KENNETH ROBERTSON

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How to Spot Truly Excellent Employees

Think beyond simply finding someone with competent skills. You need to hire masters-of-craft. Narrow down your search with these tips.<p>Do you know an excellent employee when you see one?<p>If you've ever thought your marketing, sales, or product managers have been a waste of money, chances are you …

Employment

Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

Ronald Heifetz has been a professor of public leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School for three decades, teaching classes that have included aspiring business leaders and budding heads of state. Each year, he says, the students start his course thinking they'll learn the answer to one question:<p>As …

The Future of Sourcing: Do You Have What it Takes to Succeed?

I was in Sydney, still groggy from the jetlag and 19-hour time difference. It was a big day. I'd be speaking at Sourcing Summit Australia delivering …

Why Your Employees Are Leaving You, And How To Stop Them

You want employees who are thrilled to show up at the office every day. But recent research tells a different story. In fact, a full 70% of employees are disengaged in the workplace, according to Gallup.<p>This means we can expect seven in 10 workers at any given company to regularly check out of …

From Worst to First in One Year: Why the Right Talent Matters

The next time you are questioned about the importance and impact of 'fit', simply point to the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, a franchise …

Change Your Company with Better HR Analytics

You’re probably a little tired of hearing about Big Data. While you would expect online giants like Amazon and companies like Netflix to be early innovators in the use of data to recommend products or movies, you only care about the answer to one question: <b>what does big data mean for the everyday</b> …

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

Making big money is often less important to employees than satisfying these basic needs.<p>Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive …

6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed By Psychology

The day I landed my job at Google was the day I decided to pay forward all the help I received on reworking my resume.<p>After going through many resumes, I want to share what I learned in hopes that it helps more people get their dream jobs.<p>My biggest realization? We don’t think <i>like psychologists</i>. <i></i>And …

Time for you to move on to other opportunities?

A couple of years ago, we lived in a very nice house; but like many homes on the West Coast, the lot was small. The house had a wall fairly close to …

Pets

Great Ways to Respond When the Interviewer Is Incompetent

Interviewing for a job is hard enough... but what if the person conducting the interview does a terrible job?<p>(How many times has that happened to …

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about …

One of the things I look for when I hire leaders

I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazingly brilliant people. One of the most important lessons I learned from these driven and gifted …

Leadership

"What Did You Earn At Your Last Job?"

As soon as the topic of compensation comes up on a job search, you're likely to get the question "What were you earning at your last job?"<p>You have to …

FedEx Drivers Win Kansas Top Court Ruling on Employment

FedEx Corp. drivers in Kansas, in the lead case among 21 consolidated lawsuits over unpaid expenses and overtime, won a ruling by the Kansas Supreme …

Expert Opinion: Leave Recruiting To Recruiters

I knew I could do it. Come on, I thought to myself; how hard could it be to repair that old, leaky, beaten up faucet in our kitchen? After all, I had …

Why Do People Actually Quit Their Jobs? (Infographic)

Is money everything in the workplace? Not according to this recent survey, which found that the biggest deal breakers at work are issues related to advancement and work-life balance.<p>A survey of 1,000 employees by human resources software company BambooHR revealed that while younger people are …

Work-life Balance

Recruiters: The Real Applicant Tracking System Problem

Within the insular world of HR technology and recruitment software, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are perhaps the most hated, at least judging …

The US Hasn't Created This Many Jobs in Three Years & 8 More Friday Headlines

<b>1) The jobs numbers are in and they are good.</b> The Bureau of Labor Statistics says US non-farm payrolls grow by 321,000 in November, crushing …