ABC News

"Nate Waits wakes up before 3 a.m. four days a week to get to his job at a Bentonville distribution center for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where the former Marine is among more than 92,000 veterans the company has hired in the past two years. As the two-year anniversary approaches of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program the company launched on Memorial Day 2013, the retail giant announced Wednesday that it is expanding its original plan to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018 to hire a total of 250,000 recently discharged veterans by 2020. Chris Sultemeier, executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, said the company has been pleased with the skills that the veterans bring to a range of positions including retail, distribution and management. He said about 8,000 of the original hires have already been promoted."

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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?

All of the news in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup has a common theme: how to honor your workforce. Whether it's through an reward trip, diversity, or just giving them a chance even though they may not have all of the credentials - your workforce is invaluable. We hope this catches you up on this week's news. Enjoy!

1) Chinese company treats 6,400 employees to French vacation from CNN

"More than 6,000 employees of Tiens Group -- a Chinese conglomerate -- were given the VIP treatment on an all expenses paid trip to France to celebrate the company's 20th birthday.The tour group -- the largest to visit the country -- was given a private tour of the Louvre museum and a private shopping session at luxury department store Galeries Lafayette during their four-day trip, reported French news agency Agence France-Presse."

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How Diapers Can Help Position Your Employer Brand

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How Diapers Can Help Position Your Employer Brand

I’m a bit of a product lover. One of my favorite pastimes is roaming around CVS or Sephora and checking out all of the new products and packaging. My husband thinks I’m nuts and doesn’t understand my obsession. I think part of it is I’m a gullible consumer, even though I’m well versed in marketing tactics. There’s a thrill to finally finding that something that appeals to you. It’s almost like it’s calling your name, “Lexi, I’m exactly what you’re looking for. Buy me!” My current obsession: baby products.

Before I had my daughter, I knew nothing about babies. I wasn’t around them much. My ignorance convinced me to use “organic” diapers. I purchased a pack of those natural colored, good-for-the-earth diapers thinking how great it would be to take care of my baby’s needs, while taking care of the environment. 

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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?

Welcome to this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup. What's been happening this week as it relates to employment and the workforce was pretty grim, until today's jobs report was released. The unemployment rate is at a seven-year low at 5.4%. Have a drink to celebrate this weekend!

1) Google is planning to spend $150 million to make its workforce more diverse from Mashable

"If there's one consistent complaint about Silicon Valley, it's that all the people working there tend to look remarkably similar. Those who try to change things, however, including Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao, don't get very far. Google, one of the largest employers in the value, is planning to change that. The company is committing to spend $150 million in 2015 to recruit more women and minorities, according to an interview Google's vice president of people operations gave to USA Today. Nancy Lee, Google's vice president of people operations, told the paper that the money is part of a broader program aimed at changing the company to better reflect its consumers."

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

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

This week, there has been a hodge podge of employment news: from the SEC being involved in linking executive pay to performance to getting leadership tips from U2. It's all in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup. 

1) SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay to Performance from NPR

"The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 today to propose a rule to link the pay of top corporate executives to their companies' financial performance. NPR's Jim Zarroli, reporting on All Things Considered, says: "The rule grew out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill. And it simply says that companies have to disclose whether executive pay is in line with their financial performance. "This information is already available for people who want to pore through financial reports. The new law would simply require companies to put it in a form that's easier for shareholders to digest." But, he adds, it's unclear what impact the new rule will have on corporate pay."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Focus on Employees

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Focus on Employees

This week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update focuses on employees because, why not? Most of us are or have been an employee of somewhere, so these articles highlight the environment where employees work, relationships with employees, and recruiting employees. Enjoy!

1) 7 LinkedIn Tools for Recruiting New Employees from Entrepreneur

"In his book Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business, search engine optimization and online marketing expert consultant Ted Prodromou explains how you can use LinkedIn to quickly engage with ideal customers, partners, and employees, showcase your company and attract new opportunities. In this edited excerpt, the author briefly describes the seven different ways you can use LinkedIn to attract new job applicants. LinkedIn offers a number of paid solutions for companies who do a lot of recruiting. Let’s explore these options in more detail, so you can see how they can help you build a premier organization with the very best employees."

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How Employee Engagement Can Impact the Environment

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How Employee Engagement Can Impact the Environment

We talk a lot about engagement because it’s a strong indicator of the state of a workforce. There are many ways to boost engagement that typically fall under HR—well-defined career paths, recognition or promotion opportunities, a clear alignment with company goals, wellness and benefits,…and the list goes on. These methods of personal and professional growth are focused on balancing the needs of the individual with that of the organization—keeping a high level of engagement to positively affect the bottom line of the company.

What if there was a way to engage employees by inspiring the collective workforce to create actions that affect the bottom line AND have a positive impact on the world around us? Sounds too good to be true, but today technology exists to do this type of good. I sat down with Founding Partner of WeSpire, Sarah Finnie Robinson, who hopes her company can “move the needle on human behavior as it relates to creating a network effect of exponential positive impact, such as energy efficiencies and environmental sustainability.”

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Compensation and Equal Pay

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Compensation and Equal Pay

There was a lot of news about compensation and equal pay this week, so that's what we're going to focus on in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup. Increasing the minimum wage has been a popular topic in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, McDonald's reported its intentions to increase its minimum wage, and I wrote about Gap's plan last year. These companies are focused on the hourly worker. But what about a minimum wage for the salaried worker? That actually happened this week. This week was "Equal Pay Day," a day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Bet you didn't know this was a thing! Enjoy the other news related to equal pay and compensation below. 

1) Gravity Payments CEO Takes 90% Pay Cut to Give Workers Huge Raise from CNN Money

"Price, who heads up the Seattle payment processing firm Gravity Payments that he founded, has pledged to make sure all of his staffers make at least $70,000 annually in the next three years. To do that he's cutting his $1 million salary to $70,000, and dipping into the firm's annual $2 million in profits. This will double the pay of about 30 of his workers and will mean significant raises for an additional 40. Price told employees of the new pay policy at a meeting Monday. For several moments there was stunned silence before people broke into applause and high fives said Phillip Akhavan, a merchants relations worker whose $43,000 salary immediately jumped 16% to $50,000."

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HR Expert Q&A: HR Tech

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HR Expert Q&A: HR Tech

There are so many valuable HR tools and technologies available--from employee engagement to feedback to perks and benefits. How can we implement the ones we want to use without overwhelming our workforce who has to learn to use each new platform? They solve many of the day-to-day challenges we have, and are usually cost effective. But most companies can't wait for multiple tools to be are acquired so they’re all on one platform. So what’s the tipping point on tools?

We asked some of the leading experts in HR technology. Here's what they had to say.

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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?

There are some big brands included in the employment news conversation this week: Google and Starbucks to name a few. Get leadership tips from the Final Four coaches, and see how culture can help the bottom line in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup. 

1) Google's Head of HR Shares His Hiring Secrets from Fast Company

"Laszlo Bock knew he wasn’t walking into a traditional corporate setting in 2006 when he arrived for his job interview for head of people operations at Google. Google recruiter Martha Josephson implored Bock, who had done stints at firms like GE and McKinsey & Co., not to wear a suit to his interview. No one wears suits there, she told him—show up in one, and they'll think you don't get them or their culture. Bock acquiesced, but kept a necktie in his jacket pocket just in case."

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How Succession Planning Can Boost Your Engagement

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How Succession Planning Can Boost Your Engagement

Succession planning sort of feels like signing up for life insurance or investing in your retirement. It’s not something you need today, and you’ve managed thus far, so why think about it? And couldn’t you just figure it out when the time comes? Sure, you could get away with not having these things in place, and what if they were in place? Your loved ones would be pretty relieved you had life insurance should a tragic event occur. And you would be a lot less stressed being able to comfortably retire when the time comes. Same goes for succession planning. Who wants to think about the long-term when there is so much to do in the short-term? Your employees want you to, actually. 

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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?

There have been quite a few "employment" related news pieces this week. Another company declares a hike in its hourly pay (you may also want to check this out), more new job numbers, and the world's largest company is in the news again. Check out what happened this week below so you can have semi-intellingent conversations with your significant other's boss at Happy Hour tonight. 

1) US Economy Gained 126,000 Jobs in March, an Abrupt Slowdown in Hiring from The New York Times

"The labor market’s yearlong streak of robust monthly job creation was broken on Friday with the Labor Department’s report that employers added just 126,000 workers in March, a marked slowdown in hiring thatechoed earlier signs of a winter pall on the economy. Analysts blamed the punishing weather in the Northeast as well as the plunge in oil prices. "The American energy industry is adjusting very quickly to low oil prices, and so we’ve seen this in the counts of the number of rigs that are active and are seeing in mining and energy-related industries," said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust. "The bad news is we’re losing some jobs. The good news, is we hope, that the average consumer is saving a tremendous amount of money in lower gasoline prices.""

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Why HR Should Care about Qualitative Research

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Why HR Should Care about Qualitative Research

Without qualitative research, companies often make a lot of assumptions about what they *think* their company’s culture is like or what their brand means. We’ve seen companies rely on survey data alone to make decisions. While surveys do provide informative data – and we use those in our research too – they don’t answer “why.” Why did an employee rate his manager at a three out of five? Why did your employee say they don’t see opportunities for growth in the engagement survey? Perception is reality to your employees, and perceptions vary widely. Qualitative research allows you to dig into the “why” and understand where the perception might be coming from.

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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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