Taking mentorship a step further, create your personal board of directors as your go-to source for information and inspiration in all aspects of your career. The five key players to have in this network are someone who sparks your creativity, a skeptic, a young up-and-comer, a networking expert and your future self.
Start each day using the power of visualization to create a productive and successful workday in your mind. Visualize your everyday routine in great detail from start to finish, as the power of visualization is well-documented and powerful, writes Leigh Wedell.
Although artificial intelligence is utilized early on in the hiring process, the day when robots actually make the hiring decision is a long way off, mainly due to biases discovered in early testing, AI expert Brian Kropp points out. An experimental project reported on by Reuters found that robots "taught" themselves to be biased, choosing men progressively more over women in testing.
Negativity in many different forms, such as why you want to leave your current job, can taint an otherwise great job interview, writes Emily Moore. Instead of focusing on negative traits of a previous job, focus on the positive traits you're seeking out with your next move, experts say.
A wage increase from Amazon is putting pressure on small businesses, including ones that do not compete directly with the online retailer, Joyce Rosenberg writes. Instead of competing on pay alone, small businesses can offer flexible work schedules, transportation and other perks, such as training and mentoring.
Software and service company Kronos has achieved an enviable Glassdoor rating as a great place to work, a goal set by CEO Aron Ain. In fact, Ain has authored a book on the subject and recommends engaging prospective employees early and seeking candidate referrals from employees.
Many people last week received calls from monk seal hospital Ke Kai Ola in Honolulu but were met with only silence. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was called 10 times, and when she went to find out why all of the calls were made from one line in the hospital, Simeone noticed a gecko had sat on the phone and was inadvertently calling numbers in the phone's call history with its feet.
Stop and reflect on the big picture to increase productivity by focusing on the important tasks and eliminating the waste. Don't use to-do lists, but instead block off time to ensure important work is completed as needed, writes Naphtali Hoff.
New HR leaders should spend at least six months learning about the company, making connections and identifying problems, says Mike LaBianca, global head of HR for Sony Interactive Entertainment - PlayStation. "Then, at that point, you can begin to shift or add to some of the offerings that you have in order to accelerate the company's strategy," he says.
Make data a driving force at your workplace by highlighting successful uses and encouraging employees to explore data tools, write Vadim Revzin and Sergei Revzin. "Create a 'Data Expert of the Week' award, where you share success stories from specific employees during a standing meeting, via email, or in your favorite chat app in front of the whole company," they write.