Posts by jspuhler

Time on the Clock: Understanding New Overtime Rules

In May, the Obama Administration announced a long-expected update to federal overtime regulations.  Sending ripples throughout the workforce, the rule revisions have a broad impact on how work is performed—and who is doing it. The final rule  was announced following a public comment period between July and September, 2015.  During that time, more than 270,000…

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The Difference Between “Top” & the “Right” Talent

A tight talent pool presses human resource managers and recruiters to fill positions created by vacancies and skills gaps.  Is there a difference between “top” talent and the “right” talent for your company? As former recruiters, we understand the need for speed and structure during the hiring cycle. Our recruiting and staffing software is designed…

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Emotional Intelligence: Humans & Machines?

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Emotional Intelligence: Differentiator for Humans & Machines? How can humans adapt to make the best use of machines—and remain employed? We talked earlier about the future of work and the likelihood that automation and algorithms may sharply reduce the job pool of the future. The use of automation in human capital management allows HR the opportunity…

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Human Games:  Can We Beat the Bots?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are reshaping the workplace and the economy.  Can humans successfully compete? As the worldview envisioned by futurists and science fiction writers in the 1950’s and 60’s takes shape, a global economy still shaken by the Great Recession is riding the rails straight into what some call the “Second Machine Age”…

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Hottest Thing Going—Summer Fridays

When the temperature rises, productivity goes down.  Summer Fridays are a hot entry for companies looking for new engagement opportunities. There was a time when companies carefully tracked holiday and vacation time.  Today, while back office software products can do just that, smart human resource managers are looking at how to use time to improve…

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Hire Smart by Hiring Older?

Pop quiz. Who uttered this memorably ageist quote in 2007? “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30? I don’t know. Young people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family. Simplicity in…

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Increase Success by Decreasing Interview Stress

Do not miss the chance at hiring a top candidate because of interview stress. We have all been on interviews.  It is nerve-wracking, especially if you really want the job.  From the other side of the desk, it is a good idea to remember what your candidates are going through.  But that is not the…

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Upskilling: Where Are You On Yours?

Where Are You on your Upskilling? In recent years, companies have leaned on the gig economy to provide scalable, on-time workers that disappear when the work does.  Would you be better off by upskilling? As the economy regains steam after the Great Recession, upskilling is increasingly on the dashboard of American business.  Sometimes the best…

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Can Perks Level the Field When Recruiting?

Engage your workforce throughout the employee lifecycle by understanding the mindset to manage Millennials. While overall good management practices are important, Millennials continue to expand their workplace presence.  Effective methods for engaging this influential group are likely to work for those entering, and exiting, the workforce as well. The geography of Millennials—what do you need…

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Building Rapport between Recruiters and Hiring Managers

Five Tips for Building Rapport between Recruiters and Hiring Managers High retention and satisfaction rates are a result of good hiring choices. You can improve those rates by improving processes between hiring managers and recruiters. In smaller companies, HR may consist of one or two people who recruit, hire, onboard, manage benefits, and offboard.  The…

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