Laurie Ruettimann: HR—You’re Doing It Wrong

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Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader turned speaker, writer, and social-media strategist. She is the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named a top 100 website for women. She sits on the strategic advisory board at Vestrics, a leader and innovator in learning analytics and big data.

Is Zappos Fair to American Workers?

I’m a fan of Zappos. I like the customer service model. I like their blog. I visited their headquarters near Las Vegas before most people knew the company existed.

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of their new hiring strategy, which asks applicants to join a social network, called Zappos Insiders...

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The Hustle Economy

I’ve been thinking about the way we use the word “hustle” in this country. When I was a kid, it meant two things.
1. Hurry Up
2. A Con Job
The meaning has totally changed in the past five years. Bloggers and entrepreneurs began applying...

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Where’s the Good Pizza in Raleigh?

Forbes recently published a list of America’s Fastest Growing Cities, and Raleigh, N.C., is number two. The metropolitan area—which includes Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill—has good weather, a relatively low unemployment rate, and an academic environment that nurtures a pipeline of corporate innovation. The...

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The Modern HR Director

Hello, everyone. It is my honor and privilege to bring you the groundbreaking Human Resources Research Report® that covers the demographics, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of the modern HR director. For the purposes of providing a statistically valid report, LFR Inc.® asked 989 HR directors to participate in online polls and in-depth focus...

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Ugly People Want to Work for You—Now What?

If you want to be offended and appalled by lookism in the workforce, you can hop on the Internet and search for the alleged disgusting and unseemly behaviors of Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel, accused of firing employees he found unattractive. Meanwhile, Dennis “Chip” Wilson, founder of athletic-sportswear company Lululemon, fought allegations of lookism...

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Making the Switch

I live my life by the simple belief that you can never be overdressed or overeducated. Whether in a boardroom or a pharmaceutical facility, a comprehensive education—and a good suit—will go a long way toward making an effective and positive impression on colleagues, business partners, and suppliers. And while it is passé, and possibly illegal...

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Is Your HR Leader a Glorified Administrative Assistant?

LinkedIn recently changed its privacy policy and user agreement. The fastest-growing social-networking site now explicitly bans prostitutes and escorts—even if prostitution is legal where they live. What do ladies of the night have to do with ladies who work in HR? Nothing. I bring up LinkedIn’s new guideline only to point out that the company’s decision feels like...

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When Information Finds You

No question that software and automation have streamlined processes and made all kinds of HR practices more efficient. But so long as human resources involves humans, technology won’t solve the toughest recruiting and talent-management challenges. Things get messy quickly when trying to source and identify talented employees on the digital frontier...

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The Main Skill Your HR Chief Lacks

Most idiots think they know how to recruit. To an extent, they do. You might be the worst leader with the sketchiest track record at attracting and retaining talent, but you understand how it’s supposed to go down: Develop a pool of candidates, screen for competencies and character, and extend an offer with optimism and conviction. And in about a year’s...

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"Zionist Jews Need to Be Run Out of This Country"

I want to believe that my family is just like yours. We are a working-class group of men and women from the northwest side of Chicago. Some of us are civil servants, a few of us are teachers, and many of us are retail workers and waitresses. No one is fancy or pretentious. We come together to celebrate milestones—anniversaries, weddings, and...

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