Talent Management

HR Management, Talent Management

How the Changing Definition of the “Workplace” Impacts HR

Office Space - Milton

How do we define “workplace” today in light of our technology-rich environment that enables workers to be “on the job” from anywhere and at any time?

These days, is the workplace even a place at all? Today’s “workplace” can no longer be defined in terms of a single, static location (like the corporate office).

Instead, the “workplace” is now a dynamic, fluid combination of physical and virtual spaces. While technology is a key enabler, new workplaces require employees to adopt a fresh mindset and skillset for success. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Lesson From the Microsoft Cuts: Don’t Mix the Message on Layoffs

Microsoft layoffs

This is not good. One of the guys on the marketing team I work with just got fired. OMG, they just fired another one. It is just crazy around here now.”

As I read the text messages, I could feel the tension that must have permeated this workplace.

The text was from someone who had been in the world of work for four years out of college. This situation with them went on for two days, and as I got the blow-by-blow, it felt like being in a war zone. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Why is There Such a Misguided Concern Over Poaching Talent?

Bullseye poaching

A common complaint made about development programs is the concern that it will create employee turnover.

As employees develop new capabilities they will be unsatisfied staying in their current roles and will begin actively seeking opportunities elsewhere. People argue that “if we develop our employees other people will hire them away.

Or as some managers put it, “Why should I develop people just so others can poach them from me?”

Concerns about talent poaching are misguided and extremely detrimental to long-term organizational health. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Top 5 Workplace Time Traps

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Remember cartoon character George Jetson’s grueling two-hour workday, which earned him a deluxe apartment in the sky? Whatever happened to that future?

Instead of enjoying a shrinking work week due to better technology, as we’ve expected for decades, the average American work week has actually grown to nearly 60 hours!

How is it that we have less discretionary time and work harder than ever, even though technological breakthroughs have made us all incredibly productive? Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Why Do More Than Half of HiPos Drop Out of Development Programs?

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Organizations the world over are investing big sums in high-potential employee (HiPo) development programs because they rightly see that developing their employees is the best and most efficient way to find their firm’s future leaders.

And the rewards can be great: CEB research shows that organizations with strong leadership can double their revenue and profit growth.

But all this investment is for naught if a firm’s brightest and best take all their “world class” training and hot foot it off to a competitor. SHL Talent Management research shows that a staggering 55 percent drop out of HiPo programs. Read more…

Talent Management

What Do You Do When Casual Friday Becomes Casual Everyday?

From istockphoto.com

I can’t believe the way these young associates come to work!” Chris told me after a recent presentation. “Where did they get the idea that ‘business casual’ means cut-off shorts, flip-flops and a tank top?”

That certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard the rumblings of a bewildered employer lamenting the haphazard fashion sense and grooming habits of her young hires.

It was, however, disconcerting to hear this particular comment coming from the senior partner of an acclaimed management consulting firm that systematically recruits MBA’s from the nation’s top business schools. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

When Was Your Last Good Talent Check-up?

Healthy workplace

When you’re feeling good, it’s easy to take your health for granted.

Most of us appreciate when we feel great, but few of us spend the time to figure out how we got there — and how to stay there.

It’s the same with organizations. If nothing’s obviously wrong, if people aren’t leaving in droves, if “people issues” aren’t driving costs up, managers tend to get complacent.

However, if managers are to understand the underlying health of an organization, they need much more than the basic pulse-check of annual performance ratings. Otherwise, they might be bleeding talent before they realize anything is wrong. Read more…

Talent Management

Making a Business Case for Investing in Employee Engagement

ROI

OK, C-level executive — I’m talking to you.

There’s a lot on your plate these days. You have to keep your organization afloat and make critical strategic business decisions that will ultimately shape the financial future of your firm.

However, if you’re overlooking one key element of your company’s operations, you could be missing out on the greatest opportunities to boost productivity and maximize performance. In the end, this aspect has some of the greatest impact on the bottom line. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Digging Down Into How Employees Are Dealing With Financial Stress

From 123RF Stock Photos

What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties?

SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey Employee Financial Stress. They found that 61 percent of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38 percent would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”

Organizations that had more full-time hourly employees were more likely to have a response of “fair” compared to organizations with fewer full-time hourly employees who were more likely to report better financial health amongst employees. Read more…

Talent Management

The Big Freeze Out, or Why You Can’t Ignore the Dissed-Engaged

From istockphoto.com

What do you do with a productive outlier?

Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver who is sometimes collaborative, and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher — tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse lighting itself over and over again like a trick stick of dynamite.

One minute she’s figuring everything out, and the next, she’s blowing up.

Sizzle. Hiss. Ka-boom. Read more…