When’s the last time you felt completely unproductive at work? Not a day where you were busy, but rather a day you couldn’t even get to item number one on your HR and payroll to-do list. Did that day feature back-to-back meetings, running from one task to another? Compounding your lack of productivity is that in-between meetings you do not feel like you have time to do anything more complicated than firing off some responses to your emails (those you didn’t check/answer during your meetings).
Do you view your job as scientific? Many human resources professionals often see their roles as administrative, tedious, maybe even strategic… but rarely scientific. Human Resources and payroll are often perceived as straightforward and maybe even rigid, but can we really be taken over by the rise of technology solutions? More and more, artificial intelligence is positioning to take over HR jobs. So, what can you as an HR or payroll professional do to stay in front of the next systems upgrade?
CNBC’s new program “The Job Interview” is the talk of the talent acquisition community as it aims the camera into an HR professional’s daily lives, making it reality TV fodder. The show allows the general public (those who watch) to analyze candidate interviews. My major takeaways from this as a staffing manager and insider tricks to avoid looking bad in an interview follow.
When you describe a leader’s personality, how often do you describe them as a people-person or an extravert? It’s common to think that to be a successful leader that one has to be an extravert, but in reality, there’s a lot more that goes into understanding someone’s personality type than simply extraversion or introversion.
All my life I’d felt that being labelled an introvert came at a cost and unnecessarily categorized me as someone who wasn’t as into being around with people. This idea came at a significant juxtaposition from my love of teaching and working with people on understanding themselves.
For a CEO, there are few things more terrifying than hearing that an integral member of the team just quit. You might remember the Call Willory video where CEO Gary – while purchasing a yacht for his upcoming trip to Mexico – finds out his payroll manager has just quit. His immediate reaction is to think, “It’s ok, someone else can do it.” But then he’s reminded that no one else can do it, because no one else knows not only the organization’s way to process payroll, but how to process payroll at all. No Julia meant no payroll. His solution is to call Willory to help him find a replacement for Julia, but in the meantime, since no one knows how to do Julia’s job, the company is freaking out, the entire staff is wondering if they are going to get paid on time, and Gary wonders how bad it will look if he still buys that yacht.
While sunny Las Vegas provided the backdrop for this year’s HR Tech, I actually came out ahead in Vegas with a windfall of knowledge. And it wasn’t just about HR. This event is all about trends in the marketplace featuring demo products from varied aspects of the HR technology landscape. It’s here we learn how others solved their business problems with HR technology. And of course there was the added win with the unique chance to network with over 9,000 attending consultants, vendors, and practitioners.
PHR…SPHR…FPC…CPP…SHRM-CP…SHRM-SCP…if you’re in the human resources or payroll profession you undoubtedly know what these letters represent. But is there value in these certifications to justify the time and financial investment for both individuals and employers? After spending a good portion of the past year studying for my own SPHR and CPP certifications, I believe more than ever that obtaining certification adds a significant value to HR and payroll professionals and their employers.
One thing I tend to ask daily is “What in the actual hell?” Why you ask? Buzzwords.
I don’t know about you, but corporate jargon makes me want to repeatedly slam my head against a brick wall. Words all too commonly found in presentations, blogs, articles and reports that are used to deliver a momentarily big impact. Add one of these words to your speech they say your perceived IQ will allegedly skyrocket?
No, buzzwords don’t connect you to people. They are meant to set yourself apart and maybe even above others. They are overused, over played and overworked in today’s society. Let’s be authentic, let’s be real, let’s truly connect with people.
Looking for a job can be tough. It’s a series of putting yourself out there and often getting rejected – more often not hearing anything at all. As HR & payroll recruiters, Willory tries to never forget what it is like to look for a job as we have all been there. And I advise any and all of my clients to remember that every hiring is an opportunity to strengthen or weaken their brand and reputation – don’t blow it!
Functional audits, including those for HR, aren’t just about compliance. They can transform the way your HR department aligns with your organization’s business objectives. As HR plays a key role in standardizing processes, identifying risk areas, and strategically tying HR goals to business goals, Willory can help guide your company in its transformation.