The situation is, it is still a very difficult job market for the candidate, for the recruiter and the hiring process.

The situation is, it is still a very difficult job market for the candidate, for the recruiter and the hiring process.

Everyone struggles in the hiring process, the candidates, recruiters, human resources and anyone who is thrown in to interview someone at the last minute…have mercy, as the mutiny is more than great, it is humiliating and yes at times downright inhumane. Just think of the poorly prepared candidate, the poorly prepared interviewer and the time clock to watch as the time evaporates the deadline to whittle down that pile of resumes as quickly as possible. At some point once, the dust settles a human being has the opportunity to contribute to the cog in the machine and the world of work.

The hiring process as it would be, instructs the candidate to go to a company’s website and try to use their application process. Each system is different, each system …

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Mental Illness – the ‘dis-ease’ that we are afraid to talk about…

Mental Illness – the ‘dis-ease’ that we are afraid to talk about…

This past week, an article in the WSJ caught my attention,

A Serious Illness or an Excuse_12-11-2011_WSJ

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203430404577094330403235506

One of the statistics in the article mentioned, “At the University of Texas at Austin, 33% of the 1,687 students that registered with the disability services office during the spring 2011 semester listed psychological problems as their “primary” concern. In the spring of 2008, only 23% out of 1,175 did. (The increase was due, in part, to a procedural change that routed more students to the disability office.)” WSJ article December 13, 2011.

Wow! From 23% -33% in three years…are those statistics showing that there is more acceptance of mental illness? Is it showing that due to the pressures …

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Typically when I blog, I try to provide interesting sourced information on what is going on in our world today as it applies to the learning profession.

Albeit a bit atypical, a personal story about FMLA and why it is so important to your ‘well-being’. Not only is this legislation a godsend for employees of either sex to take time off when a new baby is on the way, or an illness, the other gift it brings is securing your employee spot, and your health insurance until you can return to work. Please see the particulars about the law as noted in the DoL guide. http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/fmla.htm

Several weeks ago, my husband went directly into the emergency room and into a 3-day stay in the ICU and was transferred to a …

Is there opportunity to shape and shift the L&D role in an organization in providing needed metrics to the C-Suite?

Measurement Matters: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” quoted by David Norton, co-author with Robert Kaplan “The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action

What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get better.”

As we approach the Fiscal Year End (FYE) strategy and budget reviews with our senior management, executives and Board of Directors it is the time to impress the value of business and learning metrics to the C-Suite. The learning technologies are in transition as is social learning, just-in-time learning, simulations and game technologies. It is time to address the multi-generations in the workforce with measurement and treat the L&D role in an organization as a true P/L (Profit/Loss) function. It is the L&D industries’ responsibility for not being taken seriously as a business …

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