What Will It Take for Women to Get Ahead in Leadership?


What will it take?  What has to happen before women show up in more leadership roles in U.S. businesses?

The numbers represent an extremely disturbing trend.

A percent sign.Although women make up over half the U.S. population, in addition to being more than 49 percent of the labor force, they still inexplicably absent in leadership in both public and private enterprise.

Even in government bodies all across America, the role of women leaders are considerably underrepresented. The United States is near 70th of 188 countries, for women elected to national public office. This number is actually lower than in November 2004, when the U.S. ranked 57th.

Human Resources: Free live ovation demoIt can be argued that there is further need for research on how the participation of women in leadership roles could have an impact on policy. Regardless, the advancement of women in the workplace have clear benefits for both our economy and the nation.

Several studies have visibly demonstrated that Fortune 500 corporations with women in leadership have performed better financially—the only metric that truly counts.

In addition, hedge funds run by women also outpace industry standards. Sadly, of the top 1,000 CEOs leading the largest businesses in the U.S., 4.2 percent—that is only 42 individuals out of 1,000—are women.

Additionally, many low-wage, service jobs that are shoring up our economy are performed by women. they are also in 54 percent of all service-sector jobs, as well as making up 77 percent of all education and health-service workers.

Add to that the 80 percent of health care and social-assistance jobs, over 80 percent of workers in residential-care and nursing facilities are women. These jobs some of the fastest-growing in our economy.

Even though women have made enormous advances in employment, they continue to be under represented (or actively held back) at almost every measure of corporate life in the United States.

Again, what will it take for women to have a greater role in the American corporate landscape?

For International women’s Day, an infographic from the Center for American Progress, to demonstrate how U.S. businesses underrepresents women in leadership roles.

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Human Resources Specialist: 100 Top Jobs in US for 2013


Human Resources Specialist Named One of U.S. News and World Report Top 100 U.S. Jobs for 2012.

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Like most things in the world, not all jobs are the same. Some jobs are clearly better than others. In a recent online post for U.S. News and World Report, they listed the 100 best jobs for 2013.

Human resources (HR) specialists made the list at #72, with an overall score of 5.7 and a median income of $54,310. The jobs were scored by the following components: Continue reading “Human Resources Specialist: 100 Top Jobs in US for 2013”

Company Holiday Party Survival Tips


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Holiday  parties can be a a lot of fun, or a minefield of trouble. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The holiday season is here—now is the time to party! With the economy improving, more companies are planning to reward their employees with a holiday party.

The company party can be an exciting opportunity to have fun outside the boundaries of the office, but it can also be a minefield of trouble—enough to even derail a career.

If your company is hosting an end-of-year event, here are a few guidelines to have fun while keeping your reputation (or your job) intact:

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The Value of Employee Referrals [Infographic]


The Cost (Savings) of Employee ReferralsAfter a lengthy job search, you may have learned the indispensable principle of hiring—it truly is who you know. Networking with professional contacts is essential for job seekers in any business.

High unemployment has led to a business environment where a larger number of candidates are applying for every open position.

With that in mind, employee referrals are becoming the way recruiters, hiring managers and human resources professionals choose the right candidate for the job.

It is no surprise that confidence in hiring is higher when the prospective employee is recommended by someone already working at the company. This infographic by Jobvite shows the true value of employee referrals—becoming a valuable part of an effective hiring strategy.

Interestingly, on average only seven percent of a company’s applicants come from employee referrals, yet 40 percent of hires are made from them.

Compare that to 21 percent of people from employment site that are hired (and those sites account for 32 percent of applications) while just 15 percent of job board applicants are hired (job boards account for 43 percent of the applicant pool).

Employee referrals offer another benefit—they speed up the hiring process. Consider the average number of days until candidates start work:

  • Referrals: 29 days
  • Job board: 39 days
  • Career site: 55 days

What’s more, employee referrals often stay with the company longer. After three years, nearly half of referrals (47 percent) are still with their company. In contrast, after three years, only 39 percent of career site applicants and 14 percent of job board applicants remain.

The employee referring new people also do well, with 69 percent of companies saying they offer bonuses to employees who make a successful referral.

Infographic after the jump…

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You Gotta Be Kidding! Crazy Excuses to Miss Work


Tempted to call in sick to work when you are actually not sick? You are certainly not alone.

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In the past year, 30 percent of workers called in sick when not genuinely ill, according to a survey by CareerBuilder  and Harris Interactive. That is the same level compared to the past few years.

The career site recently released their annual survey of hiring managers and HR professionals, listing the most outrageous excuses employers hear when employees call in sick. Continue reading “You Gotta Be Kidding! Crazy Excuses to Miss Work”

With Better Times: Workers Look For New Opportunities


Over One Third of Workers Intending to Move Jobs When Recession Ends
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Better economic conditions will provide massive relief for everyone in business. Recovering job markets will also present another challenge for HR departments worldwide—a mass shift of workers from jobs, in search for better opportunities.

A survey by Robert Half International asked professionals about their future career plans.   In more than 3,000 workers surveyed, 37 percent say they want to leave their current role as soon as the economy evens out. Nearly half (47 percent) say they will make the change within six months after seeing clear evidence of financial improvement. Continue reading “With Better Times: Workers Look For New Opportunities”

ADP: Companies Do Little To Control Absenteeism


ADP Survey Reveals U.S. Employers Not Taking Concrete Steps to Control Workplace Absenteeism
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Absenteeism clearly affects productivity and profitability, but few companies are taking concrete steps to control absence at work.

According to a new ADP Research Institute study, most companies track employee absences, many do not take steps to manage and reduce absenteeism. ADP is a leading provider of human resource management systems. Continue reading “ADP: Companies Do Little To Control Absenteeism”