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Staffing Advisors Blog

Your employee handbook isn't really cutting your legal risk

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 21, 2014

Most employers think that a stack of policies, codified into an employee handbook, will reduce their legal risk and make the messy business of managing people easier. But what if the reverse was true? What if the whole drive to make rules was just a counterproductive game of “Policy Whack-a-Mole” that only applied to a tiny fraction of your worst employees?

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Employers trying to understand the ABC's of the ACA

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 24, 2013

As the market improves, we're seeing a trend emerge among job seekers. People are analyzing job offers like a bank examiner audits a bank. Every detail of the benefit plan is being reviewed in exacting detail, and employers with poor benefit plans are seeing more of their job offers rejected.

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How to Master a New Skill

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 3, 2013

Mastering new skills is not optional in today's business environment. "In a fast-moving, competitive world, being able to learn new skills is one of the keys to success. It's not enough to be smart — you need to always be getting smarter," says Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist and author.  Joseph Weintraub, an author and  management professor, agrees. "We need to constantly look for opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that may not always feel comfortable at first. Continual improvement is necessary to get ahead."

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Get Your Own Yardstick to Beat Your CFO (In An Argument, That Is)

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 1, 2012

Are Your People a Drag or a Sail?

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 23, 2012

We staff a lot of new initiatives. And we're often brought in when executives want to rethink how they have staffed a position.

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When is a Recruiting Problem Not a Recruiting Problem?

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 13, 2011

Q: When is a tough recruiting problem not a recruiting problem?

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Why That New Metrics Initiative Will Destroy Your HR Career

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 19, 2011

My wife makes her living analyzing the academic achievement of students in our public school system — (thanks to the “No Data Left Behind” act). So, when she moved over to a low performing school, with a new, data-driven principal, I was interested in how that would play out. Would brilliant analytics and new leadership improve the academic performance of the school? Naturally we were hopeful, because I’m a process guy, and well, analytics is her job. But analytics were not the key to the school turnaround. They were helpful, but secondary. It’s something else that’s turning the tide.

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Needlessly Offensive Hiring Practices

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 24, 2010

On a typical search we'll review 200 - 500 resumes.  Even with the right staff, finely honed processes, and a state-of-the-art applicant tracking system it's a lot work.  And hiring is all we do.

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When Good People Behave Badly

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 7, 2009

Today's guest post is by Pat Nichols,  who does business as Transition Leadership International, LLC. He serves civic sector organizations facing major strategic transitions--start-ups, turnarounds, mergers etc., as interim CEO or as a consultant.

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The Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 26, 2009

I'm enthralled with ROWE -  the Results Only Work Environment.   The concept of ROWE is that as a manager, you focus only on results, and not managing activity, or worse - the appearance of activity.  As Ashley Acker put it, time does not equal productivity:

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