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Social media is a necessity. At this point, every business in the world knows this. There may be a million different theories and strategies of how to execute corporate social media, but one thing that will be a constant in all of them is amplification. For any social media program to be successful, content needs to be shared. Easier said than done, right?

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There is a popular saying among many leaders, and it goes something like this: “The last words of any great organization are ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ ”

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Traditionally, HR professionals have focused their efforts outwards to others in their organizations; overseeing Learning & Development departments, developing succession planning models, and promoting career management programs for employees. It’s sometimes a bit like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes, isn’t it?

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It seems almost a given that most employees do more than just tolerate their jobs—at least if we are to believe the number of coffee mugs sold with the phrase “I Hate Mondays” each year. Why does it seem like so many people go to work with the mentality of “Just get through today?” Likely, these employees are not engaged, and that lack of engagement is a problem—with a solution that starts with leadership.

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One of my most emotional and painful experiences as an HR professional was the first time I was involved in a large layoff and restructure at my company. I entered that meeting room with an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach as we announced to a staff of more than 100 at this particular facility that their positions were being eliminated due to restructuring.

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The recent CareerXroads Source of Hire survey had people in the HR space talking this week, and the survey results seem to point to an interesting trend: Are we seeing the return of the recruiter?

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It can be scary to go through a career transition, especially if the transition is not one you chose to make. But it can be doubly scary for those employees who have already had established careers. As a mature job seeker you may worry that you are going to have a hard time competing for attention with younger job seekers, especially in today’s job market.

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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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