//Human Resources
18 09, 2015

People Analytics: HR’s Chance to be Strategic

September 18th, 2015|

The Human Resource (HR) function’s tryst with data is very old. Ever since the organized way of doing business started, managers have been concerned with this cliché question – “How do we find the right person for the right job at the right time and cost?” The answer to this is still evading managers

24 01, 2013

What Can HR Do To Reinvent Itself

January 24th, 2013|

I chose to devote my career to Human Resources due to a passion for business and an understanding of the value human capital brings to a company. I fear however, that many professionals choose to pursue a career in HR to utilize their soft skills or the desire for a quick route to a corporate [...]

26 10, 2012

Time To Have “Human” Back in Human Resources

October 26th, 2012|

"Human Resources." When it comes to your career, those two words will ultimately influence whether you are hired or fired, have to relocate your family to move up or move out, and whether you receive a holiday bonus or that dreaded membership to the “Jelly of the Month Club” a la Clark Griswold. If there’s [...]

19 10, 2012

What are the Career Options in HR

October 19th, 2012|

HR is not just about liking people. HR isn't the job for you if you’re not a ‘people person’, but liking people won’t be enough on its own. More precisely, you have to be interested in getting the absolute best out of people. It’s not just the softer ‘people skills’ that are important. You’ll have a strong interest in business and the [...]

8 09, 2012

HR as a Career: How did I end up in a job in HR ? -Tom Haak

September 8th, 2012|

How did I end up in a job in HR? Did you ever meet people who told you that already at age ten they wanted to become an HR manager? I was trained to be an experimental psychologist (at Groningen University in The Netherlands). My specialism was in Traffic Psychology, and my final paper was [...]

29 08, 2012

My 30 years in HR: 10 lessons learned

August 29th, 2012|

On July 1, 2012, I worked 30 years in HR. What did I learn?   Most people have no clue what  people in HR actually do The photo by the side of this blog is made by Natascha Libbert, a Dutch photographer. This photo hangs on the wall in our kitchen at home. When my son brings friends to our [...]

25 08, 2012

Ten Things Your HR Head Should Be Doing Now

August 25th, 2012|

If you ask a CEO “What does your HR leader do?” he or she is likely to say: “You got me. I just know I need to have one.” We expect our HR execs to look after employee records, hire and train people, administer performance reviews, and see that comp and benefits practices chug along. [...]

28 07, 2012

How Becoming a Leader Can Help You Get a Promotion

July 28th, 2012|

Many companies today are looking for leaders, not just managers, to take on greater roles within the organization. As a result, competition for higher-level positions can be fierce. Leaders have the ability to inspire others and foster teamwork, which leads to achieving results. No matter what your current position is, becoming a leader can help [...]

3 07, 2012

20 Ways to Kill Your Job Application!

July 3rd, 2012|

We spend a great deal of time talking to recruiters, employers and human resource staff every week. I recently sent an email asking some of them what they would list as their top 3 peeves when it came to receiving resumes and short-listing candidates. You should have seen my inbox fill up with responses! Many [...]

30 12, 2011

Redefine Your Limits – Live to your Full Potential

December 30th, 2011|

We are limited by the beliefs we set in our mind, history shows that successful people are able to break these shackles and unleash their potential. The difference is the “ T ” between Can Do and Can’t Do. The “ T ” is your Thought. Achieving your Potential  Steve Jobs was one of the [...]

29 11, 2011

How To Switch Jobs In A Market Slowdown

November 29th, 2011|

All things considered, this is not the best of times for switching jobs . This world has seen a fair bit of negative fallout of the economic problems in Europe and the US, and most MNCs are tightening their belts on recruitment. If you are looking to get a senior-level job in one of the [...]

26 11, 2011

How To Achieve Career Mastery

November 26th, 2011|

You have worked hard at mastering yourself – your habits, your outlook on life, your relationships and your finances. Now is the time to master the course of your career, as well. You achieve career mastery when you can integrate your personal development and growth into your professional growth and development. There are different elements [...]

22 11, 2011

How To Do A Good Performance Review

November 22nd, 2011|

The ingredients of a bad performance review are haste, lack of focus, a non-empathic attitude and a mechanical approach to the process. A good performance review obviously calls for a diametrically opposite approach. Here are some tips for managers whose duties include conducting performance reviews of their team members. Be Prepared: The intention behind a [...]

5 11, 2011

How To Manage Stress And Regain Well-being

November 5th, 2011|

Without doubt, wellbeing is the ultimate objective of human existence. Paradoxically, we often wind up surrendering well-being in order to earn money, and then spend a major part of the earnings in attempts to regain it. These efforts are invariably fruitless - so why do we do it? More often than not, the only real [...]

8 10, 2011

Human Resources Jobs: Skills And Qualities

October 8th, 2011|

Human Resource professionals are important personnel in an organization. This is because they contribute to the viability and the success of the business through the strategic organization of human capital. While most people think that 'people' skills are the main ingredient of a successful Human Resource professional, one actually needs to have a perfect mix [...]

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