Talent Management

Compensation, Talent Management

Pay and Performance, or What Withholding an Increase Can Do

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More pay might not change behavior, but withholding an increase sometimes will.

“That’s the last straw! I’m going to fire him,” said the irate mayor as he hung up the phone after mollifying a furious resident.

His city’s veteran long-service street superintendent had once again rudely blown off another citizen with a legitimate gripe. The mayor was tired of cleaning up such messes and being forced to calm down upset voters antagonized by the impolite official. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Why Is It That So Many Employees Don’t Trust Their Employers?

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More than half of us don’t believe our employers are open and upfront with us.

This disturbing news comes to us from the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey, which finds nearly 1 in 4 workers don’t trust their employers, 1 in 3 reported their employers aren’t always honest or truthful, and less than half believe employers are open and upfront.

This lack of trust in the workplace is a big deal, and is leading more than a quarter of U.S. employees to say they intend to seek new employment in the next year. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Survey Shows How Much Millennials Continue to Defy Expectations

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Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today.

In my last post on talent acquisition trends, I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

We may still think of Millennials as “the next generation,” but the fact is that this group will make up the majority of the workforce in the not too distant future, so research on the values and expectations of this generation is valuable – and actionable. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Complicated Dynamics Behind Workplace Bullying

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I just didn’t want to go anymore. She made it nearly unbearable.

It didn’t start off that way, though. When we first started working together as colleagues in the same department, our relationship was amicable and tolerant. We because fast friends and got to know each other very well, including our spouses, lives and everything in between.

The first time it happened, it made me flinch inside a little, but not enough to rethink our relationship. The tenth time it happened, I felt sick every time we ran into each other in the office. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Talent Management Gone Wrong: Why Can’t We Be Honest With People?

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Last May, I posted a story of a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks.

The story was unfinished, as a month after his Director left the organization and the young man had been appointed as interim Director, the VP told him that they were considering outsourcing the position.

The young man was disappointed, but he was determined to show the organization that he could handle the position as interim, on the chance that they decided to keep it in-house.

I described this process as “talent management gone wrong.” Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

September Call-Ups? One Good Way to Evaluate Your Team of the Future

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For those who aren’t big Major League Baseball (MLB) fans you probably don’t know what the “September Call-Up” or “Expanded Rosters” mean.

Each year on September 1, as the MLB season goes into its final month, the league allows teams to invite players from their minor league teams to join the club and the roster number expands from 25 to 40.

For teams who are out of the playoff race, this allows them to give some younger guys an opportunity to perform on a larger stage. For those in playoff races, or teams that have already solidified a playoff berth, the extra players allow them to rest some regulars. For playoff teams these extra 15 players can’t play in actual playoff games, only in the final regular season games. Read more…

Benefits, Talent Management

Why Can’t We Get Past Our Great Vacation Evasion?

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As we all get back into the swing of work after the long Labor Day weekend, it’s worth noting that Americans aren’t the biggest fans of taking vacations.

Our labor-intensive society has made us one of the richest economies in the world, but unlike our similar rich neighbors, America gives its workers no guarantees for things like vacation time, paternity leave, or sick leave.

It’s turning us into what The Today Show dubbed a “No Vacation Nation.” Read more…

Talent Management

How to Crank Up Creativity in Your Workplace

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In the not too distant past, one good idea could catapult an organization to long-term success.

Companies were able to leverage a new product or service to their advantage for several years, and creative output was tasked to a select few employees.

But now, dramatically shorter business cycles and customers obsessed with novelty and “what have you done for me lately?” have reduced many of those advantages, requiring all of us to crank up our creativity quotient in the workplace. Read more…

News, Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Challenges You Face Using Social Media Screening and Hiring Process

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Most business functions have – to some degree – succumbed to the ubiquity and power of social media, and the HR department isn’t immune.

According to research conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, 76 percent of companies currently use or plan to use social media during the recruiting process.

Whether it’s spreading the word about a new job posting through LinkedIn groups, or reviewing candidates’ Twitter feeds before an interview, social media offers HR managers a quick, cost-effective way to expedite the recruiting process. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

6 Ways You Can Help to Increase Your Workplace Value

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I see (broadly, for the sake of this discussion) two types of people in their careers.

  1. People who see their job description as a minimum requirement, and respond with the minimum effort to collect a paycheck.
  2. People who see their role as a contract with the business to deliver value, and they are always looking for ways to add more value, both to improve the business, and to raise their level of commensurate compensation. Read more…