HR Insights

HR Insights, HR Management

When It Comes Right Down to It, HR Doesn’t Care About Your Problems

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HR doesn’t care about your work-life balance.

Well, that’s harsh. They care, but they have problems of their own.

Human resources departments have undergone a transformation. They are agile, data-driven, and aligned with the executive agenda. Employee advocacy, when it happens, happens because it benefits the company’s bottom line. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Is HR Simply Too Snooty for Its Own Good?

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A friend (let’s call her Jeanine) phoned the other day with some great news and some not-so-great news.

The great news: She applied for an HR consultancy with a large, well-known consulting group and was accepted into the fold.

The not-so-great news: She wasn’t certain she was good enough.

Orientation for the new gig found Jeanine surrounded by fancy-degreed HR pros who’d worked at big-name, global companies while sporting impressive job titles. It was “Dr. this at Fortune 500 that” in the C-Suite all the way. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

Some Answers to HR Technology Questions No One Else Is Asking

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I love finding new sources of information that shine a light on how organizations can achieve better business results through better people practices.

This month I found a new source – although the principals are old friends – that is going to make important contributions in the use of HR technology in the improvement of business outcomes.

If you haven’t heard of Key Interval Research, you most certainly have heard of John Sumser and William Tincup, the founders and principal analysts. And if you haven’t seen the first of their monthly research reports, let me introduce you to The Ideal Vendor Relationship. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenge in Tackling What Diversity Really Is

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The topic for the March HR Roundtable in Cincinnati generated some buzz even before it convened.

There were people who chose not to attend because they didn’t feel that the topic needed to be discussed anymore because “everyone understands and gets” diversity.

That really isn’t the case, but that was their perspective. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Hey New Boss: Push Change, Have Fun, But Don’t Diss the Team As You Do

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My husband has this annoying habit of criticizing my television choices whenever he pops into the family room and sees I’m watching something he doesn’t like.

“Oh, you’re watching this again?” He’ll say, while grabbing up the remotes. Occasionally he’ll add, “You weren’t really watching that, right?” when clearly I was.

Five minutes ago this man was in a car driving home from work, in the kitchen eating a pre-dinner snack, or out in the back yard doing whatever it is men do in the back yard, but now here he comes, wanting to commander the best screen in the house.

But that’s not why I get annoyed. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

April Fool’s Day Pranks Can Be Bad, But Here Are 3 That Are Far Worse

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Yesterday was the day when pranksters push the boundaries of acceptable office “humor” – from wrapping an entire cube in tin foil (actual photo from our office, right) to less funny and potentially more harmful pranks that can negatively impact others (Ex-Lax brownies come to mind).

But those aren’t the worst pranks.

No, the truly terrible are those that most employees endure every day in workplaces around the world. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

There’s a Good Reason Why HR Should Lead Change Initiatives

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Change management is about people, performance and leadership, ergo, one would think HR should be leading the charge (or at least playing a major role).

Unfortunately in many cases, HR is not involved because it does not bring the skill sets that would be useful to organizational change, or, is simply not even invited to the party. More concerning is that CEO’s don’t hold their HR leadership accountable for building the necessary expertise that would facilitate effecting change.

Without the internal expertise, organizations, more often than not, look to outside consultants to provide the needed assistance to effect the organizational changes they’re looking for. Read more…

Compensation, HR Insights

Excessive Pay Is STILL Excessive – and the Boss Still Needs Skin in the Game

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In 1991, Bud Crystal released the book In Search of Excess, a scathing commentary on executive pay.

I was a newly minted Compensation Consultant in a large financial institution at the time, and nowhere near as cynical as I am now. I read the book, but it didn’t really resonate, probably because I worked primarily with non-executive pay.

Then I was asked to complete a market analysis on the total compensation of the Chief Financial Officer. I did all my research and analysis as I would do for any other position, and shared it with my boss. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness, but Employee Pride Is Not for Sale

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Imagine that you are walking alone across a vacant parking lot on a breezy day, when out of the corner of your eye you notice a crumpled-up bill blowing at your feet.

You immediately step on it to keep it from escaping, and then reach down to discover that it’s a $100 bill. No one is within 500 yards of you, and the wind is swirling leaves and other bits of paper around as far as you can see. You couldn’t find the rightful owner if your life depended on it.

The bill is yours to keep. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Many Ways We Seem to Discount Employees

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No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!

Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…