HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: With So Much Research to Read, You Gotta Pick and Choose

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Most weeks, I get as many as a dozen whitepapers, research findings, survey results, and other polls and related data.

Most of it is focused on talent management and HR, but sometimes, I’ll get something sent to me that is so far out-of-bounds for the TLNT audience that I have to wonder why someone wasted their time sending it along,

Some of the research I get is pretty good, some head-shakingly bad, but a lot is distinctly mediocre and not particularly memorable, with little insight or sharp analysis. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Get Great Engagement Out of Your Seasonal Workers

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The Holiday Season is fast approaching, meaning retailers and restaurants all across the country are preparing to hire seasonal and part-time staff to help with the added foot traffic.

However, because of the fleeting nature of seasonal positions and the fact that these industries tend to have higher-than-average turnover, it can be difficult to engage and retain temporary staff when the work ramps up. Read more…

Culture

Building a Framework For Cultural Change Through WE WIN

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A popular post I wrote for TLNT last year (The 9 Clear Steps to Organizational Culture Change) is still on the first page of Google search results for that topic.

I recently approached a training video company with course content based on that post and they felt culture is a topic best suited for top leaders. They explained that training video sales are higher if the content fits first line managers and individual contributors.

I explained the culture fundamentals that apply to top leaders also apply to work teams of any size since they are sub-cultures with behavior that’s also driven by cultural rules.

From that insight, the culture content was simplified and the WE WIN framework was born. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Power of Feedback in Improving Employee Performance

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I’ve got a cool story for you about the power of sharing feedback — both positive and negative.

A while back, I wrote a letter to the president of my credit union (let’s call her Sarah). I wanted to let her know about a teller who was consistently cold and impersonal. Whether she was waiting on me or another member, she would have this sullen, “I hate my job” expression.

I never saw her looking friendly or happy. Ever. Read more…

Classic TLNT

4 Rounds of Interviews? It Shows How Screwed Up Your Hiring Process Is

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

 I had a client recently that was undecided about a candidate after the fourth (4th) round interview.

They were thinking that maybe a fifth round would make the difference. I told them that it wouldn’t. In fact, it was a mistake to allow them to get to four.

Do you know what the fourth round interview says about your hiring process? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

3 Things to Help Hold on to Recent College Graduates

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In many ways, recent college graduates are the perfect candidates to hire. They’re young, fresh, and willing to learn.

However, they also come with a problem: Most recent grads don’t stay with an organization very long.

A new study by America Employed found that 77 percent of franchises surveyed said they expected new graduates to leave within a year. This can be frustrating to hiring managers, who have to continuously find new talent, as well as being costly for the organization (they’re constantly having to onboard and train, and high turnover hurts productivity). Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Are We Ever Going to Get That Kinder and Gentler Workplace?

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I have this recurring fantasy that corporations of the future will be kinder and gentler.

I know there’s danger in judging the world according to my personal experiences only, but nevertheless, experience tells me it’s not too nice out there.

I wish it were nicer. For example …

Earlier this week, TLNT published an article (Five Big Social Media Red Flags to Avoid From Potential Hires) about screening applicants using social media. I’m not a huge fan of the practice, but so what? Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

FMLA Interference: It’s Telling an Employee “Don’t Die at the Desk”

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By Eric B. Meyer

Telling an employee returning from open-heart surgery, “Don’t die at the desk” is bad. Very bad.

Also, threatening to drag that employee outside and throw him in a ditch isn’t good either.

Yeah, that may fracture a law or two. I’m thinking the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Heck, even the Taliban would frown on that. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why Micromanagement Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

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On a flight home last week, I started thinking about the many different bosses I have had.

From my first job stocking shelves at the local Wal-Mart to save up for my first car – a Pontiac Grand Am sedan, if you are curious – to my current position as VP of Strategy and Industry Relations at Ceridian, I have been blessed in the sense that for the most part, my bosses have gotten progressively better as I advanced in my career.

As I was thinking about these different people, I asked myself what made me like them and enjoy working for them? Read more…