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What We’re Reading – November 2018

We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 10 curated stories that caught our attention this month.

Go Beyond Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day was November 11, and although it’s a one-day observance, it serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of hiring and supporting veterans. Not only does it make you a good corporate citizen, it also has multiple benefits to your business.

10 Takeaways from the Midterm Elections

In the midterm elections November 6, Democrats recaptured the House while Republicans retained their majority in the Senate. What does this mean for employers? Here are the top 10 things to expect in the labor and employment law arena.

Stop Speaking in Jargon

HR professionals often fall into the trap of becoming disconnected from internal clients by using jargon-heavy language to communicate strategy. Learning to speak the same language as your leadership can help you demonstrate your value to the organization.

Be a Better Business Writer

Once you are speaking the language of business instead, the next step is to write like a leader. Following these eight tips can make your written communications sing, even if words don’t come naturally to you.

The Risks of Hiring for Diversity

The 21st Century workforce is diverse, and most employers recognize the value of recruiting and hiring to increase diversity in their organizations. How can you foster diversity while limiting the risk of discrimination or reverse discrimination claims?

Undermanagement is as Much a Problem as Micromanagement

Some of the best-liked managers are generally very competent at many aspects of their jobs, but can fall into the trap of undermanagement by avoiding conflict, not paying enough attention to performance management, or lacking accountability. There are ways they can rise above undermanagement without swinging too far the other way into micromanagement.

10 Questions to Gauge if You Are a Good Manager

As a manager, your goal is to make your team better, and there are often metrics by which you can determine the success of your team. But how can you measure how well you (or the managers you manage) are doing? Start by asking yourself these 10 questions.

8 Tips for Handling Tough Employee Conversations

Uncomfortable conversations about personal behaviors and poor performance are tough and putting them off just allows the problems to worsen. Use your knowledge of the situation and put together the right combination of management skills to tackle the talk now.

6 Components of Solid New Hire Check-ins

Regular check-ins with new hires can foster engagement and retention, and many organizations recognize their value. The challenge is to structure these check-ins to ensure they meet the needs of the company as well as the employee without being so cumbersome they get neglected.

5 Ways to Inspire Workplace Creativity

Fostering creative thinking by your employees can help them bring brilliant ideas not just to the table, but to life. An organizational psychologist explains five ways HR professionals can inspire creativity.

About Rachel Sobel

Rachel Sobel is a seasoned writer, editor, and content strategist who produces ThinkHR’s webinars, blog, and newsletters as Content Editor for the Knowledge Operations team.