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Innovation Inside and Out

By Craig Haydamack, SPHR

If you want to systematically deliver innovations that culminate in an inflection point, you cannot ignore your foundation. Without a proper base, your highest hopes, years of work and millions of dollars can be reduced to a cloud of dirt and debris so fast you won’t know what happened. Like many HR organizations, Intel’s HR team faces the challenge of driving innovation and service improvements while simultaneously controlling operating expenses.


Decoding the Military for Veteran Hiring Success

By Karin A. Vernazza, SPHR, as told to Archana Mehta

Three years ago, President Obama announced a challenge to the U.S. private sector — hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. Many companies nationwide took on that challenge and started veteran-hiring job fairs to attract military talent but found this initiative difficult.


Social Media and Privacy Challenges in the Global Workplace: Are We Crossing the Privacy Line?

By Greg Komarow, SPHR, GPHR, HRMP

Social media is impacting employees acrossthe globe. How do we stay ahead of these ever-evolving platforms?


Employees Shoot Boss … with Paintball Gun!

Teambuilding exercises are supposed to bring your employees together, not drive them apart.  Better yet, teambuilding exercises should never involve paintball guns or any other dangerous activity where someone can get hurt and have ill will toward other coworkers. Some employers have tried these risky adventures, and the outcomes are far from building a better team!


Former Athletes Finish First in Race for ‘Top’ Jobs

The perception is that academics trump athletics in the quest for success in the workplace. But whether an applicant was a quarterback or a point guard, past participation in competitive team sports marks a winner in the competition for better jobs, according to a new Cornell University study.


First Man to Legally Buy Weed Is NOT the First Man to Get Fired for Smoking It!

The state of Washington now allows the legal sale of recreational marijuana, and July 8, 2014, marked the first recorded sale of the substance. It also marked the first day someone was fired for smoking legally bought marijuana. A man from Spokane, Washington, was the first person to legally buy marijuana in that state.


Looking for Great Talent? Look for Potential

The cover article in the June issue of Harvard Business Review is titled “The Big Idea: 21st-Century Talent Spotting.” Since all of us as managers are constantly on the lookout for talent, the title, of course, grabbed my attention. The author, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at a global executive firm, boldly claims that potential is “the most important predictor of success at all levels.”


State minimum wage increases for 2014-2015 (map)


By Susan Prince, JD, Legal Editor HR.BLR.com

Employers get ready! Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country during the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.


Stop Being an HR Terrorist

Yesterday’s Advisor featured consultant Tim Sackett’s What the CEO Wishes HR Would Do. Today, his 6-step program for HR managers.

How is HR a terrorist? HR tends to use the law as a hammer, Sackett says. “No you can’t do it; it’s against the law.” A better approach is, “Yes, you can do it, but we put ourselves at risk for an expensive and prolonged lawsuit.” You be the CEO’s risk advisor; he or she can decide whether to accept the risk.


Thanks a Lot! Heroic Town Employee Loses Job After Saving Cat’s Life

Back in the good ’ole days, when a cat was stuck in a tree, you called the fire department to have it rescued. Now, you call them and they tell you that it’s not their business anymore! So who do you call? Ghostbusters …? No, that won’t work! How about your local highway superintendent? In a small town in Massachusetts, that’s exactly what happened, except the man ended up losing his job over the good deed.