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Five Ways to Make Terminations Kinder (From Someone Who’s Been Terminated)

Five Ways to Make Terminations Kinder (From Someone Who’s Been Terminated) By Shannon Stroud, Outplacement Director I read this article about making the process of terminations kinder, (read here). I agree with much of what was written, yet felt like it was still missing something. That prompted me to create my own list of ways employers can terminate people in better, kinder ways. Before we...
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Workplace Blind Spots & Michael Bloomberg’s Candidacy for President

What Mike Bloomberg’s Presidential Candidacy Teaches Us About Workplace Blindspots. By Jessica Gendron, President Last week was Michael Bloomberg’s first time on the democratic debate stage and by all accounts, the other presidential candidates came out swinging at him like a boxer from the corner of the ring. At one distinct point, Elizabeth Warren confronted Bloomberg’s alleged...
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So What, You’re a “Best Place to Work”.  Are You a Great Place for Women to Work?

So What, You're a “Best Place to Work”.  Are You a Great Place for Women to Work? By: Jessica Gendron, President The Center for Leadership Excellence     Me:  Tell me about your organization’s culture. Business Leader:  Well, we’re a “Best Places to Work”.   There’s an overwhelming sense of pride that an organization – and its employees – possess when they’ve...
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We Have a Pipeline Problem.

The McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2019 study was recently released and while it shows that over the last five years women have made significant gains in representation in senior leadership, as well as companies’ commitment overall to gender diversity – there is still a glaring and widening gap. While the majority of college graduates are female (around 60%), women still remain...
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The Unintended Consequences of #MeToo

A recent study from the University of Houston took a close look at the post #MeToo workplace and its overall effects on inciting change.  Most people believed that shining a light on the harassment that women face at work (and in every day life) would begin to shift the culture in the workplace and effectively deter men from future harassment.  Women were lauded for speaking up and saying...
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Sourcing & Recruiting: Women and Minorities

FACT: We Can’t Find Great Women or Minority Candidates: Regardless of whether you have gender equity goals for your organization, the rationale for not hiring more women and/or minorities is often, “We just didn’t have a large enough pool of female and diverse leaders to consider for this position. We needed to fill the position as soon as possible, so we hired the best person for that role...
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Workforce Violence Shooting In Aurora, Illinois

Workforce Violence Shooting In Aurora, Illinois By: Richard Butz Employee being terminated last Friday kills 5 people. There is no job that is most difficult for a manager than having to transition a person out of the organization. The situation that occurred in Aurora should give every HR Professional and manager faced with transitioning a person out of the organization pause, and ask the...
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Are Your Jobs Taking Too Long To Fill?

Are Your Jobs Taking Too Long To Fill? By: Richard Butz The Problem – Placing Blame: There is very little statistical data published about how efficiently companies manage their recruiting process flow. One of the first signs of a problem is that managers are complaining that it is taking too long to find candidates for their positions; the quality and quantity of candidates are not meeting...
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Why You Need Two #1 Candidates in a Tight Labor Market

Why You Need To Identify Two #1 Candidates In Today’s Tight Labor Market By: Richard Butz In the previous blog, we recommended that hiring managers establish at least two goals for each search: “Short List”: The recruiting team should provide 5-7 well qualified candidate or the “short list pool” of candidates to be interviewed. “Finalists" or Two #1 Candidates:  From this talent...
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The Five Myths of Work-Life Balance

The Five Myths of Work-Life Balance By: Jessica Gendron Everyone seems to be chasing the idea of work-life balance, yet many of us aren’t really sure what it looks like or how to achieve it.  Let’s unpack the Five Myths about Work-Life Balance and what you can do to move closer to your ideal. MYTH #1:  Balance Equals Perfection:  There’s a fallacy that achieving balance is the same as...
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