Talent Management

Talent Management

Still Adjusting to Millennials? Well, Get Ready for Generation Z

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As the Millennials populate the workforce, employers are looking at the next wave of employees – Generation Z.

Born after 1994, Gen Zs are different from their predecessors in a number of ways.

While the Millennials grew up with the World Wide Web, Gen Z grew up with social media and smart phones. However, Gen Zs are discriminating users of social media and favor more visually engaging platforms that accommodate their eight-second attention span. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Improving Engagement: Sometimes, It Just Takes a Little More Recognition

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Last week, I shared information showing that increasing employee engagement is one of the best ways you can help secure corporate information. Today, I’m following up with how to increase employee engagement based on the latest from Aon Hewitt.

Last week Aon Hewitt released its annual Best Employers in Canada list. Overall, Canadian employees are more engaged (65 percent engaged) than their U.S. and global counterparts (61 percent for both). Best employers in Canada averaged 77 percent employee engagement (versus 58 percent for other employers).

This is lovely news for Canadian employers, but what does it mean? What mechanism does Aon Hewitt use to determine employee engagement? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How Great Engagement Can Improve Your Information Security

Computer Security

What’s on the list of “top concerns” for your organization?

I’m willing to wager that security makes the list, and it’s likely it is near the top.

Driving recently, I heard a news story about the switch in thinking in tech companies in recent years. Just a few years ago, the idea of hiring “white hat hackers” to find bugs and security weaknesses was verboten. Now, this type of employee is in high demand. Read more…

Talent Management

5 Toxic Workplace Practices That Kill Employee Engagement

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We spend a lot of time discussing how to increase employee engagement, but what about the things that will immediately nix those efforts?

Sure you can create development plans for your employees and share a meaningful company vision, but those efforts will be for naught if any of these toxic elements exist in the workplace: Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Best Managers Remember Back When They Weren’t Managers

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One thing I’ve noticed about some managers is how completely they seem to have forgotten what it’s like to not be a manager.

More money and more power? More severe amnesia.

Case in point: I once worked for a company that had a policy of retroactively calculating pay increases — a practice I’d always viewed with mixed emotions. Read more…

Talent Management

Why Personality Still Matters After the Hiring Process Is Done

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In the hiring process, cultural fit has become a big component of hiring the right person.

You want to be sure you hire someone who will fit into the company, the role, and even into particular teams. You can’t hire a lone wolf for a customer-facing job, or someone who needs plenty of direction for a virtual position.

When hiring, personality can sometimes even trump qualifications when it comes to finding someone who will grow with the position. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Talent? Great to Have But You Don’t Always Need the Best Talent to Win

War for Talent

I think most of us have gotten away from using the phrase “war for talent’ throughout the industry.

It’s not really a war, and if it was, most of you would lose.

Most talent acquisition shops are unwilling to do what it would take to win a war. That’s just a fact, not a shot at your shop. Read more…

Talent Management

New Report Shows Working Dads Benefit From Flex Schedules, Too

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The Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), in partnership with Ernst & Young, recently released a report aimed at better understanding “how men are navigating the flexible work and home terrain.”

Data from How Men Flex: The Working Mother Report is the result of survey responses from 2,000 men and women (evenly split) with questions aimed at understanding the impact of flexible work arrangements on their lives.

While the impression may be that flexible work arrangements are greater utilized by female employees, WMRI’s data indicates that flexibility in the work environment is both used and desired by men and women equally: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

A Millennial Twist: LinkedIn Pushing Bring Your Parents to Work Day

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We’ve all probably heard of Bring Your Child to Work Day, but LinkedIn is upping the ante with Bring in Your Parents Day, which is exactly what it sounds like.

The social media giant is inviting organizations to join them on Thursday, Nov. 6 in letting employees bring their parents into work for a day, giving them a “taste of where their children work and their children a chance to say thank you.” Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Having Great Talent Does Not Always Guarantee Great Results

Dogs

Ozzy is an 8-year-old golden retriever who loves to fetch our morning newspaper.

Although our driveway is nearly as long as a football field, he is relentless in his pursuit and always manages to find it and bring it to us at the front door even in a driving rain or total white-out blizzard. For this, we reward Ozzy with a jerky treat and a massive amount of praise.

We began training him to handle this chore when he was only a few months old and it took less than five (5) days for him to master it. It’s been a good deal for both parties ever since. Read more…