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3 Cautionary Tales from the Mad Men HR Files…

Nolan Gray Staffing

If you watch Mad Men, you may find many moments cringe-worthy because of their often too-honest depiction of uncomfortable workplace scenarios of that era. While other shows tend to whitewash the misogyny, racism, booze swilling, secretary fondling norms of the time, AMC goes there and does so with remarkable aplomb. I’m not sure if Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ever had …

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? Why You Should Ban Workplace Romance

Nolan Gray Staffing

There’s a fine line when it comes to how you relate to your employees at work and how you want them to relate to each other. As an HR professional, you should avoid interacting on social media with your work fellows no matter how tempting it is. You should also consider whether you want to draw formal lines that define …

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Can Your Employee Handbook Get You Sued?

Nolan Gray Staffing

Most businesses have an employee handbook, but have you wondered if it’s doing you harm or good? In some cases, employee handbooks can be lawsuit fodder than can have you writing a big fat check to an employe (or ex-employee). Who wants that? No one… You may think that by putting down your policies in black and white that you’re …

5 HR Lessons from Game of Thrones

Nolan Gray Staffing

If you’re not watching HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, you’re missing out on some of the best televised drama of all time. As a fan of both the books and the series, I am constantly in awe of how much this show reveals about human behavior. I believe the show can also inform us about human resources issues within …

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Better Business – 5 Human Resources Functions to Outsource

Nolan Gray Staffing

By now, everyone knows that outsourcing human resources is an option for businesses of all size and type. But many still cling to the notion that all HR resources should be kept in-house either because they fear a loss of control or worry that the solution won’t be affordable. But the fact is, outsourcing is one of the most cost …

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5 Ways Google Is Reinventing HR with Data

Nolan Gray Staffing

Google seems to be constantly breaking ground – every couple of months, there’s a new app or feature they offer – and they often scrap these initiatives just as quickly if they’re not rapidly embraced. This is refreshing for a mega-corporation – it seems the bigger the firm, the slower they are to adapt and improve. Google not only pushes …

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Why HR Isn’t Hiring Right and Jobs Are Sitting Open

Nolan Gray Staffing

There’s a dichotomy in US employment right now. Our national unemployment rate is currently 7.6% but many experts say it’s actually worse because many long-term unemployed have abandoned their job searches in frustration and are no longer accounted for in this statistic. Despite the surfeit of workers, many companies have jobs sitting open because they can’t find talent to hire.

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3 Ways Your Company Should Be Using HR Data

Nolan Gray Data, Staffing

Human resources data is no longer a passive repository of numbers and information that just sits. Increasingly, top organizations are tapping into this valuable data to drive better workforce decisions and ultimately, to increase profits. The most effective organizations are those making the most of their HR data. I wrote earlier this week about how Google is tapping into their …

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Why You Want Happy Workers and How to Make It Happen

Nolan Gray Staffing

Recent Gallup polls have revealed that most of America’s workers are not engaged. A worker who is not engaged is not happy – the terms can almost be used synonymously – and will not be an effective contributor to your firm’s goals or bottom lines. According to Gallup, just 29% of workers are engaged and happy. Why should you care …

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The Benefits of Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed

Nolan Gray Staffing

Long-term unemployment is defined as being jobless for a period of a year or longer. The Pew Trust estimates that 31.3% of the unemployed meet this definition and are struggling with joblessness for an extended period of time. What’s unfortunate is that there is a largely undeserved negative connotation associated with being long-term unemployed. Monster.com says many employers view the …