One of the common questions I’ve heard from people who get their HR certification is how to get free HRCI credits for recertification. I’ve been working on a new guide lately (soon to be released!)(update: the new HR recertification guide is here!), and one of the pieces of information I’m covering is continuing education credits.

In the short time that I’ve been researching, I ran across three solid resources that you can use for getting your PHR and SPHR recertification credits.

Get your hands on free credits

About the guide

The working title is “Rock Your Recertification” (yeah, not too snappy). I’m going to discuss some different topics, but the main purpose will be to provide 50+ ideas for getting recertification credits. I’m hoping to release in early August, so keep your eyes peeled for that one if you are certified and want some solid ideas to get your 60 credits.

Anyone else have ideas for getting free HRCI credits? I’d love to hear what sources you prefer!

Recently I surveyed you guys on what you wanted to learn about organizational culture. Change was the highest response on the survey, so today I’m happy to present the Organizational Culture Change Manifesto. It’s a free guide that covers some of my perspectives on changing the culture at work. This is not exhaustive and I am planning to incorporate more into the upcoming book I’m writing, but I thought this would be a great place to start from. If you are looking for more culture goodness, please check out the Rock Your Culture guide!

If you have any issues, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to help!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been bombarded at work lately (hence the low number of posts!). Some of that busyness is driven by projects I’m working on (recruiting, baby!). Other parts of it are self-imposed, because once I have an idea I have a hard time letting it go. The good part for you, though, is that you get to enjoy the fruits of that labor and investigation! Here are the three free HR and recruiting tools I’ve been playing with lately.

SmartRecruiters

This is a free ATS (Applicant Tracking System) that I use for recruiting where I work. While it’s not as robust as a paid service, it has some amazing features. Plus, it completely blows away our old way of doing recruiting. Opening up an HTML editor, coding a job ad by hand, and posting it on our own website. Then applicants had to email their resumes if they were interested.

Ugh.

Now I post a job in my SmartRecruiters menu, automatically share that across free job boards like Indeed.com (one of the largest job aggregators around), and get notifications when people apply. Then I log into the system and do a quick screen before sharing it with the hiring manager for review. Very simple and such a relief for an HR/recruiting department of one person!

Fun @ Work from Baudville

This is a (free) handy PDF guide with 52 ways to have fun at work included. I am always looking for new ideas to keep lines of communication open across the organization, and I have really dug into this guide to find some ideas lately. With all of the stress of work and life that employees are dealing with these days, why not help them have some fun @ work?

Zappos Culture Book

If you’ve heard of Zappos, you know that they have a legendary corporate culture. It’s unique, and it’s a differentiator for them. Employees love being there. Customers love shopping there. It’s really an amazing phenomenon. Well, in my relentless pursuit of corporate culture development, I ran across the Zappos Insights website where you can order a free Culture Book! If you sign up for one, you’ll receive it in about a week. I just got mine and have already started seeking out ideas.

And that’s how I’ve been spending a portion of my time lately! Anyone else have any neat, free tools that they use as HR or recruiting professionals? 

There’s a free teleseminar today that focuses on employee engagement strategies that I’m looking forward to. As I posted yesterday, I’m really excited about the opportunities that exist once you get your workforce engaged.

If you’re interested in listening in on this free resource, click here and you can learn more. But do it quickly! Patty is going to get things rolling at 1:30 Central on Tuesday, April 12th.

What you’ll learn

Patty will share with you five missing 21st century employee engagement strategies that are preventing your company from becoming the employer of choice, including:

  1. The strategy missing that leads to your company\’s inability to find great people.  (hint: its not about hiring expensive executive search firms!)
  2. The strategy you are missing that leads to a the loss of great employees to your competitors.
  3. The strategy you are missing that is keeping your revenues from soaring.
  4. The strategy you are missing that leads to exorbitant training costs.
  5. The strategy you are missing that is harming your company\’s reputation.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, click here to sign up for the free call.

For those reading this after Tuesday, April 12th, the call will already be finished! Sorry!

how to keep your best employeesEmployee retention. AKA “let’s keep our good people working for us.” As the economy turns around, up to 84% of employees across the US have said they are looking at the possibility of changing jobs.

That’s a lot of people.

We all know the numbers on employee turnover and the impact it has on the bottom line. So what’s our alternative? Retention. Keep the good people around (not by force, hopefully) and keep them on our team.

Recently I reached out to a few people to see if they wanted to contribute to an eBook to help HR pros, managers, and business leaders learn more about retention. The response was a good one, and today I’m happy to share the free eBook with you. It’s titled “Where do you think you’re going? A guide to employee retention.”

Special thanks to Shauna Moerke for helping me to promote the guide through the HR Carnival channel. I also want to thank the contributors for offering up some great, useful content: Tim Sackett, Heather Vogel, Benjamin McCall, Chris Ferdinandi, Paul Hebert, Laura Schroeder, Dave Ryan, Keith McIlvaine, Robin Schooling, and Stuart at 1.00 FTE. You can find links to each of these contributors’ websites within the guide.

Click here to download Where do you think you’re going? A guide to employee retention

how to employee engagementEmployee engagement. What is it? Why should you care? Studies show that employees that are “engaged” in their work perform significantly better than those who are not. The problem is finding real, tangible ways to make that happen. Good thing there’s a book for that.

Recently I reached out to a few people to see if they wanted to contribute to an eBook to help HR pros, managers, and business leaders learn more about this topic. The response was a good one, and today I’m happy to share the free eBook with you. It’s titled “All together now! A guide to employee engagement.”

There are personal stories about engagement and what it means, tips for companies on communication and culture, and some really great, specific how-to content.

Special thanks to Shauna Moerke for helping me to promote the guide through the HR Carnival channel. I also want to thank the contributors for offering up some great, useful content: Nathaniel Rottenberg, Chris Ferdinandi, Paul Smith, Laura Schroeder, Dwane Lay, Dave Ryan, Krista Francis, Jennifer V. Miller, Lisa Rosendahl, Keith McIlvaine, Karen Seketa, Tamkara Adun, Cori Curtis, Lance Haun, Robin Schooling, Susan Heathfield, Stuart at 1.00 FTE, and Tanmay Vora, . You can find links to each of these contributors’ websites within the guide.

Click here to download All together now! A guide to employee engagement

 

If you’re interested in getting certified with your PHR or SPHR (or heck, even your GPHR, we don’t discriminate over here at upstartHR headquarters!), then I have a tool you might not be aware of. For the past year, I’ve been writing a monthly email newsletter and sending it to HR pros who are prepping for their certification exams.

The emails usually go out on the first day of the month, but February’s shortened calendar always screws with me, so this one will be a day or two late. :-)

As a bonus, there’s an exclusive 3 part video series I put together on why I help people get certified, how to get your employer to pay for your materials, and what to do with it once you have the certification.

If you’re one of those great (great!) people who purchases the Rock the PHR study guide, you get access to the entire archive of the newsletters back through January 2010. I consistently hear back from people who pass the exam telling me they really appreciate this tool keeping them motivated and on top of their studies.

Now, I know that certification isn’t for everyone, but if you would like to get on the list, here’s a snapshot of a recent email newsletter. If you’d like to sign up, just click the image! Did I mention it’s free?