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    Employment Notebook - The Lowdown on Discussing Religion at Work
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
Few topics drum up passionate debate and uncomfortable feelings as much as religion, especially when it comes up at work. While many will avoid it completely, our guest says that's not necessary as long as the employer and employees understand some guidelines. Jim Webber, an individual with 25 years experience as an employment lawyer and humans resources manager, talks with Tim Muma about the key components regarding the discu...
 
    Management Decisions - NBC's Brian Williams and the Ethics of Lying at Work
by Jack Marshall and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
The subject of ethics in the workplace can be a hot-button issue, particularly if you're in a position of trust. Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor, created a number of false stories about his experiences as a journalist, which eventually led to his suspension. Tim Muma is joined by Jack Marshall, president of ProEthics, to talk about the ramifications of Williams' lies and how NBC handled him. Jack also explains the over...
 
    Management Decisions - What Frozen Teaches Us About Hiring
by Jas Singh and Jenna Connour - Mar, 2015
Disney’s hit movie, “Frozen,” tells the story of two sisters: Elsa, the magical queen of Arendelle, and Anna, her free-spirited younger sister. The film offers many lessons for youngsters, but these can also apply to professional hiring processes. Jas Singh – Director of Iopa Solutions, a recruitment and hiring consultancy based in London – joins LJNRadio to explain the knowledge that hiring managers can gain from “Frozen.”...
 
    Job Search Guide - Interview Disasters (and How to Handle Them)
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
If you talk with enough people, you're bound to come across some very interesting scenarios. Jim Webber conducted thousands of job interviews throughout his career as a human resources manager, and he joins Tim Muma to share some of the more disastrous conversations. These anecdotes aren't only meant to entertain and frighten, but to give the listeners an understanding of what NOT to do in an interview. Jim also shares his adv...
 
  The Opportunity Cost of Unfilled Jobs
by Sandra M. Smith - Mar, 2015
Opportunity cost of an unfilled job for your firm is painful and could be costing you more money than you realize. For roles that are billed out or bringing in revenue, the impact is even more direct to the bottom line. Further, just imagine what else managers could be accomplishing if they were not burdened with the increased stress of supervising teams and individuals filling in for the open position? Are they being forced...
 
  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...
 
  Three Simple Ways to Show Gratitude
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2015
Bill (name is changed) held his semi-annual leadership conference last month, hosting the event for several hundred people in his division. I watched him show his gratitude in several ways. At dinner he gave an eloquent toast recognizing his team for their hard work. He mentioned being grateful to lead the team and be a part of an organization that believes growth of people is reflected in growth of the business. He talked wit...
 
  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...
 
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