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Introverts may be less noisy, but they actually outnumber extroverts in the workplace. But in today’s extroverted business world, introverts can sometimes feel overlooked, excluded and misunderstood. Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of the groundbreaking book, The Introverted Leader, suggests managers follow these five tips for supervising their introverted employees ...
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has proposed some changes to its infamous I-9 employee verification form, but hasn’t made anything official yet. In the meantime, you may have noticed that the form carries an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2012. What if the USCIS doesn’t release a new form before the Aug. 31 expiration date? The USCIS solved the mystery last week ...

It started last week and really picked up steam this week: Calls and walk-in questions to HR departments around the country from confused employees who received letters—or, in some cases, unexpected rebate checks—from their health insurer. The New York Times called it the “Great Health Insurance Giveback”: $1.1 billion in premiums returned to policyholders under a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How has your company responded?

We packed up the Soapbox this summer and trucked down to Atlanta for America’s annual gathering of all things HR … the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. In no specific order, here are 10 of the best nuggets of wisdom dished out by the speakers ... 

Employers are being flooded with résumés and that means two things: Each résumé is getting less eyeball time and applicants are ramping up the creativity to grab your attention. That creativity leads to a lot of home runs and some dramatic strikeouts. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, here are examples of good creativity ... and some that misses the mark.

Figuring out if applicants have the technical skills to perform a job is relatively easy. What’s more difficult is finding out whether a person has the personal characteristics that would make them successful AND someone co-workers wouldn’t go nuts working alongside. Here are 20 behavior-based interview questions to help you narrow in on a candidate's attitude ...
Yesterday's admission from Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson that he fudged the academic credentials on his résumé is another warning to employers to think of résumés like used cars ... something is being sold, and you need to adopt a “buyer beware” attitude before you drive away. Don't shrug off minor exaggerations. They tell a lot about character and level of effort. Here are seven more ways to spot the liars ...
In what transgender groups are labeling as an “historic” and “landmark” ruling, the EEOC said on April 20 that job discrimination against an employee or applicant based on the person’s gender identity is unlawful under the the federal job discrimination law ...
Good news for employers: If you weren’t looking forward to displaying the new pro-union poster from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on your breakroom wall, an April 17 court ruling says you don’t have to … at least for several months.

Great employees don't automatically make great managers. Supervising people requires a completely different skill set than actually performing the work at hand. And becoming a great boss requires hard work and honest self-analysis. The following 20-point checklist will help managers take stock of their people skills ...

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