Back to Basics

It seems to me that there has been a renewed focus on core HR.  Now I need to tell the truth, I really thought core HR was dead.  I mean,

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Dulling the Noise

So I admit that I use multiple methods to dull the noise when I’m on a plane.  The first are the industrial grade ear plugs from Home Depot.  I love

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Serendipity versus Decision Support

Would I be where I am today if I had all the facts every time?  I’m actually confident that if it were up to me, I would be digging ditches

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Please Don’t Do It

I have to admit that I spend more time in airports than I would like to admit.  This means that I spend some time in airport bathrooms where a very

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HR Technology Deployments

I love it when consultants come in and talk to you about all the things you need to do around an implementation.  Obviously your implementer is going to do all

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Trend, Drill, Slice

I love talking about and manipulating data.  One of my favorite moments of the month is when I get together with one of the premier data people in HR and

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The Butterfly Effect

In 1972, Edward Lorenz wrote a paper called “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?”  In this paper, the flapping of

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Evaluating the Demo

I’ll admit that a while back (wow – are we going on 10 years now?) I was an SC.  You know – those guys from the vendors that the salespeople

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How to Read a Newspaper

So, when I get on a plane, I often have a newspaper with me.  Whether you are on a plane, train, or anywhere with close quarters with other people, there

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Core HR is not a Hub

I came across this quite a few years ago as we started to tinker around with core HR systems needing to integrate with more systems than just payroll and benefits,

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Behavioral Non-Interviews

Remembering back to college admissions days (which many of you might have kids going through that right now), one of the best parts of the whole process is doing the college tour

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Stop Selling Apps: SaaS is a Service

Increasingly, I’m seeing organizations change their buying habits, at least in theory. Vendor selections are no longer the total domain of functional requirements as they once were. We don’t care

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Engagement is Economic Theory

I was having a recent conversation with John Sumser where we discussed my need to be an engaged employee. Indeed, I’m that guy who is almost always engaged because I

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Differentiation in SaaS

A while back, I was an SC for a large vendor organization.  It was a lot of fun highlighting the great stuff in my applications (actually – those were the

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The Lowest Common Denominator

I’ve been trying to sell people on the Google Android operating system for smart phones lately.  I’m not sure that it’s really about the Android versus the iPhone for me

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Android versus iPhones

The web is alive with comparisons of Google Android phones and Apple iPhones.  While it seemed for a long time that the iPhone was going to own the market, Android

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Web 2.0 for HR Call Centers

Call centers traditionally have a couple of major technologies sitting in them for HR.  We will usually have some sort of knowledgebase that contains access to policies, procedures, and prompts

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Most of us are Ants

Saratoga says that large organizations have an average of 7 to 9 hierarchical levels.  This means from the top to the bottom, there are 8 layers of management.  I’m going

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Meaningful Experiences in Web 2.0

I’ve complained about information overload before.  As we get into lists and networks and blogs, and microblogs, we subject ourselves to information from increasingly diverse sources.  Some of these are

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Recruiting Effectiveness Measurement

Last post I wrote about recruiting efficiency measures.  From the effectiveness side, we’re all used to things like first year turnover rates and performance rates.  Once again, we’ve been using

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