Barbara Mitchell: Author, HR and Hiring Expert

HR and hiring expert Barbara Mitchell is a human resources and organization development consultant who is widely known in the areas of recruitment and retention. She has experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors and has consulted for a variety of organizations around the world.

Mitchell served in senior human-resources leadership positions with Marriott International and several technology firms in the Washington, DC, area before co-founding the Millennium Group International, which she sold in 2008.

Her books include, The Essential HR Handbook, and, The Big Book of HR. Click here to buy the book.

To learn more about Mitchell, read more of her Hiring columns on Be Inkandescent magazine.

How to Take Charge of Your Career

July 2012, Be Inkandescent magazine — Not so very long ago, employees worked for an organization for a long time, and were taken care of. Employers provided training, and development opportunities were available for the asking. WOW—times have changed.

Now, each of us is responsible for our own career development and, while this may be frightening to some, it is actually a very positive trend. Having more control is a good thing as long as you take your responsibility seriously and manage your own career development. You’d better, because no one else is going to do it for you!

In today’s highly competitive work environment, most organizations want people to fill positions who are fully trained and ready to contribute. While some very smart organizations have seen the value of providing mentors for new hires, many are working in what we call the “plug and play” world where new hires are expected to be fully functional immediately.

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The Value of Wellness Programs in Today’s Workplace

June 2012, Be Inkandescent magazine — In Chapter 29 of my latest book, The Big Book of HR, we talk about risk management. What better way to avoid risk than to incorporate wellness programs in today’s workplace?

Indeed, many organizations already provide employee wellness programs, including nutrition and weight control, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and fitness. These programs yield healthier and more productive employees, which translates into savings on health insurance for the employer and the employee.

What else pays off? Motivating employees, and their family members, through information and incentives that encourage them to participate in wellness programs.

Consider the ROI on the program initiated at Johnson & Johnson.

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10 Tips for Making a “Sweat-Free” Hire

May 2012, Be Inkandescent magazine — You know you need to hire someone to make your company or department more efficient and effective. But you want that person to be the right fit. You want them to be happy in their new job. And you want them to fit in with the corporate culture. It’s not an easy task.

Here are 10 tips to help you do it well, do it right, and make the process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. After all, that’s the point, right?

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When It Comes to Hiring Well, Aim to Make a Dream Come True

April 2012, Be Inkandescent magazine — When it comes to hiring the right person for the job, keep in mind the fact that most applicants are hoping to find their dream job.

Sure, they’ll settle for less, but wouldn’t it be great if your firm could help make those dreams come true?

Keep this in mind, though. However great it sounds to make someone’s dream come true, you are running a business. So their dream job has to be doing something that will either make money for your organization, or bring in new customers or members.

Still, it is possible to balance their dreams with your needs.

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