Mike Aycock

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Just Keep Swimming: Parenting An Autistic Child

What I should have done last night was said, “So what!”<p>It’s quite freeing really, going with the flow. And when I think about it, more often than not …

How We Rewrote Our Company’s Mental Health Policy

Imagine how you’d react if one of your employees crawled her way into your office with a broken leg or became visibly ill at her desk. You wouldn’t ignore her physical health or tell her that she really needs to keep her personal problems at home; you’d help her to the emergency room and ask how …

The Incredible Challenge of Writing a Post-Apocalyptic Novel With an Autistic Hero

Post-apocalyptic stories usually feature a certain type of character—someone who fits in with survivalist tropes. We never want to think about how …

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13 apps that support and empower the autistic community

Whether it’s a notes app to remember your grocery list or a game to feel less frustrated during delays in your commute, you probably use apps on a …

Apple's new short film starring autistic teen shows how tech transforms lives

Dillan Barmache can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything to say.<p>In fact, Dillan has complex and powerful thoughts, and thanks to …

Autism: When to push and when to stop

My son, TJ, is 15 years old. He has autism.<p>When TJ was in elementary school, we worked tirelessly on so many issues. Sitting up for the entire circle time. Sitting through the entire lunch time without a meltdown. Taking turns and sharing. Accepting disappointment when something didn’t meet his …

Autism

The Right Way to Off-Board a Departing Employee

When a valuable employee tells you she’s leaving, worrying about losing her institutional knowledge and experience is understandable. How can you oversee the transition in a way that helps you retain that expertise? Who should be involved? How far in advance of the employee’s end date do you need …

Lost in Translation: 4 Ways to Improve Employee-Benefits Communications

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Employees and HR professionals agree: Benefits communications aren’t working. In a survey of HR professionals published by SHRM in March 2015, just 22 percent of respondents strongly agreed that their organizations' employee benefits …

Why 'Autistic' and 'Autism' Are Not Dirty Words

"Autistic" and "autism" are not dirty words and typical people avoid them like the plague. Meanwhile, "retarded" is a dirty word, and typical people throw it around like a football.<p>A few days ago, I was talking about autism very casually in a conversation about my childhood. The look on my …

Sensory-friendly Star Wars screening lets kids with autism watch in comfort

For children with autism, enjoying an outing at a movie theatre can be overwhelming; the sounds too loud, the lights too low.<p>On Saturday, several …

Americans Are Terrible at Using Vacation Time

Google HR boss shares the company's 4 rules for hiring exceptional employees

It takes an average of six weeks to secure a hire, and every candidate needs to be screened by their potential boss, potential colleagues, a hiring committee, and finally Google CEO Larry Page.<p>"If you wondered if this takes a lot of Googler time, it does," Google's senior vice president of people …

Google’s Head Of HR Shares His Hiring Secrets

Google’s SVP of people operations explains how he sifts through 2 million resumes and how he defines the Googleyness of potential hires.<p>Laszlo Bock knew he wasn’t walking into a traditional corporate setting in 2006 when he arrived for his job interview for head of people operations at …

The Position Description: a Poor Starting Point in Defining the Ideal Candidate

As with most of us, I’ve been on both sides of the table when it comes to the recruitment process. I’ve searched for and interviewed for positions …

Google's HR Boss: Focus on These Interview Questions | Inc.com

As a business owner you're an expert on your products, your team, your market. What you very well not be an expert on is hiring. But Laszlo Bock is.<p>As Google's SVP of People Operations, Bock runs the search giant's hiring, sifting through some of the country's brightest minds to find those that are …

Employment

The Fascinating Ways Our Attitudes About Work Are Changing

From lying about our past jobs to how much time we spend getting ready for work. New survey data reveal what employees really think.<p>The world of work is rapidly changing, and, with it, employees’ attitudes about what’s acceptable on the job. Covering up that you were fired? Fine with many. Not …

12 Coming Disruptions That HR Needs to Understand and Prepare For

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This is the sixth of 12 essays from the new book,</i> The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders<i>. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill</i> …

Innovation

Recruit Like a Marketing Professional

When it comes to branding, your company’s marketing team is on one side of the coin. The members of the team have advanced sales, marketing, and …

Employment

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

5 tips to spotting a bad candidate who looked perfect on paper

Have you ever put in a good word for someone, only to hear that he or she got the job — and then totally bombed? I've been there and I can tell you: …

Employee Recognition On A Budget

In the hustle and bustle of the professional world, it can often be very easy to gloss over the positives and instead fixate on less than ideal …

7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence

Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won't fit. A candidate's answers can be telling.<p>While different companies embody various values and cultures, success in the workplace is strongly influenced by a …

Little Extras That Make a Big Difference to Employees

This story appears in the January 2016 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p><b>Q:</b> I can’t afford raises. What employee benefits are the most cost-effective to implement?<p><b>A:</b> First things first: If you have money to spend on employee benefits, then you have money to put into your employees’ pockets. Trust …

Google has found that its most successful teams have 5 traits in common

Following the success of Project Oxygen, an internal study of what it takes to be a top manager at Google that started in 2008 and whose findings are still used today, the company undertook another study, this one of team dynamics.<p>A group of Google's People Operations (HR) employees spent the past …

Think twice about working for a company with free dry cleaning and nap pods

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It

Recent complaints about the HR function have touched a nerve in a large, sympathetic audience, particularly in the United States. The most vocal critics say that HR managers focus too much on “administrivia” and lack vision and strategic insight.<p>These feelings aren’t new. They’ve erupted now and in …

People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO

CEOs know that they depend on their company’s human resources to achieve success. Businesses don’t create value; people do. But if you peel back the layers at the vast majority of companies, you find CEOs who are distanced from and often dissatisfied with their chief human resources officers …

Feedback Is The Killer App: A New Market and Management Model Emerges

<i>A new market has emerged: Employee feedback apps for the corporate marketplace. These tools are powerful and disruptive, and they have the potential to redefine how we manage our organizations.</i><p><i>In this article I discuss this explosive new market and talk about some of the innovative vendors helping</i> …

Employee Engagement

Facebook shares its diversity training course with all

As the tech industry eyes ways to improve its diversity, the social network publishes an internal training course on "managing unconscious bias."<p>Facebook, the world's largest social network, wants to eliminate "bias" in the hiring process -- and not just at Facebook.<p>Facebook on Tuesday launched a …

Human Resources