HR Management

HR Management, Talent Management

September Call-Ups? One Good Way to Evaluate Your Team of the Future

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For those who aren’t big Major League Baseball (MLB) fans you probably don’t know what the “September Call-Up” or “Expanded Rosters” mean.

Each year on September 1, as the MLB season goes into its final month, the league allows teams to invite players from their minor league teams to join the club and the roster number expands from 25 to 40.

For teams who are out of the playoff race, this allows them to give some younger guys an opportunity to perform on a larger stage. For those in playoff races, or teams that have already solidified a playoff berth, the extra players allow them to rest some regulars. For playoff teams these extra 15 players can’t play in actual playoff games, only in the final regular season games. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

6 Ways You Can Help to Increase Your Workplace Value

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I see (broadly, for the sake of this discussion) two types of people in their careers.

  1. People who see their job description as a minimum requirement, and respond with the minimum effort to collect a paycheck.
  2. People who see their role as a contract with the business to deliver value, and they are always looking for ways to add more value, both to improve the business, and to raise their level of commensurate compensation. Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

Just Like With Kids, HR Can Benefit From Having “Prospect” Camps

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In athletic recruitment there are these things called “Prospect” camps.

Depending on who you talk to, these are either just supplemental income for the coaching staff, or serious recruitment functions needed to get prospective student athletes on campus.

Whatever they are, they’re a little bit of genius! Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Reflections on the Issue of HR Certification vs. HR Competencies

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By Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank

SHRM’s recent certification announcement raises a relatively simple question but a more complex answer: What is the role of certification (vs. competence) in the development of a field?

Many, if not most, professions have some type of certification protocol. Attorneys pass a bar exam; psychologists are licensed after passing a standardized exam; “certified” public accountants (CPAs) pass a knowledge exam, etc. In all these cases, these licensing exams determine the extent to which an individual knows the basic knowledge in the profession.

Certification focuses on knowing the basics and the knowledge and earning the legitimacy to practice. However, certification does not mean competence. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Question If You’re in a Bad HR Organization: When Is it Time to Go?

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I have encountered numerous HR professionals recently musing about the difficulty of doing their profession in an organization that could care less.

They read, they discuss where HR is headed, but in their current space, it is light years away from where it should be.

They want more, they dream of more, but they get no more.

After one blog post of mine, someone wrote to me about the frustration she faces. After years of toiling in the transactional nature of her job, it is at a point that she wants to pull her hair out. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

In the Workplace, Time Spent on Social Media May Be a Bad ROI

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Every hiring manager has a story about someone who has botched a job interview or torpedoed a career due to thoughtless comments on social media sites.

I know someone whose close friend, a technical writer, lost his job after making negative comments about his company’s investment prospects on MySpace (remember them?).

Few people think twice about posting embarrassing party pictures on their Facebook pages or casual trash-talk on Twitter. However, your prospective employer or current company also has an online presence, so you are the face of the company. Accordingly, they may keep an eye on you, which is not tough when you voluntarily post content for the world to see. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends.

The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.

Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Is a Workplace Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

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The other day our local paper ran a story about David Danon, a former attorney with the Vanguard Group who’s embroiled in a huge lawsuit over his claim that Vanguard bilked the federal government out of $1 billion and the state of New York out of $20 million by operating an illegal tax shelter.

My husband (who still reads the local paper every day, God bless him), brought the story to my attention, because he knows I’m into that stuff.

Even so, I usually avoid writing much about “that stuff” on TLNT, because there are writers/attorneys here far better equipped to do so than I. But heck, this case compelled me to say a few words. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

5 Ways You’re Turning Your Employees Into Crooks

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When it comes to your employees, the adage holds true that one bad apple can spoil the barrel.

Even one dishonest employee can do enormous amounts of damage, and, if that employee is in a management position, he or she can inflict millions of dollars in damage.

Here’s the thing: It’s your fault. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Managers as Coaches? You and Your Workers Aren’t Ready For That

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This isn’t necessarily a new concept, but it’s one that is popping up a ton lately in conversation.

The basic concept is that we should push our managers and supervisors to be “coaches” to their employees, not managers. The view from Organizational Development and Training folks is that coaches are more of a representative of great leadership than we would normally think of when we think of managers and supervisors.

Um, what? Read more…