Top 7 posts in the HR space May 10th – May 16th

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Why The Best Candidate Rarely Gets The Job And How To Change That

Why you should read it: Find out if your pre-conceived notion of the ideal candidate is causing you to miss out on the perfect match for the job vacancy.

Synopsis : Mark Stevens writes a compelling argument stating that it’s not the talented candidate that gets the job, but the most talented marketer who does. Although this article is written as a self-help guide for candidates who want to stand out from the crowd, it’s an interesting read from an HR personnel’s perspective. Are our biases shaping our hiring decisions?

The Case Against the Flat Organization

Why you should read it: Learn about the failure of flat organizations in developing talent.

Synopsis: Since the 1990’s, flat organizations have been all the rage. Two major advantages frequently associated with flat organizations are empowered employees and improved innovation. Through his many years of experience, Gregg Stocker has found the ground reality to be quite the opposite. Gregg explains why a hierarchical structure is irreplaceable and necessary for the development of employees.

14% of Zappos Employees Quit Rather Than Work in System Without Managers…

Work Rules!

Why you should read it: Google’s People Chief, Laszlo Bock, presents an extremely engaging slideshare to make your employees exclaim ‘Work Rules!’.

Synopsis: According to Laszlo Bock, there is more to employee satisfaction than just providing them with a fully equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool; a ping-pong, billiards and Foosball table; or even an onsite laundry facility. The true key to employee satisfaction in providing them with the right kind of culture. Laszlo Bock touches upon how to create this culture for your employees in a visually appealing slideshare presentation.

How to Spot an Employee When You See One: Worker Misclassification

Why you should read it: Demystify the blurred line between employees and independent contractors.
Synopsis: The savings made by misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is not worth the risk of getting caught by the IRS or the department of labor. Alicyn McLeod talks about how it’s not about the hours worked, or the location from where the individual works that classifies an them as either. It’s the nature of the relationship and the control you have over the individual that classifies them as either an employee or an individual contractor.

Religion in the Workplace

Why you should read it: Religion is one of the fastest growing facets of discrimination in terms of litigation. Learn about all the caveats of bringing religion into the workplace.
Synopsis : According to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, “Employees who are permitted to discuss religion openly at work report having higher job-satisfaction levels…But what happens when one employee’s increase in happiness means another’s discontent?”

Not All Turnover Is Bad — Why Keeping Every Long-Tenure Employee May Be Overrated

Why you should read it: Dr. John Sullivan provides 25 reasons to make you rethink the benefits of long term tenure employees

Synopsis : Wal-Mart illustrated the diminishing ROI of longer-tenure employees in this quote: “the cost of an associate with seven years of tenure is almost 55 percent more than the cost of an associate with one year of tenure, yet there is no difference in his or her productivity. Moreover, because we pay an associate more in salary and benefits as his or her tenure increases, we are pricing that associate out of the labor market, increasing the likelihood that he or she will stay with Wal-Mart.”

Protecting Against the Loss of a Key Employee

Why you should read it: “About one out of every three individuals dies in the working period of life with a consequent loss to his or her business.” Learn how to insure your business against the possibility of this tragedy.

Synopsis: Loss of tangible assets due to a fire or any other natural disaster are temporary. “Plants and factories can be rebuilt. Inventory can be replaced. On the other hand, a new hire may need several months or even years to become as productive as her or his predecessor. In fact, the deceased employee may prove impossible to replace.” Walid Petiri uses this article to explain the importance of a key person insurance. “Replacing a key person may be difficult, but the proceeds from the life insurance policy can help ensure a smooth transition following their passing.”

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