February 2012 Archives

Ten days ago, I published a blog on workplace violence after reading about a shooting in Long Beach, California between two employees at the local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. My intent was not to scare readers, but instead raise awareness that all organizations, particularly school districts, need to be prepared should such an incident occur. I mention this as planning could literally save lives. Our nation has seen far too many violent events in schools over the past several years, including student on student violence, parent on board violence, and teacher on teacher violence. No school-big or small, rural, ...


Over the past decade, there has been a growing national focus on bullying in schools with several states and districts implementing policies to address violence, verbal abuse, and intimidation between students. Sadly, we've not yet ventured away from the playground to investigate another group of bullies: ADULTS. Workplace bullying is a serious issue. A bully could be a coworker, your boss, a hired consultant, or even someone who reports to you. Feeling uncomfortable at work or receiving demeaning comments like, "This is really complicated stuff, you wouldn't understand it!" are never ok. So what do bullies look like? What do ...


I recently had a friend come to me for help finding a job. As an HR person, I frequently get this question from friends, friends of friends, past classmates on LinkedIn, people on Twitter, and others. I am always honored when people ask for help. We all know that there are many workers looking for jobs right now and that finding one isn't easy. Here are six things to keep in mind when hunting for a job: 1. Looking for a job should be your full-time job. Most jobs don't just fall into people's laps. You always have to be ...


In a previous post, "Staffing, What It Is and Isn't," I discussed the process of finding the right people and bringing them into an organization. An important part of this process is recruitment. (Note that recruitment is different from selection. Recruitment is finding and attracting talent, while selection is just that - picking who you want to hire.) I am often asked by talent managers and other district leaders about using social media to recruit candidates. I believe, if used correctly, social networking can be an effective recruiting tool. Notice the phrase "if used correctly." Jeff Haden's recent article in ...


February 17, 2012. 5:30PM. Long Beach, California. Phones calls made to 911 from an office. Someone has been shot. This wasn't an ordinary business. It was the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office. And, the shooting wasn't the result of an angry outsider entering the building, but a confrontation between two federal immigration agents. Two supervisors. Two extensively trained, intelligent, experienced ICE professionals. (If you have not heard about this tragic event, here is a link to the Associated Press article.) No one goes to their office expecting a workplace dispute to occur. Let alone an incident that ends in ...


There are many differing views on using social networking platforms in staffing. In my last blog I explored the different parts of the staffing process, from sourcing and recruitment to selection and hiring. Specifically, in this blog we will look at how social media is used (or not used) in selection. As a refresher, selection involves using multiple measures to pick high-quality candidates. These measures could include structured interviews, writing samples, essay questions, résumé review, previous performance, case studies, portfolio grading, knowledge testing, or screening tools like PrincipalInsight, HUMANeX Ventures, and Haberman Star Administrator. While many confuse selection and recruitment, ...


The words recruiting, sourcing, selection, hiring, screening, posting, and staffing are often used interchangeably, but they all have different meanings and represent different parts of the larger staffing process. Even I say staffing at times when I really mean hiring. So what do these terms mean, how are they different, and where do they belong in the process? Here is a breakdown. Sourcing is the act of uncovering the sources of high-potential candidates by reviewing information on current successful employees and unearthing data trends. Think of it as an internal study. For example, a district may research the backgrounds of ...


Last October, I presented at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) conference in Reno, Nevada. After my session concluded, several participants approached me with questions, one of which caught me by surprise. When I was working on my Masters in Labor and Human Resources at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, many professors advised my classmates and I to sit for the Professional Human Resources exam after we had earned the proper years of experience in the workforce. You can be certified as a PHR, GPHR, or SPHR. What do all of these acronyms stand for? ...


Naima Khandaker, Battelle for Kids Human Capital Specialist, contributed to this post. Naima is a former teacher and current education policy nerd who believes that one day soon, education will be great for all kids. Most school districts across the country operate under a similar organizational structure. The superintendent reports to the local school board, while the various district departments-Evaluation and Accountability, Curriculum and Instruction, Human Resources, Finance, and Operations, among others-are overseen by the superintendent. In many cases, these departments operate independently of one another. As a result, the roll-out of new programs often occurs in a vacuum, which ...


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