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Make Learning Matter: Become a Learning Organization

Organizations with the best chance to succeed and thrive in the future are learning organizations. In his landmark book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Compare Prices) , Peter Senge defined the learning organization. ...




Halloween in the workplace? Keep yourself out of trouble.

It’s that time of year where employers throw Halloween parties and accept employees wearing Halloween costumes in the workplace. Halloween is a fun way to play dress up and pretend as an adult but it’s also a really good way to create lasting problems in the workplace. ...




Department of Labor Issues Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors are likely to make the administratively easiest choices to comply with the Department of Labor's (DOL's) final paid sick leave rule, issued Sept. 29. They may "frontload" leave at the beginning of the year, ask for certification similar to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) documentation when possible and offer paid time off (PTO) of at least 56 hours to all employees, even to ones who aren't working on federal contracts, legal experts say. ...




My Favorite Simple Opener for Meetings and Training Classes

Need a quick, no preparation icebreaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Highly adaptable, this icebreaker leads the participants right into the content of your meeting or training class. Here is my one-word icebreaker and my suggestions about how to endlessly adapt this icebreaker to your participants' needs. ...




The Great Debate: Employee vs Independent Contractor

It is a dilemma you will face at some point during the life of your small business. The company is growing nicely but there is only so much you can do. Adding to your human resources can result in additional revenue and less chaos in your business life. ...




Unchain Your Mind and Begin to Think Like a Visionary

Conceptual thinking is simply exploring and pondering to find out where an idea leads.
 
Recently, I was visiting a dear friend who works in Silicon Valley. He holds a Ph.D. and has developed computer technologies for a number of well-known companies. ...




When it's OK to Split From Your Current Employer

Yes, you can do it amicably.
When news broke about Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, many were shocked to see the end of the Hollywood megawatt couple that is Brangelina (gulp, check that – past tense, was).
And as various headlines try to point to the cause of the split, as a career expert, I can't help but think about how even when things seem ideal from the outside, what's really going on can be quite different. ...




The Best Ways to Reward Employees

Having an effective reward program in place can help solve many of your HR issues.
 
Every company needs a strategic reward system for employees that addresses these four areas: compensation, benefits, recognition and appreciation. The problem with reward systems in many businesses today is twofold: They're missing one or more of these elements (usually recognition and/or appreciation), and the elements that are addressed aren't properly aligned with the company's other corporate strategies. ...




How to Save a Disastrous Interview

A job candidate – let's call him Carl – had all but sealed the deal for a new job. The only remaining step was to meet his prospective team of peers. The tone of that meeting was casual and chummy, so he loosened up.
 
And then he made a Rogaine joke to a bald team member. ...




The New Roles of the Human Resources Professional

Traditional HR Is Transforming and Adding Three Critical Roles
 
Some industry commentators call the Human Resources function the last bastion of bureaucracy. Traditionally, the role of the Human Resource professional in many organizations has been to serve as the systematizing, policing arm of executive management. ...