Why You Dont Need an HR Manager

I can hear all my HR friends out there screaming when they read this title.  As a consultant and coach to many small business owners, I have often found myself advising business owners to analyze their specific needs before adding to their headcount. And creating a human resource manager position is at the top of the list of what to reevaluate.

Related: What’s a PEO and How Can It Help My Business?

I always start with this question, “What is causing you to consider adding an HR manager to your staff?” Often I’ll hear an answer related to the number of employees in the company. When businesses get to the 40-plus employee count, those in leadership positions start to think that of course they need an HR manager.

So, if your own answer to my question also revolves around the number of employees you have, think again — and analyze. Carefully examine the following seven questions to determine what this new HR position would be for:

1. Payroll and benefits?

These functions can easily be outsourced if you haven’t already done so. There are plenty of payroll and PEOs (professional employer organizations) available to

3 Tips for Managing a Boss You Dont Even Like

bad-bossIf you’ve ever had a job, you’ve probably felt that your boss is a jerk. They want too much, they set unreasonable tasks and they just don’t get you. Yet, a key element of a harmonic work environment and stress-free life is a good relationship with your boss or a manager.

If you’re a manager yourself, then you should know: 50 percent of employees have quit their job because of their supervisor.

Why should you bother?

If you have a really terrible boss (the meme material), you may ask why should you even try to make that relationship work. In short, humans are happier when there’s less conflict in our lives. According to Towers Watson, of 75 possible drivers of engagement the one that is rated as the most important is the extent to which employees believe their senior management have a sincere interest in their well-being.

Also, there may come a time you need a letter of recommendation. If your boss seems bad, there are a lot of ways to make your work-life less stressful and more peaceful. Even if they sometimes are too demanding and act unfairly, establishing trust and partnership is a

4 Ways to Avoid the Worthless Annual Performance Review and Give Valuable Feedback

It’s the time of year for something both employees and bosses dread: the performance review.

An employee walks into his supervisor’s office for his scheduled 15-minute review. The boss looks down at his notes and tries to remember how the employee did on a project that finished nine months ago. The employee tries not to yawn as he listens to comments that are no longer relevant to what he’s currently working on.

Related: You Can Know What Employees Are Doing Without Being Big Brother

Once the review has gone on for an appropriate amount of time, the employee goes back to his desk and both he and the supervisor forget about it.

This type of unproductive annual performance review has become all too common. A 2014 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management found that if HR professionals could grade the effectiveness of their organization’s performance management, 35 percent would grade it a C or worse. Only 2 percent would give their company an A.

It’s time to change how we evaluate performance. Here are four ways to make reviews more useful for both employees and employers:

1. Let employees choose the date.

Deciding that

LinkedIn Says These Are the 10 Most Overused Words On Resumes

It’s a new year, but the dictionary hasn’t been updated much.

Sure, there are a few emojis to clutch onto, but at heart you’re at the mercy of the English language yet again.

This can prove especially difficult when you have a résumé to write.

So LinkedIn thought it would offer you a new list of the 10 most overused résumé buzzwords.

Each time someone writes their résumé, they think they’re being original. Or, perhaps, they’re merely writing what they think HR directors (or their software) want to hear.

So here are the latest words to avoid.

1. Motivated

Yes, because anyone who doesn’t write this word is merely looking for a job to fund their pot habit. Of course you’re motivated. You’ve just sent out your résumé.

2. Creative

Indeed you are. Because every creative person on earth has “creative” on their business card. That only happens in advertising. Which isn’t very creative.

3. Enthusiastic

I would rather leap at a résumé that actually had “bit of a miserable sod” as a self-description. It would at least show self-awareness. Of course you’re enthusiastic. For the first month of your new job, at least.

4. Track Record

Otherwise known as Broken Record. These are the people who boast that they’ve been there and

3 Tips for Dealing With the Inevitable Departure of Key Employees

My father’s generation, and many before him, had very defined expectations about work and careers. When they were young, they were expected to go to school or learn a trade, then work in the same job their entire career — and most of them did.

My generation (the X Generation) was one of the first generations to buck this trend. We had the same expectations — to go to school or learn a trade, then work in the same job our entire career — but we did not. Instead, we moved from company to company and even changed careers once or twice.

Future generations of business professionals entering the workforce now have altogether different expectations, namely that they will go to school or learn a trade, but they are not expected to work in the same job or even stay in the same profession throughout their careers.

Related: 9 Things Managers Do That Make Good Employees Quit

This evolution of attitudes is important, because for the next decade or two, we can expect that this generational mix of career expectations will be represented in and influencing our workplaces, with older workers expecting focus and loyalty while younger workers expecting choice and flexibility.

While businesses continue to

4 Reasons You’re Not Too Old to Switch Careers

My husband has been working in construction since he was 15 and by the time he was 20 was running his own company. It was a pretty good gig, until his joints began wearing out and the financial crisis of 2008 sent most of the contractors who owed him money into bankruptcy. So there he was–forty something–looking for a different way to keep the kids in shoes and food on the table.

He had a couple of problems. First, as a self-made man doing his own thing for decades, his resume was pretty short. Second, he didn’t know if he could tolerate sitting at a desk working for someone else. But he took a gulp and reached out to a CEO he knew who was looking for salespeople. That was nearly two years ago. Today my man is a top-performer and responsible for bringing his company millions of dollars in new business. We both agree he should have moved into sales a long time ago.

Here are several reasons it’s probably not too late for you, either.

1. Lots of companies appreciate an old-school work ethic.

People have been grumbling about younger workers for a while

5 Ways Smart Leaders Avoid Making Bad Hires

Have you ever hired someone and then regretted it? Of course you have–it’s happened to every leader. And every time it happens, you wonder if you can avoid ever having it happen again.

You can, with a few precautions and careful questions, according to Ratmir Timashev, CEO of backup software startup Veeam. Having survived a few bad hires, he’s developed a process for determining which candidates will work out well and which likely won’t.

Here’s how he does it:

1. Use blind references.

“Blind” references are people who’ve worked with a candidate in the past but are not on the list of references he or she provides. In today’s world, social media, Internet searches, and trade groups  make it easier than ever to track down people who knew a candidate in the past and ask for information about a former employee’s strengths and weaknesses. The practice remains controversial, although Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claims he depends on it. So does Timashev. “The most important thing during the hiring process is blind references,” he declares.

If you’re going to contact blind references, it’s a good idea to let the candidate know that’s what you’re planning–those who’ve done their homework will

6 Qualities Mindful People Enjoy That Mindless People Dont

Mindfulness, as hot a topic as it is, is also an oft-misunderstood concept. Many confuse being mindful with being meditative, but you don’t have to become a dedicated yogi to enjoy the professional and personal benefits of a more mindful existence.

It’s not about being new-agey or trendy. Mindfulness is a tactic you can employ to improve your performance at work, your health and your overall wellbeing.

This is especially important at work and in business, as we go about the often mundane and repetitive tasks required to do our jobs. See, when we’re doing something new and crazy and cool, like traveling a new area of the world or playing a sport we’ve never tried before, we pay close attention. We take it all in. We savor every detail.

We’re mindful.

When we think we already know everything there is to know about the task at hand, that’s when we start to get a bit mindless about it. We don’t pay as much attention. Our brain wanders off. We’re just not as careful.

And every time we get lazy and mindless, we’re missing out on an opportunity to be awesome.

This is especially true when we’re tasked with doing something we don’t like very much,