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Recognizing and Overcoming Personal Biases

Recognizing and Overcoming Personal Biases

March 23, 2017

A bias is a predisposition for or against something. We can be either favorably, or unfavorably, biased, although the word tends to carry more negative than positive connotations. The important point, though, is that we all naturally have biases—they’re an unavoidable fact of life. Whether related to issues, individuals or preferences in music, art, or […]

Leveraging Diversity Through Dissension and Discord

March 17, 2017

The political environment has certainly ramped up the level of potential dissension and discord within workplaces around the country. And, while that dissension and discord can be disruptive and divisive, there are times when it’s just what’s required to leverage the value of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. It’s a lesson NASA’s widely known “group […]

Procurement in the age of IoT: What skills do tomorrow’s managers need?

February 28, 2017

The Internet of Things has already impacted many aspects of our personal lives, but what does this mean for procurement professionals? In our latest post, we explore the implications of the IoT on procurement and the kinds of skills needed in order to make use of these new technologies moving in to the future.

Making Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse

February 27, 2017

Once you’ve found a top candidate you want to boost the odds that they’ll accept your offer. But, data tells us that up to 39% of job offers are rejected. Why? John Zappe, contributing editor of ERE.net, calls it the “too low and too slow” syndrome: 39% of the time candidates reject an offer because they’re received another offer (too slow); 29% of the time because the compensation/benefits package didn’t meet their expectations (too low). We offer some guidance on improving in these two areas.

Civility in the Workplace

February 23, 2017

If there’s one thing this election cycle is doing it’s putting the concept of civility in the workplace front and center in conversations around the country. The volatility and polarization related to many of the issues front and center in what seem to be 24/7 media cycles, tend to spur conversations that continue into the workplace. What role should HR play in ensuring that employees understand expectations and are trained in effective methods of communication to ensure they don’t cross the line?

How Your Organization Can Thrive in The Gig Economy

January 31, 2017

The gig economy is a favorite topic at industry conferences and in the blogosphere, and the buzz shows no signs of abating. Social scientists and politicians fret about worker protections, and labor boards voice concerns about health care. Employees worry their steady jobs will disappear, and employers struggle with managing risks and relationships. Over 50% […]

Monthly Job Trends – January 2017

The economy has finally awakened from its long slumber, largely signified by the recent interest rate hikes the Fed has started to introduce after years of untouched, low rates. Naturally, a boosted economy means things are looking better on the jobs front. Interestingly enough, recent months have seen some fluctuations in unemployment numbers. According to […]

Managed Services Program Managers are Masters of Collaboration

January 24, 2017

Managed Services Providers (MSPs) have enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years, and expectation for future growth are high. But cost is no longer the top reason for choosing an MSP. Companies are looking for efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhanced security and compliance, and freeing up IT staff for strategic work.[1] They […]

What Role Might the Gig Economy Play in Your Staffing and Recruiting Decisions?

January 23, 2017

According to TechTarget’s WhatIs.com, a gig economy is “an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.” It’s a concept that is trending. In fact, the idea of a gig economy has taken on such traction that even the Bureau of Labor Statistics has covered the trend. […]

APN Sponsored School Nears Completion

December 20, 2016

  APN has long supported various charitable organizations near and far and encourage our staff to do the same.   In late 2015, we decided we wanted to make a bigger impact to help those who needed it most.  We then partnered with Pencils of Promise, an organization that works with communities across the globe to […]

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