Talent Management

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Is There Really a War For Talent, or Are We Just Paying Lip Service to That?

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Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.

This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.

Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.

When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…

Talent Management

The Magnificent Seven Ways Executives Can Improve Engagement

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Research on the ROI of employee engagement has proven time and again that organizations that create an engaging environment perform better than their competitors.

Results show that engaged companies:

  • Experience a 19.2 percent growth in operating income (over a 12-month period);
  • Grow profits as much as three times more than their competitors; Read more…
Culture, Talent Management

Want to Better Your Business? Take a Few Lessons From Baseball

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Although characteristics found in almost any sport can be compared to business (great coaching, teamwork, cooperation, refuse-to-lose attitude, etc), business is most like baseball.

As we watch the San Francisco Giants battle it out with the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 World Series title, we are reminded that winning in baseball and succeeding in business requires talent, a good manager, great coaches, and leadership.

In baseball, the teams that generally make it to the playoffs are those that combine the best managers, coaching and player talent, opportunities, and front office leadership. In business, similar combinations result in success. Any one or even two of the aforementioned elements is not enough.

It’s the combination of all of them that spells success. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

The Art of Perseverance: Why “True Grit” Is Key to Successful Workforce

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When you hear words like “grit,” “determination” and “self-control,” what emotion does that conjure up in you? I’d be willing to guess that emotion wouldn’t be “positivity.”

And yet, the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania is where MacArthur Foundation “genius” award winner Angela Lee Duckworth leads the research into how just those attributes of “grit” translate into greater success than talent or IQ. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Hiring Just For Skills Can Be a Big Mistake

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Harvard Business School found that four factors are critical to success in business:

  • Information;
  • Intelligence;
  • Attitude; and,
  • Skills.

The surprise was that information, I.Q. and skills combined accounted for only seven percent of success while attitude accounted for 93 percent! Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Think That an Employee Might Be Faking Sick? Check on Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s that time of year again — open enrollment, flu shots, and CareerBuilder.com’s annual list of the most creative excuses for missing work.

But before I get to that, how about some missed-work statistics based on responses from 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from ­­Aug. 11 to Sept. 5, 2014:

  • 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were actually feeling well; Read more…
Talent Management

Are Your Employee Engagement Efforts Getting Outdated?

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Leaders who step back and consider their employee engagement and outreach efforts for a moment may realize that they have lost the thread.

If employees are looking for new roles or considering leaving — and today, many are doing just that  – calling them “engaged” seems foolhardy. Instead of pouring more resources into the assessment metrics that are already in place, it could be better to simply change strategies at a base level.

It’s not too late to switch tactics, and every moment that a business pushes forward with a system that is failing to reach the modern workforce, the danger of losing those employees becomes more immediate. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How to Tell If One of Your Employees Is Interviewing For Another Job

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A few weeks back, HR master Kris Dunn, fellow TLNT blogger Laurie Ruettimann and I did a series for SumTotal called HR Hangouts.

The concept was to get on a Google Hangout for 20 minutes and just talk about real HR things — basically, water cooler conversations for the modern world.

It was quick and easy. You can see the actual video below (it’s about 20 minutes, if you have the time). Read more…

Talent Management

The Secret to Great (and Productive) Performance Check-in Meetings

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Meetings get a bad rap and the arguments against them are well known:

  • They get in the way of productive work;
  • Too much of meetings are spent recapping previous meetings;
  • They often don’t produce a decisive way forward.

For these reasons and many more, people avoid setting meetings like the plague, and regularly scheduled meetings can fall by the wayside. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Why Great Teams Matter, or How Workplace Culture Carries the Day

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The San Francisco Giants are going to baseball’s World Series for the third time in five years. And a big reason why is the team’s workplace culture — a culture that organizations beyond baseball can learn from.

The Giants are a “teamy” team, one with heaps of solidarity, ego-sacrifice and brotherly love. That workplace climate, sometimes called “chemistry,” has helped make the Giants a talent magnet, prepared them to overcome major adversity, and propelled them to their sport’s biggest stage again.

“We’ve just got a bunch of guys who have come together,” Giants third base coach Tim Flannery said after the team won their National League pennant series over the St. Louis Cardinals. “And there’s something magic that happens in this clubhouse.” Read more…