Using First Impressions Wisely in Recruiting

Every day, first impressions shape how people interact with each other and how they feel about those interactions. They influence how people engage with all aspects of the world around them–including recruiting. Given how much of recruiting comes down to understanding and evaluating people in a limited amount of time, one could argue that much… Read more »

Recruiting the Best Talent: 7 Tactics

A lot of change and objective setting is occurring to realign business strategies for success. When it comes to recruiting great talent, there are always new ways to try to fill positions quickly and in a cost-effective manner. Now is a perfect time to refresh old methods with these seven tactics for recruiting the best talent…. Read more »

How to Reject a Great Applicant


Why would you need to reject a great applicant?   If a candidate does not have the necessary skills or is an obvious bad fit from the start, the rejection process is generally pretty simple. Sure, it’s never fun to tell someone “no,” but in those instances, things tend to be pretty clear cut. However,… Read more »

Joe Sommerfeldt to Attend 2017 Clean Label Conference

Clean Label Conference Westin Hotel, Itasca,Illinois, March 28 to 29, 2017 Joe Sommerfeldt, MSHR and Kinsa Group Account Manager, will attend the 4th annual Clean Label Conference.  The conference, presented by Global Food Forums, is the industry’s technical product development summit dedicated to providing practical, impartial and “how-to” formulation advice to R&D and applied food… Read more »

How Changes from the New Secretary of Labor Could Affect HR

Anytime the nation undergoes a transition of presidential power from one leader to the next, there are standard cabinet changes—particularly when a new party takes leadership—that almost unavoidably cause a shift in one or more policies. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s recent appointment of Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food… Read more »

How HR Metrics & Big Data Can Transform Hiring

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If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that data changes lives. It helps us decide on the home we want to purchase. It guides us in our decision when selecting a new and trendy restaurant during business and vacation travels. Big data is when Pinterest anticipates and suggests new pins for me… Read more »

Blocked Overtime Rule: What Should Employers Do Now?

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Now that a federal district court judge has issued a nationwide injunction against the new overtime rules that were to go into effect on December 1, 2016, many employers are asking “what should we do?” Some employers have already prepared to comply with the new regulations and are ready to roll out new payroll practices next… Read more »

Career Development: The You, Me, and We

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Career Development Includes You, Me and We   I have a tendency to stockpile magazines so I can read during flights. This time of year is conference season, which tends to be my busiest with a lot of travel from September through the end of the year. Well, this year I have even more travel… Read more »

Running Effective One-On-One Meetings

So you’ve heard about others doing one-on-ones. Some do a one-hour session every other week with each team member. Counting preparation time, one-on-ones would take up a significant part of your busy schedule. You ponder: Would all the hours be well spent and justified? It is true that one-on-ones can be time-consuming. Yet the hour… Read more »