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Start the day right by … eating a live frog?

Here are six amazingly simple productivity routines practiced by some of the world’s greatest business minds—that could just change the tone of the entire day.

The HR I.Q. Test: November ’15

Here’s your monthly quiz on HR trends and issues.

What to do when your boss makes a bone-headed decision

Going against the boss is never easy, but in rare circumstances it’s necessary. Some misguided edicts from on high require someone to speak truth to power. On the other hand, you shouldn’t call attention to every little mistake you notice. Apply these three tests to determine when to speak up against your boss.

What are the most overrated (and underrated) jobs in America?


You don’t see many TV shows or movies about HR professionals or environmental engineers, but according to a new survey, those are some of the most underrated professions in America today. Here’s the list of most “overrated” and “underrated” jobs of 2015 …

The HR I.Q. Test: October ’15

Here’s your monthly quiz on HR trends and issues.

Three ways to win cooperation


It seems that everyone is stretched to the limit these days with their workload. As a result, it may be challenging to get others to cooperate, particularly when it means you need them to do something for you that they would not normally do. You can generate cooperation with these three strategies:

Four strategies for becoming more influential at work

Whether it’s within your HR team or the overall organization, building influence—making it easy for others to listen to your ideas and try your suggestions—will make you more effective. Try these influence strategies.

6 skills HR leaders must establish, cultivate

Success in a top HR spot these days requires establishing a track record in these areas, according to a new study by Aon Hewitt.

The HR certification wars: HRCI vs. SHRM


For nearly four decades, the HR Cer­­tification Institute served happily as the semi-independent certification arm of HR’s big-dog association, the Society for Human Resource Management. That long marriage ended acrimoniously last year when SHRM announced it was launching its own certification exam and credentials—the SHRM Certified Professional and SHRM Senior Cer­­tif­­ied Professional.

LinkedIn users: Educated, older and relatively wealthy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Pew Research Center survey found that the career-oriented social media platform skews older than such rivals as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. But age isn’t all that marks LinkedIn as a different kind of online territory.