Training and Development

Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Dearest Employee: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I give you a fair wage. I give you competitive benefits. I give you a safe workspace. I give you freedom to work at home, and innovative tools to communicate. I give you beer bashes and company events. I give you a professional title.… more Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

The days between Christmas and New Year’s are softly padded for your protection. And for many of us, that’s the case. Thank goodness. Because for a year of modest business growth at best, with economic uncertainty still tainting soft landings of any long-term success (with exception of course), we need this time of the year… more Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

From the Way We Worked to Today

(Originally published at TalentCulture.com) “What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben). “I work for an HR software company,” I answered. He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in personnel.” “Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked… more From the Way We Worked to Today

And That’s Why The HR Business Makes Everything At The Table

“As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it.” Wow. Here I am busy and working away this last week not writing much, and then I hear this crap from billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Tudor’s comments about female traders. He’s been vilified quite a bit already, so I’m going to move this article… more And That’s Why The HR Business Makes Everything At The Table

Youth Employment and the Dangerous Summertime Blues

Ah, summer. I remember it well… Being a teenager, without many if any cares in the world, just wanting school to be done to then play in the hot Central Valley sun. Swimming, getting sunburnt, carousing with girls, cruising the main drag on Friday and Saturday nights, hanging out with my friends at the malls,… more Youth Employment and the Dangerous Summertime Blues

The Small Minds of Big Data

“Big numbers are one thing when it comes to various social points of presence, but is anyone measuring interaction and engagement? If so, how?” That was one of the questions I posed last week at the Recruiting Trends Social Sourcing and Recruitment Summit in Washington, DC. An eclectic and electric room for sure, with my TalentCulture #TChat… more The Small Minds of Big Data

Looking For And Creating Meaningful Work

Chapter 2: Looking For Work That’s all I could read, no matter how discreetly I strained to see the pages. I could tell however that the book had large format printing, like for seniors or grade school children, and obviously he was in the latter category, fifth or sixth grade I guessed. There was also a black and white… more Looking For And Creating Meaningful Work

Community Apprenticeships and Skill Development

“The banker man grows fatter, the working man grows thin It’s all happened before and it’ll happen again It’ll happen again, they’ll bet your life I’m a Jack of all trades and, darling, we’ll be alright.” –Bruce Springsteen Most agree that something’s got to give on all levels. Economists, that is. Taxes must go up… more Community Apprenticeships and Skill Development

A-B-C: Tech Job Hunt Handbook Now Available

It’s Cyber Monday, November 26, 2012, and all the eBooks at Apress are available for $15. Why is this important? Well, it’s because: A) You love to read. B) You love all things business, technology and the world of work. C) You love staying on top of your career development. Lastly, Apress is the publisher… more A-B-C: Tech Job Hunt Handbook Now Available

Get your binders ready because big data jobs abound

She put the scrap of paper in a clear plastic pocket inside the binder and shut it. Another scrap of paper taped to the binder cover read “Lost and Found.” I’d been waiting upwards of 10 minutes to return a purchase for my mom. Waiting patiently at the Walmart customer service desk while the employee… more Get your binders ready because big data jobs abound

The Razor Thin Margin of HR

The thinness comment woke me up. I’d been nodding off all week due to horrible jet lag, and sitting there in the opening keynote of HR Tech Europe last week was no exception. Until the thinness comment. Snickers came from the Europeans and uncomfortable chair shifting from the American contingent. He might as well have said vagina. The… more The Razor Thin Margin of HR

In case of personal Armageddon

In case of personal Armageddon, flee to the sea. That’s all I’ve been able to think about these days each time I run from my house to the ocean and back again, usually about 4.5 to 5 miles three times per week. I think about it because along the way I witness the destitute, the disenfranchised, the drug addicts, the mentally ill, the miserably lost — the entire spectrum of fringe, from those who have chosen to live this way to those who have not.