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5 Essential Steps to Take When Planning Your Reduction in Force (RIF)

Posted by Steve Cadigan

December 20, 2016

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point. A critical element when facing the prospect of a RIF is planning and preparing extensively.

To implement a RIF as quickly and humanely as possible, spend some time planning out how you will address all the relevant issues. Here are 5 essential things to consider when planning your RIF:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

GUIDE: How to Conduct a Reduction in Force (RIF) Efficiently and Humanely

Posted by Allison Baker

December 13, 2016

Rightsizing, streamlining, downsizing, or optimizing… whatever you call it, reductions in force (RIFs) are difficult for everyone involved.

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point.

A critical element when facing the prospect of a RIF is planning and preparing extensively. If you can conduct the transition as respectfully and efficiently as possible, you will be able to minimize the negative effects on your culture, mitigate exposure to claims, and move the organization through this difficult change quickly.

This guide for implementing a RIF, written by talent and culture expert Steve Cadigan, will help you balance business needs, legal requirements, and humanity during this difficult process.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Talent Management

What Do You Need to Boost Employee Engagement? [Infographic]

Posted by Allison Baker

September 20, 2016

Employee engagement is a business buzzword that keeps popping up – and for good reason.

Employee engagement focuses on what's important to your employees and what makes them feel they are making a difference at your organization.

New research from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. and WorkplaceTrends.com shows workplace conditions that can really make a difference with employees. Here are a few key findings:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills

5 Ways to Encourage Employees to Feel Free to Be Themselves at Work

Posted by Allison Baker

September 16, 2016

Did you know that 83% of LGBT employees feel the need to downplay or hide their sexual orientation in the workplace to avoid judgment?

Sure, we all need to have boundaries with our personal and professional lives, however studies show that hiding our true selves can be crippling to our careers.

A Deloitte report revealed that 61% of all employees hide or “cover” their identities in some way. This can look different for specific diverse populations.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

6 Ways to Foster Belonging in Your Organization

Posted by Allison Baker

September 9, 2016

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Pat Wadors, senior vice president of global talent organization at LinkedIn, shared the key element lacking from most diversity and inclusion initiatives: belonging.

Despite increased diversity efforts, we’re not really seeing a lasting impact on minority representation in organizations. Wadors drew from her own experience as a female in a male dominated industry to find the missing link.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

When Culture Became LinkedIn's Competitive Advantage

Posted by Steve Cadigan

July 14, 2016

This blog post was originally published on Inc. and also appeared on Steve Cadigan's LinkedIn page.


One of the many ironies of my adventure working at LinkedIn from 2009-2012 was that our biggest challenge and our main product were one and the same: Recruiting.

During this time we added over 3,000 employees to the organization off of a base of around 400 and we also built hiring solutions that massively changed the recruiting industry.

Looking back, this was an amazing achievement to have realized in such a short time and while ultimately we met our goal of building a world class team and a world class company, when I first joined the organization, this outcome was far from certain.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

5 Step Checklist to Manage Unconscious Bias During Recruitment

Posted by Janine Yancey

April 5, 2016


This just in: We all have unconscious bias. Research shows that we all take mental shortcuts to quickly process information to assess other people and situations.

Unconscious bias can make it easier for some candidates than others to get hired — undermining objective decision-making, which can impede diversity and inclusion in your organization.

How can you manage and minimize your unconscious bias so it doesn’t skew your recruitment and hiring practices?

Use this 5 step checklist to create an evaluation framework that uses objective skill criteria and scoring to help determine your top candidate.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

3 Smart Ways to Stop Workplace Bullying

Posted by Sam Keshavarz

March 4, 2016

Workplace bullying has been in the spotlight over the last few years. While bulling itself isn't illegal, the passage of AB 2053 (effective Jan, 2015) means sexual harassment training must include training on the prevention of abusive conduct.

As you know, training alone can't stop workplace bullying. To help you close the gap to prevent abusive conduct in the workplace, here are 3 smart tips you can use to stop workplace bullying.


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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills

The Important Difference Between Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

Posted by Allison Baker

February 25, 2016

I know what you're thinking. Wait, is there a difference between employee satisfaction and employee engagement? 

There certainly is, and it's huge. Employee satisfaction is trasactional; a satisfied employee has her basic needs met (compensation, office perks, benefits, etc.) and will simply meet expectations. 

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Topics: Talent Management, Code of Conduct, Workplace Engagement

5 Free Tools to Help You Stop Workplace Bias

Posted by Allison Baker

September 15, 2015

What are you doing to manage workplace bias? Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from our learners about bias (gender and otherwise) in the workplace.

Since workplace bias is such a trending topic and an important issue to address, we decided to do something about it.


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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, Business Compliance, People Skills, diversity training, diversity