| Employment Notebook - What Drives Motivation at Work
by Chester Elton and Jenna Connour - Feb, 2015
With a significant number of American workers feeling disengaged at work, the problem of employee demotivation is widespread. While you may have a general idea of what motivates you in your career, now may be the time to explore your motivations in depth. In this podcast, Chester Elton, co-author of “What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work,” explains the research he and co-author Adrian Gostick conducted on more than 850,...
| Management Decisions - Zappos Recruiting Strategy
by Christina Bates, Tim Muma and Meli Gonzales - Feb, 2015
When it comes to innovation and creativity, Zappos is often recognized for being ahead of the curve. They're now looking to change the game of recruiting and hiring talent with some bold moves, all in an effort to target the best people to fill specific positions. Tim Muma is joined by Zappos' social recruiting and engagement specialist, Meli Gonzales, and Zappos' corporate recruiter, Christina Bates. Both guests explain why Z...
| The LJNRadio Quad - Episode 69
by Carey Freitag, Mitch Rea, Tim Muma and Ashley Fitzgerald - Feb, 2015
The LJNRadio Quad features four of our hosts from LJNRadio, gathering to share their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives on just about any employment-related topic. Agree or disagree, you're bound to learn something about our hosts or the world of employment. Topics du Jour Confidence vs. Arrogance - There seems to be a fine line between the desired results of confidence and the completely inappropriate arrogan...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Myth vs. Reality: Employees, Managers and Hiring
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Feb, 2015
Jim Webber is back for another edition of Myth vs. Reality, as he brings his sharp, knowledgeable opinions to LJNRadio when it comes to hiring and the relationship between employees and managers. Jim has more than 25 years of experience as an employment lawyer and a human resources manager, giving him a ton of real world examples to offer up as proof that a belief is a myth or reality. He also describes to Tim Muma the valuabl...
Are You Classifying Your Employees Correctly?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
My organization, the Career Advisory Board, which was established in 2010 by DeVry University, recently completed a research study with MBO Partners on the future of independent work. We were interested in this topic because we had seen statistics that by 2020, nearly half the American workforce will consist of contract workers. Although organizations are employing increasing numbers of freelance workers, many are not prop...
Have You Audited Your Culture Lately?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
In a recent session at SilkRoad Connections, Ulthera’s Stacie Madden placed the onus for cultural assessment on HR representatives. Fortunately, auditing your culture does not have to be an overly complex or expensive proposition. The Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument is a valid method to examine organizational culture and the desire for change. University of Michigan business school professors Robert Quinn a...
Why You Must Adapt or Watch Your Business Die
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
Just how important is adaptability to business or career success? According to a 2013 study by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board, 93 percent of hiring managers say that senior-level job seekers need to demonstrate the ability to adapt in order to cope with the ever-changing workplace. This type of senior leader—one who has learned how to roll with the punches—is essential to guiding 21st century businesses. Gallup’s...
Build Your Team & Boost Productivity
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members become more productive. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization. Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to do even better. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator...
4 Steps for Extreme Feedback
by Steve Farber - Nov, 2014
It’s the oldest skill in the management texts: listen to your employees. Seek their input. But it’s not enough to ask for feedback; you have to be genuinely interested in the response—especially if you think you won’t like it. Those posing as leaders seek feedback because HR has ordered them to do it, not because they’re really interested. Extreme Leaders will not only use 360-degree assessments (which can be powerful tools...
What I Learned About Influence from Peter Drucker
by Marshall Goldsmith - Nov, 2014
“The great majority of people tend to focus downward. They are occupied with efforts rather than results. They worry over what the organization and their superiors ‘owe’ them and should do for them. And they are conscious above all of the authority they ‘should have.’ As a result they render themselves ineffectual.”—Peter Drucker You can make a positive difference, even when you do not have direct line authority. Here ar...
How to Hire the Best Project Managers
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2014
When you bring in new project managers, do you do so strategically? Interviewing is subjective, of course, but for the essential job of Project Manager, you want your process to be as bulletproof as possible. After all, ending up with a bad Project Manager could cost you big time. Fortunately, PMO director Russell Harley is here to share his best practices for making the right hiring decisions upfront. Alexandra Levit: R...
How Important is Praise in Business?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Sep, 2014
Many psychologists would agree that positive reinforcement is significantly more effective than punishment. Many executives would agree employee recognition leads to an increased bottom line. Many doctors would agree that the release of dopamine in the brain whenever we hear something we enjoy is a powerful thing. And then there are the studies. Ragan.com shares a collection of studies that sets the record straight, direct...
If You Want a New Job, Cover All Your Bases
by Mindy Thomas - Aug, 2014
According to a recent survey by Jobvite, which conducts the most comprehensive Social Recruiting Survey of its kind, “An astounding 94 percent of recruiters used or planned to use social media in their recruitment efforts last year. That’s an increase of 16 percent since 2008. And 78 percent of recruiters made a hire through social media in 2013.” Upon reading this, I reached out to my network and interviewed an HR Talent A...
Do Your Colleagues See You the Same Way You Do?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Aug, 2014
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you? You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’t necessarily know it. “Finding the middle...
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