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PHR/SPHR

PHR / SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Kit
by Sandra M Reed and James J. Galluzzo III

Must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
 


PHR Study Guide 2019-20

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Preparation and Practice Test Prep Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam


Essential HR

The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
  This fully updated 10th anniversary edition is packed with information, tools, checklists, sample forms, and timely tips to guide you through the maze of personnel issues in today's complex business environment.


Human Resource Management Articles

 Prepare for work: tackling the job interview
Updated November 19 2019 - How should you prepare for the questions and what should you wear. Here are some useful hints.

 References Can Be Decisive
Despite the emphasis placed on strong resumes and interview performance, the results of a reference check can be decisive in determining the outcome of a job application.

 Why Using the Right Staffing Agency When Recruiting for Executive Roles is Key
November 15 2019 - When it is any worker, bad hiring decisions can impact productivity, morale, and office culture, but when hiring issues arise at executive levels, it can be disastrous for a business.

 Australian Employment Statistics
November 14 2019 - Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rose by 0.1% to 5.3% and the number of people in employment fell by 19,000 to 12,919,200.

 UK Employment Statistics
November 12 2019 - The unemployment rate stands at 3.8% - 0.1% less than last quarter and 0.2% lower than the same quarter last year. Employment dropped by 58,000 over the last quarter.

 Can I Be Fired for an Injury Outside of Work?
November 12, 2019 - This is a frequently asked question of employees nationwide.

Global - The Strategic Role of Workforce Management That You Should Know
November 11 , 2019 - For any company, relying on skilled employees is the key to success. Nevertheless, finding such employees when they are needed is becoming a major challenge.

Global - Does Having a Customer-Centric Culture Result in Happier Employees?
November 11 , 2019 - Yes, A Customer-Centric Culture Works Wonders for Greater Employee Retention!

 Canadian Unemployment Rate At 5.5%
November 8 2019 - Statistics Canada reported that employment held steady in October and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5%.

 US Unemployment At 3.6%
November 1, 2019 - Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 128,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.6%.

 Six Top Tips To Boost Morale In The Workplace
October 30, 2019 - There are many ways in which you can boost morale and these could have a significant impact on the success of your business but also make coming into work each day much more enjoyable for everyone.

 How to Improve Your Managerial Skills
October 26, 2019 - Constant learning and development is still applicable, even if you have reached a position of high status within a business.

   Are Job Descriptions Obsolete?
October 14 2019 - Are job descriptions obsolete? Like many things in the talent management field, it's a matter of perspective.

 Measuring Physician Wellness
October 6 2019 - There is growing concern over burned-out, stressed-out workforces with research last year indicating that almost a third of Canadian physicians reported high levels of burnout.

 3 Examples of Being Fired Unfairly (And What to Do About It)
October 1 2019 - Wondering if you have been fired unfairly? See the 3 most popular scenarios for wrongful termination as well as what to do about it.

 6 Perfect Consulting Interview Questions
September 28 2019 - Want to find the best consultant possible? Use these consulting interview questions to make sure you find the best candidate.

 How to Establish a Paid Paternity Leave Policy for Your Office
September 26 2019 - Looking to start a paid paternity leave policy for your business? Here is a your guide to establishing a policy that sticks.

 What to Expect in an Interview: Common Questions and Occurrences You Should Prepare For
September 25 2019 - Have you ever wondered what to expect in an interview? If you have, this post shares types of questions and interview phases that you should be prepared for.

 Why the Best Leaders are Born Learners
September 24 2019 - The best leaders aren't the most infallible or capable - they're the men and women who seek always to improve.

 Keeping Employee Morale High During Political Upheaval
September 11 2019 - From maintaining an open-door policy to seeking support for employees that may be struggling, there is a lot that you can do to keep your employees morale high during challenging political times.

 How To Hire The Right People
September 3, 2019 - Hiring employees is a big step for any business and no matter whether you are choosing your first hire or you've done this many times before, finding the right person is essential.

 Canadians Take HR Team for Granted
September 1 2019 - The HR Appreciation Study conducted by Leger for ADP Canada last year found a lack of understanding and appreciation for HR teams in many Canadian organizations.

 8 Answers to the Most Asked Workers Comp Questions
August 20, 2019 - Wondering how to answer workers comp questions? Good news. Here are the 8 most asked questions and the ideal answers.

 What Do Staffing Agencies Do for Your HR Team?
August 20, 2019 - What do staffing agencies do that can help your human resources department run more effectively? Learn their function in this guide.

 How to Choose an Attorney for Business Litigation: 6 Things to Know
August 20, 2019 - Many business owners underestimate the importance of having an attorney on their team.

 Background check mistakes you may not realise you're making - and how to avoid them
August 9 2019 - As a fundamental part of the recruitment process for many organisations, background screening continues to play a growing role in the hiring landscape.

 How to Deal With a Stressful Environment and Eliminate Worries at Work
August 8, 2019 - Struggling with work stress? Read on to learn how to manage a stressful environment at work and improve your wellbeing.

 How to Recognize a Potential Leader: 7 Qualities You Must Look For
August 7 2019 - There will be one employee in every team who will exhibit leadership qualities. They will unofficially assume an authoritative role where they successfully lead their team in one way or another.

 Career Development for Your Company's Employees
August 6 2019 - As a vital aspect of talent management, career development is about letting people within the company reach their full potential.

 Tips For Managing Employee Conflicts
July 24 2019 - Employee conflict can be difficult to manage, and it is a huge problem for many businesses.

GLOBAL - Be the Perfect Match: How to Use Resume Key Words to Stand Out in Job Searches
July 23 2019 - You do everything with technology these days and so do prospective employers. Learn how to use resume key words to maximize your chances of getting a call.

GLOBAL - Why Your Company Needs a Private Employee Website
July 20 2019 - A private website or a membership area offers the ability to cultivate a thriving culture at your business.

 When's the right time to invest/upgrade in HR software?
July 19 2019 - When was the last time you took a step back and looked at how much time HR administration is costing your business - and considered whether that is time well spent?

 A Life-Changing Injury: How Will It Affect Your Employment?
July 19, 2019 - If you are currently recovering from the effects of an injury, or have to adjust to the damage it has caused, here are a few ways to make the future much brighter.

GLOBAL - How to tackle work burn out
July 17 2019 - Avoiding work burn out is essential to ensuring a productive and thriving organisation.

GLOBAL - The Importance of Procedures in the Workplace
July 12 2019 - Defining rules and regulations for both employees and employers mean everyone will know where they stand, there will be no miscommunication or confusion, and every member of staff will be treated without bias.

GLOBAL - AI in HR: why technology is not enough
July 10 2019 - The use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in HR does not always get a fair hearing. However, it is not always well implemented. AI is not a replacement for HR professionals.

 62% of business owners feel depressed at least once a week
June 19 2019 - A study by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the support of BDC, looked at the health of 500 entrepreneurs

 Employee Surveys: 7 Common Mistakes that Will Ruin Your Data
June 17 2019 - Employee surveys remain one of the best methods to measure and track employee engagement.

 How To Put Employees First & Build a Positive Company Culture
May 21 2019 - If you intend to run a successful business, you need to set the right tone early. That way you’ll make sure everyone is on the same page.

 It Takes More to Keep Your Employees Motivated Than Just Money
May 12 2019 - A big motivator for better performance can be higher pay, but it's by no means the only way to keep your employees happy.

 One in 5 Millennials don't survive their probation period
April 9 2019 - If you have recently hired a new employee, Millennial or not, here are six tips to assist you in setting them up for success.

 How to Choose a Career - Tips on Choosing your Future
April 9 2019 - They say when you love your job, you never work a day in your life. Here are a few tips to choosing a career to last a lifetime.

 Successfully handling disputes at work
April 4 2019 - It's no secret that workplace conflict can have a negative impact on an organisation and its employees.

GLOBAL - 14 Top-Rated Project Management Solutions to Improve HR Employee Effectiveness
March 26 2019 - There are many reliable project management solutions for HRs to put together teams, improving employees effectiveness.

 Women Workers Still Feel They Are Paid Less
March 20 2019 - The perception of pay equity also differs markedly between men and women.

GLOBAL - A new approach to employee engagement
March 13 2019 - Why do employers continue to focus on disengaged employees, rather than the engaged employees they already have in their ranks?

 Leading in a digital age
March 12 2019 - We live in fast paced times, where no business can - nor indeed should - avoid the implications, challenges and opportunities that come with embracing digital transformation.

 The surprising secret to workplace productivity
March 12 2019 - An unconventional technique, yet nonetheless effective, is to improve an employee's memory skills.

 5 reasons to have a behavioral based interview
January 15, 2019 - A more science-based approach to interviewing that helps you find the right candidates, while eliminating many of the personal biases on which you may unconsciously make hiring decisions.

 Performance Reviews Still Valuable
January 15, 2019 - A recent survey of human resource managers found that performance reviews are still considered a valuable element in staff assessment but 57 per cent of Canadian companies have reviewed their performance appraisals in the last 2 years.

 The Top Three Collaborative Behaviors of 2019
January 5 2019 - Here are three of the top emerging collaboration behaviors we'll see taking off in the New Year.

 Eight steps towards eliminating gender bias in the workplace
December 31 2018 - Would you expect to be treated differently by clients based on your gender A recent experiment found just that.

GLOBAL - How to Create Employee Trust
December 12 2018 - A natural bond of trust can keep morale and motivation high without your staff feeling like they're under constant pressure or surveillance from those above them.

 How To Improve Your Workplace For Your Employees
November 4 2018 - Your company will have a much easier job recruiting top talent when your business is viewed as a desirable place to work.

 Turning the Tide on BI Failure
September 7 2018 - When does business information become a business disadvantage? Using today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools can be a bit like trying to drink from a fire hydrant - too much information, from all directions, with no control.

 Prioritize Building a Culture of Collaboration to Eliminate Workplace Silos
August 14 2018 - Recent studies have shown that companies that invest in a collaborative culture report stronger revenue growth and happier employees.

 Skills That Need to Find Their Place in Your Business Resume in 2018
July 27 2018 - Adding random traits and unnecessary details about skills and habits employers have no interest in waters down a resume, making it less impressive.

 Crisis communication: the power of video during uncertain times
July 27 2018 - Amidst all of the recent uncertainty, video is quickly emerging as a powerful corporate communication medium.

 Seven Tips To Successful Working Relationships In a Family Business
July 17 2018 - Brookman Solicitors reveal the seven tips to successful working relationships in a family business based on a recent relationship survey of over 1000 individuals.

 Winning the war on talent: improving employee experiences to drive business value
July 17 2018 - Great benefits and cool office perks are no longer enough, employees want simple digital experiences that make work, work better for them.

 How To Be Communication Savvy In The Digital Age
July 14 2018 - This article explains why you need to be flexible and adaptable with communication in the digital age.

 6 bad meeting habits which could be silencing introverts
June 29 2018 - Whether the workplace atmosphere is dominated by a loud CEO, a talkative sales exec or Brenda in accounts, there can often be a clear line drawn in the sand between introverts and extroverts.

 Ongoing Competition for Talent
April 18 2018 - Canadian employers are doing more in a competitive job market to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates according to a survey of 95 leading Canadian companies.

 It's not me, it's you: re-thinking the exit interview process to transform the employee experience
April 15 2018 - The exit interview has been seen as an exercise in qualitative feedback, with responses delivering very little actionable data back to the business.

GLOBAL - Attracting Top Talent: Using Your Design Skills
April 11 2018 - Have you ever considered the importance of branding and design in attracting top talent to your business?

GLOBAL - 7 tips for building great recruting pitch for local businesses
April 5 2018 - When you're a local business it's sometimes hard to imagine you can compete with big, national or even international players when it comes to recruiting talent.

 What to Do When an Employee Is Struggling with A Creative Block
March 27 2018 - Here are several steps, tips and pointers that can be used to help one overcome a creative block.

 The value of video in employee onboarding
March 6 2018 - The faster new hires feel welcomed and prepared for their jobs, the faster they will be able to successfully contribute to the business.

 Educating Your Employees to Take Cybersecurity Seriously
February 27 2018 - Here are a few reasons why you need to educate your employees to take cybersecurity seriously, as well as several tips on how to do so with a much greater efficiency.

Global Are You Listening To Your Employees Enough?
February 27 2018 - When organisations choose not to listen to their employees, they also decide to forego a hugely valuable resource.

 Giving negative feedback
February 25 2018 - How can you be unfailingly courteous and respectful without then also beating around the bush and losing focus and impact?

   The future of HR assessment in 2018
February 7 2018 - Five hot trends shaping the industry.

 The new rules of meeting room etiquette
February 2 2018 - While much common sense meeting room etiquette remains relevant, advances in technology mean that some of the old, more bureaucratic rules can be thrown out.

 7 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement for Your Best Workers
February 1 2018 - Workers who are more engaged at work tend to be more calm, confident, positive, inspiring and motivated.

 10 Crucial Signs That Your Startup May Not Work
January 30 2018 - In spite of all the obstacles and challenges, people are happier when they try to do something for themselves and not work for a corporation.

 How To Take Care Of Your Employees' Mental Health
January 12 2018 - Stress in the workplace is inevitable but its effects can be countered if you have the right processes in place.

 5 Ways to Manage Employees Who Have More Expertise Than You
January 12 2018 - Being someone's manager when you know they have the skills and abilities required to be your manager can sometimes feel a little awkward.

 7 common pitfalls to avoid in your employee experience programme
December 5 2017 - Compared to customers, employees simply do not have the same opportunities or platforms available to voice their opinions on their experience at work.

 Revolutionizing HR Through Intelligent Automation
December 4 2017 - A recent study found that 72% of HR professionals think lack of automation is slowing things down.

 Emotional Intelligence - The Most Important Element of Employee Evaluation
November 27 2017 - Various studies have shown that people with high EQ usually have quite a lot of characteristics of a good employee.

 The Trends Shaping Recruitment
November 9 2017 - Some of the cutting edge techniques that recruitment agencies are employing to find the very best candidates who are capable and reliable.

 How to recover from a cyber-attack
October 23 2017 - Ever been fooled by a bogus email?

 The Difficulties Of Being An Introverted Leader
October 4 2017 - As an introvert, you may wonder how you can successfully be a leader. It can be done, and many introverts have been amongst the best leaders of all time - but success does not come without hardships.

Effective Strategies to Boost Cross-Team Collaboration
September 20 2017 - Many companies bring people with different talents and expertise together to work toward achieving key organizational goals.

 How to Market Your HR Services
September 18 2017 - Are you an HR company owner or an HR freelancer who wants to attract more clients to your business?

 The Importance of Human Resources in Construction
September 18 2017 - For HR professionals, a thorough understanding of recruitment, training, and retention is essential for running an effective human resources department in the construction industry.

 Are We Working Too Hard?
August 28 2017 - We all seem to be working longer hours but does that mean we are working hard?

 How to Professionally Deny a Raise Request
July 14 2017 - Communicating this to an employee is a very difficult and delicate matter.

 The Ups and Downs of a Late Career Change
July 12 2017 - With many opportunities for adult learning, there is no reason why careers need to stagnate purely because of age.

 How to Create a Friendly Office Environment
June 23 2017 - Whether your office environment has actually become unpleasant or you simply feel as though things aren't as great as they could be, you have plenty of options to remedy the situation.

 4 Smart Strategies to Use When Your Best Employees Underperform
June 7 2017 - If you are struggling with underperforming employees, here are a few ways to improve the situation.

 How You Can Benefit from Employee Surveys
June 5 2017 - Some helpful information that you can use to empower your workforce and fix those underlying issues that may be affecting your productivity.

 Overworked Americans Can't Use Up Their Vacation
May 26 2017 - Americans continue to take the fewest annual vacation days in the industrialized world

 Flexibility and Burnout
May 25 2017 - Flexibilty can improve job satisfaction and cut levels of stress and burnout.

 The Importance of Team Building in HR Management
May 12 2017 - Team building can play a huge part in strengthening a corporate culture and a great tool in achieving an efficient organisation.

 The Role of HR in Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplace
May 12 2017 - While the priority should be about protecting the health and wellbeing of employers, it can also reflect positively on the firm's balance sheet too

 5 HR Mistakes to Avoid When Dismissing Staff
May 11 2017 - Sometimes, when all other avenues have failed, it is necessary to say goodbye to underperforming employees in order to optimise business efficiency.

 7 Technologies That Will Transform Human Resources in 2017
May 11 2017 - Technology is set to completely transform the way we approach Human Resources and recruitment.

 Telling the Truth on Your Resume
April 19 2017 - Those that are not completely honest are being refused jobs, and those already in a job will lose the job and any related unemployment benefits.

 What Should You Do If You Cannot Pay Your 941 Payment to the IRS?
April 3 2017 - It is extremely important that you do everything you can physically do to ensure your organization's 941 tax deposits and filings are updated and current.

How Darth Vader Chooses His HR Software
March 28 2017 - A commander with such prestige could surely teach us about people management.

 The Wonders of Using Cloud-based Payroll Software
March 15 2017 - Contrary to what others might think, cloud systems can actually offer enhanced data security compared to traditional payroll systems.

 Call Centre Code Launched In Victoria
February 23 2017 - A new Call Centre Code launched by the Victorian Government has been welcomed by the ASU.

 Workplace Happiness
February 10 2017 - While everyone wants to be happy at work there are differences depending on factors such as age, gender, and job area.

 Giving every employee a voice: why CEOs should jump off the pedestal
February 3 2017 - Open-minded HR departments can reap the rewards of building an engaged workforce and unlock the benefits this creates for the business as a whole.

 What Trump's Presidency Means for the Future of Human Resources
January 20 2017 - There is no denying that the recent change of guards in American politics is set to have far reaching implications when it comes to labor and human resource management.

 Do You Have What It Takes to Work in Human Resources?
January 20 2017 - In this article, we're going to discuss some of the appropriate skills and aptitudes of a good HR manager.

 Skills Crisis in Health and Medical Research
January 10 2017 - Job insecurity among workers in the Health and Medical Research sector is leading to an impending skills crisis, according to The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

 Why it's important to get diversity right
January 9 2017 - Creating a diverse workplace isn't just about adhering to the laws regarding discrimination, but going the extra mile in creating an environment where people from any ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, race, or political belief can feel safe and valued.



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Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding.
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The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with. Accessible and concise on-the-job companion.
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