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With 51 percent of employers rejecting candidates based on social media, here’s how to avoid liability from discrimination claims

The majority of employers research prospective employee profiles on social media and online. According to a survey by Sterling: 90 percent of employers include some form of social media screening. 56 percent of employers found their best candidates via social media 51 percent of employers reject candidates based on what …

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Six ways to manage High Conflict Personalities: overcome aggression, narcissism, antisocial behaviour and mood-swings

No challenge in HR management is more daunting than the “High Conflict Personality” (HCP) or difficult team members. Often, they are the top performers; their aggression, exaggerations, narcissism, or lack of empathy may have helped them overcome challenges in the workplace, or driven them to succeed no matter what. On …

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Pet Perks: How important are they? Data indicates it is very important in competitive employment market

“Pet perks” is usually considered a “niche” benefit. In today’s highly competitive market, where critical positions go unfilled for weeks or months, it may be the difference between “best candidate” and none. The classic example, from a company with huge recruiting needs, is Amazon. At the Seattle campus, there are …

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19% of Ontario employers plan to increase hiring in third quarter 2019, as high as 38% in one sector: survey

Based on “hiring intentions” of employers, a new survey of 1900 employers indicated that nineteen percent of employers plan to increase staffing levels, and seventy-seven percent plan to leave staffing unchanged (in other words, no reductions.) This is in line with economic forecasting and bodes well for the job market. …

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“Dying for a paycheque?” — good HR Managmement can breathe new life into your team

With power personalities such as Elon Musk advocating 100-hour weeks — and many real-life examples of 100-hour work weeks, notably amongst software developers — HR managers have to be careful not to literally “work their teams to death.” Chances are, if you are a manager, you are one of the …

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What’s an HR Manager to do with the “excessively absent” employee; and what about the law?

Of all the HR management tasks, perhaps the most complicated issue in the workplace is absenteeism, especially the unavoidable — and difficult-to-plan and manage — medical leave. While many absentee team-members may have challenging scenarios and legitimate reasons for absence, this does put a significant burden on the remaining workers …

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Triage Productivity Method: the 4-day week — proof “Triage Productivity” rescues 20% of your time; plus, 3 essential methods

Part 1 of a 3-part “Triage Productivity” series Triage Productivity (TM) is designed around prioritizing workflow as if your life depended on it — modelled somewhat after Triage field hospitals. (We’re being colourful to make a point. Bear with us.) In Triage, particularly in field hospitals or war zones, the …

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Seven Digital Detox methods that can increase office productivity; human office workers now have an average attention span of 8 seconds, less than a goldfish

Since the advent of smart phones, the human attention span in the workplace has dropped to eight seconds — now shorter than that of a goldfish (at nine seconds) — according to a Microsoft Corp study of 2,000 participants. The main cause of the drop in attention — and resulting …

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Practice the ‘puppy theory’

The HR Fishbowl wrote an interesting piece titled, “Annual Reviews…Who Needs Them?”  It explores the perspective shared by Carol Bartz in a New York Times article regarding annual performance reviews and her general dislike for them. I have the puppy theory. When the puppy pees on the carpet, you say …

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