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Renaming HR: Maybe We Should Simply Call It Employee Engagement


If your company is like most, you have a Human Resource department, and you may still call it HR.

For the traditional roles of Human Resources such as attracting, retaining and developing employees, the name makes sense. But, the responsibilities of this group are evolving, and the name HR fails to fully capture or give credit to the important ways this team serves and involves a company and its people.

Some 25 years ago, there were Personnel Departments. As the responsibilities changed and expanded to include services like benefits and compensation, the name became outdated and evolved into Human Resources. Read more…

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The Next Frontier for Human Resources? It’s People Analytics

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 A new way of managing talent is beginning to emerge within the human resources world called “people analytics.”

It attempts to remove gut instinct, intuition and human biases from talent management in order to make workforce decisions in an evidence-based and data-driven way.

In other words, we want to ensure that we make decisions around employee selection, development and separation based on criteria that we know matters – because we have correlated them statistically with outcomes – and ignore the criteria that don’t. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Are We Ready For the Uber-ification of Work, Performance and Pay?


We want it both ways as employers.

We want workers who keep their skills up-to-date and willingly pursue learning and development. In addition, we also want workers who take accountability for their own performance results, accept placing more of their compensation at risk via incentive pay, and maintain their bearings and contributions in the face of constant change and shifting priorities.

And we also want workers who will put company and work group interests above their own, protect our corporate brand at (nearly) all costs, and happily defer to the preferences of their organizational overlords. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Planning For the Worst: Compassion Is the Key When Layoffs Come

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“Are we all set. Yes, we are all in compliance with the cost savings. All the numbers are correct. Just give me the go ahead and they are all gone.”

Then the conversation changed.

The executive listening to this rundown told the HR person to stop. Do you know any of these people? The answer was no.

Do you know whether it will be difficult for them to find jobs in your area? “I have no idea” was his reply. Read more…

HR Insights

Five Strategies to Fast-Track Your Management Career


If you aspire to climb the corporate ladder, the power to do so rests largely in your own hands.

Regardless of your industry or the amount of bureaucracy you believe exists in your organization, you have the ability to be a better master of your own career destiny.

While every organization is different, there are universal strategies and tactics that will serve you well anywhere and can help fast-track your management career. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

The Terribly High Cost of Having a Meeting Culture

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Consider your average white-collar professional making $45,000/year, not including benefits.

At that rate, it would cost an organization about $25 for this person to sit in an hour-long meeting. That’s not too bad.

But now consider that the average American spends nine (9) hours per week in regular status meetings, or preparing for those meetings. At the rate of $25/hour, the weekly cost of those meetings for one employee is $225. And when you look over the course of a year, it adds up to $11,700.

All of a sudden, a cost that seemed relatively nominal has turned into more than a quarter of this professional’s annual salary. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Does the Workplace Relationship Still Work in Today’s Go-Go-Go Culture?

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I remember the fear of actually finishing something. Then the fear of executing that something. And then the fear of never quite being good enough. And then the fear of being crushed under the weight of overly critical judgments again and again.

And then again, I remember the pleasure of being pushed to perform, even in the face of failure, to reach for the sky.

Get to 80 percent and go, go, go.

No words have ever been sweeter for employees today. I heard them recently. Have you? Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Yes, It’s Evil: Why You Really Need to Restrict Email in the Office

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For years I’ve known that email is evil.

But it wasn’t until I started working in a team that I realised how much time and energy gets swallowed by this creature. We all learn from our own mistakes.

Email is just like a game of Tetris. You start with a clear goal of getting your inbox down to zero. When you’ve achieved that and turned your eyes away from the screen, you hear a notification. Yes, it’s that annoying sound that tells you got a new email. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Did HR Certification Start Focusing on Who Has the Bigger Pin?


I must admit, when SHRM announced that it was going into the certification business last year, I was one of many who were skeptical, even feeling deceived, disillusioned, and dissatisfied that the organization responsible for promoting the HR profession had so blatantly shown its real intent.

The real intent, that is, of self-promotion and self- preservation.

None of us should have been surprised though. The reality is that for any professional organization that has success over a period of time, and grows in membership and budget, the primary goal ultimately becomes more about protecting and promoting its own interests than that of its members. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

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Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…