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New LifeHR Featured Vendors Area

New LifeHR Featured Vendors Area

We are very happy to announce the addition of a new FEATURED VENDORS area to the LifeHR Community!  Watch a video spotlight for each vendor and see detailed information on the services each provides.
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Why the ‘Total Talent’ approach Wins in Life Science

Why the ‘Total Talent’ approach Wins in Life Science

The UK has an ambitious aim to be a world leader in life sciences. In November 2017, the government published its Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, which has the aim of supporting industry and innovation.  Yet the sector remains in a precarious state. The UK’s...

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The Best Way To Improve HR Is To Get Out Of It

The Best Way To Improve HR Is To Get Out Of It

The velocity at which digital transformation is reshaping business models seems utterly chaotic in a compliance-based industry. It’s human nature to resist change, and the life sciences industry is not exempt from a change-averse mindset. The proof: Life science...

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The Hyper-Personalization Of HR Services

The Hyper-Personalization Of HR Services

"For decades, the executive management team of any company has been pretty standard: CEO, COO, CMO, CFO, CHRO. But in the leadership of expanding tech giants (especially in remote teams), a new role keeps popping up: People Operations (or “PeopleOps”). Is this due to...

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Join San Diego’s LifeHR’s Compensation Survey!

Join San Diego’s LifeHR’s Compensation Survey!

The dynamics of the global workforce are changing. In this new marketplace exemplified by the successes of Uber, Airbnb and Etsy, no Uber driver is ever directed on “where” or “when” to work. Here, the promise of flexibility engages a next-generation workforce, which...

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One Simple Thing HR Can Do Right Now For Gender Parity

One Simple Thing HR Can Do Right Now For Gender Parity

As the future of work changes, it’s more important than ever for employees to make sure they have the skills required to keep up. That was the message this week from People Matters TechHR 2019, Asia’s largest human resources conference. The remarks out of that...

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Why Leaders Need To Pay Attention To Leavers’ Comments

Why Leaders Need To Pay Attention To Leavers’ Comments

At this very moment, thousands of meetings are happening globally to decide hires, raises and promotions. In many of those meetings, the wrong decision will be made.  A woman will be passed over for a leadership position even though she would have been the best choice...

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A Crucial Role for Human Resources

A Crucial Role for Human Resources

Understanding the employee overheads from the generational perspective helps the human resource department optimize this cost and utilize it to the advantage of the workforce. “Companies have to work extra hard to build the confidence of the millennials. [This] trust...

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Management Tip: Make HR An Ally, Not An Adversary

Management Tip: Make HR An Ally, Not An Adversary

As digital communications make it easier to send quick messages, update project statuses, and even send automated responses and notifications, workers’ time is freed up to interact where it counts — on a human level. Collaboration, brainstorming, customer service, and...

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4 Easy Ways to Millennial-Proof Your Human Resources Strategy

4 Easy Ways to Millennial-Proof Your Human Resources Strategy

As a college student, Ginger Gregory faced the same predicament many of us face: what to major in. Her initial thought was to major in business. But the courses just weren’t speaking to her. So, she took a chance and majored in psychology, which was the subject that...

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Is Onboarding The New HR Secret For Company Success?

Is Onboarding The New HR Secret For Company Success?

The UK has an ambitious aim to be a world leader in life sciences. In November 2017, the government published its Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, which has the aim of supporting industry and innovation.  Yet the sector remains in a precarious state. The UK’s...

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Human Resources Gets Its ISO Approval

Human Resources Gets Its ISO Approval

As digital communications make it easier to send quick messages, update project statuses, and even send automated responses and notifications, workers’ time is freed up to interact where it counts — on a human level. Collaboration, brainstorming, customer service, and...

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6 Common Beliefs about Productivity that are Total Lies

6 Common Beliefs about Productivity that are Total Lies

Make HR - Human Resources - an ally, not an adversary. We all know there's a comical stereotype out there, popularized by Toby Flenderson on The Office: the bumbling, obstructionist bureaucratic HR staffer. And Toby was funny, for sure. Don't let him scare you away....

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Take These Steps to Grow Your Career in the New Year

Take These Steps to Grow Your Career in the New Year

California’s life science sector is a major player in the state’s job creation and economic development. In 2016, life science companies in California employed more than 360,000 professionals. In 2018, the Biocom Institute and the California Life Sciences Institute...

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10 Resolutions HR Departments Should Make For 2019

10 Resolutions HR Departments Should Make For 2019

We all want to expand our knowledge, learn something new, prove our worth and move up the ladder. How do you get started? Knowing the right company that fits your culture, passion, and industry is the first step. But once you find the right company, how do you work...

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Three Ways HR Can Begin Optimizing Millennial Talent

Three Ways HR Can Begin Optimizing Millennial Talent

January is a popular time for resolutions, not only for individuals, but also for businesses. All of your departments can benefit from reviewing processes and decisions made in the past year, but HR in particular should be looking at what they can learn from the last...

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Secrets of 13 of the World’s Most Productive People

Secrets of 13 of the World’s Most Productive People

January is a popular time for resolutions, not only for individuals, but also for businesses. All of your departments can benefit from reviewing processes and decisions made in the past year, but HR in particular should be looking at what they can learn from the last...

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5 Ways to Hide Your Nerves When Giving a Speech

5 Ways to Hide Your Nerves When Giving a Speech

Several years ago, organizations clamored to fill their offices with ping pong tables, bean bag chairs and a pantry full of snacks, because that's what they believed millennial employees valued most. While those types of perks may be viewed as fun, they're not...

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HR And Security: The New BFFs On The Block

HR And Security: The New BFFs On The Block

As business owners and managers know, keeping employees happy and well cared for is key. Studies suggest that happier employees are more productive, boosting not only the overall workplace atmosphere but also company productivity. Not only that, but motivated...

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How Punk Rock Can Revitalize Human Resources

How Punk Rock Can Revitalize Human Resources

Traditionally, HR and IT security have worked together. There are plenty of areas where our efforts would overlap. It worked well. Each followed its own agenda—for HR, ensuring a healthy and productive workplace; for IT, protecting apps and data from risky, illicit or...

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Don’t Split HR, There Can Only Be One

Don’t Split HR, There Can Only Be One

Traditionally, HR and IT security have worked together. There are plenty of areas where our efforts would overlap. It worked well. Each followed its own agenda—for HR, ensuring a healthy and productive workplace; for IT, protecting apps and data from risky, illicit or...

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What It Takes To Be A Strategic HR Leader

What It Takes To Be A Strategic HR Leader

You’ve never been busier, and the demands on your time have never been greater. Here’s how some of 2018’s most driven people get the most out of every day, plus insider tips from experts in the field. 1. Janelle Monáe, CEO, Wondaland Ask Janelle Monáe how she gets...

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5 Signs That Your HR Department Is a Failure

5 Signs That Your HR Department Is a Failure

January is a popular time for resolutions, not only for individuals, but also for businesses. All of your departments can benefit from reviewing processes and decisions made in the past year, but HR in particular should be looking at what they can learn from the last...

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Three Ways To Ensure HR Processes Motivate And Serve Employees, Not Just HR

Four job skills the HR leaders of the future will need

Make HR - Human Resources - an ally, not an adversary. We all know there's a comical stereotype out there, popularized by Toby Flenderson on The Office: the bumbling, obstructionist bureaucratic HR staffer. And Toby was funny, for sure. Don't let him scare you away....

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Management Tip: Make HR An Ally, Not An Adversary

#MeToo Complaints Swamp Human Resource Departments

As we all know, the lines between our work lives and personal lives are increasingly blurred. And when you add camera phones and social media to the mix, the things we do on our non-work time — such as attending a rally or sharing a few choice words with an elected...

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I Just Found Out Why I Never Get Promoted

I Just Found Out Why I Never Get Promoted

Make HR - Human Resources - an ally, not an adversary. We all know there's a comical stereotype out there, popularized by Toby Flenderson on The Office: the bumbling, obstructionist bureaucratic HR staffer. And Toby was funny, for sure. Don't let him scare you away....

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8 Managers Share the Best Way to Ask for a Raise and Get It

8 Managers Share the Best Way to Ask for a Raise and Get It

Question: In a meeting, my HR manager invited me to share my thoughts and concerns about management. He specifically noted that his office was a safe place where I could speak freely and not get in trouble. I shared several concerns about my supervisor. Two weeks...

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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

LAS VEGAS, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2019 Paychex Pulse of HR Survey, released today, found talent and technology are the two primary factors impacting HR leaders this year. The third annual report from Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human...

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The Future of Workplace Design- The Fetch Model

The Future of Workplace Design- The Fetch Model

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach. Source: Read the full article at...

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The 3 Vital Ways HR Teams Should Be Using Data

The 3 Vital Ways HR Teams Should Be Using Data

Make HR - Human Resources - an ally, not an adversary. We all know there's a comical stereotype out there, popularized by Toby Flenderson on The Office: the bumbling, obstructionist bureaucratic HR staffer. And Toby was funny, for sure. Don't let him scare you away....

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How To Get More Comfortable With Change

How To Get More Comfortable With Change

I just found out why I can't get promoted even though my boss says I do an amazing job. My boss's boss always tells me, "I don't know what we'd do without you!" At my performance review, I got the highest rating you can get.  There's no career advancement in my...

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‘It Depends’: The HR phrase taking organizations by storm

‘It Depends’: The HR phrase taking organizations by storm

Question: In a meeting, my HR manager invited me to share my thoughts and concerns about management. He specifically noted that his office was a safe place where I could speak freely and not get in trouble. I shared several concerns about my supervisor. Two weeks...

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HR Vocabulary You Need to Know and Comprehend

HR Vocabulary You Need to Know and Comprehend

A new report on mental health is a major wake-up call for HR and employers If you’ve been working in HR for a number of years, chances are you’ll have heard the phrase ‘It Depends’. Angela Champ sure has – and she’s determined you do too. Her recent book, ‘It Depends:...

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My Manager Lied To HR — And Now I’m On Probation

My Manager Lied To HR — And Now I’m On Probation

I just found out why I can't get promoted even though my boss says I do an amazing job. My boss's boss always tells me, "I don't know what we'd do without you!" At my performance review, I got the highest rating you can get.  There's no career advancement in my...

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HR Vocabulary You Need to Know and Comprehend

10 Costly Mistakes Your HR Department Should Avoid

Recruitment is undergoing a lot of change thanks to data and analytics technologies. Automation is becoming a bigger factor in intelligent recruitment. New tools are emerging to help HR teams identify and assess the best candidates. And platforms like LinkedIn and...

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Ask HR: My manager canceled lunch breaks.

Ask HR: My manager canceled lunch breaks.

Any average HR department is rich in data. Personal employee data, recruitment data, and performance KPIs are just a few examples of the kinds of data a typical HR team is sitting on. Now, as our world becomes increasingly ‘datafied’, HR teams have more opportunities...

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The Top Ten Things Employees Complain To HR About

The Top Ten Things Employees Complain To HR About

If you are interested in human resources, make sure you get some international experience. Why? It’s critical for your success in the business world. Let’s take a closer look at why you need international experience for your career in human resources -- and where to...

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Ask HR: If pot is legal, can employees still get in trouble?

Ask HR: If pot is legal, can employees still get in trouble?

1. A Seat at the Table It’s not a group of people sitting around the table to make a decision, it is an expression for who is invited for a significant meeting. It is ensuring that people’s viewpoint is taken into consideration while making an important strategic...

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Reinventing Human Resources

7 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Reinventing Human Resources

Question: How does an employer effectively balance corporate policies of a drug-free workplace with the legalization of marijuana becoming more common, both for recreational and prescription use? I work in HR for a commercial construction general contractor. What are...

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Can HR Become Agile?

Can HR Become Agile?

Organizational leaders and human resources executives have faith that merging artificial intelligence (AI) into HR functions like onboarding and administration of benefits can and will improve the overall employee experience. According to IBM’s 2017 survey of 6,000...

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Don’t Let the ‘Urgent’ Overtake the ‘Important’

Don’t Let the ‘Urgent’ Overtake the ‘Important’

Hiring a new employee is an important decision that companies don't take lightly. With so many skilled candidates out there, every little detail counts — and one small misstep on the applicant's part could ruin their chances of getting the job. As professionals with...

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Hiring Remote Workers Made My Entire Team More Productive

Hiring Remote Workers Made My Entire Team More Productive

Question: In a meeting, my HR manager invited me to share my thoughts and concerns about management. He specifically noted that his office was a safe place where I could speak freely and not get in trouble. I shared several concerns about my supervisor. Two weeks...

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HR: Can we please discuss ethics in the future of work?

HR: Can we please discuss ethics in the future of work?

Employee motivation is mission-critical for any organization, from startups to well-established companies. Motivated employees tend to align the company’s purpose with their own, demonstrate more innovative problem-solving and drive more impact. I’ve learned that if...

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6 Of The Best Podcasts For HR And Wellness Pros

6 Of The Best Podcasts For HR And Wellness Pros

Recently, at our consulting firm, we were scheduled to begin strategy work with a new client. But, the night before our session, he emailed us, asking to postpone the meeting until the next week. He had something come up at the last minute that he felt couldn’t be put...

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Management Tip: Make HR An Ally, Not An Adversary

HR Departments Must Urgently Become Human Capital Departments

Successful HR and wellness professionals are always looking for new ways to sharpen their skills and gain some fresh perspectives. However, it’s probably safe to assume that many of them don’t have hours of free time to spare to attend multiple conferences or read an...

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Habit trails: Set new patterns for work as 2018 begins

Habit trails: Set new patterns for work as 2018 begins

Here are the top ten issues employees bring to HR (in no particular order): 1. Interpersonal challenges with their managers and/or coworkers (Example: "My boss is really snippy with me, and I don't know what to do about it.") 2. Payroll and benefits questions and...

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HR Leadership During Change: A Tale Of Two Colonels

HR Leadership During Change: A Tale Of Two Colonels

If you are interested in human resources, make sure you get some international experience. Why? It’s critical for your success in the business world. Let’s take a closer look at why you need international experience for your career in human resources -- and where to...

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Reinventing Human Resources

How AI and machine learning will impact HR practices

1. A Seat at the Table It’s not a group of people sitting around the table to make a decision, it is an expression for who is invited for a significant meeting. It is ensuring that people’s viewpoint is taken into consideration while making an important strategic...

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Here’s How To Feel Like You’re On Vacation All Year

Here’s How To Feel Like You’re On Vacation All Year

[Excerpt] IBM receives more than 8,000 resumes a day, making it No. 1 on job-search site Glassdoor for Gen Z applicants, said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at CNBC's @ Work Talent + HR Summit on Tuesday in New York City. But that's not the only way the technology giant, which...

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Take These Steps to Grow Your Career in the New Year

How To Stay Healthy When You’re Stressed At Work

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us have vacation on the brain. But despite the well-known benefits of taking breaks, many of us struggle to disconnect from work. More than half of employees end the year with unused time off. This ends up costing employers...

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HR Technology For 2018: Ten Disruptions Ahead

HR Technology For 2018: Ten Disruptions Ahead

“Human resources is not your friend. It’s there to protect the company.” What did she say? I thought my friend was making a joke based on my recent articles why CEOs should be losing sleep over the state of their human resource departments. That they are often neither...

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Ask HR: If pot is legal, can employees still get in trouble?

Ten Things Never, Ever To Wear To Work

[Excerpt] IBM receives more than 8,000 resumes a day, making it No. 1 on job-search site Glassdoor for Gen Z applicants, said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at CNBC's @ Work Talent + HR Summit on Tuesday in New York City. But that's not the only way the technology giant, which...

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House Tax Bill Addresses 401(k)s, IRAs But Drops Rothification

House Tax Bill Addresses 401(k)s, IRAs But Drops Rothification

“Human resources is not your friend. It’s there to protect the company.” What did she say? I thought my friend was making a joke based on my recent articles why CEOs should be losing sleep over the state of their human resource departments. That they are often neither...

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Reinventing Human Resources

Robots threaten few jobs: Australian Human Resources Institute

The retirement industry was stewing over rumors about potential limits to pre-tax 401(k) contribution amounts in the big tax cuts bill, which came to naught. Another feared revenue raiser that didn’t surface: a new five-year payout rule for IRA and 401(k) inheritors....

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Management Tip: Make HR An Ally, Not An Adversary

Human resources more relevant than ever

The retirement industry was stewing over rumors about potential limits to pre-tax 401(k) contribution amounts in the big tax cuts bill, which came to naught. Another feared revenue raiser that didn’t surface: a new five-year payout rule for IRA and 401(k) inheritors....

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