Why you should banish the word “would” from your interview vocabulary

by Michael Haberman October 16, 2014

Tweet I long ago became a fan of what is called behavioral interviewing. It is based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. While not perfect, I feel it is the best method to help you determine if someone has the behavioral skills you are looking for in order […]

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From the Archive: Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers

by Michael Haberman October 15, 2014

Tweet This post is from June 2009. It still attracts attention and comments. It is based on a study by the Heritage Foundation. Since unions are more active than they have been in the past several years I thought it was relevant again. If you have ever read my blog you know that I am […]

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5 Investments To Make Employees More Productive

by Michael Haberman October 14, 2014

Tweet Today’s post is brought to you by SocialMonsters.org. I particularly like the library idea. Short of whips and other devices not used since the dark ages, you cannot force employees to be productive. Productivity comes from within and is related to self-efficacy and subjective well-being, reports the China Safety Science Journal. When workers are […]

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Good documentation pays off! Not once but TWO times.

by Michael Haberman October 13, 2014

Tweet Document, document, document… it seems often that this is all HR people in the “trench” ever say. Supervisors and managers get tired of hearing it and, face it, we get tired of saying. Generally nothing ever happens with that documentation given the thousands and thousands of time it is said. Just occasionally we get […]

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Future Friday: The impending leadership cliff

by Michael Haberman October 10, 2014

Tweet Demographics don’t lie. A well-known fact is that baby-boomers will be gone. Some may hang around longer than others, but the inevitable fact is that they will be gone and with that many leadership positions will go vacant. This leadership cliff is a major threat to the success of many an organization. Leadership talent […]

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Five mistakes: Incompetent employees are the business’ fault

by Michael Haberman October 9, 2014

Tweet I am helping with a situation that is not all that uncommon. I am sure this has happened to you as well. A manager wants to let someone go. Naturally there is no documentation. So I ask the question “Why?” “Because he is incompetent, he just can’t do the job.” I sigh and begin […]

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Walking Meetings: Using your feet in order to better use your head

by Michael Haberman October 8, 2014

Tweet In my radio show persona I had the good fortune to help conduct an interview of an inbound marketing firm that happens to exercise while holding their meetings. I found it intriguing. Then in the mail the other day, snail mail variety, we get our Costco Connection. It has an article about the benefits […]

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Are you aware of how many posters are required for your workplace?

by Michael Haberman October 7, 2014

Tweet When I am doing a compliance check for a client one of the things I check on for them is if they have the correct Federal and State posters posted for employees to read. The business is required by law to communicate to its employees what laws the business must abide by and what […]

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Ignoring the FLSA: Another case of Stupid HR

by Michael Haberman October 6, 2014

Tweet Companies often make mistakes in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) not intentionally, but by mistake. As my friend Jon Hyman has stated in the past “Most employers don’t make mistakes of commission, but rather mistakes of omission.” This is a great quote, and in my experience is generally correct. Occasionally, however, […]

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Future Friday: How you think about technology makes a very big difference

by Michael Haberman October 3, 2014

Tweet As I have been preaching about HR in Future Friday I have indicated numerous times that technology will have a major impact on how HR does its job and the impact it will have on companies. When I mention this in my classes not everyone is thrilled to hear this information. I for one […]

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