Should You Build or Buy Talent in 2021?

By HRU President Tim Sackett Two rules of thumb in acquiring talent: In a good, long-term economic outlook, building talent will ultimately be better. In a questionable, short-term economic outlook, buying/renting talent is the best bet. 2021 is not the time to decide to build talent, at least not in the first two quarters. Most organizations have already started renting …

5 Magic Phrases that Will Instantly Make You More Likable in an Interview!

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We’ve heard for decades that most interview decisions are made within seconds. Someone meets you and pretty much sizes you up in those first few moments. I think that’s mostly correct, but every interviewee still has that time to change hearts and minds. Sure, you came in and immediately made a verbal gaffe or smelled like old lady feet, that …

5 Traits That Make Your HR Business Partner Great!

By Tim Sackett I use to think the title ‘HR Partner’ was played out and it probably was for a time.  There was a point a few years ago when every HR Pro had to change their title from HR Manager, HR Director, etc., to HR Partner.  It always made me feel like we were all apart of a bad …

What Is This Hire Supposed To Do?

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I’m only talking to leaders today. We tend to fall into this rut. I have a position on my team. A person leaves. We need to fill that position. Before you fill your next position, as yourself this one question: How will this hire bring us closer to reaching our business objective?  In fact, you might want to ask that …

Navigating The New 2020 W-4 Employee’s Withholding Certificate

The New 2020 W-4 Employee's Witholding Certificate

With every new year comes some sort of changes or updates with employee payroll, and 2020 is no exception. On December 5, 2019, the IRS issued the final version of the 2020 Form W-4 Employee’s Withholding Certificate, designed to help employees withhold the correct amount of federal taxes throughout the year. I have taken look into the NEW W-4 form …

Navigating Paid Leave Laws

By Teresa Carper Navigating the various state Paid Leave Laws can be exhausting!   If your company, like HRU, operates in multiple states then you know how difficult and time consuming it can be to stay on top of this ever growing trend.  I have two white boards in my office and one of them is solely dedicated to paid leave …

What We Say Versus What We Want In A Job

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My wife always tells me it’s actions, not words that make a difference. You can say all of this great stuff, but if you do nothing, it’s meaningless. I think we would all agree with this. So, when we hear graduating students, candidates, and employees tell us what they really want is “Meaningful Work” in their careers, we have to …

“My Company” vs “Our Company”

By Tim Sackett I was listening to some of my recruiters talk to candidates the other day. I like to do that from time to time. You learn a lot about your team, your jobs, your hiring managers, your engagement levels. One of the things I overheard was something like, “I’m going to tell you about the benefits that “MY” …

What is the biggest driver of employee engagement?

By Tim Sackett I got to see Marcus Buckingham speak at the HR Technology Conference in Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I think it’s the 2319th time I’ve seen him speak. I’m not sure if I’ve seen Marcus or Josh Bersin speak more, it’s probably almost a tie. Basically, if you go to HR conferences, you get to see those two …

The 7 Words That Turn Candidates Off!

Communication is a tricky thing. It’s so easy to turn off another party by simply using just one wrong word, especially when you’re trying to build a relationship with a candidate you potentially want to hire. I think there are some words and phrases that have a high probability of turning off a candidate to want to come work for …