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5 Roles That Will Power 21st Century Human Resources Departments (

Transforming your HR Department? Here are five roles you'll want to include:

"A 21st century company has to be employee-centric in order to stay relevant and push the boundaries of industry. After all, it’s great people that make a great company" -Kavi Guppta,

Manager of Employee Engagement

-conversation between leadership and teams

-ongoing dialogue surrounding workforce performance

Director of Learning

-technology, processes, and customers are ever-changing

-ongoing education of the workforce

Diversity Officer

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6 Amazing Things Microsoft Could Do With LinkedIn (

By now you've probably heard the big news: Microsoft has agreed to purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. As much as you like searching for new jobs, and scrolling through an endless number of memes about achieving your inner greatness, you're probably scratching your head, wondering why Microsoft would dump about a third of its worth on a social network that doesn't even crack the top three in popularity. It's fair to question whether or not the acquisition makes fiscal sense, or whether the two tech giants can form a cohesive and practical business unit. However, the acquisition doesn't entirely come out of the blue, especially if you've been closely following Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his machinations.

Less than a year ago, Nadella emailed his 118,000 global employees to lay out his vision for what Microsoft would become under his leadership. In that memo, he said Microsoft would invest in three interconnected goals. The second and third goals on his list were to build a more intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.

Nadella's primary objective is to reinvent productivity and business processes. The LinkedInFree at iTunes Store acquisition strikes at the heart of this goal. A Microsoft-LinkedIn marriage could not only reinvent productivity and business processes for Microsoft customers, but also for the Redmond-based giant itself.

1. Access to Every Company's IT Decision-Makers

2. Access Experts via Word and PowerPoint

3. Create an HR Platform that Ties into Microsoft Dynamics 

4. Compete with Facebook and Twitter

5. Skype and LinkedIn Become One

6. All of the Above...Combined

-Juan Martinez, June 13, 2016

Click HERE to read details on these 6 potential benefits.


FLSA Overtime Regulations: Everything You Need to Know (SHRM)

As of May 18, 2016, President Obama announced the Department of Labor's final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Effective December 1st, 2016, this new law will extend overtime pay to roughly 40% of the population, as opposed to about 8% prior to this final rule. As this law will impact workers and employers, here are the basics of what you need to know:

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Company Profile: ThinkHR Launches Premium HR Solutions Suite To Give Insurance Brokers Competitive Edge (

How might innovative technological solutions help companies remain competitive and change productivity in the workplace? 

"ThinkHR, the leader in expert HR knowledge and training solutions for insurance brokers and employers, announced Workplace Pro, an expanded suite of premium HR solutions built to help companies stay informed and compliant in today's complex regulatory environment. Workplace Pro includes a compliance calendar that is automatically populated with compliance deadlines, and a mobile app that enables employers to get immediate answers to critical HR questions.  For ThinkHR's insurance partners, Workplace Pro delivers an expanded portfolio of products that have been architected for the modern workplace to make broker services indispensable for their clients."

-March 16, 2016/ PR Newswire

Read more about the new compliance calendar and mobile app HERE!



HR News: Writing an inspiring vision and mission statement (

What is the difference between a mission and vision statement? Are both necessary to an organization? Cara G. Parker, CEO and founder of C Parker Consulting, Inc. (CPC), discusses the benefits of having both a mission and vision statement within your organization.

"Having both are absolutely necessary in order to set the stage for the rest of your strategic plan. Explicitly, they form the foundation of your strategy and set the direction for your organization. More specifically, benefits of vision and mission statements include: prioritization of budgets, highlights skill gaps in the workforce, forms the basis for decision making and problem solving, focuses marketing and product promotion needs, and supports forecasting for your customer base and financials."

-Cara G. Parker | February 23, 2016 |

To read more about key characteristics of a vision and mission statement according to Cara, please click here


What the U.S. could learn from Sweden's 6-hour work day (

By S. Kumar for Fortune 

"Keeping with the spirit of work-life balance prized in Scandinavian countries, many firms in Sweden are supporting a six-hour work day. The news might make most in the U.S. pretty jealous, but there’s really no reason for that. While an 8-hour work day is the norm in America, U.S. workers really only work six hours a day and should officially follow Sweden’s lead".

To read more please click HERE

What our your thoughts about a 6-hour work day? Do you think it would work in the U.S.? What benefits would an organization see from this?


How much break time do employees need to maximize productivity? (

Staying focused for a minimum of eight hours seems impossible. We all know a mental break is necessary, but how much time should we give ourselves? Is there a time frame that keeps us refreshed, while at the same time keeping us on target at work?

"What is the best ratio of break-to-work time? The answer may surprise you. 

Recently, the Draugiem Group, a social networking company, set out to find the answer to that question.

So here’s what it did: It used the time-tracking app DeskTime to see how its most productive employees used their time — paying particular attention to how many breaks they took during the workday."

--Christian Schappel, February 5, 2016

The results? Click here to find out.



Elon Musk has an interview tip for you (

One of the top executives in the world has an interview tactic that’s worth stealing.  

Elon Musk, intrepid promoter of the Tesla electric car and erstwhile space explorer, recently discussed how he knows whether a job candidate is the real deal.

*Find out what the secret is HERE.


HR News: When Terrorism Fears Reach the Workplace (

A congressional hearing into the alleged “radicalization” of American Muslims resulted in widespread media attention and public debate. So what should HR professionals do when conversations about such an event reach the workplace? 

The hearing held March 10, 2011, began with arguments about whether it’s fair to examine only Muslims when seeking to identify the sources of American-caused terrorism.

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HR News: 2015: Social HR Becomes A Reality (

by Jeanne Meister

In 2014, we saw organizations use social technologies for recruitment, development and engagement practices. The year to come will bring even more transformation to human resources.

The year 2015 will see the advent of what I call “the consumerization of HR,” where employees expect an “intelligent mobile user experience” to guide their access to HR resources. Employees will increasingly expect their employer to have the same user experience as when they reserve a taxi on Uber or Lyft, pay their bills on the Bank of America mobile app, or order food on Seamless or GrubHub. The mobile interface will be the employee’s primary conduit to a host of personal and business applications; putting pressure on HR to increase mobile adoption for recruitment, time and attendance, learning, goal setting and internal company newsletters.

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A Toxic Workplace (

by Anne-Marie Slaughter

FOR many Americans, life has become all competition all the time. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic.

The people who can compete and succeed in this culture are an ever-narrower slice of American society: largely young people who are healthy, and wealthy enough not to have to care for family members. An individual company can of course favor these individuals, as health insurers once did, and then pass them off to other businesses when they become parents or need to tend to their own parents. But this model of winning at all costs reinforces a distinctive American pathology of not making room for caregiving. The result: We hemorrhage talent and hollow out our society.

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One Reason For Netflix's Success- It Treats Employees Like Grownups

By Timothy Stenovec, 3/3/2015 Huffington Post  

 “If you trust and empower people and give them a chance to rise to the higher expectations, the vast majority of people are able to do it.”

How does Netflix maintain a high-performing culture? Their "Freedom and Responsibility" motto may be the key to how Netflix attracts, retains, and manages talent. This culture discourages micromanaging. Instead, they aim to hire the best people possible, provide them with clear instruction, and trust their judgements. But, who are the "best people possible"? Here are nine behaviors and skills Netflix values most in their colleagues: 

1. Judgement

2. Communication

3. Impact

4. Curiosity

5. Innovation

6. Courage

7. Passion

8. Honesty

9. Selflessness 


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5 Biggest Reasons Employees Quit Jobs Quickly

By Christian Schappel 9/3/2015 for HRMorning.

Is your onboarding program really working? According to recent research, many onboarding programs may not be as effective as we think. A software company, BambooHR, found that 31% of people have quit their jobs within the first six months. So, what’s going on here? BambooHR surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out why people have quit jobs in the past and what employers could do to improve onboarding programs. Read more here to find out why people quit quickly, and what workers want from onboarding programs. 


HR News: The EEOC Issues You'll Want to Keep an Eye on in 2015

Article By: Tim Gould,

2014 was a pretty tough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But that doesn’t mean employers can relax.

Employment law firm Littler Mendelson recently released its Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2014and while the results indicate the EEOC suffered some setbacks, it’s apparent that employers need to keep an eye on several key issues in 2015.

First, a look at the agency’s problems:

‘Systemic discrimination’ probes drop, but ‘reasonable cause determinations’ up

As you remember, in 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan which included a plan to engage in “targeted enforcement” to address “systemic discrimination.” This includes alleged discriminatory patterns or practices of discriminatory conduct and/or discriminatory policies that have a “broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic location.”

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New HR Certifications: SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

Beginning in January 2015, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) will be offering two new professional title certifications: the SHRM-Certified Professional (CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP™).

So here is everything you need to know about these two new certifications:

What is it?

The SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ are comprehensive learning and assessment tool created by SHRM®.  According to their website, the SHRM-CP and –SCP offer 5 key benefits: 1) the universal skills and knowledge tested is based off the SHRM competency model, 2) it is designed with the employer in mind, 3) it focuses on the individual being prepared for the current HR landscape, 4) it tests the HR competencies and knowledge in their application and 5) the eligibility and inclusivity it offers.

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LinkedIn to shell out nearly $6M for wage and hour violations

As an HR pro, you’ve probably spent an obscene about of time on LinkedIn. Well, the networking site for business professionals is in damage control after the feds discovered it violated wage and hour laws. 

The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that LinkedIn has agreed to pay $5,855,841 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees.

That averages out to a little more than $16,000 per affected employee (although the DOL didn’t specify if the payout would be divided equally).

The underpaid employees were non-exempt inside sales employees.

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Internships and the Realities of Life

Don’t you just love working with interns?

Interns are in about the best stage of life. They have gotten past the nitty grits of primary and secondary education and are finally setting their sights on the rest of their life. They are at the top of the first ladder in life, and most are itching to get started on the next ladder.

So they look around and they find an internship. They face that summer with a great deal of enthusiasm and zeal. This is the beginning of the rest of their life, and they can hardly wait to get at.

This kind of enthusiasm is one reason that corporations are willing to allow young adults to do summer placements as interns. Many corporations go all out to tap into this enthusiasm and zeal, and put on special promotional events and training sessions to make sure that summer placements are worthwhile.

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Influencer Relations: You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure, written by: Cory EdwardsHead of Adobe's Social Business Center of Excellence

It may be an old man­age­ment adage, but it still rings true today. You really can’t man­age what you don’t mea­sure, par­tic­u­larly with some­thing as unpre­dictable as influ­encer rela­tions where the suc­cess or fail­ure of your cam­paign depends on know­ing what works and what doesn’t. In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we dis­cussed strate­gies for iden­ti­fy­ing and then man­ag­ing tar­geted online influ­encers. Here, in the third and final piece, I want to share some ideas for how brands are look­ing at measurement.

If you’ve iden­ti­fied a list of influ­encers and put a pro­gram in place for man­ag­ing the inter­ac­tions, how do you mea­sure the suc­cess of those engage­ments over time? Is it the num­ber of times you have a touch point? Is it mea­sured by an ongo­ing bench­mark of your share of voice among the influ­encers rel­a­tive to com­peti­tors? It’s true, effec­tive influ­encer cam­paigns are about build­ing one-on-one rela­tion­ships with key opin­ion shapers — the most influ­en­tial peo­ple in your mar­ket. But it’s also about align­ing influ­encer efforts with spe­cific busi­ness out­comes and goals to see real results.

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Colleges, Employers Rethink Internship Policies

By: Rachel Feintzeig and Melissa Korn

The rules have changed for summer interns.

Since last year's class vacated the lowest rungs of the corporate totem pole, a string of high-profile lawsuits by unpaid interns has worked its way through the courts, and legislatures have passed new protections, forcing both schools and employers to rethink their policies.

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Olympian Goes for Gold at Work Using Lessons from Rink

By Kathy Gurchiek

When gold medalist Cathy Turner curls up in front of the TV with her daughters to watch speed skaters fly around the rink during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, she’ll be reminded of the intensity of purpose and the fear of failure that propel these athletes to “go for the gold.”

She lived it.

Today the certified PC/network technician applies the lessons she learned while pursuing athletic excellence to her work at Rochester, N.Y.-based Paychex, where she is an Oracle database administrator (DBA) III. Before joining Paychex, she spent more than five years as a software engineer and DBA at Windstream Communications.

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