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Warning Signs That a Job May Not Be Right for You

Warning Signs That a Job May Not Be Right for You

October 10, 2017

Over the years Amazon has taken some heat for its “terrible” culture stemming back to 2015 and a blistering piece in The New York Times. But whether the culture is terrible, or not, is really a matter of perception and personal opinion. The determination of whether a corporate culture is effective, or not (and effective […]

The Impact of Office Layout on Productivity and Engagement

September 22, 2017

Noise, distractions, lack of personal space and potential impacts on productivity are just a few of the unintended impacts that office layout choices may raise. While open office environments have been popular, a recent Gallup report suggests that most employees prefer to have a place to call their own. What office space decisions may serve to hinder—or, […]

Older Workers On the Rise: Benefits and Potential Drawbacks

August 23, 2017

The baby boomer generation has had a significant impact on society—and the workforce. That impact is predicted to continue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, while only 11.9 percent of the labor force was 55 years or older in 1990, that percentage will increase to 25.2 percent in 2020. Many Americans are choosing […]

Employees and Social Media: Best Practices for Employers

August 14, 2017

Social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others, can be great tools for employees to use for learning and communication. The same is true of employers. But both sides need to know some important do’s and don’ts for leveraging social media channels effectively. Rapid Adoption According to an infoplease timeline, Friendster, the first […]

Taking a Marketing Approach to Attracting Talent

June 27, 2017

In many organizations, the marketing and HR functions operate independently—HR focused primarily on internal communications with employees and marketing focused primarily on external communications with consumer and business audiences that include both prospects and customers. In some organizations, though, these two groups have teamed up to combine their expertise to boost overall communication effectiveness, internally […]

Are Wellness Programs Wasted on the Well?

June 20, 2017

Wellness programs are increasingly common these days in organizations large and small. But some believe that participants tend to be those who were already well, or planning to get there. Is there evidence to suggest that employees who really need to avail themselves of these offerings are doing so? What best practices are organizations using […]

New Ways of Thinking About Performance Management

May 29, 2017

Face it. Performance management and employee reviews are the bane of existence for most managers—and the employees they manage! It’s unfortunate that a practice that should be designed to improve employee performance and contribution to the company, while developing career-related skills that are personally important, often becomes a dreaded—and, sometimes, contentious—once-a-year interaction. It doesn’t have […]

Tapping Into the Contingent Workforce

May 23, 2017

A report from Ardent Partners found that “35% of today’s total workforce is considered non-employee: freelance, independent, external, extended, contingent, etc.” In addition, “95% of organizations today perceiving their contingent workforce as important and vital not only to day-to-day operations, but also to ultimate enterprise success and growth.” This is a new staffing model for […]

The Balance Between Hiring for Fit and Inclusion

May 18, 2017

Talent managers these days talk a lot about “hiring for fit” and the concept is sound. After all, to create and maintain a strong corporate culture, companies are well served to ensure that those they hire will fit into that culture. But, there’s a flip side to this commonly held wisdom. Building a culture based […]

APN Encourages a Culture of Giving

April 28, 2017

APN Consulting recently sponsored the latest fundraiser by inFusion to benefit the Hugs for Brady Foundation.  inFusion brings together a group of selfless and talented teens with a passion for music and a desire to use their abilities to make a difference.  The group holds regular live music events showcasing their unique musical talents with […]

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