Smart Tech Apr 27, 2021
Employees Want More Virtual Team-Building Events — but Skip the Zoom Happy Hours

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, the future of Emeraude Escape Rooms looked bleak at best. We were experts at putting groups of people into small rooms, which they could only leave once they solved a series of clues or their time ran out. Good for team building. Bad for social distancing. In April, just two months into the pandemic, I decided to go all-in on digital. Like many other...

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The Innovators Apr 27, 2021
Why German Workers Outperform Americans While Spending Less Time at the Office

The struggle to achieve work/life balance has taken on a new urgency in the pandemic. Now that more employees than ever have tried working from home, we can expect flexible hours, child-friendly policies, reduced overtime, more holidays, and remote work to be among job seekers' key priorities going forward. The most successful businesses deliver value to all their stakeholders: customers,...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
Dig Deep: How to Find the Hidden Leadership Potential of Your Employees

Behind every great leader is a team of professionals who first saw their potential. Managers and executives don't suddenly gain leadership qualities when they become leaders. Rather, these traits and skills are within your employees at every level of the organization. The 4 Signs of Leadership Potential Certain indicators of leadership, like communication, confidence, and honesty, are easy...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
COVID-19 Shifted Job Seekers' Priorities. They Want Careers, Not Jobs.

It's no surprise the COVID-19 pandemic upset many people's careers. Working parents have had to manage their job and family responsibilities in the same space and often at the same time. With our homes becoming our new offices, our physical workspaces are often less than ideal. Boundaries have blurred as "work life" and "home life" have grown less distinct. Amid the chaos, many have made...

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Get Hired Apr 23, 2021
Will Face-to-Face Networking Ever Be a Thing Again?

Last year we learned that we can all network online pretty well. Can you imagine if Covid had struck the world ten years ago?  The technology that exists today saved a lot of businesses from complete failure. That said, I talk to a lot of people who say the world will never return to what it was before Covid. I'm a little bit of a contrarian on that topic.  Not long after the Spanish...

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The Innovators Apr 23, 2021
Wellness Redefined: Understanding the 5 Pillars of Employee Well-Being

It is no secret that life has changed for working professionals over the last year. The limitations of a global pandemic coupled with a divided political climate and social unrest have taken a toll on our personal and professional well-being. Now, companies have to create new experiences to keep employees engaged, productive, safe, and personally fulfilled in an environment unlike any we've...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
Hidden Disabilities: Are You Accidentally Leaving Employees Out of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives?

The world of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a broad and shifting landscape, and it's currently undergoing another much-needed evolution. With the rising importance of neurodiversity in DEI initiatives, employers and HR pros are starting to recognize the existence of hidden disabilities. Hidden disabilities, also referred to as "invisible disabilities," denote...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
6 Simple Ways to Make a Good First Impression on Candidates

As the US economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and the unemployment rate drops, things are looking up for the job market. More job opportunities are opening up, and Americans are eagerly applying. And they know that, if they want to land a new gig, they need to make a good first impression during the interview. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Occupational and...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
Candid, Consistent Communication Is the Key to Attracting Candidates in Today's Market

Candidates want to impress hiring managers. That's the name of the game — it's how they get hired. However, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a shift in the talent market, and companies are no longer holding all the cards. Today's top candidates have options, which means employers have to do some impressing of their own. How do companies navigate this changing landscape, particularly during...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
How Long Are Workers Staying at Their Jobs? Not Very.

Each generation displays its own trends when it comes to retention, but younger workers in particular seem less likely to stay with their employers for the long term. Millennials are notorious for job hopping in pursuit of new opportunities, while Gen. Z has a reputation for growing bored within their existing companies. It's hard to blame individuals for leaving to pursue new endeavors,...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Humble Hiring: The Importance of Recruiting Candidates With Humility

If you ask supervisors what makes a good employee, a predictable list will emerge: reliability, teamwork, problem-solving, and the like. There's one character trait that likely won't make the list, but it should: humility. Despite being deeply undervalued in the workforce, humility is a trait shared by nearly all of the most valuable employees. Some conceive of humility as...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Diversity and Data: Why DE&I Efforts Should Start With the Numbers

I am the father of mixed-ethnicity children. I started my career around the same time I had my first child. Diversity and inclusion have always been important in my personal life, and this focus naturally carries over into my work. As I've taken on roles with more leadership responsibilities and broader scopes, I've made it a point to bring that focus with me. But awareness of diversity,...

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The Innovators Apr 19, 2021
Why — and How — to Build a Wellness Program That Caters to Millennials and Generation Z

We're in the midst of a key generational shift, and employee wellness programs aren't keeping up. By 2025, millennials and Gen. Z-ers will comprise the majority of the global workforce. For better or worse, these individuals didn't come of professional age in the 20th-century workplace. As a result, these younger workers were never conditioned to withstand the rigors (and, let's face it,...

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The Innovators Apr 19, 2021
The 7 Common Success Traps, Part 3: Measuring Success in the Wrong Way

The "seven common success traps" are the traps I've learned about over the course of my career working with clients and collaborators from some of America's top organizations, including Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. These traps are based on both my personal experience and the stories shared by my clients and collaborators.  These success traps can and do happen to the best of us....

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Get Hired Apr 16, 2021
After A COVID Time Out, How Do You Write the Perfect Resume?

As of March 2021, nearly ten million Americans are still out of work, almost double the number of unemployed people from a year ago. While the pandemic has certainly devastated the workforce, in ways we have yet to see, the country has started to recover (slowly) from the worst of it. Now is a great time to review your personal job application strategy, starting with the lynchpin of any job...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
From Hybrid Jobs to Empathy at Work: 12 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2021

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: As 2021 ramps up, so does hiring. What's one recruiting trend you predict we'll see this year, and why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs....

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Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
Need to Hire a Digital Marketing Manager? Here's What to Look for in a Candidate.

If you want to grow your online presence, you need a skilled digital marketing manager — but finding a great digital marketer is hard. There are many talented people in the job market, but few can execute the specific growth strategies you need to take your company to the next level. However, if you know what skills to look for, you can make your hunt a little easier. Here are the five...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 15, 2021
Employee Turnover Is on the Rise. Here's How to Make Them Stay.

If organizations thought employee engagement was a challenge before the pandemic, they've now seen what economic turbulence can do to company culture. Disrupted work/life balance, companywide disconnects, and rising rates of disengagement are just a few of the hurdles HR leaders and their organizations face in the post-pandemic world. Engagement initially rose during the pandemic, thanks...

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Smart Tech Apr 15, 2021
How to Incorporate Video Interviews Into Your Existing Hiring Process

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, just over one in five organizations were using video interviews. Now? Nearly 80 percent of employers use video interviews, and more than half of them plan to continue using video once the pandemic restrictions are fully lifted. As employers have learned over the last year, video interviewing has clear business benefits — but implementing it successfully does...

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Get Hired Apr 14, 2021
Left Out of Work by COVID? Consider These 4 Career Pivots

  The COVID-19 pandemic has driven massive job losses over the last year. Millions of Americans still remain unemployed—the Department of Labor's latest report says 770,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims in mid-March. Travel, hospitality, entertainment and personal services have been among the hardest hit occupations, and many workers say they're even willing to accept...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 14, 2021
Confidentiality Agreements: What Recruiters, Employers, and Candidates Need to Know

Confidentiality agreements (CAs) are written contracts that permit an individual or organization with information it considers proprietary to disclose that information while protecting its secrecy. The person who receives the disclosure is obligated not to misappropriate, share, or steal the information, according to the terms of the CA. CAs have taken on new importance as many companies...

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The Innovators Apr 14, 2021
Building the Next Generation of Frontline Workers: How the Leaders of Today Can Ensure a Bright Future for Essential Industries

During the global pandemic, we've witnessed essential workers — healthcare professionals, police officers, and firefighters, to name a few — risking their health to provide the care and service Americans need. As the past year has shown us all, frontline workers are crucial to our country's continued success. While frontline leaders and managers have a duty to create work environments...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
Retaining Talent in a Virtual World: It Starts With Really Knowing Who Your Employees Are

Over the past year, employees everywhere have had to rapidly adjust to the demands of a virtual workplace. Of all the challenges employers have faced while transitioning from in-person to remote work — and potentially back again soon — one of the most glaring has been determining how to make smart and informed decisions related to talent development and employee support. In a KPMG...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
The Pandemic Taught Us What Really Matters in a Workplace Culture

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what the essentials of good workplace culture really are. When offices are closed and employees work remotely, perks like award-winning coffee bars and napping pods no longer mean much. Wherever they are and however they work, employees need to feel they are part of a strong, focused, connected, and supportive organization. Companies, in turn, are...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 12, 2021
Employee Expectations Have Changed Since 2020. Has Your Company Kept Up?

In March of last year, everything we deemed normal changed overnight. Around the globe, we found ourselves redefining how we work and how we live. And while the light at the end of the tunnel has finally come into view, there are still plenty of challenges and uncertainties for us to navigate in the months ahead. One of those challenges entails defining what, exactly, the future of work...

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The Innovators Apr 12, 2021
New Rules, Risks, and Opportunities: 10 Things US Companies Need to Know About Brexit

When the UK formally left the European Union at the end of January 2020, it marked a key point in the long and painful "British exit," or "Brexit," saga. But in practical terms, what does it mean for US companies doing business with the UK or considering a transatlantic expansion? Here are 10 of the key challenges and opportunities for the post-Brexit era: 1. Supply Chain Brexit means that...

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The Innovators Apr 9, 2021
So, You Think You're a Caring Leader? 

"Caring leadership is more art than science." I've heard this come out of the mouths of many of the people I interviewed for my book, The Art of Caring Leadership: How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations. Why art? When we think of art, we might think of creativity, fluidity, flexibility, and beauty in between the strokes. When do we know that the artist has completed their...

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The Innovators Apr 9, 2021
Why Performance Management Might Be the Most Important Part of Your Post-COVID Company Plan

This past year has been chock-full of ups and downs. Between reduced hours, the move to remote work, forced adjustments of goals, furloughs, and even layoffs, COVID-19 has changed how businesses operate. In response, your organization has had to adjust performance management strategies. This has likely affected how you communicate with remote workers, how much you compensate each team member,...

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The Innovators Apr 8, 2021
How to Unleash Your Team's Creativity: 4 Easy Steps

Creative people are great at solving problems. They can view challenges from different perspectives and find solutions regardless of constraints. Plus, creative people will often solve these problems without being told to; the relationship between creativity and proactivity is well established. Who wouldn't want a team full of these superstars at their disposal? No wonder some business...

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Success Apr 8, 2021
3 Body Language Tips for Enhancing Your Virtual Communication Skills

Body language is just as powerful in the virtual zone as it is in an in-person situation. From the nuance of gestures to vocal variety and eye movements, these telltale indicators help us deliver our messages effectively and provide instructions on how to read another person's true attitude or feelings. In the work-from-anywhere era of global teams, intentional nonverbal virtual communication...

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The MBTI Is Backed by Solid Science. Why Do Some Claim Otherwise?

In the recent article titled "What HBO's Persona Gets Right and (Mostly) Wrong About Personality Test," the author makes some good points about the recent HBO documentary Persona. First, both the author of the article and the creators of the documentary were correct that some companies are misusing personality assessments. My company, The Myers-Briggs Company, has taken the consistent stance...

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The Innovators Apr 7, 2021
Spring Clean Your Business: 5 Ways to Refresh and Reenergize Your Company This Season

Spring is here. The weather is warming up. For many, that means it's time to clean house, get rid of the clutter, and make room for what's to come. Carrying that spring cleaning ritual into your business is also a good idea for many reasons. And I don't just mean tidying up the office. For a business, spring cleaning can go a lot deeper. Here are five ways to give your business the spring...

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Success Apr 6, 2021
Waldenomics: Modern Professional Lessons From Henry David Thoreau

Article by Jen McGivny Henry David Thoreau hasn't aged well since his death 159 years ago. Through modern eyes, the 19th-century author looks like an out-of-touch dreamer, a privileged loafer. The guy who avoided a real career to live in a cabin in the woods now has his words relegated to hiking guides and inspirational notecards. A counterpoint, if I may. Thoreau couldn't be more...

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Get Hired Apr 6, 2021
3 Ways Remote Work Is Changing Internships for the Better

Much like traditional employment, internships have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Last April, 22 percent of employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) said they were revoking offers for summer internship programs. Luckily for students seeking the experience and networking that internships offer, many organizations have retained...

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The Innovators Apr 5, 2021
The 7 Common Success Traps, Part 2: Lack of Long-Term Employee Training and Development

The "seven common success traps" are the traps I've learned about over the course of my career working with clients and collaborators from some of America's top organizations, including Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. These traps are based on both my personal experience and the stories shared by my clients and collaborators.  These success traps can and do happen to the best of us....

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To Build Great Teams, Get Onboarding Right

Many companies think of new hire onboarding as the logistics of getting people a desk and a computer. Yes, it is that, but it should be a great deal more than that, too. Onboarding should be about how a candidate becomes part of the community as an employee. It should be how they learn the real culture and philosophy of the company. During the interview phase, you establish that a...

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As Businesses Seek Long-Term Growth Over Short-Term Efficiency, Talent Teams Are Stepping Up to Drive the Transformation

For all the damage it has caused, the COVID-19 pandemic has also sparked a mass awakening across business sectors. In fact, according to a recent Forbes survey, almost 80 percent of executives feel the pandemic has actually revealed their organizations' strengths. These companies are now in a position to reset and reorient themselves, and many executives are prioritizing long-term growth over...

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The Innovators Apr 2, 2021
3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Digital Employee Experience

Working from home has completely transformed the employee experience for millions of workers over the past year. Companies have found it challenging to create and maintain productive work environments in the absence of once common workplace norms like face-to-face meetings and team events. However, COVID-19 is not entirely to blame. The issue was simmering long before the pandemic arrived....

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Get Hired Apr 1, 2021
How to Navigate Money Conversations in the Workplace Based on Your Personality Type

Money is a pervasive part of everyday life, from romantic relationships to friendships to the workplace, so it's needless to say that money conversations are really important. That said, they can also be pretty tricky and uncomfortable, especially when they involve colleagues or employers. Let's take a deeper look at the importance of these conversations and how to engage them in the...

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Smart Tech Apr 1, 2021
Keeping Employees Safe During COVID: How Technology Can Help

Amid all the wrenches the pandemic has thrown into our personal and professional lives over the last year, it's important to look for the bright side wherever you can. One of the few silver linings of the last year has been watching employers across industries adopt new tools and technologies to keep workers safe, engaged, and productive. Whether you plan to eventually bring your employees...

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What the Growing Corporate Sustainability Movement Means for Recruiting Top Talent

It wasn't that long ago that corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability teams were shoved in back offices, miles from the core operations of a business. Even worse, responsibility for corporate sustainability would sometimes be awkwardly shoved onto an existing role with little care or attention from senior leadership. Now, the picture looks very different. A perfect storm of...

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Smart Tech Mar 31, 2021
The Pandemic Offers Us a Chance to Reimagine the Talent Life Cycle. We Should Take It.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on nearly every industry, causing unprecedented challenges as companies struggle to adapt. As hiring freezes end and unemployed workers re-enter the workforce, the recruiting process has been particularly difficult to navigate. To meet the moment, employers must reconfigure their selection systems to efficiently handle higher applicant volumes. Many look...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2021
6 Qualities to Look for in a Potential New Hire, Inspired by Marvel Characters

When you have the right people on your staff, your employees become a team of everyday superheroes. Whether they're solving complex problems or designing more efficient processes, great employees swoop in when and where they're needed to improve outcomes for the business. So why not look to Marvel characters like the Avengers for inspiration as you interview prospective hires? You may not...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 30, 2021
The Softer Side of Onboarding New Talent in a Work-From-Home World

Prior to 2020, many companies didn't embrace work-from-home (WFH) models, but the need to protect employees and business operations in the face of COVID-19 forced even the most reluctant companies to shift to remote work arrangements. In a matter of days, the way most businesses operated changed irrevocably — especially in terms of recruiting and hiring. HR pros and talent acquisition...

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Success Mar 30, 2021
10 Essential Books to Read for Women's History Month

Article by Megan Nicole O'Neal Although we certainly don't need an excuse to celebrate women's stories, March is Women's History Month, which means it's an especially perfect time to do so. And what better way than to dive into fantastic books written by and about women? Whether you're hoping to be transported into history, get lost behind powerful prose, or fancy a healthy dose of...

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Smart Tech Mar 29, 2021
How Unpaid Digital Labor Is Harming Your Employees

It's a scenario we all know too well: You're sitting down to dinner with your family. Your youngest is telling you about the A she got on her math test, and just as you reach across the table for a high five, your phone chimes. It's a work email. You know it. Your family knows it. You consider your options: A) Check it now, and risk your dinner getting cold and your family annoyed while...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 29, 2021
SEO Is the Secret Recruitment Weapon You're Not Using

The pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life, including recruitment. Remote work has made it easier than ever for candidates to search for job opportunities and even interview without ever leaving their homes. On the flip side, remote work has also opened up national and even global talent pools for organizations that had once been tied to the idea of only hiring local...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 26, 2021
Recruiting Top Talent When Everyone Wants to Work From Home

When the pandemic forced companies worldwide to suddenly let employees work from home, top talent got a taste for it. Now that they've tried it, many workers no longer want to return to traditional office buildings. Moving forward, recruiters will face two challenges as they look to place candidates: attracting the right talent for non-remote jobs and managing the influx of (not always...

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