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September 25, 2014

HR Lessons: What we can learn from The Mafia


When searching for leadership and management tips, it may seem counter intuitive to look at organized crime for inspiration. But, if we look past the immoral, high-risk crime the mafia is known for, there are a few fundamental things we can learn.

The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Sopranos all have underlying characteristics that help strengthen their organization – unconditional loyalty, respect and accountability to name a few.

Who wouldn’t want those traits to be the foundation of their HR team and organization?

This week we sat down with the folks over at Fistful of Talent to identify some of the greatest elements at the core of the mafia’s organization that can be used in more legitimate business ventures.

Take a 20 minute break from your day and listen as Cara Lucas, Paul Hebert, and Dawn Hrdlica-Burke identify what makes a tight-knit organization like the mob function and elements that you can take back to your workplace.

(Note: We do NOT recommend redefining employee ‘termination’.)

Have anything to add? Leave a comment below or tweet us using the hashtag #HRHangout!

Also – don’t forget to tune into next week’s #HRHangout – The Great FOT Turnover Predictor on Wednesday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. ET.

September 17, 2014

#HRHangout: Our Worst Jobs


We all remember (and often talk about) the worst jobs we’ve ever had. We’re all guilty of swapping stories about bad bosses and bizarre workplace experiences.

This week was no exception.

I sat down with the funny and insightful folks over at Fistful of Talent to discuss some of the worst jobs they have had both inside and outside of HR. Joking and complaining about our shared experiences is always fun, but learning from the past is what keeps us moving forward.

Kris Dunn, Kelly Dingee and R.J. Morris dive right into stories about their worst jobs and what they learned from them during this week’s HR Hangout. Watch the recording for some funny and cringe worthy stories (as well as some great advice!) from being in a bad job situation.

Have something else to add? Tweet your experiences and advice to @SumTotalSystems using the hashtag #HRHangout to join the conversation! And, check out the past #HRHangout videos and conversations on our HR Hangout Storify!

Also, don’t forget to join us for our next #HRHangout: HARDBALL – Lessons in HR Intimidation, on Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00 pm ET.

 

September 11, 2014

HR Rants – What Drives HR Pros Crazy!


We all have those pet peeves that drive us crazy. You’ve grumbled about them at the water cooler and complained to your dog after work. We took a leap and talked about them in our recent #HRHangout and recorded it for all to see!

We were joined by the great minds of Fistful of Talent for an perceptive and entertaining look at some of the things that drive HR pros crazy. Ranting is one thing, but exploring the core of these issues is what helps find ways to keep the industry moving forward.

Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, and Dawn Hrdlica-Burke dig deeper into these challenges to talk more about why they’re steaming over these issues and how they would like to see industry standards evolve to address them. They don’t all agree (just ask Tim how he feels about Sourcers), but take a 20 minute break from your day for insight on their analysis.

Have something else to add as an HR Pro? Tweet with the hashtag #HRHangout to join the conversation!

Join us for next week’s #HRHangout – Your Worst Job: Both In and Out of HR. We’ll be talking about the best things we’ve learned from our worst jobs.

August 28, 2014

Social and Recruiting Apps that Really Work


Business apps, gadgets and tools are in no short supply. We are constantly bombarded with the newest trend, trick or tool to make us more social, productive, organized and efficient.

From hoax apps like Yo (which texts “Yo!” to communicate to your contacts), to document sharing apps like Google Docs and DropBox that we can’t live without – there are a lot of resources at your disposal.

Apps are designed to make your lives easier, but sometimes they don’t deliver on their promise.

So, to narrow down your must-have shortlist and tell you what really works, we sat down with the folks over at Fistful of Talent to see what they had to say about their favorite social, business and, of course, recruiting apps.

If you’re trying to step up your social game, Feedly and Buffer will help expand your social footprint without the extra time spent. Users can browse content in Feedly and with a click of a button synch and schedule it to go out on various social platforms. In 5 minutes you can generate all of your social content for the day. (skip to video clip) 

If you’re trying to get organized, Evernote will help you keep track of ideas, meeting notes and research. You can capture images and bookmark websites, and tag and organize those files in specific folders that you can reference in the future. (skip to video clip)

If you’re trying to find the perfect candidate, Connectifier, 360 Social and Vibe will give you a person’s email address and allow you to see a their digital footprint. The digital footprint gives you a clear picture of people’s skills, interests and personalities that may not be listed on their LinkedIn profile. (skip to video clip) 

Want to know more? Watch the 20 minute SumTotal #HRHangout with Fistful of Talent.

Still want to know more? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @SumTotalSystems! We’re happy to share more resources with you. And be sure to catch next week’s #HRHangout: Whistle While You Work — How to Drive Employee Engagement

August 22, 2014

#HRHangout: HR Confidential


There are a frightening amount of HR horror stories in the workplace, and we managed to pull together some of the funniest and most cringe worthy moments in our latest #HRHangout.

All too many HR professionals have encountered a nightmare interview, inappropriate gestures/behaviors, and more.  Everyone loves to chuckle at those experiences, but during our chat with the members of Fistful of Talent, we dug a little deeper to uncover how to handle those crazy moments and what you can take away from them.

Watch the video to hear the hilarious stories yourself and benefit from the misfortuneate experiences of Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, and William Tincup so your next wacky HR incident won’t catch you off guard.

Join us next week for the next SumTotal #HRHangout: A Few of Our Favorite Things, where Fistful of Talent team members will clue us in on their favorite apps, websites, and productivity tools – Wednesday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET!

August 13, 2014

#HRHangout: The DNA of Great HR Pros


There are a lot of stereotypes out there defining the way HR professionals should and shouldn’t act. Just because you’re in HR doesn’t mean you need to fit into these stereotypes.

Several different characteristics make up savvy HR professional – likeability, wit and confidence are just a few.

Today we had the chance to sit down with the always funny and very informative members of Fistful of Talent – Tim Sackett, Laurie Rutterman, and Dawn Burke – to discuss the different components of great HR pros during our first #HRHangout.

Watch the video to get some insight about the characteristic traits of today’s top HR professionals and hear some great advice our panelists have learned along the way.

Join us next week for our second installment of the SumTotal #HRHangout series: HR Confidential, where Fistful of Talent team members will share crazy stories from past experiences in human resources, on Wednesday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET.