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The Importance of Proper Preparation

Just as a good chef carefully prepares all aspects of a meal before plating each dish, successful HR professionals carefully map out every aspect of a task before executing it. In fact, HR professionals are probably some of the most well-prepared individuals in an organization—or at least they should be.

Wait! What about me and what I bring to the job?

It may be time to “sharpen your knife” regarding reward systems. Organizational needs and employ­ees’ expectations about work and careers are chang­ing, making traditional job-based pay systems less effective or, in some cases, even obsolete. In a recent article in WorkSpan titled “Refining Rewards for the Millennial Generation,” Ken Abosch, a partner with AON, PLC, discusses some of the following insights:

Don’t Fear the Side Gig

As you’re scrolling through your e-mail, you notice a LinkedIn notification that one of your top performers has added a new job. Before you send out the bat signal to the recruitment team, you should read this article.

Don’t jump the gun

It's Not Me - It's You: How to Break Up With Your Employees

Relationships—both personal and professional— can be complicated. Just like first dates, job interviews offer candidates the chance to show a prospective em­ployer the best possible version of themselves: smart, charming, funny, and responsible. As an employer, you ask exploratory questions about a candidate’s background, education, interests, and goals for the fu­ture to see if it’s a good fit. If you both agree that it is, you start a relationship.

Breakup options abound

What's In a Name? Maybe A Lot More Than You Realize

Management doesn’t care about us—they don’t even know who we are. Management walks around the office and never talks to anyone—it’s like we are invisible.

Career Resilience in An Ever-Evolving World

Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; the ability to spring back into shape.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of career resilience and how every single working person will have to show it at some point in their lives. Two years ago this week, at the age of 50, I left a job of 17 years—a job that I loved . . . and didn’t love.

If I had assigned it a Facebook relationship status, it would have been: “It’s complicated.”

How to Protect Your Workplace From Political Disruption

In today’s tense political environment, our divisive­ness over politics doesn’t end when employees walk through the office door. You’ve probably seen a coworker turn a hot-button political issue into a heated, unproduc­tive argument. You might have even been part of an on­line exchange that turned from a reasonable debate to ALL CAPS yelling with just a few clicks of the keyboard.

Time for a change in 2019: talent management resolution

2018 has come to a close, and a new year is upon us. As the new year begins, it’s a perfect time to re­flect and reassess personally and professionally. Businesses use strategic planning and budgets to re­flect that same thinking at an enterprise level. How­ever, all too often those choices are rushed—and even forced—based on constraints and lack of time. More importantly, people tend to be considered last on the list.

Oh, Snap! How Abrupt Judgments Affect Leader Decision Making

While we like to think of ourselves as rational leaders, we often make quick decisions based on in­accurate perceptions and mental errors. Decision makers need to be particularly mindful of the limits on rationality because their judgments affect people’s careers.

Why Can't I Wear My Nikes?

Recently, a friend called me wondering if her employer could ban Nike apparel at work following the Colin Kaepernick “Just Do It” ad campaign controversy. In the midst of this much politicized time, a photo of a sign outside an unknown employer’s business informing employees of its new zero-tolerance policy banning any Nike apparel from the workplace went viral on social media. Many employees are now asking, “Can my employer really ban me from wearing a brand that I like?”

Should you ban a brand at work?

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