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Reflections from HRPS 2016

I’m pleased to say the 2016 HRPS national conference in Scottsdale, AZ, was a huge success. HRPS did an amazing job with lining up a fantastic group of speakers.  The theme this year was titled, “The New Talent Ecosystem” which lived up to the expectation of inspiring attendees to focus on the explosion of technology, importance of communities, and new ways to lead. Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter led off the conference and shared her insights of her latest book, Unfinished Business: Right the Balance - Women, Men, Work, Family. Dr. Slaughter shared how understanding and implementing a larger cultural shift is the key to hiring and retaining the best millennial talent and to increasing productivity both at home and in the office. On Day 2, Dr. Jennifer Golbeck from the University of Maryland presented how personal data is being crunched to reveal dozens ...

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Raymond Lee
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New Year, New Look at Outplacement

As the new year of work starts to hit full swing, it’s time to start reevaluating your company in order to make it as efficient, seamless, and advanced as it can be. Regardless of what method you plan on approaching these appraisals with, one crucial element of your new look at your company is taking a new look at your vendors. When looking at your current outplacement option, you might want to look at how the field has changed and how switching your provider can make an even bigger difference in your company than you originally would have imagined. Careerminds is the difference maker. While your current provider may issue resume help, it may not provide a personal resume building service and social media profile assistance for its clients. Your current provider might have an online, virtual option, but it may ...

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Meredith Brandt
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Keep an Eye Out for These 2016 HR Trends

The new year of course will bring new human resources challenges and opportunities, some you may be prepared for, others not.  Here are some important workplace and HR trends for you to consider.   ACA/Obamacare Perhaps the most far-reaching development this new year is the further unfolding of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Many employers would probably agree that this law has already had a major affect on employment in general and such changes are likely to continue. On the positive side for people seeking flexible work, Obamacare is expected to lead more employers to hire free lance workers over full-time employees.  Companies with 100 or more employees will need to provide health insurance options although this does not apply to temporary and free lance workers.  This, like many other HR trends, has already taken hold and is expected to accelerate ...

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Ed Weirauch
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Approaches to Today’s Job Search

There’s movement in the job market again.  After several years of people fearing a job change and settling for a position they may have outgrown, there’s movement.  This combined with positive economic growth is at last creating new openings. So what factors should you be thinking about as you look at new job opportunities post that lingering 2008 recession?  Consider these approaches to today's job search: The challenges of a layoff have become known to far more Americans over the last eight years than ever before.  So take a lesson from that and plan ahead.  When benefits are explained by prospective employers, look for the level and nature of severance and outplacement services that are offered.  Think of this benefit as being similar to insurance.   We don’t dwell on a possible car accident but with that premium we pay every month, at ...

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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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