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Social Media and Sexual Harassment

Offices are a place of business… usually. The line between work and personal lives is being blurred as 9-to-5 jobs go out the window and professional and personal lives blend.

A direct comment that could be deemed sexual harassment is now an irregularity in physical places of business. Social media is a more subtle outlet for sexual harassment. With policies and procedures in place for more direct harassment, companies may be overlooking social media sexual harassment. Ensure every employee enjoys a harassment free work place by taking action now.

Why Your Company Should Use Social Media

What was once a professional networking tool used by a select few has now become a critical aspect of the lives of a huge portion of the population. Social media can be a powerful resource for businesses wanting to expand, diversify, or appeal to a wider demographic.

This starts with the simple concept of branding. Branding is more than choosing a name for your company and defining a business plan. You must create an impression that will last with your targeted audience.

Leading Executive Conversations Part 2: Framing the Conversation

In my last blog post, Leading Executive Conversations: The Executive Perspective, I shared that leading an executive conversation should start by understanding their perspective on a particular subject. Now, we’re going to discuss framing the conversation.

Executives expect to hear three key things in a conversation. And I am going to tell you just what they are.

Leading Executive Conversations Part I: The Executive Perspective

A meeting with an executive can be different than a meeting with a manager. You’ve got to connect with the executive’s perspective including their challenges, their opportunities and their overall strategy for building results.

Ultimately, success in executive meetings is attitudinal. You have to believe that you have a right to be there and that you have something of value to offer them. Effective meetings are more flexible than presentations. You need to be as prepared for what you will hear and learn as for what you will say. This is the first part of a two part series.

Emotional Intelligence: You’ll Know It When You See It

Emotional intelligence (EI) is relatively easy to define, but somewhat difficult to describe. I discovered years ago that this creates some challenges for executive recruiters discussing candidates’ EI competencies.

CEO For a Day: Career Conversations People Want

Women of HR were asked, “If you were CEO for a day, what would (or did) you focus on to improve an organization’s productivity, employee engagement or ability to recruit?” This is the third post in the series of responses.

It’s a rare organization that doesn’t somewhere in its mission statement or values express a sentiment similar to “people are at the core of our business success.“ It’s an even rarer one that actually acts on it. If I were bestowed the mantle of CEO, I’d make it my #1 priority to be part of that very rare group…. and I’d have my work cut out for me.

CEO For a Day: A View From the Top

Women of HR were asked, “If you were CEO for a day, what would (or did) you focus on to improve an organization’s productivity, employee engagement or ability to recruit?” This is the first post in the series of responses.

The first time I had the top leadership position in a global organization, I had 3 priorities from a culture/people perspective that I knew would positively impact our financial performance: re-engage employees, restructure operations so that leadership was closer to employees and customers, and provide greater organizational focus on quality of service.

Here’s how it went for me.

Social Media Practices for Recruiters

When you’re recruiting employees, you’re always looking for possible applicants to fill the jobs you need to fill with competent and qualified future employees (or exceptional candidates when possible). Recruiters have the advantage of finding lots of potential employees quickly through social media. 98% of Americans use social media, and LinkedIn is the dominant business social media site and fourth biggest social network in general. You can easily find candidates, if you know how to look.

How Social Media Can Help HR Pros

We’re all aware that social media can play a significant role in the employee hiring process. An HR Representative need only take a brief look at a prospective hire’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see if there are any inappropriate pictures or distasteful language that may indicate a candidate’s lack of good judgment or maturity.

But now, beyond throwing up red flags, social media is an important gauge in determining the best recruit for the job, and the numbers are beginning to back up this trend

4 Tips for Building a Network That Works

As a recruiter, business mentor and career coach, I’ve spent over 16 years encouraging people to invest time and effort into building their networks.

‘Networking’ was traditionally viewed as a business related activity. Commonly the remit of senior executives in an organisation and, more often than not, male ones at that, networking wasn’t viewed as an integral part of life-working, or, rather of making life work.

Women are natural relationship-builders. We often overlook this strength as it comes so naturally to us. Networking is merely another label for what we do naturally. So, get out there and do what you do naturally and brilliantly – and network.