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There was an interesting survey released recently by the people at Quantum Workplace, and the results have gotten a lot of attention in the HR space over the last week. The survey looks at employee engagement levels among companies that participated in the Best Places to Work program. What the study found was that engagement levels at those companies was higher than it had been since 2009 — by nearly 68 percent.

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No doubt most companies are still trying to feel their way through the new health insurance requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Not only must companies make sure their policies meet the new requirements, they must also balance the increased cost of healthcare with the cost of providing other benefits. And, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, it is those other benefits that are getting cut.

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Some interesting recent research from CareerBuilder shows that it is becoming more important than ever for someone in the middle of a career transition to mind their online manners, at least when it comes to social media. When CareerBuilder spoke to more than 2,000 hiring managers, more than half of them said that they decided not to hire a candidate based on something they found on social media.

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There has been some interesting talk this week in the HR space about talent management: everything from using the performance review as a way to define top talent to a radical idea about turning our understanding of talent management on its head. Here are three articles to spark some conversation in your HR department.

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I’m a fan of employee engagement, relationship management, and career development. I place my focus on these areas as a manager, peer, and leader because of the examples set by the many managers with whom I have worked with throughout my career—especially the bad examples.

Bad or good, managers never seem to have enough time to spend with their team. We’re too busy running from one meeting to the next, putting out fires, and building that presentation slide deck for that next big meeting.

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career transition, job board, job search

Read the RiseSmart blog for any length of time, and you’ll see that we use the phrase “career transition” a lot. That’s because changing jobs is more just a “search,” a term that too many people use to describe a three-pronged process. To our thinking, the actual job search is the part that should demand the least amount of your attention. How little? Just 10% of your time should be spent searching for job leads.

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career development

It seems to be common knowledge that there’s little in the way of employee loyalty anymore.

Gone are the days of employees getting hired on right out of school with one company, and then, 50 years later, retiring with the same company. Now, it’s almost expected that if someone wants to grow her career she will have to switch employers three or four times or more.

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career transition

Do people rely on you for your sensemaking? What about your cross-cultural competencies? Or your cognitive load management? Sound like a bunch of meaningless jargon?

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Changing your human capital management processes by implementing new technologies carries with it a few risks, in addition to potential rewards.

Therefore, I can understand why so many human resources executives prefer to play it safe by opting out; however, is arguing that your company “is not ready for technology” actually putting your organization at greater risk?

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“My boss is always concerned with recruiting numbers…from the number of interviews we hold to how many hires we can count each month. We’re a data driven organization, but how can I stress the importance to leadership that there is more to hiring, retention, and promotions than just numbers?”

 

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