Escape Velocity and Micromanagement

By Delise Crimmins | Human Resources, Leadership, Consulting | No Comments

One of the biggest complaints I hear employees cite about managers is that they over manage an employee's tasks, or micromanage. When I hear that concern, I immediately ask what the manager is doing…

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Top 10 Things Every Startup CEO Needs to Know About HR

By Shannon Swift | Consulting, Human Resources, Venture Capital | No Comments

Culture matters, right from the beginning – be intentional about it.  HR is in the best seat to help define, articulate and provide oversight to ensure there is consistency across the entire…

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A Simple Math Formula to Increase Employee Engagement

By Delise Crimmins | Best Practices, Leadership, Human Resources | No Comments

They say most problems in life can be solved through some form of mathematical equation. Being an organizational development executive, I have found that difficult to grasp as math is so far outside…

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Stop Recruiting, Start Connecting

By Jack Perkins | Human Resources, Recruiting, Consulting, Best Practices, Venture Capital | No Comments

Software engineers want to talk with their fellow professionals about job opportunities, not run the HR gauntlet. Recruiting for software engineers and other in-demand positions gives everyone the…

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Startup Executives May Not Focus On HR, but It Plays Important Role

By Lauren Weber | Consulting | No Comments

Two words can make a startup executive's eyes glaze over faster than any others: human resources. Yet startups in particular need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upend the workplace. And…

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In Seattle, Demand for Tech Workers is Insatiable

By Don Willmott | Compensation, Recruiting, News | No Comments

What's New This Quarter Here's an amazing stat: Amazon recently hired 12,800 employees bringing its headcount up to 109,800, compared with 81,400 a year ago. That means the company employs more…

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GitHub Gender Bias Claims Show Startups Need HR Role Early

By Erin Coe | Human Resources, Venture Capital | No Comments

Law360, San Diego (March 18, 2014, 11:56 PM ET) -- A female GitHub Inc. engineer's tweets on Friday that she left the San Francisco-based technology company because of alleged gender discrimination…

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3 Solutions to Making Better Hiring Decisions

By Delise Crimmins | Human Resources, Recruiting | No Comments

The cost to hire an employee averages between 14 to 29 percent of an employee's salary.  This expensive line item becomes exponential when we make poor hiring decisions and are forced to rehire for…

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12 Toughest U.S. Cities for Tech Recruiting

By Swift HR Team | Recruiting | No Comments

San Francisco isn't the toughest place to hire tech pros these days. The talent crunch is worse in New York City than in the renowned West Coast tech stronghold, according to IT staffing specialist…

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37 Signals Earns Millions Each Year. Its CEO's Model? His Cleaning Lady

By Swift HR Team | Best Practices | No Comments

Don't build a fast company, Jason Fried tells Fast Company. Build a slow one. Jason Fried is a founder and CEO of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago. Fried also treats 37signals as…

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