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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. ...




Coding Isn’t Just for Coders Anymore

Jobs that traditionally did not require coding are paying well for workers who know how, a study shows.
 
Jobs requiring coding skills pay $22,000 more than positions that don’t, and the demand for employees with such skills is expected to grow 12 percent faster than the overall job market during the next decade, according to a report published Wednesday. ...




7 warning signs a great employee’s about to quit

We all want to hold onto our best, brightest employees. And sometimes, a key component of that retention effort is being able to recognize when they’re trying to locate greener pastures and finding ways to increase their loyalty.
 
But what you need to know first are the red flags that indicate an employee is conducting such a search. ...




Ask These 24 Interview Questions to Find a Marketing Rock Star

When it’s time to expand your startup’s growing team, you can’t go wrong with hiring a marketing strategist. Sure, accountants, customer service reps and other specialists are all important, but it’s your marketing team that puts money directly back into your pocket. ...




Hiring Veterans - Separating fact from fiction

 Viewpoint: Hiring VeteransSeparating fact from fictionBy Lida Citroën
 
Estimates are that by the year 2023 there will be 3.5 million military veterans in the U.S. workforce. One would think this would excite civilian employers that seek skilled, talented and principled workers. ...