MODERN LEADERSHIP | HABITS OF THE 1% | FAILED DRUG TESTS & MARIJUANA

This Week: Modern Leadership Skills | Habits of the 1% | Modern Workplace Drug Testing | and the Smartphone Generation

Stafflink’s Best of the Week for the Week Ending August 25: This week we take a look at the characteristics of exceptional leaders and the 1%, how employers can handle employee drug testing, and the effects of always-on technology on our kids.

Defining a new generation of leaders.

The ability to play well with others may take you all the way from the playground to the boardroom. In 9 Reasons Humility is the Key Ingredient to Exceptional Leadership, Entrepreneur contributor Sherrie Campbell explains why.  

Inc. contributor Rhett Power has a few suggestions of his own for making it to the top. He tells us where we’re going wrong in his article, 8 Things the 1% Do That the 99% Don’t.

Will new marijuana laws cause a state of confusion for employers?

Some workplace drug testing is governed by federal law, but most drug testing rules are left to the individual states. As more states propose laws permitting recreational and medical marijuana use, employers may need to rewrite their drug-testing policies. Attorney and human resources specialist Lisa Nagele-Piazza discusses the ramifications of changes in state drug laws in her article for SHRM, An Employee Failed a Drug Test. Now What?

Access to the world but missing their childhoods?

In its September 2017 issue, The Atlantic asks Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Kids today are more interested in swiping and thumb typing than going out and meeting up. Will it have long-term effects on their emotional and physical health? Some experts believe the damage is already being done.

And for a bit of humor, take a look at this video featuring the easiest drug testing method ever.

August 18 – Top Technology Disruptions | Solar Eclipse at the Office | Minimum Wage & Automation | 85% Lie on Resumes

This Week: Top Technology Disruptions Predicted | Robots put Employees on the Defensive | Honest Resumes are Hard to Find | and a Few Tips for the Eclipse

For better or worse, technology is changing the face of business and employment, researchers learn that nearly everybody lies on their résumé, millions in the U.S. will gather on Monday to watch the sun disappear and a video ad made to inspire.

Who knows what the future holds?

A KPMG survey asked leading tech industry leaders to make some predictions. In 3 Hottest Technologies that Will Change Your Business By 2020, Inc. reveals the survey’s top answers. (Hint: It’s the stuff everyone’s been talking about all year.)

Speaking of the future, advocates for a higher minimum wage believe that raising wages will make workers’ futures brighter. But the Washington Examiner reports that a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study says wage increases might hasten the advancement of automation instead.

Rumors, lies and résumés!

Lots of job applicants may need a good publicist to help repair their reputations if employers believe the findings of HireRight’s 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report. WorkItDaily.com’s CEO J.T. O’Donnell shares why 85 percent of job applicants lie and how they can be caught in her recent article for Inc.

Mass Migration of the Human Kind

A huge swath of the U.S. will go dark on Monday as the sun is temporarily eclipsed. It is estimated that at least 200 million people are within a day’s drive of locations where the event can be witnessed. Many will hit the road Monday morning to witness history.

For those staying put, the employment experts at Fisher Phillips remind us that this is an epic event — like March Madness only without the office pools.

They recommend that you plan to go with the flow and expect employees to be distracted. Also, look out for your employees by reminding them to use protective eyewear if they want to view this natural phenomenon.

And… speaking of a phenomenon — Check out this amazing Mo Farrah video produced by Nike. It received ‘Best Ad of the Week’ runner-up internationally this week (no pun intended) from BestAdsonTV.  A two-time distance running Olympic champion, this Brit’s got a lot work behind that infectious smile.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULING IMPACTS HR | UNEMPLOYMENT 16-YEAR LOW | THE TOXIC WORKPLACE

Major implications for medical marijuana … new unemployment lows mean even greater competition for employees … and, how to identify a toxic workplace, and what you can do to improve it.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND HR

A recent ruling on medical marijuana has important implications for HR. There are many forces driving the issue, including the huge revenues it creates for states.  You should know The Top 5 Emerging Medical Marijuana Trends, and you’ll find them in this article from Forbes.

UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 16-YEAR LOW

The Russia investigation may be capturing the headlines, but the economy is looking statistically better regarding jobs.  In July, the department of labor reported the lowest unemployment in 16 years.  Coupled with last week’s Gallup report that ‘good job’ employment (30 hours+) was at its highest level in recent history, and the workforce is experiencing much needed gains.

THE TOXIC WORKPLACE

A minority of employees report being ‘engaged’ in their employment. That’s a real problem for companies in this tight labor market.  But, what is worse are companies that are considered ‘toxic.’  Marcel Schwantes identifies 7 Traits of Highly Toxic Workplaces, and provides suggestions for improving them … along these lines, 91% of employees report their managers lack one critical communication skill.  Find out what it is, and how to improve it.

REAL PERSONAL PROGRESS

Want to make real progress toward your personal goals?  Benjamin Hardy provides insight into how you can get what you want in 60 days – no more excuses.

ONE WAY TO IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT?  IMPROVE YOUR MEETINGS … We leave you with a video that may look a little too familiar.  Are your company’s meetings anything like this?

 

Employment Challenges, HR Analytics, and Email Endings

Stafflink’s This Week in Small Business for July 31 – August 4: Employment Challenges, HR Analytics, and Email Endings

This week in small business news: Businesses are facing new competition — for employees; HR employs big data to predict employee outcomes; some email tips to help you sign off with style; plus a short video to make you smile.  

Employers seeking new hires may need to up their game.

There was good news for the economy this week as Gallup reported the U.S. July good jobs rate was 47% up from 46.3% in June. Gallup also reported that underemployment and unemployment hit record lows in July.

While that may be good news for wage earners, employers are starting to feel the pinch. As TLNT’s Andrew Graft puts it, “the war for talent is about to go nuclear.”

It’s not just small businesses who are feeling the pinch either, Inc. reports that Amazon’s epic hiring event, Amazon Jobs Day netted just 20,000 applicants to fill an estimated 50,000 openings.

HR looks to big data to vet potential hires and predict the future.

Big data has been all the rage this year with industries from marketing to medicine looking to use data analytics to improve their performance.

Inside companies, HR departments are using big data too. Jasmine Morgan’s article for TLNT, 4 Powerful Applications of Big Data in HR, explains how human resource departments are using big data to manage retention rates, select benefits, and avoid hiring mistakes.

End your email with “Toodles?”

Maybe “Toodles” isn’t the one for you, but surely you’ll find something new to try in this list of 70 email sign-offs from The Muse at Inc. Could “Thanks a Million” be the one for you?

Speaking of email, here’s what WorkFront thinks Email in Real Life would look like. (Be sure to put down your coffee before you hit play.)  

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