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HR Dilemmas: Why Fairness Matters

Nolan Gray Staffing

A young child, dissatisfied with what’s going on around them will likely stomp their foot and shout “No fair!” And in response, parents often say, “Life’s not fair – get used to it!” And it’s true that in some ways, life isn’t fair – a few of us are born Hiltons, but most into less advantaged families. But in other …

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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 …

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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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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10 Basic HR Metrics You Can Crunch Out Now!

Nolan Gray Staffing

It’s time people! Big data is here to stay and if you’re not already being called on by company leadership to tap into all that information and provide some meaningful metrics, you will be soon. It’s time to dip your toe in the pool but there’s no need to jump into the deep end to start with. You can start …

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HR’s Hot New Job – Data Scientist Voted Sexiest Job of 21st Century

Nolan Gray Staffing

If all the talk about big data is any indication, this is something that’s here to stay. Data analytics are the talk of the human resources community. We’re promised we can make better workforce decisions with the help of data analytics and even venture into predictive analysis of our workforce. It’s an exciting time to be a human resources professional!

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Drowning in Data – How HR Can Know the Metrics that Matter

Nolan Gray Staffing

With all the talk about big data and predictive analytics, how’s a busy human resources manager to figure out where to start? A recent study of HR professionals showed that less than half are using objective data on talent to make either workforce or business decisions. That seems a high percentage – my guess is that fewer organizations than reported are using …

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3 Tech Trends That are Transforming Workforce HR

Nolan Gray Staffing

It seems that every aspect of business is more rapidly evolving than at any other time in our modern history. Since the dawn of the computer age and the invention of devices that could capture data, we’ve begun accumulating reams of information. But for decades, it was all archival information that we weren’t tapping, just storing. Then in later years, …

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Making Better Decisions – How Data Analytics Are Empowering HR

Nolan Gray Staffing

For decades, human resources has been a rather “soft science” – it was more about massaging egos, comforting employees and sorting out squabbles. But now, leadership is demanding more from its HR professionals – they want their people-whisperers to use data analytics to make smarter workforce decisions. In our tight economy, businesses must make the most of limited resources – …