Talent Management

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…

Talent Management

Why Do We Believe That Employees Are an Expendable Resource?

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Employees are our greatest asset” has become such a hollow phrase, any marketing department still including this language in its company’s promotional materials should be ashamed.

As someone once said to me, “However, unfortunate, the bigger reality [is] … employees are an expendable resource.”

Now, I had to think about this statement for a while, because — could this really be true? Can people be expendable? Or is that just a convenient lie we tell ourselves to justify treating them as though they were? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Why You Need to Get Employees to Cultivate the High Potential Ultimatum

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These days you can’t go a week without hearing about the virtues of flexible schedules. They greatly reduce absenteeism and environmental impact, and spur faster company growth.

As the workforce becomes more and more mobile, the 9-to-5 grind is becoming less and less attractive.

But for every company that gets lauded for instituting a four-day work week or allowing employees to make their own schedules, there are hundreds of “in-between” companies that hear the benefits loud and clear, but are unable to affect a major policy change for various reasons. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Here’s Why Peer Relationships Are Everything In The Workplace

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Employees with more friends at work are more engaged, according to the Fall 2014 MoodTracker Report released by Globoforce.

Only 28 percent of employees who reported having no friends at work were engaged, while 69 percent who reported having at least 25 friends were highly engaged.

The implications are clear: We need more friends at work. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Corporate Culture and Workplace Happiness at South by Southwest

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Engaged employees are the harbingers of workforce retention and happiness in the workplace, however numerous companies struggle with creating practices and protocols that result in enthusiastic personnel.

From haphazard questionnaires to ambiguous measurements, countless companies are striving to produce solutions that will boost morale and prevent great team members from leaving, but these companies are falling desperately short of their aspirations.

This begs the questions: Can happiness truly be measured? Can employee engagement be quantifiably tracked? Has the traditional employee engagement industry become obsolete? Read more…

Talent Management

5 Simple Ways to Lose Your Best Employees

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Competition for talent is fierce, and today companies, are pulling out all the stops to attract new employees.

From strong rewards programs to competitive salaries, employers are rising to the challenge to make their businesses stand out from the rest. However, the process of stockpiling incentives – combined with the process of onboarding new employees – is a significant time sink for any organization.

To then lose an employee only months after an extensive recruitment process can be a huge blow to a business’s ego, not to mention the hours of productivity lost. Read more…

Talent Management

Your Employees May Be Overwhelmed — Here’s How You Can Help

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We’re beginning to see more effects of increased stress on the workforce.

The “overwhelmed employee” trend was regarded by 65 percent of executives surveyed as an important or urgent one, according to insights from Deloitte’s survey published in March 2014.

Many don’t know how to handle it. Nearly half (44 percent) of executives said they are not ready to deal with this new workforce trend.

Thankfully, this may be easier to combat than many executives may suspect. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Dealing With Difficult Problems: Sometimes, It Helps to Walk and Talk

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Believe it or not, walking loosens the tongue.

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember any long walks with grandparents, aunts, or uncles when you bonded as you bounded through the neighborhood or countryside?

Or about those long, romantic walks with your first love when you poured out your deepest secrets and highest hopes for the future? Or how about those strolls through the hallways at school with your best friend, sharing what you were going to do on the weekend? Read more…

Compensation, Talent Management

Money is the Best Excuse (Even If It Isn’t True) for Your Employees Quitting

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Citing money can be the best excuse for leaving an employer, even if it is untrue.

One survey blamed voluntary turnover on income. But when an employment agency surveys financial types on why people leave their jobs, it should come as no surprise that they chose money as the principal motivation for quitting.

Of course! These are groups who obsess about money. Read more…

Talent Management

Employee Loyalty Isn’t Dead Just Yet, But It Takes Work to Keep It Alive

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Did you know:

These are some sobering statistics. Read more…