This is the continuation of my previous post on the HR compliance challenges facing employers. We’re just a few weeks away from 2019, and along with the arrival of the New Year, we also ring in new regulations and laws at the local, state, and federal levels.   From onboarding to off-boarding, and everything in

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Tis the season for HR professionals to indulge in stress! With end-of-year reports, 2019 budget meetings, year-end reviews, open enrollment, and all of the other day-to-day operations, it’s a full-on sprint to the end of the year. Employers face important decisions, every day, that affect their business. Many times, it is HR related issues that

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Effective HR processes are integral to the success of HR professionals in all areas of business. From onboarding and beyond, compliance is a non-negotiable. At every turn, companies are responsible for assuring that their systems deliver the results that protect their employees, management, and their profitability.   It doesn’t matter the size of your business,

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Businesses and organizations today are faced with a tremendous amount of risk, as local, state, and federal laws demand compliance on an ever-evolving spectrum of regulations. Even small errors, on something like an I-9 form, can have haunting effects on a business’ financial wellbeing.   HR professionals are tasked with the responsibility of not only

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We all have 24 hours in a day, and we want and need to make the most of each minute. As HR professionals, what we really want is to spend more time dealing with paperwork, and less time dealing with people. Stop…reverse that. We want to spend less time on paperwork, and more time leading,

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Spreadsheets, emails, PDF forms, paper forms, file shares, post-it notes, and passing conversations in the hallway…each of these things make up the process of communication and documentation used by many businesses, in an attempt to meet local, state, and federal compliance requirements. The undertaking for maintaining compliance is pressure point number one for HR professionals

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It’s easy these days to throw around the narcissist label on anyone who doesn’t listen or acts like they’re the most important one in the room. While there are few real, diagnosable narcissists, there are plenty of people who show-up on the spectrum of narcissism. The challenge in today’s workplace is not just the overt,

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“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” (Malcolm Forbes). The call for diversity, inclusion, and equality is being heard throughout our businesses, organizations, and society as a whole. Our world and workplace look very different than they did just 20 years ago, as more women and minorities are integrated into important and influential positions. And

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With the speed of business today, it’s easy to get lost in survival mode, tirelessly working to keep up with the day-to-day demands of the job. HR professionals understand that businesses survive and thrive on great talent that is engaged and productive. The constant flow of recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluating is a required cycle

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With the development of many new platforms and programs designed to help carry out HR functions, we see many HR managers having more time to focus on the things that truly make a difference in their business: leadership, relationship building, training, employee career development, and more. Among all the platforms and programs, there are many

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Onboarding helps increase employee engagement and new hire productivity. An effective onboarding process also helps increase retention and overall company profitability. If you’re an HR professional, you understand the work required to recruit, hire, and retain top talent. While the statistics that support onboarding are overwhelming, not every business leader understands the power of the

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A friend of mine shared a story with me about a business owner for whom he once worked. During weekly staff meetings, department heads would give their updates, and as the information was given, the owner would mark his notes with either a smiley face or a frowning face. While some may leave a smirking

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If you’re an HR professional who is tired of the constant cycle of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and assuring training, only to turn around and have to restart the process time and again for the same position, maybe it’s time to evaluate the onboarding options for your new hires.   As technology continues to influence our

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“Artificial intelligence can learn anything that humans can learn”, says Max Welling, Professor at Amsterdam University.   Trends continue to show that organizational leaders and HR professionals are moving toward the further merger of artificial intelligence (AI) into HR functions like onboarding and administration of benefits, believing that the combination can and will improve the

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You’ve spent time vetting your candidate through a series of interviews, introduced them to the decision makers, made the offer which she’s accepted, and now it’s time to get your new hire started. Over the last several years, employee onboarding has began to make its way to the front of the pack as the first

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As national unemployment rates continue to drop, even fewer viable candidates are available for many job openings. Combine the good news of lower unemployment with the skills gap that persists, and you’ll find recruiting and hiring the best candidates for your company is as daunting a task as ever. As HR professionals know, hiring is

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Let’s face it: Business is challenging, and so is life. In this time of our country, where leadership is at the forefront of every news story and national narrative, it’s important for us to realize that we are all part of the implications of the leadership confrontations that are occurring, in one way or another.

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Here we are already nearing the end of the first month of 2018, as time keeps ticking on. As people begin to drop their new year’s resolutions, there are some things that are a matter of survival for HR professionals, leaving them no option but to carry on with their goals and demands. No matter

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Some employees are not meant to be here 60 days from when they start, much less in 3 years. Of course HR professionals know the reality of this, but I want to give you some permission to be kind to yourself when it happens. I’m sure you’ve heard of the old 80/20 rule, that in

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We’re just days away from 2018, and what a year 2017 has been! We’ve seen so many HR professionals over the last year make the jump into effective onboarding practices, in hopes of protecting their extraordinary work of recruiting, hiring, and retaining top talent. The work of HR professionals has never been more important, as

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“Good, bad, or indifferent, if you are not investing in technology, you are going to get left behind.” With a skills gap, lack of engagement, and challenging retention throughout the workforce, there has never been a more important time for businesses and HR professionals to understand the necessity and power of effective onboarding. As many

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Artificial Intelligence made its introduction into the world in the early 1950s through computer pioneer Alan Turing. Turing created the Turing Test, a scenario based on questions designed to determine if the one providing answers was a human or a computer. In short, if the one who was judging the answers was incorrect 50% of

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Do you know this feeling? You’re driving down the road, following your GPS. You make a wrong turn and your GPS tells you to turn around. Traffic is heavy and you can’t turn right away, so it keeps recalculating, and you can just swear that the voice is getting frustrated with you. Of course this

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What if I told you that perhaps the single most important thing you could do to guarantee that you integrate, train, and retain a new hire long-term has no formal process and there are zero dollars in budget for it? If you’re an HR professional given the responsibility of ensuring the initial success of your

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While the growing conversation surrounding AI could lead us to think that the introduction of such technology is something new, it is a concept that has been around since the 1950’s. IBM has been working with the technology since that time, and while many consider it to be the future of everything from the home

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How do you impress an algorithm? There is no punch line here, because it’s not a joke. Intelligent automation is already at work, helping HR professionals scan through resumes to find potential new hires. At an ever-increasing speed, HR technology is finding ways to streamline the search for candidates, evaluating work samples, reviewing social media

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In his book, 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, author John Maxwell makes the assertion that “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Among many other attributes, great leaders communicate effectively, in both word and action. Today’s HR professionals are expected to communicate in ways like never before, offering insight into the human elements of a

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Let me start by saying that I’ve got nothing against grandma. In fact, I love her. She had an amazing work ethic, she was loyal, she was smart, passionate, and she was resourceful. She knew how to work the phone lines to recruit, and she could write copy to place in the local newspaper ads.

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Employee engagement is the backbone of every business’ success. HR professionals understand that an engaged employee makes the workplace a better place, and engaged employees are much more productive. According to ERE Media, organizations spend $720 million per year on improving engagement. And yet, the statistics are staggering, as Gallup estimates that 71 percent of

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Today’s workplace moves at the speed of the Internet. From recruiting and hiring to assimilation, to bringing a new hire to full productivity, there are numerous chances for a new employee to get left behind, and end up leaving for better opportunity after only a short time of employment. You’ve got to provide them with

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“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (Forrest Gump) This saying is just as true in business as it is in your personal life. No matter your plans, projections, initiatives, or goals, you never really know what you’re going to get in your business. From your recruiting and

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There’s an old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s disputed who actually coined the phrase, but it’s an often-shared belief nonetheless, and one that holds tremendous value within the realm of leadership.   The business world is often viewed as a primarily transactional universe, a

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One of the greatest challenges that we as humans face is overcoming the feelings of loneliness that can set in on us at any time. We live in an instant world, connected by social media platforms that sometimes are anything but social. We can access friends (old and new) and family all over the world.

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It’s the end of the first quarter of 2017, and HR professionals are still struggling with recruiting quality talent. In a research report published last year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), sixty-eight percent (68%) of HR professionals are experiencing difficulty recruiting candidates. While the reasons for “the struggle” are numerous, skills gaps and

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With HR professionals noting a skills gap across the global workforce, the challenge arises in finding candidates who display the soft skills required to succeed. While the hard skills of many industries can be learned, even on the job, it’s much more difficult to learn the soft skills that help an employee traverse today’s landscape

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And the winner is…La La Land! If you were tuned in like me, nothing seemed out of the ordinary as the acceptance speeches began for movie of the year. But about two minutes in, the room began to bustle, and you could see activity on the stage. What unfolded over the next few moments turned

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No matter the size of your business, having a high employee turnover rate creates tension on a business in a myriad of ways. With a study by ERE Media showing that it can cost an organization upwards of 400 percent of an employee’s salary (no, that’s not a typo) to replace them, it’s time to

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With 2017 projected to be a record year for companies to purchase cloud-based onboarding solutions, organizations are getting in the game to close the proverbial “back door” in order to retain top talent long-term. With hiring, retention, company culture, and the bottom-line at stake, HR professionals are on the move to make some changes. Here

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We live in a world where information comes at us faster than our mind is able to process. With the advancements in technology, we now watch a TV while simultaneously working on our laptop, and during commercial break, we hop on our phone to check our social media, or find out the latest news. It’s

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You’ve heard the old adage, “Sales cures all.” Anyone who has worked sales very long knows that while this saying is true, there is one idea that follows closely behind: “retention of clients long-term and repeat customers calm the soul.” Okay, so I obviously made up that saying, but you get the point. While sales

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With a survey from The Wynhurst Group reporting that 22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and that about 4% of employees quit on their first day work, it’s no wonder the onboarding process is more critical than ever. With a shift in today’s workforce culture, and as the millennial

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You know what they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not sure who “they” is, but I would have to concur that for most people, it is a fun time of year. For others…ehh…not so much. But either way, if you’re working for a company, you’re more than likely looking at

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Introductions can be an awkward interaction. You don’t know what to say when you meet someone, so you stumble through some small talk, mention something about the weather, shake hands to say goodbye, and as you walk away, you realize that you have already forgotten their name. You know what’s awkward times 2? A new

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Remember that time back in middle school when you had your first school dance? Ok, so maybe you were homeschooled, but just follow me here. Remember the feeling of excitement coupled with utter fear? Should I ask him/her to the dance? What if someone asks me to dance? How do I dance? And if you’re

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