Did you see the story about the little girl who asked Google to give her Dad a vacation day? It’s a very cute story and you can check it out here.

Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminds us that vacation isn’t just a time for us to relax and recharge. It’s also important for our families as well.

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Sometimes vacations aren’t about where you go. They’re about the time away from the workplace and spending that precious vacation time wisely. Some of the best vacations I’ve ever had were simply doing nothing but enjoying time with family.

How are you spending your summer vacation?


Your Employees Have Spoken [poll results]

by Sharlyn Lauby on July 31, 2014

A couple weeks ago I asked you which term you preferred – employees or associates. I must admit, the results were a bit surprising. The majority of respondents said employee and associate are the same thing.

The surprising part was the gap between the actual terms “employee” and “associate” [click graph to enlarge].

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The comments on this post focused on corporate culture and mutual respect. I totally agree. I’d even add that there’s an argument to be made that job titles and corporate nomenclature are mostly just marketing tools.

But one thing is certain: whether it’s team member, outfitter, or crew, the people who work at your company want a title they can be proud of.


6 Steps for Auditing Your Company’s Candidate Experience

July 29, 2014

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at iCIMS, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions. The iCIMS Hire Expectations Institute just released a new research ebook, “Why Would I Want to Work for You?”, offering employers advice on how to attract the best talent. You can download a […]

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Balancing Work Demands and Priorities – Ask #HR Bartender

July 27, 2014

Employee burnout, work-life balance, and overall employee well-being are huge topics of conversation right now. A lot of people will be able to relate to this reader note: I feel used. I’ve been at my job for just over a year. My boss is aware of my work ethic and has enthusiastically expressed satisfaction of […]

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Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – July 2014

July 25, 2014

I love street art. Not talking vandalism here, but the bold visual images of an artist communicating with the public. This month’s image is from a neighborhood in Miami called Wynwood that is experiencing a renaissance as a design and textile area. This month’s quick shots are all about change. Whether it’s changing the way […]

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The Importance of Context in Curating Information

July 24, 2014

I spoke at a conference recently and mentioned the idea of social curation. It appeared to be a rather new concept for this particular group. Effective curation involves consistency. If you’re curating information to help others, they need to be able to rely upon you. Conversely, if you’re following someone because they curate good information, […]

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Do You Want To Be Called an Employee or Associate [poll]

July 22, 2014

One of the core elements to a company’s culture is how they refer to the people who work there. Are they called “employees” or “associates”? Or maybe something else like Disney’s “cast member”? I’ve worked for companies that have used both terms. So I don’t consider one to be better or worse than another. However, I […]

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