HR Management

HR Management, Talent Management

Can Too Much Teamwork Actually Damage Productivity?

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Back in the 1890s, French researcher Max Ringelmann discovered what others later called the Ringelmann Effect:

The larger a work group, the more likely workers will waste time rather than get their work done. Not only do they socialize more, they also expect others to pick up the slack.

This remains true today; small workgroups tend to produce more per person than larger ones. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Of All a Company’s Functions, HR Is the Guardian of the Future

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By Lynda Gratton

The forces shaping our world are having a profound impact on organizations and on the HR professionals within them.

That is why over a decade ago my colleagues and I founded the Future of Work Research Consortium (FoW). Our aspiration was to engage with HR people from around the world to consider the forces that they believe will shape their function and the roles and responsibilities within it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Job Titles Make Today’s HR Look Like a ’70s Personnel Dept.

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You know what position I would love to apply for!? Junior Human Resource Manager, said no one ever!

I hate spending three seconds on job titles because job titles scream, “Personnel Department,” but I have to just take a few minutes to help out some of my HR brothers and sisters.

Recently, I came across a classic job title mistake when someone had posted an opening and then broadcasted it out to the world for a — wait for it — “Jr. Industrial Engineer.” When I saw it, I almost cried. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, HR Research May Really Be Marketing, But There’s Still Value to It

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I’m mindful of Laurie Ruettimann’s blog post from a couple of weeks ago where she put it straight out – HR Research Isn’t Research: It’s Marketing.

She ends her post with this:

Remember — today’s HR research is marketing, wrapped up in survey data, presented for consumption as sales collateral.”

And, of course, she’s right. Read more…

HR Management

10 Tips for Successfully Influencing Change

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Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.

Most of us would agree, and we may even be tempted to add that the increased pace and velocity of change in modern business is rapidly becoming an exhausting and debilitating “constant” as well.

But what can be done? Are we destined to be helpless pawns in the relentless transformations occurring all around us? Or are there guideposts to help us navigate change? Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

The 3 Critical Tasks Every HR Manager Must Work On Every Single Day

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It’s graduation season, and soon many new human resource brothers and sisters will be entering into their first real HR gigs.

Many will be titled, “HR Manager,” even without one day of experience. That’s because in many organizations, “HR Manager” is the only HR position they have, and they’ll gladly take a young, fresh new HR grad.

The tendency for new managers, especially HR Managers thrust into a generalist role, is to get buried with tasks. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How to Manage and Improve Inconsistent Employee Performance

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We all have the expectation that we will give our best every day all day. But that’s not true.

Leaders have off days, employees struggle with issues and managers let frustrations get the best of them. Unfortunately, the work still has to get done.

How do you manage and build consistency within your company? As a manager, it’s not plausible to expect employees to be “on” all the time but you have to make sure tasks are completed since you are graded on the team’s performance. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Workplace Inequality: Can We Talk About How We Treat Each Other?

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The other day a friend asked me what I thought about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and I told her.

She said she thought he was probably guilty, too, and it bothered her how some people were complaining about his “tarnished legacy” and whatnot, considering the circumstances.

I told her I understood, and that sometimes we simply must accept that people are both this and that. In this case, Cosby could be a pervert and a gifted actor. It’s not an either/or. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR’s Role in the Digital Workplace: It’s Time for Reinvention

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. 

By Josh Bersin

The human resources profession is at a crossroads.

Over the last few years digital and internet technologies have radically changed the way we work, requiring a tremendous change in all areas of human resources. Our latest global research shows that business and HR leaders have three major challenges: Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Avoid the Most Common HR Mistakes

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We can all agree that it’s not easy managing human resources in any size organization.

Employer regulations at the state and federal level are only increasing, the workforce is becoming more dynamic, the expectations on supervisors and managers is more complex, and most businesses are trying to do more with less.

These reasons make it easy to understand why mistakes can happen in the world of HR management. Read more…