Keep Your Spirits Up! 8 Inspirational Videos Everyone in HR Should See — At Least Once.

by Alan Collins

Even though most of us are working from home due to COVID-19 — we all have bad days, boring days and days when things just don’t go our way.

On those days, we could probably use an instant motivational lift.

So, to keep your spirits up, I’ve compiled for you a collection of  8 deeply inspirational videos.

Some of these you’ve seen before. Some I guarantee you haven’t.  With the exception of video #6, all are less than 5 minutes long!

With that in mind, if you need a quick shot in the arm, view them.  Even if you don’t, check out ’em out anyway.  Or share them with your HR colleagues (or your boss).  Or pick out a couple to spice up your next HR meeting.

In any event – watch them — and ENJOY!!

WARNING: These videos might inspire you to greatness, so view them at your own risk.

But enough build up…TURN UP THE VOLUME…and let’s start the countdown to #1 with…

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HR Video Interviews: Ace Your Next One With This One-Page Cheat Sheet of Quick Tips

Is in-person interviewing dead?

by Alan Collins

Video interviewing is picking up steam!

More and more firms have begun slowly moving away from time-consuming, in-person interviews that can be nightmares to schedule.

Instead, they’ve begun replacing them with virtual or video interviews that are more efficient, easier to set up and less costly.

As evidence of the rise of video
interviewing, apps like Skype, Zoom
and Cisco’s Webex have skyrocketed
in usage and profitability.

Why is this happening?

The current reasons are obvious: the pandemic and social distancing. 

It’s dangerous to interview someone in-person that you’ve never met because they may be a carrier of the virus.

However, this trend is not new. Over the last few years, technology has been driving a gradual shift away from face-to-face interviews.

In fact, Korn Ferry’s rough estimates suggest that between 30% and 70% of initial interviews are conducted by video.

And because of this, many HR leaders and business observers have begun raising a provocative question…

Is this a sign that the
in-person interview is dead?

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COVID-19: The HR Leader’s Guide To Getting Things Done Remotely…

by Alan Collins

As the COVID-19 spreads, working from home is the new reality for many folks in HR.

If your employer has unexpectedly shut down, you may feel lost as a Human Resources leader navigating remote work — especially if you’re new to the role — and you have an HR team and clients to manage. 

To help, below is an awesome, quick and dirty one-page guide that what you should do as an HR leader in managing your team,  if you want to be as productive as possible. 

Note:  You can also find more information on working productively from home here.

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COVID-19: 10 Essential Tips For Working at Home & Being Productive as an HR Pro

Along with staying healthy, tips #1, 2 and #6 are essential.

by Alan Collins

With growing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more companies are telling employees to work from home to prevent possible infections from spreading in the workplace.

Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft are among the hundreds of organizations doing this.

Perhaps your organization has too and you might be faced with working from home for an extended period for the FIRST TIME. If so, this article is for you.   

Working remotely is a new and different experience. And since I’m guessing you don’t have a handbook to help you maximize your productivity while working from home, consider this your guide.

With that in mind, here are 10 best practices I’ve learned from my own experiences working from home for the last ten years – and those of other HR folks I know that of others that do it effectively:

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When HR Recruiters Call, Here Are The 10 Questions You Should Ask…

by Alan Collins

A call from an HR recruiter can be a career changing event.

It may lead you to that HR job you’ve always dreamed of.

However, you’re BUSY.  You want to make sure you’re NOT wasting your time.  And that means asking the right questions at the right time upfront so that you know if the opportunity if the right one for you. 

However, sometimes our brains get scattered.

The right questions just don’t pop into our heads.

And we leave that call excited, but wishing we had probed the recruiter a little more about the opportunity.

If that happens to you — relax, the 1-page cheat sheet below is exactly what you need.

This quick and dirty guide will give you 10 questions to ask when recruiters and headhunters call so that you get your questions answered upfront — and make a favorable impression at the same time.

Check it out below.  Download it and keep it handy on your devices so you have it when you need it.

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Your ONE True Passion in HR — How Do You Find It? Do You Even Need One?


I’ve read many of your articles and books and I largely agree with most of them.

However, there’s one thing I’m struggling with. You talk a lot about finding your ONE true passion in HR.

Well, I haven’t found mine!

I’ve been a HR senior director for over ten years and a generalist so I’m a jack of all trades — and love it.

I also love my team and my organization.

But I haven’t yet found my ONE light switch yet — my ULTIMATE CALLING in HR – that ONE BIG THING I’d like to specialize in or become an expert at.  

Do I need one?

If so, I’d like to find it.

Any advice on this?


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Kobe & Gianna Bryant: Reflections from a Dad and HR Professional 

By Alan Collins

So sad.

My heart hurts.

Life’s so short.

Those were my feelings and emotions after hearing about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna and the seven others (pictured below) in a helicopter crash.

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