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Why Manufacturing Needs Outplacement?

Why manufacturing needs outplacement? More than 12 million Americans work in manufacturing. More than one fifth of U.S. employment is directly or indirectly related to the manufacturing field. And many manufacturing companies face an employee turnover rate of more than 20-30%. When it comes to Human Resources, manufacturing can be a definite challenge. From dealing with unions to instilling safety regulations, taking care of employees in a factory is incredibly different than taking care of employees in an office. “You spend a lot of time on the floor,” says HR manager Stan Brewer in an article in HR Magazine. “In an office environment, if there’s a problem, employees come to you. In manufacturing, you go to them.” Beyond the day to day work of HR managers in manufacturing lies the challenges of firing and hiring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there ...

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Who are Millennials and Why Should I Care?

Who are millennials and why should I care? They capture national attention. They attract marketers and recruiters alike. And now, they’re taking over the workforce. As the largest and most diverse generation America has ever seen, millennials are a big deal, and they’re going to become an even bigger deal in the near future. This generation of young adults, ranging in age from about 19 to 36, is taking the world and workplace by storm. Already, millennials outnumber both the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations in the workplace. Additionally, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in just fifteen years millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. Okay, so millennials matter. Now what? What’s most important today is that employers, managers, and other workforce leaders understand who they’re dealing with. Plenty of research has been conducted about millennials, including what ...

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A Lesson on Leadership from SHRM 2015

A baseball team suffers without a good coach. An orchestra falters without a good conductor. A business fails without a good manager. In any group, the quality of leadership determines the quantity of success. And according to author, researcher, and leadership expert Marcus Buckingham, a good leader is paramount to success. As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Las Vegas, Buckingham highlighted the shift in what leadership means for the modern workplace. He believes that the modern workplace should stop focusing on the best leadership and instead focus on what the best leaders do. Then what do the best leaders do? Most importantly, they communicate - especially with their team members. Buckingham emphasized the importance of a leader regularly “checking in” with his or her employees. While a seemingly obvious task, it is one ...

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Forget The Binders, Open a Laptop and Learn Online

When was the last time you saw a binder?  Maybe one was sitting on your desk between one of those pink “While You Were Out” message slips and a wildly blinking phone indicating that you had multiple voice mail messages. There was a time when most training and education programs were built around binders, those three-ringed, firm book frames that all-too-often filled a shelf and gathered dust.  We took them home like souvenirs from seminars.  Even college courses featured corresponding binders in which you tucked every last sheet of paper related to your course.  And there they stayed.  Now that I think of it, I did get a binder from a graduate course I took ten years ago and the only time I opened it was to get my online username and password. Binders were a staple of outplacement services as well, ...

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Top 10 HR Blogs Every HR Professional Should Be Reading

As a Human Resources Professional it is important to keep up to date on all things changing in the field.  This includes juggling the war for talent, engaging the millennial workforce, and learning about new Human Resources policies. One of the easiest ways to learn about everything new in the field is to subscribe to relevant blogs. Below are the Top 10 HR Blogs Every HR Professional Should Be Reading. Subscribe to them to have information sent directly to your inbox. 1) ERE.net ERE is a blog focused on the recruiting aspects of Human Resources. They offer articles, webinars, and conferences. Check them out here. 2) HR Bartender HR Bartender is a blog dealing with topics that don’t just relate to Human Resources, but to the workplace in general. This includes career advice, leadership, and how to deal with office politics. Check them out ...

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