HR News RoundUp

This week’s top stories in HR:

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12 Things Happy HR People Do Differently
I always like to surround myself with happy, positive people – I have enough pragmatism for us all! – you should see the people I work with – it’s like one big happy convention everyday at work.  Which is great for pick-me-ups, not so great if you’re just having a bad day and need to punch someone!  It’s not say everyone is happy, every second, but I think when you search out happy people, for the most part – they are usually happy.

The Best Way To Thank A Veteran? Hire One
For 69 percent of military veterans, the biggest hurdle they face returning to civilian life is finding a job, according to a Veterans’ Employment Challenges study. No wonder that the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans is over 10 percent—higher than the nationwide average. For younger veterans aged 18 to 24, it’s a whopping 20.4 percent.

How Women Respond to Frustration at Work, and Why
One Monday morning, I rode the elevator with an attorney who works in my building. She was fuming. Apparently, she and a male colleague brought an idea to their senior partner meeting. They had both been over-the-moon-eager to make the pitch and spent the week preparing a full presentation with video clips. Then, five minutes into the pitch their hopes were dashed. The managing director didn’t like the idea and he was in a hurry to close the meeting. He shut them down with a blunt remark, leaving zero room for rebuttal. My friend was in a spiral. The experience ruined her weekend and she was still thinking about it days later. She felt humiliated and couldn’t let it go. You’d think that her colleague would be equally insulted by the shabby treatment.  Yet, according to her, he was barely fazed. He took the setback in stride, essentially brushing it off.

The Hottest HR Tech Trends to Follow — and Why Integration is Key
The latest in HR technology is constantly evolving, so how can employers stay up to date? The most recent HR Systems Survey from consulting firm CedarCrestone provides insight into what HR trends employers should follow and how to make the most of current HR technology.

Tips for Protecting Your Online Reputation
Social media has become very important in our lives. Photos and status updates are quickly posted after a fun night out and it’s all just fun and games. However, social media has become a significant part of the professional world as well. Employers are increasingly checking the profiles of potential employees and interns and it could make a difference in whether they are hired or not.

Employers Boost 401(k) Match Contributions, Relax Eligibility Rules
Employers are increasingly taking bolder actions to help ensure that participants achieve greater financial security through 401(k) and other defined contribution retirement plans, according to a 2013 survey by consultancy Aon Hewitt. The survey report, 2013 Trends & Experience in Defined Contribution Plans, reveals that organizations are doing the following:

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