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Emily Marcovich

Emily is a marketing specialist at SumTotal Systems focused on demand generation programs, web events and media strategy. With a diverse background in everything from public relations to TV news, Emily is experienced in effectively telling a story through any medium. When she isn’t nose deep in a novel, she can be found attempting (and often failing) to perfect a new recipe on her quest to become the next Top Chef.

#HRBuzz: Our Top Picks for September

Once again it is time to wrap up our favorite HR blogs from the month of September. So, take a break from your day, grab a pumpkin spice latte (like the one I am drinking right now) and check out our top picks that you may have missed.

Not everyone wants to be a manager, and that’s okay – Career Builder released the results of a new survey finding that the majority of workers do not aspire to take on leadership roles. Check out the survey recap and then read Josh Bersin’s post on why this could actually be good news.Four Coffees Computer

Is your candidate truly passionate about the job? – On the Fistful of Talent blog, Kris Dunn’s post, “4 Ways I Tell if Someone I’m Interviewing Has Passion About the Job,” covered the ways that you can tell if a candidate is truly passionate about the position and how to know the difference between passion and enthusiasm.

Customer experience as THE key differentiator – Our blogger, Meg Temple, discussed how learning can help to improve the customer experience in her post on the HCI blog, “Don’t You Want My Money?” Take a peek at the post and then check out the Superior Customer Experience Through Learning ebook to learn more!

Does “positive brainwashing” exist? – After reading Paul Hebert’s post on the Symbolist blog, the answer might be yes. Check out the post on “Brainwashing Employees For Engagement” and the six elements of influence you should use when communicating your company culture to employees.

Start the day right and own it – Over on Fast Company, a discussion was posted on “How To Do More In Your First Hour of Work Than Most People Do All Day.” The post touches on six tips for matching your most important tasks to your most productive time of the day.

Why understanding employee needs is a “must-have” – Richard Barrett, discussed how one of the most important tasks in creating a high-performance culture is taking care of employee needs in his post on TLNT, “Understanding Employee Needs: Key to Creating a Highly Motivated Workforce.”

Changing the face of HR – Here on the SumTotal Systems blog, Tena Lyons examined three ways to stay on the forefront of the next HR transformation with her “Changing the Face of HR” post. And, if you want to hear more on the topic, be sure to visit us this week at HR Tech in Vegas! Swing by the SumTotal booth #1511 and the Skillsoft booth #2457 at the show.

We would love to hear about all of your favorite blogs and articles. Leave a comment below or send @SumTotalSystems or @emilymarcovich a tweet, then stop back at the end of the month to see if your pick made the cut!



#HRBuzz: Learning Steals the Spotlight in August

Fall is just around the corner and as we wrapped up the end of summer and started sending our kids back to school, the HR industry thought leaders and bloggers focused in on some hot learning topics.sumtotal blog - classroom

A number of posts and articles were written this month on all different types of learning and corporate growth, but here are some of our favorites:

Putting learners at the center – Catina Barnett, discussed transforming her approach to learning from teacher-centered to learner-centered in “Engaging Learning: Stepping Through the Looking Glass.”

Corporate learning technology is HOT – Bersin by Deloitte released new research on the Learning Management Systems market and the rapid growth of the industry due in part to an increased focus on developing employees globally. Check out Josh Bersin’s post giving a brief recap of the research findings.

Training your leaders the right waySamuel Bachararh discussed tips for choosing the right leadership program for your organization. Check out his post, featured on INC.

Maximizing productivity through corporate culture – Over on the Forbes Leadership Blog, Steve Olenski’s post, “How One Brand Uses Corporate Culture to Maximize Productivity,” covered the influence that corporate culture can have on productivity and engagement.

Get in a learning state of mind – If you are looking for a little learning motivation check out the “20 Inspirational Learning Quotes” on the SumTotal blog.

And one topic not related to learning, but definitely worth mentioning:

Is a week-long vacation a thing of the past? – If you are American, the answer might be yes. Steve Boese took on the topic in his post “The Shrinking American Vacation.” While you are reading up on the topic, check out Kathy Rapp’s post on Fistful of Talent too.

We would love to hear about all of your favorite blogs and articles that you come across in September. Leave a comment below or send @SumTotalSystems or @emilymarcovich a tweet, then stop back at the end of the month to see if your pick made the cut!



#HRBuzz: Our favorite blogs from July

With the dog days of summer upon us, summer vacation season is still in full swing. While some of us haven’t taken down our “out of office” messages since the Fourth of July, the HR industry thought leaders and bloggers have been hard at work producing great content on learning, leadership and talent management!sumtotal dog computer

In case you were snoozing on a beach somewhere, here are some of our favorites from July:

Informal learning requires a cultural change – Over on the Brandon Hall Group blog, Mollie Lombardi’s post, “Doing What We Know is Right,” featured the results of recent research showing a large gap between highly effective training methods and the percentage of an organization actively using those methods.

When it comes to learning, less is more – Jean Martin discussed recent CEB research on learning trends, productivity and the steps you can take to create a culture of learning. Check out her post, featured on TLNT.

Should your co-workers know what you earn? – A NPR story featuring a company with full transparency around employee salaries sparked a debate in the online community. Our favorite take on the pros and cons comes from a recent LinkedIn blog post.

Syndicating risk – TotalConnection 2014 keynote speaker, Peter Capelli, was featured on Human Resource Executive Online with his post on project mismanagement and the ability, or lack thereof, for individuals to make decisions without group or executive buy-in.

Taking employee engagement personally – Our guest blogger, Christa Degnan Manning, discussed four characteristics a company should focus on to improve the engagement of their employees in “Help Wanted: Smarter Talent Management.” Take a peek at the post and check out the upcoming live webinar with HCI to learn more!

Tired of hearing that HR is broken? – You’re not alone. Andy Porter took on the stereotype in his recent post, “In Defense of HR,” on the Fistful of Talent blog. And, while you are reading up on the topic, check out Laurie Ruettimann’s new eBook “I Am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR.”

We would love to hear about all of your favorite blogs and articles that you come across in August. Leave a comment below or send @SumTotalSystems or @emilymarcovich a tweet, then stop back at the end of the month to see if your pick made the cut!


#HRBuzz: Best blogs from June

The end of the month is upon us once again and before you head off to to barbeques, block parties and family gatherings this week, check out a few of our favorite blog posts from June.

Why you hate work – A recent New York Times article on employee engagement and productivity titled, “Why You Hate Work,” started widespread discussion in the blogging community. One of our favorite posts is from China Gorman on TLNT and focuses on the core of what employees need to stay productive and happy.

A focus on transformation at SHRM – If you missed the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference or are looking for a recap, you can find multiple posts about the event on the SHRM “We Know Next” blog. Jennifer Payne wrote a particularly nice overview of the entire event  and the underlying message of transformation and what it means for the future of HR.

What would you be willing to do for your dream job? Steve Boese poses that question in a blog focused on one of the most hated aspects of the work week…commuting. How long of a commute is too long and what factors need to be in place to make a 250 mile trip to the office worth it?

In business, time is a valuable resource – Over on Business Insider, a discussion was posted on “How One Weekly Meeting Can Lose a Company 300,000 Hours a Year.” The post touches on the far-reaching effects of one weekly executive meeting and offers tips for increasing revenue per employee by cutting out unproductive meetings that are wasting valuable time.

HR systems integration made easy Our blogger, Stacy Sakellariou, took on the misconception that integrating your HR systems is a painful and time consuming process with the blog post “HR Integration Strategy: It is worth it?” Take a peek at the post and check out the free “5 Steps to a Successful HR Integration Strategy” guide!

Send us your favorite posts – We would love to hear about all of the blogs and articles that you come across in July. Leave a comment below or send @SumTotalSystems or @emilymarcovich a tweet, then stop back at the end of the month to see if your pick made the cut!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Introducing #HRBuzz

If there’s one thing we can all agree on it is that the HR blogosphere is rich with amazing thought leadership.  From practitioners to consultants, analysts to journalists; it seems like everyone has a new and insightful take on human capital, learning, leadership, talent and professional development.

We know that your schedule is hectic, and you may not have time to catch up on all of the latest blogs and articles, so we created the #HRBuzz. To help you stay up-to-date, at the end of each month we’ll share our favorite posts from around the web. (more…)