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5 things every HR professional should know

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ONE. Set aside “1 career hour” a week. 

It’s important to manage your career, so don’t let a busy schedule keep your from activities like:

– Keeping your resume up to date

– Keeping your professional social media content up to date

– Participate in professional activities like workshops, summits, conferences, etc.

– Network with people that may someday offer or refer you to your next job

– Returning headhunter calls you’ve gotten to provide them with a referral to keep that relationship going.

 

TWO: It’s ok to steal (from something that is proven to work)

Why waste your time reinventing the wheel? Observe and apply all those practices that are working

Steal from other departments. Swipe from other divisions. Take from other firms. BE sure you give them credit then add your unique twist. If it’s proven and it works, why not? Bury your ego. Creating new stuff from scratch always take more time than you think and is highly overrated. (PaulSohn)

 

THREE: The 3 most important key in managing your poor performing employees:

– Clear expectations

– Documentation

– Feedback

A poor employee might just be getting poor direction. Make sure you present expectations clearly, keep track of his performance and provide them with feedback.

 

FOUR: Look into your turnover numbers

It’s not about how many you’re losing, it’s who your losing. Quality over quantity. Losing your top performing people is substantially more hurtful than losing people in any other group.

 

FIVE: Think Big  

 David Ogilvy, the well-known advertising wizard who founded the Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency, never spent a day in HR, but had an orientation practice that all HR leaders would appreciate. He established a wonderful tradition of welcoming new leaders in his organization with a gift of five wooden dolls, each smaller than the other, one inside the other. When the recipient finally gets to the fifth little doll, the smallest doll, and opens it, he finds the message:

“If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs, but if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

 

Sources: PaulSohn

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4 Easy Team Building Activities for Any Company

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Team building is about focusing a group’s energy on problem solving, task effectiveness, and maximizing the use of available resource to achieve a common goal. Team building involves a variety of activities and discussions that create a climate that encourages and values contributions of the team members.

Most companies plan one or two events per year to address the issue of team building; but the reality of the matter is that, in order to create a strong team, frequent activities are necessary. A solid team is the result of constant practice; a professional athlete doesn’t train one or two days a year, they train constantly. In the same manner, company leaders should seek frequent team building activities that will strengthen the company as a whole.

Team building serves and addresses different team issues, so before you begin make sure you identify the areas that need improvement; some common challenges are:

– communications kills.

– leadership skills

– personality differences

 

Here are some examples of activities

back to back team building activitiy

Back-to-Back Drawing 

Divide your group into pairs, and have each pair sit on the floor back to back. Give one person in each pair a picture of a shape, and give the other person a pencil and pad of paper.

Ask the people holding the pictures to give verbal instructions to their partners on how to draw the shape – without actually telling the partners what the shape is. After they’ve finished, ask each pair to compare their original shape with the actual drawing, and consider the following questions:

– How well did the first person describe the shape?

– How well did the second person interpret the instructions?

– Were there problems with both the sending and receiving parts of the communication process?

Activity from mindtools.com 

 

Following activities from onlineexpert.com

dancing team building

Push-Push

Time: 1–2 minutes

Purpose: Releases anxiety and reinforces idea of cooperation

Participants: Partners

Materials needed: None

Instructions: Partners face each other and place hands palm to palm. Partner A is told to

push as hard as possible. Next, Partner B is told not to push but to move their hands in a

gentle swaying motion.

Desired outcome: When you push, others push back; when you dance, others follow

your lead

mood buttons team building

Wear Your Attitude

Time: A few seconds

Purpose: Encourages all to be conscious of attitudes they are displaying

Participants: Everyone can play

Materials needed: Attitude buttons

Instructions:

Have buttons or laminated cards with a variety of attitudes on them; such as happy,

angry, friendly, generous, sad, worried, excellent, etc. As each person enters work, allow

them to pick the attitude they would like to display. People who pick unattractive ones

can be avoided and the pleasant ones will get all the smiles, encouragement, and

positive attention.

Anyone can change their ‘button attitude’ at any time.

Desired outcome: Bring awareness about how transparent our moods are and what we

get as a result.

 

mingle before meeting team building

Purpose Mingle

Time: One minute

Purpose: Focus participants before the meeting begins

Participants: Everyone attending the meeting

Materials needed: None

Instructions:

Before the meeting begins, everyone must stand up and tell as many others as they can in

one minute what they hope to contribute to the meeting.

For best results, offer a simple prize for the most people contacted and a bigger prize for

the most generous contribution expressed.

Desired outcome: Allows players to think about what they will give to a meeting rather

than what they will get. Encourages participation from the start.

 

Other sources: exforsys.com

 

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Is Social Media Killing Your Job Opportunities?

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By now you should have Googled yourself at least once. If you haven’t done it, you definitely should. A simple search will reveal all the online information you have unknowingly shared throughout the years.  94% of Recruiters use social media to recruit (2013), a substantial increase from 78% in 2008.

Google

– Start by searching for yourself, this will show everything a Recruiter will see. Did something pop-up that you don’t want Recruiters to see? It’s time to look-over your online persona, and make sure it’s up to par with the impression you want to give.

Facebook

– Review your privacy settings, make sure that your updates are not public and are limited to your friends only. On a side note, if your current employer is in your list of friends, it would be wise to change their permissions to “Restricted” so that they can only see things that you share publicly.

– Eliminate past ‘public’ posts by going to your privacy settings and under “Who can see my stuff?” locate the third option “limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or public” and choose “Limit Past Posts”.

LinkedIn

– Update your profile and ensure that it’s completed in its totality.

– Ask for recommendations and endorsements

– Add your LinkedIn Profile to your CV

Twitter

– Remember that Twitter has no privacy setting; everything you share is readily available to the world.

– Connect with peers, industry influences, and experts.

Blog

– Start a blog and create unique content that helps you stand out from the crowd.

 

Things to Avoid: Don’t post about…

Illegal Drug Usage: 83% of recruiters report a negative reaction

Sexual posts: 70% of recruiters report a negative reaction

Profanity: 65% of recruiters report a negative reaction

Gun References: 50% of recruiters report a negative reaction

– However, 65% of the recruiters remain neutral towards overtly political posts.

 

woman touching social media cloud

 

Still don’t think Social Media is important?

– LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter continue to be the most used channels by recruiters. Although there’s an increased adoption of specialized and localized social networks such as GitHub, Yammer, Stackoverflow, Pinterest and Instagram.

– Recruiters use Linked in 93% of the time to search, contact and keep tabs on candidates in the hiring process.

– Recruiters continue to use social media even after sourcing and contacting candidates ( 18% use Twitter and 25% use Facebook to vet candidates after the interview process).

– 43 % of employees from referrals and company pages stay longer than 3 years, while only 14% of job board hires stay longer than three years.

 

Sources: Jobvite, Tweak Your Biz

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