HR Strategy

Small Business Should Win Most Recruiting Battles, Here’s Why They Don’t (Recruiting advantages at small businesses – a comprehensive guide) (Part 1 & 2)

Ask retirees what was the best job in your career? And often the answer is a job at a small business. And because so many respond positively that a job at a small business was the best one in their professional career, I literally laugh when small business managers complain they can’t recruit against elite firms like Google. Even though …

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Raise Your Credibility With Executives – Dealbreaker Phrases To Avoid (Part 2 of 2)

A Think Piece – a new language for HR, “Speaking With Dollars and Data” and avoiding turnoff phrases. The goal of this article is to provide direction to HR professionals who want to learn how to impress and build credibility with their executives. By making presentations that include more dollars, data, and numbers. And that completely avoids “dealbreaker words” like …

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The Untimely Death Of Workforce Planning – HR’s Most Costly Omission

HR mistake

HR’s almost nonexistent workforce planning has created our most costly business impact this century. And those billions in business damages have been created primarily over the last decade. We have had a constant mismatch between a company’s talent needs and its workforce capabilities. The primary reason for this talent mismatch is that over the last decade, HR has made developing …

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The Untimely Death Of Workforce Planning – HR’s Most Costly Omission

HR mistake

HR’s almost nonexistent workforce planning has created our most costly business impact this century. And those billions in business damages have been created primarily over the last decade. We have had a constant mismatch between a company’s talent needs and its workforce capabilities. The primary reason for this talent mismatch is that over the last decade, HR has made developing …

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Act Before The Supreme Court Decisions On Guns & Abortions Impact Your Workplace (The top 10 problems created by each recent SCOTUS decision)

HR must plan for the upcoming workplace turmoil as a new gun and abortion court decisions take effect. Of course, everyone is talking about the two recent Supreme Court decisions covering abortion and gun rights. And even though most of the impacts from these two rulings will fall into the legal and political categories. It would be a grave mistake …

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Gender Pronouns – Understanding Their Many Hidden Problems (And how this program’s downsides may outweigh its benefits)

A think piece – for increasing awareness of the potential negative problems associated with using gender pronouns. Encouraging or requiring the use of gender pronouns has recently been enthusiastically supported by many corporate DEI leaders. Unfortunately, I have found that their enthusiasm has not been tempered or supported with sufficient research on the many downsides associated with implementing a Preferred …

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The Downturn Is Coming – So Monitor These Factors That Predict Upcoming Layoffs (A checklist for predicting when layoffs will occur at your company)

Minimize your own “employment insecurity issues by predicting when your company will lay off. A smart employee knows what to look for and, with little effort, identifies the many warning signs that reveal when a layoff plan is receiving serious consideration. And with early warning, the employee will have enough time to take the necessary actions to help minimize any …

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Are Costly HR Solutions Making Employees Too Expensive? (The Business Case For Replacing Them With Robots)

Weigh hiring robots or humans

Labor costs are up 4.2%, the biggest gain in 20 years, so employees are becoming an expensive option.  This think piece is designed to get you to reconsider your “who does the work” options Yes, we are experiencing an extremely rare event where employee costs are soaring while, at the same time, workforce productivity is actually decreasing. Employee costs have …

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Roe v. Wade – Where To Expand Your Support For Impacted Employees (A guide to corporate actions for supporting employees with unwanted pregnancies)

58% of workers are women, so disruptions in their lives will hurt productivity, hiring, and retention. And given the publicity that a woman’s right to choose is now receiving. You must assume that your female and male employees and your customers will be watching closely to see if their company is adequately meeting employee needs. Or if it is going …

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