Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“Well, I was born in Wyoming but moved around a lot when I was growing up. Now I love to go on hikes with my kids and my favorite meal to cook is lasagna.”
The simple question, “tell me about yourself” can panic interviewees. It causes candidates to fumble their words and babble about anything they can think of. It’s such an important question, that one of our most popular blogs is on the topic. So we decided to give you five more creative ways to “tell me about yourself.”
Most of us have been there – and if you haven’t, you’re probably not being truthful. When the overpowering need to sniffle followed by the sudden rush of tears and then the instant panicked thought that this cannot be happening. We cry and sometimes you just can’t help it. Even football players are seen crying as they’re carted off with an injury or after a tough loss. They cry.
It’s time to say hello to Generation Z and the workforce should get ready to welcome us! For the last several years, there’s been more than enough talk about millennials and their place in the workforce. It’s time to shift the focus to the new wave of employees – Generation Z.
I was recently talking with our summer intern about her experience as a tour guide. As tour guides they experience extensive training to memorize routes, statistics, and attraction facts. But what really stood out about their training is that they’re instructed to emphasize why they continue to return to the college. It’s not as important to say why you picked the school, but explain why you stayed. It’s that moment that lets the heart of the university shine through and people can (hopefully) better imagine themselves or their children as part of that community.
What if this same tactic was applied to improving employee engagement?
Often the intersection between HR and payroll lies in the fact that they’re housed within the same department, led by a CHRO or HR director. It is obvious why they are together – they are “cost centers” tasked with employee needs. Makes sense, but running payroll requires a significantly different set of skills than HR leaders typically have.
Obviously HR holds a valuable role in the organization’s business functions, acting as a resource and strategic business partner to the entire company. So too does payroll – making sure everyone gets paid smoothly and that benefits are covered. Everyone assumes that payroll just works…until it doesn’t, and you’re sure to have an HR nightmare on your hands if it doesn’t.
The word “goodbye” is dubious as there’s typically nothing inherently ‘good’ associated with it. This is also true when it’s time to say goodbye to one of your employees who has chosen to move on. Whether it’s an all-star manager or your sub-par administrative assistant, losing an employee can be disruptive and cause significant and unexpected change within your company.
Whether you already have your position or if you are looking for your next HR or payroll opportunity, it’s important to ask the right questions so you don’t end up miserable or worse. Asking the following questions can help ensure that this opportunity is the right one for you. They will give you a deeper understanding of the organization and the position – and if they fit what you’re looking for.
We all know the common trope – the one where a frazzled-looking HR professional is surrounded by piles of paperwork and filing cabinets. It would probably be funny if all of us hadn’t seen or experienced it at some point in our careers. However, by creating a culture of sustainability that image can be replaced by a superhero; one who champions both Mother Nature and employee integrity.
We’ve heard it… have you? If you believe the experts (and we do), we’re currently amid the worst talent shortage since 2007. In 2007 the Blackberry was still the premier smart phone as the iPhone wasn’t introduced until mid-2007. If you and your colleagues don’t remember that you, then you probably don’t recall that talent shortage either.