How to make your best decisions: 4 steps


Employees at the highest and lowest levels of the organization chart often make the boldest decisions. Most folks in the middle cling to conventional behavior. Where does that leave you?

Flying solo: 5 steps to control an HR department of one

Sole HR practitioners can rely on these tips to get the job done.

HR affects the parts of work that are least satisfying

HR pros, take note: The things that make workers grumble all have something to do with your job.

Overcome the pitfalls that could derail your next committee


Too much talk, too much posturing, not enough action. Too often, that’s what defines committees. They can be time-sapping excuses for big egos to engage in paralysis by analysis without accomplishing much. Next time you convene a committee, beware these pitfalls that can keep you from achieving your goal.

The HR I.Q. Test: September '14

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

Assess risks before taking on that project


Your boss asks you to head a prestigious project, and you can’t wait to accept. You know that as leader of a high-impact initiative, you can gain visibility and play an increasingly greater role. Just don’t overlook the downside.

5 rules to reclaim your calendar ... and your life

Stever Robbins dispenses advice on maximizing your creativity and whipping your email into submission. His book Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More also offers tips on integrating time management and innovation into a coherent system for getting things done.

Polish presentation skills to sell your ideas

When selling your ideas, you need to be prepared to deliver a top-notch presentation. Here are some ways to sharpen those skills.

The HR I.Q. Test: August '14

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

Survey: Most people come to HR careers by chance

More than half of HR professionals say their reasons for entering the profession were influenced by chance and external forces rather than an active desire to work in HR, according to a new XpertHR survey.

HRCI to SHRM: You can't dump me! I'm leaving!

It doesn’t look like this relationship can be saved. The schism between the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute over SHRM’s decision to launch its own certification program was on full display at the SHRM Annual Conference in June in Orlando, Fla.

Quotable Quotes: SHRM 2014 Conference

So you weren't able to make it to the big Society for Human Resource Management annual conference in Orlando this year? No problem. We brought back a big bag of HR wisdom, all arranged in a dozen tweet-sized quotable quotes.

The HR I.Q. Test: July '14

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

Want shorter meetings? Stand up for standing!

Life is too short to spend even one extra minute in a meeting. Endear yourself to colleagues by championing stand-up meetings.

Lemons to lemonade: Find upside of mistakes


At some point in your career, you’re going to screw up. Everyone does. But savvy professionals know how to recover from the inevitable workplace fumbles. Here’s how to turn a negative into a positive, no matter how bad the situation may seem.

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