Talent Management

Talent Management

Despite Your Best Efforts, Why Aren’t Your Employees More Engaged?

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By David Lee and Jacob Schneid

Despite millions of words written and millions of dollars spent on improving employee engagement, the needle has barely budged over the years.

From Gallup’s State of the American Workplace:

While the state of the U.S. economy has changed substantially since 2000, the state of the American workplace has not. Currently, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2- to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not reaching their full potential — a problem that has significant implications for the economy and the individual performance of American companies. Gallup’s research shows that employee engagement remains flat when left unmanaged.” Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Better Organizational Purpose: It May Be THE Business Game-Changer

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The Deloitte 2014 Core Beliefs and Culture Study proves it again — that those workplaces who focus on creating a meaningful environment for all their stakeholders (customers, employees, and communities) foster a culture of purpose that builds confidence, drives investment, and “can lead to competitive advantage in a time of economic vitality.”

The survey was conducted in February of this year and is designed to explore the concept of workplace culture, defined by a set of timeless core values and beliefs, as a business driver. 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…

Talent Management

Getting Better Results: Go Beyond High Potentials, Look at ALL Employees

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Personnel Today recently reported on a survey conducted by KPMG’s Global HR Centre of Excellence.

The survey asked “people and change practitioners” from across KPMG’s global member network about the new “war for talent” and how it manifests in today’s workplace.

Even as the slow economic recovery continues to drag on, we are experiencing a war for talent — even as the skills needed and talent sought is itself evolving. And the needs of who and how we target employees for training, growth and advancement needs to also change. 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…

HR Management, Talent Management

Why Your Employees Need to be Both Engaged AND Aligned

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I appreciate a good analogy, especially when it comes to terms that can be defined in multiple ways.

Employee engagement and alignment are a good example. Here’s a brilliant analogy from a local business journal:

Employee engagement is essential to an organization’s success, and alignment is arguably even more important. As an example, consider a 400-meter relay race. The winning team carries the baton past the finish line first. The direction of the finish line represents alignment between employees and the organization’s vision and goals. The speed of each runner is akin to engagement. To win, every runner in the team must run fast (i.e. be engaged with the organization) but also run in the direction of the next runner or the finish line (i.e. be aligned).” Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

What I’ve Learned About How Diverse Candidates Perceive Their Value

Janine Truitt

As we continue to discuss diversity and inclusion concerns, it is important that companies that are serious about attracting, retaining and promoting diverse candidates understand how we think about our value in the workplace.

From a child, it was drilled into me that my skin color was not a roadblock, but an opportunity often seen as a threat. I was warned that I would have to work a gazillion times harder than any of my Caucasian counterparts to achieve success.

To round out my coaching on getting ahead, I was advised to keep my head on, study hard, keep things formal on the job, work hard and it would all pay off. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Are You Giving Employees What They Truly Hunger For?

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At a recent event on how non-profits can use social media, self-professed Twitter junkie Jessica Esch, from United Way of Greater Portland, shared her social media secret sauce for successfully engaging followers.

One of her secret sauce ingredients stood out for me because it’s a phrase, and a practice —  love and try to do — yet we never see talked about in the corporate world. This is a shame because this practice is not only a great way to engage people in the social media world, it is also a game-changing offline strategy for engaging employees. Read more…

Talent Management

6 Ways to Engage Employees – But Only One That Really Works

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We think there are millions of ways to engage, or disengage, employees but there aren’t.

Truly, there are only six. The six basic emotions we feel as humans, which are:

  1. Anger;
  2. Disgust;
  3. Fear;
  4. Happiness; Read more…
HR Management, Talent Management

Timely Feedback Always Matters – Especially When It’s For the Good

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Seth Godin is one of my favorite “short form” bloggers.

Generally, his posts offer pithy insight and advice in short, easily digested posts. Here’s a nugget from a recent such post:

The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback. The opposite is not true. We rarely change short-term behavior with long-term feedback… If you want to reward (or punish) short-term behavior, don’t do it down the road.” Read more…