Contractor Makes Stupid Mistake At a Client Site – Ask #HR Bartender

Many organizations use contractors and freelancers to get work done. According to the Freelancers Union, freelancers make up 35 percent of U.S. workers and earned close to $1 trillion dollars last year. It’s important for companies to properly manage a contingent workforce. Especially when they make a mistake. Today’s reader note shares a freelancer’s situation:…

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Onboarding Is Your Foundation For the Employee Experience

Organizations understand that the onboarding process is important. I think the challenge is deciding what should be included. Companies grapple with balancing the “welcoming employee experience” part with the “legal and compliance” piece. During this year’s SilkRoad Connections Conference, Madeline Laurano, co-founder of Aptitude Research Partners, shared that an organization’s onboarding strategy should define the…

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High Performance Involves Taking Care of Yourself

  It goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. If you’re stressed out, you can’t do your best work. Arianna Huffington talks about the importance of taking care of yourself in her six-part LinkedIn Learning course “Thrive”. My big takeaway was a confession that Huffington made at the beginning of the course….

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Creating a Culture of Original Thinkers

As business professionals, we often talk about company culture, employee engagement, and diversity. However, sometimes when we have these conversations, we talk about each topic separately. As in, “Company culture is important because…” or “Employee engagement will help your organization do…” and “Creating a diverse culture improves the business…” At this year’s WorkHuman Conference, pioneered…

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Women in Leadership: Creating an Inclusive Community of Interest

Communities of interest (sometimes referred to as affinity groups or employee resource groups) are exactly what you would think. They are groups of people who share a common interest, experience, or passion. The group is formed to share ideas and thoughts. Organizations have supported affinity groups for decades. There was a recent article in Bloomberg…

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Working Faster Is Not Always Smart – Friday Distraction

I’m always looking for ways to work smart and be more productive. I try to develop my own personal tips (some people might call them “hacks”) to help. For example, years ago, I worked with someone who kept their papers organized in Pendaflex accordion folders. One set of Pendaflex folders was organized by month. So,…

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