Newsletter Archive

Is it time to break up?

Is it time to break up?

Sometimes, you gotta cut your losses and walk away from a candidate -- even in today's employment market! If you're hiring, look for these signs that a budding employment relationship is already on the rocks.
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Stop Losing New Employees!

Stop Losing New Employees!

With nearly one-third of new hires quitting during the first three months, you need to do everything possible from day one to ensure they get off to a great start. Ready? Let’s do this!
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Would you hire an imperfect employee?

Would you hire an imperfect employee?

Chasing after purple squirrels? Leave that to purple dogs. Here's how to overcome recruiting paralysis and hire great people who will thrive on the job -- even when they're not "perfect."
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Recruit Better Talent: Overhaul Your Employer Brand

Recruit Better Talent: Overhaul Your Employer Brand

Employer branding tools are the most innovative talent acquisition technologies implemented in the past two years -- yet only half of employers leverage them! If you want to attract and retain better talent, grab your digital scrub brush and polish your company rep. This guide shows you how.
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Why your wellness program will fail

Why your wellness program will fail

You devote a ton of time, effort and money to programs that are supposed to keep employees healthy and engaged. Where are all those amazing results? Find out why most initiatives fail -- and how to get more bang for your wellness buck.
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Is a Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Too Harsh?

Is a Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Too Harsh?

Increasing legalization of marijuana (both medical and recreational) is prompting employers across the nation to re-examine their policies. While it's never acceptable for an individual to work under the influence, what's the right drug policy for your organization in light of changing legislation? Get the facts here.
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Stay compliant, Reader

Stay compliant, Reader

The reason for prohibiting questions about a candidate's salary history is clear: Closing the gender pay gap. What's less clear? How evolving legislation will impact your hiring process. Here's how to stay compliant -- and still find out what you need to know.
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Are you missing out on top talent?

Are you missing out on top talent?

These days, talent is in the driver's seat. Guess what: They steer toward companies with an amazing culture! Here's how to define, build and flaunt yours -- and get high performers to flock to (and stay with) you.
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HR and Talent Management Trends for 2018

HR and Talent Management Trends for 2018

These trends will shape the future of recruiting and HR itself in the year ahead. Here's what you need to know. Plus, are the holidays and year-end rush leaving you feeling frazzled, overwhelmed or anxious? Turn things around by giving yourself this amazing (and free) gift.
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Are you sick?!

Are you sick?!

Sick employees insisting on coming to work? With flu season approaching, make sure your culture and policies aren't to blame.
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Is it legal?

Is it legal?

Social media laws may not expressly prohibit a LinkedIn recruiting "party" -- yet. But is it prudent to ask employees for candidate prospects in their social networks?
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Help Wanted: Deputy Skunk Manager

Help Wanted: Deputy Skunk Manager

Generic job postings don't work. And gimmicks may grab attention (you're reading this, right?), but they aren't likely to convert. In today's hypercompetitive talent market, here's how to write postings that stand out (in a good way) and make great candidates think, "I HAVE to apply to this one!"
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Is someone watching your emails?

Is someone watching your emails?

There's a fine line between legally monitoring an employee's work emails and invading privacy. Find practical advice and policy guidelines here.
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You Got Slammed on Social Media. Now What?!

You Got Slammed on Social Media. Now What?!

A single disgruntled worker can destroy your company’s reputation. Here’s how to handle an online complainer effectively -- and prevent future problems with a comprehensive social media policy. Also, nobody is great at everything -- but that doesn’t mean you have to live with your weaknesses. Here’s how to transform them into professional assets.
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Aggghhhhh!!! What a nightmare!

Aggghhhhh!!! What a nightmare!

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction -- especially when it comes to these nightmare job candidates.
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I thought this might be useful...

I thought this might be useful...

Employee handbooks need more than a "quick update"? Use these great ideas to transform it into a living document that's compliant, comprehensive, welcoming -- and (dare we say it) fun to read!
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Would you throw someone in the pool who didn't know how to swim?

Would you throw someone in the pool who didn't know how to swim?

Just show them where their work space is, toss 'em a pen, and send your new hire off to the races. Well it's not that easy. Here's a bunch of great tips to improve your onboarding process. Plus, what would it take to get your life decluttered and organized? You'd be surprised at the difference a few smart rules could make.
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Stay legal

Stay legal

Strict laws and an extremely vigilant EEOC have made the process of protecting your company -- and making great hires -- more complex and risky than ever. Use this list of "dos" and "don'ts" to conduct effective, compliant criminal background checks. Also, Artificial intelligence is undeniably transforming HR. Here's how leading employers are leveraging AI to improve sourcing, screening and selection -- and how to protect your value, so you're not replaced by an algorithm.
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Are you happy, Reader?

Are you happy, Reader?

Or are loyalty, motivation and engagement driven by other factors? Find out what you should be focusing on to get the best from employees. Plus, building a high-functioning team starts with accurately judging each individual's character. Use these 10 tips to hone your abilities.
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401(k) Changes...Use them as a recruiting tool

401(k) Changes...Use them as a recruiting tool

Open enrollment may be over, but you can use your retirement benefits offerings as a year-round recruiting and retention tool. Here's what's new for 2017 -- and how to leverage your offerings to build your employment brand and strengthen your talent magnet.
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Is texting the interview of the future?

Is texting the interview of the future?

Dr. John Sullivan explains why that little smartphone in your hand is the next big thing in interviewing. Skeptical? Then read this.
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Your end of the year compliance to-do list

Your end of the year compliance to-do list

2017 is just a few weeks away! Use this handy checklist to wrap up 2016 to-dos and prepare for a Happy -- and compliant -- New Year. The U.S. gender wage gap may be narrower than ever, but it's still over DOUBLE the size of other industrialized nations'.
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Your employees feel left out!

Your employees feel left out!

Do your recognition efforts make all employees feel valued -- or left out and stressed out? Improve your results by learning from these mistakes. Plus we'll share 8 tips for excelling in HR.
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There's a goldmine of talent waiting for you!

There's a goldmine of talent waiting for you!

This month we share a practical guide to "strike a talent goldmine" -- by overhauling your employee referral program. Also, self-talk has an incredibly powerful influence on your ability to change your behavior. So if you want to build better habits, start by telling yourself a good story.
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What

What "counts" as sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is painfully common, but it can be hard to stop, especially if victims are afraid to report it. Know the law and learn the best ways to spot, stop and ultimately prevent this type of workplace discrimination. Plus, use our step-by-step guide to get paid what you’re truly worth.
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Reader, are you afraid of ghosts?

Reader, are you afraid of ghosts?

Social recruiting is undeniably important, but it's not your only option (especially in a tight candidate market). Use the handy how-to chart in this month's newsletter to recruit "social ghosts" -- talented people who aren't addicted to their phones. And,if you've experienced a recent setback or failure on the job, here's how to turn it around.
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Don't Let Your Boss Read This One...

Don't Let Your Boss Read This One...

Could that employee you recently reprimanded or terminated be seeking revenge by claiming discrimination? Here's how to recognize -- and reduce -- your risk for retaliation claims. Plus, Productivity Pro Laura Stack shares seven tips for sneaking away from the office a little earlier (and making a little more time for summer fun!).
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Parental Leave: What you need to know now!

Parental Leave: What you need to know now!

The push is on for paid parental leave. Find out what's on the horizon, and how the right leave policy can help you attract and retain great employees. And, tips to make every moment of your day count--by working smarter.
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Your employees are getting ready to check out!

Your employees are getting ready to check out!

The summer "brain drain" is coming! Is your workplace ready?
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I bet these candidates didn't get the job!

I bet these candidates didn't get the job!

In this month's issue check out the "chart-topping" quotes from actual resumes (needless to say, these candidates did NOT get the job!). Plus, how to face your fear and advance your career!
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OSHA's new

OSHA's new "impactful" inspections - Are you prepared?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is shifting from a "quantity" to a "quality" approach this year -- which means increased scrutiny and more complex inspections (yikes!). Here's what every smart HR pro should do to prepare for OSHA's newer, more "impactful" inspections. And, we'll look at what causes dysfunctional thinking at work -- and how to kick it to the curb!
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Important ACA information!

Important ACA information!

It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. If only counting your employees was that simple! New ACA definitions and NLRB joint employer standards can make determining headcount feel like a real guessing game. Get the facts. Know your numbers. And stay compliant.
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Does your team hate you?

Does your team hate you?

In this issue we'll discuss the power of the anonymous employee survey. It can give you a true understanding of how your team feels about you. And, a two-step process to simplify, let go and feel better about yourself at day's end.
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Are candidates red-flagging you?

Are candidates red-flagging you?

In today's tight talent market, you can't afford to rule out an otherwise promising candidate for the wrong reason. Follow the guide in this month's Strategies for Success to make the right decision. Plus what happens when candidates red flag you?!
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Same-Sex Marriage is Here. Is Your HR Dept Ready?

Same-Sex Marriage is Here. Is Your HR Dept Ready?

It's official: Same-sex couples must receive the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples. From benefits offerings to HR policy, find out the implications for your business. And, Dr. Lloyd Thomas shares practical strategies for responding more productively to negativity.
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Reader, is your busy season right around the corner?

Reader, is your busy season right around the corner?

Dreading your busy season? Your company relies on you to find the right help -- with the right skills -- right when you need them. Start planning now. This handy guide contains all the tips and tricks you need to get it right (and keep your sanity!). And, productivity expert Laura Stack shares small changes you can make to be a lot happier (and more productive) in your job.
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Do you know the secret to attracting high performers?

Do you know the secret to attracting high performers?

How can you win the war for talent? Use the right "ammo" to neutralize the competition and get high performers to accept your offer. Of course, that starts with knowing what top talent really wants.
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Can you handle the truth?

Can you handle the truth?

Sometimes the truth is tough to handle. But if you want to succeed in HR, you have to learn to deal with the truth. In this month's featured article we'll show you how to get the honest feedback you need to truly improve your performance and move ahead. Plus we'll share simple meditation techniques to clear your head and relax your body.
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Nobody's Going to Apply to THAT Job

Nobody's Going to Apply to THAT Job

In this issue:

-Nobody's Going to Apply to THAT Job

-The Goldilocks Effect

-Simplify Your Life: Fed up with a Problem Employee?
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Hurry up!

Hurry up!

In this issue:

-The Need for Speed

-Help Wanted (Everywhere)

-Simplify Your Life: Why Can't I Get Going in the Morning?

-Give Us Your 2 Cents
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Reader, are you prepared?

Reader, are you prepared?

In this issue:

-Don't Get Left in the Lurch

-Technology Time-Suck

-Simplify Your Life: "I Don't Have a Tech Addiction"
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The 7 Deadliest Hiring Mistakes

The 7 Deadliest Hiring Mistakes

In this issue:

The 7 Deadliest Hiring Mistakes -- and How to Avoid Them

Should You Grab that Cuppa?
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What's keeping you up at night?

What's keeping you up at night?

In this issue:

What Keeps You Up at Night?

Simplify Your Life: Curing "Hurry Sickness"

Big OSHA Changes for 2015
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Is your company ready for a big knowledge loss?

Is your company ready for a big knowledge loss?

In this issue:

Losing It: How HR can prevent knowledge loss

Simplify Your Life: Hacks to Organize Your Small Space
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Mental health issues in the workplace

Mental health issues in the workplace

In this issue:

"Good Cheer" - or the "Holiday Blues"?

Quick. Delicious. Portable. Healthy. 8 breakfast ideas to start your day in a great frame of mind.

Who Defines Success? You Do!
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How to land high performers

How to land high performers

In this issue:

Land Your First Choice -- Without Breaking the Bank!

The Gender Pay Gap

Slideshow: The 1-2-3s of Getting Your Zzzzzs
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Hiring Changes You NEED To Make

Hiring Changes You NEED To Make

In this issue:

Candidate LOVE

25 Ways Your HR Department is Quietly Killing Its Credibility

Leave Work at Work!
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Are performance reviews dead?

Are performance reviews dead?

In this issue:

-Are Performance Reviews Dead?

-More Companies are Cutting HR -- and it's a bad idea

-What's Hot in Workforce Management?
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Guide to effective interviewing

Guide to effective interviewing

In this issue:

-Feature eBook: Better Interviews. Better Hires.

-Simplify Your Life: Everything Zen: Feng Shui for Your Workplace



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We could really use your input, Reader

We could really use your input, Reader

In this issue:

Hiring Challenges Survey

Mobile HR Technology

10 Best Tech Apps for the Busy HR Professional

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They know all about you, Reader

They know all about you, Reader

In this issue:

-Feature Article: They Can See Right Through You

-HR Blog Watch: It's About Skills, Not Jobs

-Do Employee Reviews Really Matter?

-Simplify Your Life: Learn When to Say "No!

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Reader, stop the drama!

Reader, stop the drama!

In this issue:

-Above the Influence

-HR Blog Watch: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

-2014 Employer Internship Trends

-Simplify Your Life: Hiring Summer Interns? Proceed with Caution
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Work Piling Up?

Work Piling Up?

In this issue:

In a Sticky Situation?

Know Your KSAs

Bottlenecks are Bad for Business

Waging War (against germs, that is)
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Crisis Communication for HR

Crisis Communication for HR

In this issue:

When the Worst Happens: Employee Crisis Communication for HR

Employee Crisis Communication Checklist

HR Survey

Simplify Your Life: Reclaim Your Day
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Why did we hire this guy?

Why did we hire this guy?

In this issue:

-Hire People Who Can't Do the Job (Yet)

-HR Blog Watch: The Kiss of Death in HR

-What Makes Your Employees Happiest?

-Simplify Your Life: 25 Ways to Make Your Job Easier

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Do you have an anti-harassment policy?

Do you have an anti-harassment policy?

In this issue:

-Hey--No Need to Get Hostile

-Move It!
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Employee paperwork -- what's legal

Employee paperwork -- what's legal

In this issue:

-Are You Wearing Your Kevlar?

-Well, This Shouldn't Surprise You...

-Simplify Your Life: Don't Want to Be Another Statistic?

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Is your screening process legal?

Is your screening process legal?

In this issue:

-Background Checks: Stay Legal, Hire Smart

-Simplify Your Life: Simplify the Holidays--Starting Today!
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Inside: The Key to Better Temps!

Inside: The Key to Better Temps!

In this issue:

-Your Workforce Dictionary: Understand the terms for better temporaries

-HR Blog Watch: Optimism's Role in Employee Motivation

-Simplify Your Life: Laugh Your Way to Organizational Health

-Infographic: What Happens When You Laugh?
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Are you killing your employee's...productivity?

Are you killing your employee's...productivity?

In this issue:

-Are You a "Driver" or a "Killer"?

-HR Blog Watch: Four Simple Rules for Building Your HR "Cred"

-Personal Sites -- A Real Productivity Killer!

-Is this Disease Holding You Back?
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Ask the right questions to find the right employee

Ask the right questions to find the right employee

In this issue:

-High-Impact Interview Questions

-Where Did You Receive Your Education?

-Simplify Your Life: Feeling Overworked? Here's What to Do About It
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Welcome to 60 Second Solutions from Alkar Human Resources

Welcome to 60 Second Solutions from Alkar Human Resources

In this issue:

-Rules of Engagement - #1: Make it Fun!

-HR Blog Watch: Take Off Your Mask! A Surprising Way To Really Impress Others As An HR Professional...

-Infographic: Why Are Employees Heading Out Your Door?
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