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Posts from B.J. Shannon

Aug 6

Top HR and Company Culture News – August 7, 2013

"Is your company resisting employee engagement?" This is the question posed by Phillip Roark in a recent Switch & Shift piece in response to the dismal employee engagement statistics recently published. He proposes that employers should be addressing engagement in two directions: The conditions they can actively provide their employees for the purpose of engaging them, and the conditions they passively expect their employers to engage, in addition to their work. Following that proposition is a detailed explanation of how each direction should be addressed. The piece is a nice thought piece that cleverly addresses the huge engagement issue that America is experiencing at the moment.

Aug 5

Top HR and Company Culture News – August 6, 2013

We've heard lots of analogies when it comes to company culture, but this one's a first: Chris Crouch recently compared building a company culture to raising a barn. Suggesting that employees at a company work together to make each other better, not just focus on themselves, he wrote, "Rather than giving the struggling person or team a hard time, why not think, “Let’s all schedule a barn-raising event to help these folks out!” In other words, let’s put our heads together and solve this problem for members of our community." We think it's a fitting metaphor for a cohesive, supportive work environment!

Aug 4

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week

The best of this week's news includes two articles on one of our favorite terms, "happiness", and another piece on a company that has mastered happiness in the workplace. Google's amazing culture as profiled by Roger Philby should be an inspiration for all companies. Their focus on the satisfaction of not only their customers, but their employees, has benefitted their brand, work culture, and their bottom line. Here's to more happiness in the workplace!

Jul 31

Top HR and Company Culture News – August 1, 2013

Google isn't the only company that is turning away from those infamous cryptic and riddle-like interview questions. Marketwatch reports that Japanese recruiting experts Hays are also recommending that employers in Japan are shifting back to competency-based interviews. The article states, "Brainteaser interview questions offer no real insight into a job applicant and instead make the interviewer feel superior." Questions that focus on experience, skill set, and behavior are the more appropriate and fair way to sift through job candidates. An example of a question intended on assessing behavior is, "Describe something you have done that was new for your organization that improved the performance of your team or the value of the work done." It seems that a question like this should be much more welcome than having to answer questions that are clearly intended to throw the interviewer off.

Jul 30

Top HR and Company Culture News – July 31, 2013

Performance reviews usually involve at least a little bit of stress- usually for both parties. Virginia Backaitis asked five top career coaches about how employees should best to respond to the feedback, whether the review was positive or negative. There are some gems in here, including Roy Cohen's tips on how to react to negative feedback. He suggests that employees take the high road and admit that there's room for growth. Cohen continues, "Your boss will be relieved, and that may open a door for you. Convey that you're committed to being successful, that you'll work tirelessly and that you'd like to work together to develop a plan of action." There's a lot more fantastic advice in the full article.

Jul 29

Top HR and Company Culture News – July 30, 2013

The importance of happy employees is gaining more and more traction now that many academics are researching workplace satisfaction. Beyond the general benefit of feeling good, ensuring happiness among employees is great for business sense. Della Bradshaw's recent piece on this subject covered much of the recent academic research on this topic. She quoted psychologist Prof. Scollon as saying, "Research shows that happy people earn morem money, are healthier (spend fewer days out of the office sick) [and] are more creative at problem solving." The rest of the piece has many more examples of the scientific proof behind promoting happiness in the workplace.