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Generation Lance

If you’ve been around marketing long enough, you hear something about generational differences once every few seconds. Ditto for HR. There’s all kinds of studies that generally seem to separate our current population into six big groups of generations: Greatest generation Silent generation Baby boomers Gen X Gen Y (or Millennials) Gen Z Lots of […]

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The Gig Economy Problem

If people want the gig economy to succeed, we have to create infrastructure that actually supports it Being employed today is a pretty good deal if you can swing it. At least in the U.S., it generally means getting paid predictably, some sort of benefits (including the all important health care coverage), and a semblance of […]

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Four Steps for Simplifying Your Digital Life

“Reversing years of negligence will take a bit of time.” That’s what I told myself a year ago. I was woefully unprepared for what I needed to do in order to actually clean up the mess I had made. For the past five years, I was responsible for keeping two dozen websites up and running, including […]

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10 Years Later: The Best of YourHRGuy.com

I started writing about HR issues more than 10 years ago. I was anonymous for three years and wrote more than I ever had. In that time, I wrote a lot of stuff. It launched me out of my HR career for the better. Some of it is still pretty readable. Most of it wasn’t. […]

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How You Can Help Refugees Today

What we’ve heard recently about people fleeing war-torn countries is demonstrably horrible. Just as what happened a little over a year ago, too many people simply don’t understand or don’t care about the terrible conditions these people are fleeing — and how many countries with resources much smaller than our own are doing much more to help. […]

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You’ll Be Okay. We’ll Be Okay.

Dear Elida, This last Tuesday was the first presidential election of your lifetime. It was the ninth of mine. The first election I could remember was in first grade. We had a discussion as to why we were going to vote one way or another. I supported Vice President George H.W. Bush and I told […]

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O.C. Tanner and The Long Shift

O.C. Tanner, one of the oldest HR providers, invited me to their first ever analyst day and told me I would have fun and maybe learn something. They were mostly right. First, let’s back up a bit. Imagine being Microsoft over the last five years. Incremental revenue from new computer sales continues to drop. Your […]

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Embracing Incremental Progress at #HRTechConf

There’s a good chance that the next phone you’re going to buy is going to be a lot like the phone you currently have, regardless of how long you plan to keep it. The same is true for the solutions you see if you go to the conference for all things HCM and tech next […]

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Encourage Jury Service

You want a simple way that HR can change the world? Encourage your employees to participate in jury duty. I’m thinking about it this week because my wife got called into jury duty. Now, it’s inconvenient. Her work is ramping up for the busy season. I need to go out of town tomorrow. The good […]

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When Being One of the Best isn’t Good Enough

The corruption of the Olympics is pretty staggering but it’s not the most interesting story from the games. The real question remains: Why do elite athletes do this to themselves? I’m not trying to be glib here, either. Getting into the top percentile of anything — especially sports — is difficult, but not impossible, for almost anybody. You can […]