This one practice will double your hiring success!

Research from 65 years ago shows that impressions made of a job candidate during the first four minutes of an interview play a dominant role in shaping an interviewer’s hiring decision. First impressions establish a bias, which colors all subsequent…

Onboarding: Accelerate productivity and increase employee engagement!

Many companies are ramping up their recruiting efforts to keep pace with the current economic boom. Having an effective onboarding program is critical to getting new hires up to speed and retaining them for years to come. How can companies…

7 Reasons Why it is a Great Time to be in Human Resources!

Human resources as an organizational function and its leaders are receiving heaps of criticism these days. I must say that some of it is justified! Pundits, academics and business executives alike have been criticizing HR for not being business savvy,…

Managers, will your team achieve their year-end goals?

Companies don’t generate value -  people do.  Your role as a manager is critical for aligning, motivating, and empowering your team to succeed.  It’s half way through the calendar year. How is your team doing? How is each individual team…

Half way through the year: How successful is your talent management plan?

I will be the first to tell you there has never been a better time to be in human resources.  Never has there been better and more widely available research, predictive models, and--during this economic expansion--the need for companies to…

Six exciting seminars for H R leaders this summer

I am leading six exciting Seminars this summer with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Learn more about SHRM Professional Development credits and HCRI Recertification credits--and sign up!--at http://www.nchra.org/events/event_list.asp. Strategic Thinking--Conquering the Traditional H R Paradigms. NCHRA H R Business Leader Series. July 7.…

Use of contingent workers hits a speed bump!

During the past several days, we have seen headlines about two companies that employ drivers and, according to the courts or regulators, violated laws on contingent workers and the definition of technical platforms. FedEx disclosed a $228 million settlement for…

Will using emotional intelligence improve your ability to select good managers?

I sometimes receive inquiries on how to improve their success rate for selecting good managers. Their inquiry often includes this question, “Is emotional intelligence a reliable predictor of manager success?”  The short answer is, “Yes.” Not only is emotional intelligence…