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The Good, the Bad and the Disengaged…

We  already know that an engaged employee is a valuable one, but the full cost of the disengaged employee goes way beyond the dollar.

Just how far, you ask? Let’s compare:

Your engaged employee is a dream to employ, they are enthused by their job, arrive at work ready to excel and to help their colleagues to do the same. Not only do they feel they get out as much as they put in, they feel they get more and will readily tell anyone who will listen just how much…

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Added by Mark Robinson on July 11, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Some hiring managers just don't get it!

Dear Hiring Manager,

So, just to make sure I clearly understand you.

You consistently call our entire industry  ‘cowboys’, who add no value and who cannot, or will not, build relationships. You often warm to your theme by telling us we don’t understand your business or your briefs, fail to match appropriately, never provide insights, and do not invest time to understand the nuances of your company and your unique culture. You deride us as ‘resume shufflers’ and ‘phone-jockeys’,…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 10, 2012 at 17:58 — No Comments

Recruiters are Marketers

Since the emergence of social media as a recruiting tool, I have heard a number of people comment and read articles that suggest recruiters now need to think like marketers. This is very true, but please tell me something new!

Whether you are working in an in-house recruitment or agency role, without doubt much of what you do and have done for ever requires good old fashioned marketing principles. I remember one of the toughest things I had to learn when entering the…

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Added by Craig Shutt on July 10, 2012 at 13:10 — No Comments

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!

Power2Motivate provides the world’s best employee reward & recognition, sales incentive, customer loyalty and training solutions. We partner with our clients to create solutions that improve performance.

I will be blogging about people and performance management, employee engagement and motivation, staff retention and ways to inspire innovation in employees.

So please bookmark, share, add our Google Reader feed or just have a chat…

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Added by Mark Robinson on July 9, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Awkward Workplace Situations – How To Eliminate Them

Awkward workplace situations are almost unavoidable when you consider the number of diverse personalities, opinions and behaviours that are forcibly grouped together to form the average workplace.

It is likely that every work environment has had the same complaint at some point about a…

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Added by Ben Thompson on July 9, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

10 ways to get your CV noticed

Over the past few months I have been giving advice on executive CV’s and how to improve them. What I’ve learnt is that just because you earn a six-figure salary shouldn’t assume you have a great resume – in fact in some cases, these have been the worst!

The resume is a sales tool – it is a preview document with…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on July 8, 2012 at 22:49 — No Comments

Avoiding Rookie Hiring Mistakes

They say that “to err is human.” Indeed. Even after more than twenty years in human resources, I recently found myself guilty of some rookie hiring mistakes. Here’s my story, offered as encouragement to help others avoid similar errors.

Situation

I was helping a senior manager hire for a frontline supervisory role. When I tell you that the prior supervisor, though highly competent and a hard worker, had a contentious relationship with…

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Added by Michael Brisciana on July 8, 2012 at 2:08 — No Comments

How to be a great mentor

Throughout our careers, many of us will look to a mentor for guidance and advice. Sometimes this relationship is created through a structured program and other times it forms organically. 

You may be at the stage in your career where you are now someone’s mentor, but have you put much thought into how to be the best mentor you can be? 

The mentor’s role

A mentor’s role is to provide insight…

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Added by Mandy Geddes on July 6, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments

The Single Most Important Question To Ask To Get Great Results

As a school girl, I was pretty horrendous at meeting deadlines for handing in homework.  At the time I didn’t realise the more I was rebuked and reminded I was going to ruin my future, the more resistant I was to doing the work at all.

Luckily I scraped by. Progressing to the world of work, I didn’t have a problem meeting deadlines or getting things done.  I was pretty driven.  I was driven because I wanted to do a great job.  I quickly got into the habit of setting myself a “TTD”…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on July 6, 2012 at 9:18 — 2 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on July 6, 2012 at 8:52 — No Comments

Who owns social media accounts and business contacts: employees or employers?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks have become a crucial tool in establishing and building business relationships for many companies. Employees are increasingly connecting with current and potential customers using social media in order to promote themselves and their employers.

However, what happens to social media accounts when employees decide to leave for greener pastures? Do employers have any rights to such accounts, or to stop their former employees from…

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Added by Kristin Ramsey on July 5, 2012 at 14:44 — 2 Comments

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck – can I call it a chicken?

A key issue that businesses often struggle with is the distinction between employees and independent contractors.  

Just because you call someone an independent contractor doesn’t mean at law they will be viewed the same way. Like with the duck example, whilst you might call it a chicken, at the end of the day it is still a duck!

The issue of sham contracting is currently at the forefront of union and regulators minds with the result being increased scrutiny of purported…

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Added by Kristin Ramsey on July 3, 2012 at 17:48 — No Comments

Home Grown Talent- Ambition Technology

Starting a new career in a new sector is a daunting prospect. In the recruitment world, those first few weeks are invariably a sink or swim baptism that can make even the best performers feel lost or uncertain about their career choice.

New recruiters must adapt to new systems, databases, employer and candidate processes and preferences. Once the basics are in place, the hard stuff begins as they learn to interpret and apply behavioural-based information, extract facts from candidates…

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Added by Rob Glenn on July 2, 2012 at 16:51 — No Comments

What a total jerk on Twitter taught me about online brand

I have been reading quite a bit lately about creating a personal brand online. The subject fascinates me, not least because I see so many people making a total hash of it by the inane things they post on Facebook, Twitter, blog replies, and to a lesser extent, LinkedIn.

But recently I had such a powerful personal example happen to me, that I feel compelled to share it with you. This small Twitter exchange taught me a huge lesson in how quickly “Brand You” can be harmed by…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 2, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments

Teaching elephants to dance

Can you teach an elephant to dance? That’s what many HR professionals are being asked to do with the introduction of ‘agile’ or ‘lean’ principles to large enterprises, particularly in areas like performance management.

In the circus they get the pachyderms prancing through repetition and pain, but does injecting some agility…

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Added by Philippa Youngman on July 2, 2012 at 9:34 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on June 29, 2012 at 10:53 — No Comments

Get over yourself – disagreeing can be healthy

On opposing ends of a continuum, there are those amongst us who love a good verbal tussle, a professional challenge or a debate and then there are those amongst us that run headlong from the slightest frown. Usually it has something to do with our experience of conflict as kids; I know my parents used to see it as a personal slight on their marriage if anyone heard them so much as disagree – so guess which end of the continuum I tend…

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Added by Janet McCulloch on June 29, 2012 at 10:46 — No Comments

Making family friendly work - 5 mistakes to avoid

Family Friendly is a business and employee benefit

If you struggle to get the very best people to come and work for you.   If you believe your employees aren’t giving their best, or are stressed because their working life and domestic life don’t work well together.  Or if you have a high rate of unexplained absence, then you may wish to consider reviewing your family friendly offer.

If you want to attract and retain top talent now and in the future;  to remain…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on June 29, 2012 at 4:57 — No Comments

When does a person become a prospective employee?

The Federal Magistrates Court recently shed some light on the operation of the general protections provisions in respect of prospective employees, confirming that a person would not usually be regarded as a “prospective employee” unless they had actually made an application for employment or were negotiating in relation to possible employment.

Referring to a string of Federal Court decisions, Federal Magistrate Cameron noted that the expression prospective employee “implies a…

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Added by Kristin Ramsey on June 28, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Feedback request: Automated video interview tool

A request for feedback on a new tool for hiring managers.

RecruitLoop has recently released a tool for employers and HR managers to automate the screening process, with recorded video interviews.

It's a free tool, which can save hours in the screening process.

We'd appreciate feedback from the community, as it's an early release. Is it something you'd use? What questions/concerns would you have? Is it easy/difficult to understand?…

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Added by Michael Overell on June 28, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

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