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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. ...




Happy Hour Can Create Workplace Unhappiness

Getting together with co-workers at the local pub sounds innocent enough, but it can come with a heaping side order of job pressure in the current economic climate.
 
There could be job repercussions for the employee who can’t or won’t attend happy hour or some other informal after-work social event, some fear. ...




2 benefits never to put on the chopping block

With healthcare costs continuing to skyrocket — along with fears of triggering the “Cadillac” tax in 2018 — employers are looking into what kinds of benefits they can cut. 
 
But there are two benefits that should remain a last resort for cuts: dental and vision benefits. ...




5 Best Ways to Get Noticed

            Climbing up the career ladder is on everyone’s mind in today’s competitive workforce. As a single employee out of many striving for recognition and promotion, there are some ways to get noticed for your contributions at work. ...




12 Steps to Asking for a Raise – and Getting It

Go ahead, ask. Just take this advice from negotiation experts first.
 
Good. You probably should. Chances are, your boss isn't going to walk up to you, throw her hand on your shoulder and say: "Hey, we have some extra cash. What do you say to a 5 percent – actually, let's make it 7 percent – raise?" You've got to do the asking, and so you've got to do some strategizing. ...




Seemingly innocent interview questions that might spark an age-bias claim

You know better than to ask a job candidate how old he or she is. But employee-side lawyers are crafty, and can build an age discrimination lawsuit around queries that seem a lot more innocent. 
 
What not to ask
 
Some examples from a recent post on The EmpLAWerologist blog:
 

How long would you stay with us?
How long do you plan to work?
How’d you feel about working for someone younger than you?
When did you graduate?
How many years of experience do you have?

 
Obviously, these questions are dangerous because they could draw out someone’s approximate age. ...