Listen up hiring managers, Angela Bosworth of TLNT has some important news regarding social media. Representative Elliot Engel of New York has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to ask job applicants and employees for passwords to access their social networking sites and email accounts.
According to Bosworth, if passed, "the bill will address the concerns of 21 states that have similar legislation pending, and provide a national legal standard that has already been adopted in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey."
John Brandon wrote an article for Inc. about the seven tech trends business travelers should try in 2013. Here are some of the trends Brandon suggests checking out. Dare I say they may make traveling for work fun...
- Business bars at hotels
- "Smart" businesses
- Hotspot 2.0
It can be difficult to curb your habit of micromanaging. On one hand, it seems like an effective way to get things done. But your employees (probably) can't stand you looking over their shoulder every second.
Tom Searcy wrote an article for Inc. inspired by his friend who is a self-proclaimed micromanager. Drawing from her "triggers," Searcy outlines four ways for both you and your employees to avoid the micromanagement cycle.
1. Lack of inclusion
Searcy suggests "encourag[ing] your employees to speak up if they have a better idea--but not at the last minute. Allow them to present their options and reasoning with enough time for discussion and decision."
2. Lack of acknowledgment
"Ask employees to acknowledge all incoming requests, even if only to tell you that it will take two to four days to provide a complete answer," says Searcy. "Feeling confident that the communication circuit is complete gives everyone a sense of peace."
A reader wrote to Ask a Manager with a question so many of us have: How can I be a good reference?
The reader explains this former co-worker contacted her asking if she would be willing to be a reference. She explains, "He was a great coworker and valuable member of our team, so I agreed, but I’m not sure what I need to do to be prepared to give him the reference he deserves."
So, what does Alison Green recommend?
- Spend a few minutes preparing for the call
- Be specific and stay focused
- Pay attention to your tone
The American Management Association surveyed 1,000 companies regarding their views on turnover.
Many employees have expressed their intention to seek a new position. When asked about how they regard such sentiments, 69 percent said, "It's nothing new for employees to keep an eye out for new opportunities, and I don't regard the present situation as something unusual. Only 7 percent said, "This has become a prevalent attitude among our employees and an urgent issue our organization needs to address."
According to Evil HR Lady (aka Suzanne Lucas), this is a real problem. Her reasoning:
- Talent shortages are real
- Unhappy employees don't perform well
- If you don't have time to train now, what makes you think you will in the future
Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today!