09/02/2008
Building your legacy at work
If you gave your notice today, how would people remember you? Bring a fresh perspective to work by thinking about the legacy you will leave.

08/04/2008
Walk this way: Think like a consultant to excel at your HR job
From being more objective to better communicating their worth, HR managers may want to take a cue from consultants to provide more value on the job.

07/07/2008
Let the students teach — A new approach to the mentor relationship
HR managers should take a cue from children this summer and create unconventional learning relationships at work.

06/09/2008
Workin' around the clock: Managing the 24-hour employee
With new technology, employees can work from basically anywhere — making a 24-hour workday possible. But just because they can,.. doesn't mean they should.

05/12/2008
Communication 101: Reviewing the golden rules of HR communication
By brushing up on the five golden rules of human resources communication, HR managers can make everyone's job a little bit easier.

04/07/2008
The many faces of HR: Managing expectations and producing results
Whether you're an avid fan of car racing, or don't know NASCAR from Madagascar, HR managers can learn something from the drivers and their teams.

03/03/2008
Defusing disasters
There are ticking time bombs at every organization that may be getting bigger and more dangerous by the day – if they are not defused.

02/04/2008
Turn-around time
Whatever the situation, dips are a reality. It is what an organization does in the aftermath that matters most. Does your organization wallow in Dipville, or high-tail it out of town?

01/07/2008
Say what?!
Some topics of conversation are just wrong, and can take employees or organizations down a slippery slope. Others are beyond inexcusable in an office setting.

12/03/2007
Naughty or nice?
While it is important to acknowledge employees' hard work during the holidays, it shouldn't be the only time of year your organization shows appreciation toward them.

11/05/2007
Campaigning for HR
As with any campaign, it helps to have a base of support. Do you have colleagues within your organization who believe in you and the expertise you bring to your position?

10/01/2007
Dealing with difficult co-workers
The word intervention can conjure up some pretty icky images, but it doesn't have to be such a negative word. In fact, it often leads to great results, especially in the workplace.

10/01/2007
Dealing with difficult co-workers
The word intervention can conjure up some pretty icky images, but it doesn't have to be such a negative word. In fact, it often leads to great results, especially in the workplace.

09/04/2007
Who's your caddy? Leveraging HR's strategic partnerships
A large part of an HR manager's job description involves relationships with co-workers and outside contacts. Good relationships can help make your job easier.

08/06/2007
Are you happy in your job?
Here is a quick quiz for you, managers and professionals - the answers to these ten questions can help you design a job that keeps you challenged and fulfilled.

07/02/2007
Overcoming career derailers
If you make a personal misstep, what can you do? Is your career over, or your job with the company? Here are some steps to follow to help get your career back on track.

06/04/2007
Why can't we all just get along?
You think you're pretty special. You bring a lot to your department and the organization, and they are lucky to have you. There's nothing wrong with thinking this way. Most of us do.

05/07/2007
Think you can't offer cutting edge benefits? Think again.
HR managers sometimes get a bad rap as the people in organizations who always say "no." But imagine for a moment that the word "no" was removed from your vocabulary for a day.

04/02/2007
Heard it through the grapevine
Here at The Hire Authority, we know your employees' secrets. No, we're not mind readers, but we know the things that aggravate them.

03/05/2007
The looming labor shortage: why aren't you worried?
Dire warnings of a labor shortage remind me of the uproar over global warming. Supposedly, it is imminent and we're all going to suffer, but if it's not hurting us now, should we worry?

02/01/2007
We are family: corporate relationships and the roles people play
Most of us have colleagues at work who have the traits of a married couple - the work spouses. He knows she takes her coffee black with two Splendas, and she finishes his sentences.

01/02/2007
Think like a quarterback to hone your HR skills
Football coaches and players are constantly analyzing their game-their strengths, weak spots, and opponents. Good teams (those not plagued by injuries) usually don't repeat the same mistakes two weeks in a row.

12/04/2006
Top ten reasons CEO Scrooge is gone
Picture Ebenezer Scrooge as the CEO of your organization. It's enough to give HR managers nightmares. Instead of visions of sugarplums, HR managers would dream about massive layoffs and across-the-board pay cuts.

11/06/2006
The use and misuse of 360-degree assessments
Don't you wish you could tell people what you really think? The 360-degree assessment was designed with that goal in mind-extracting an honest and insightful look at employees and how they work.

10/03/2006
From whiners to winners: channeling employee complaints
If your organization is like most, you probably have your share of complainers. You may detest listening to employees gripe about work; it can be an unpleasant part of an HR manager's role.

09/05/2006
HR's responsibility as employees age
As the war for talent heats up, companies are competing more aggressively for fewer workers-and fighting hard to keep those they already have.

8/7/2006
Talking to the top: feedback strategies for CEOs
One thing separates successful CEOs from those who crash and burn: top performers have built-in mechanisms for receiving feedback about their management styles - and they do something with that information.

7/3/2006
Finding fresh talent in a tight market
If companies want to survive the coming labor shortage, they need to think about who they are trying to recruit and retain.

6/5/2006
How to deal with a bad boss
HR managers need to listen, act if there is a pattern of behavior.

5/1/2006
Secrets of the best companies to work for
What makes an organization a genuine employer of choice? It really isn't a secret.

4/3/2006
And the winner is. . .
What if we had an award for companies with the best, most employee-friendly policies and initiatives?

3/6/2006
Law & Order: strict policies may be bad business
So-called "small things" are often cited as the reasons why employees leave a company.

2/6/2006
How low can you go? Becoming a flexible employer
You may not have to bend over backwards to recruit and retain your future staff, but flexibility will help.

1/3/2006
Ringing in the New Year with executive presence
If you're in HR, a good new year's resolution may be to hire someone with 'executive presence.'

12/5/2005
Avoiding holiday taboos
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when holiday season hits the office

11/7/2005
Driving organizational change
In times of organizational change, the responsibility usually falls on HR to communicate what is happening to employees.

10/3/2005
Communicating in your culture: what are you really saying to employees?
HR usually takes responsibility for describing what it's like to work for a company -- although the message sometimes becomes confused.

9/6/2005
Why training doesn't work
At many companies, training programs just don't work, and it's difficult to justify the expense to management if you can't show results. Why, asks the Hire Authority, are so many companies struggling with this?

8/1/2005
Making new hires stick: engagement is the key
If new hires are quickly engaged in the organization's culture, says the Hire Authority, they can make their best contribution, which leads to a higher level of commitment and success.

7/5/2005
Extreme HR: pushing the limits of risk
You've heard of extreme sports like bungee jumping and skydiving. But, asks the Hire Authority, can this notion fit into the realm of human resources?

6/6/2005
Whose side are you on?
Although HR managers can often find themselves caught in the middle of a dispute between employees and employers, it's important, says the Hire Authority, not to take sides.

5/2/2005
The usual suspects
We all know them, those few employees everyone tries to avoid. Left unchecked, they can hurt your organization. The challenge for HR, says the Hire Authority, is recognizing when behavior merits intervention, then deciding what to do about it.

4/4/2005
Big Brother is you, watching
If your company hasn't started tracking employee use of technology yet, it probably will soon. And, says The Hire Authority, the prickly nature of this beast puts the bulk of the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of HR.

3/7/2005
Pleasing employee palates: a la carte benefits
Today's diverse employees have differing requirements when it comes to their lives and careers, so the challenge for HR professionals, says the Hire Authority, is to develop benefit programs that help recruit and retain workers of all types.

2/7/2005
Happy workers: achievable goal or oxymoron?
Employers bear much of the responsibility for keeping their workers happy - and around. What's the best way to do that? Invest in developing your managers, says The Hire Authority.

1/3/2005
The curse of HR myopia
It's true that daily tasks can be overwhelming. However, says Hire Authority Elaine Varelas, HR professionals need to ditch the tunnel vision and strike a balance between everyday responsibilities and longer-term activities.

12/6/2004
"You're (not) hired!"
In her debut column, Hire Authority Elaine Varelas considers how hiring managers struggle with rejecting people, but reminds us that rejection doesn't have to create an enemy if it is done with courtesy and respect.