Talent Management

Culture, Talent Management

Why You Need to Pay More Attention to Your Remote Employees

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Let’s talk about your remote employees for a minute.

Are they engaged? Do they have friends at work? Are they sitting at home, their car, or down at the Starbucks feeling isolated and lonely?

Do you care? You should care.

To make a stronger point of it, you had BETTER care. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Taking a Supply Chain Approach to Solving the Skills Gap

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It’s an issue that organizations seem consistently faced with today: A lack of skilled workers that can further their growth, success, and ability to compete with competitors.

This “skills gap” is explained by the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Center for Education and Workforce’s new report titled Talent Pipeline Management: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap, as a result of education and workforce systems in the U.S that are failing to keep pace with the changing needs of the economy.

So how do we remedy this talent shortage and close the skills gap? Read more…

Talent Management

How to Navigate Workplace Complexities to Help Foster Diversity

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There is no denying that diversity in the workplace is good for business, but first and foremost, HR needs to focus on hiring for the top talent.

Is there any reason to think a company can’t have both?

In an economy where the average age of retirement is now 62 years old, our workforce is straddling more generations than ever before. So how can we make sure that we are building companies with cultures that represent and nurture all of our employees? Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

3 Surefire Ways to Disengage Your Employees This Holiday Season

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For each of the past 20 years, my wife and I have watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while putting up our Christmas Tree.

Why we still laugh uncontrollably at the same bits we’ve seen so many times is something our kids may never fully understand, but I digress.

This classic movie’s plot centers around the plans Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) has for surprising his family at Christmas by having an elaborate swimming pool built in their backyard the following spring. Although the packaging company he works for is not obligated to pay out a Christmas bonus, Clark has always received one in each of his past 17 years working there. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

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I was reading an article recently, it was one of those “Best Places To Work” type of articles.

Since I run a company, I’m always looking out for good ideas on how to take care of your employees without spending a dime. Unfortunately, “Best Places” companies that make these lists usually don’t give you these type 0f ideas!

What you get from “Best Places” articles are all the over the top crap – gourmet cat food for your in-cube pet-mate, free liposuction for your spouse, and discounted tattoo eyeliner coupons.

I would love for my company to be on the top of every single “Best Places” to work article, but we probably won’t. I care too much about my employees to make that happen. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The 10 Biggest Killers of Employee Motivation

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Imagine the last time you were happy and content at work.

Hopefully it’s not once in a year type of thing, but let’s imagine it was two days ago when you finally finished a long-lasting project that had been keeping you up all night.

Now imagine the feeling and motivation this happiness gave you. At that particular moment, it probably felt like you could conquer any challenge and had the motivation to move mountains. Most probably, your productivity was at its peak. No wonder; a happy employee is also a productive employee. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

The Key to Managing Cyber Monday: Just Be Generous With Employees

From the HR blog at TLNT.

Today is Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving when online storefronts like Amazon, Zappos, and Macy’s trot out their best holiday deals — and a day that has become a bigger event in the retail world than Black Friday.

Sales for Cyber Monday hit $2.9 billion last year alone, totaling 31.5 percent more than Black Friday sales figures, and this year is poised to be no different.

However, Cyber Monday is also a work day, and its allure is so strong that many employees are openly planning to do some online shopping today while at the office. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Does Your Company Careers Page Measure Up?

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If your website’s careers page isn’t delivering quality applicants, perhaps it’s time to revisit its message.

Too many careers pages are little more than boasts about the company’s successes and history as well as platitudes like “our people are our most important assets.”

Because most all of the really great people who want to work are already working and/or could work anywhere they want, it’s imperative to give these folks concrete, compelling reasons to apply. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The 3 Risks You Face When Employees Are Traveling For You

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Business leaders have long recognized that their greatest assets are their people.

However, attracting top talent is only one dimension of a people-driven business — employees must be fully engaged and motivated to be top performers. Corporate culture and commitment to your employees’ health, safety, and well-being is not only your duty, but is crucial for sustained employee engagement.

Here’s how HR and risk managers can take a proactive approach to safeguarding traveling employees while avoiding the following types of risks: Read more…

Talent Management

Employee Entitlement: It’s More Than Just a Generational Issue

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If you are a person who enjoys peace and serenity, you don’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, nor do you whisper “bomb” when going through airport security.

And unless you want to incite a riot, you’d better not let the word “entitled” slip out around a business owner, manager, or employer.

Regardless of how Webster’s defines it, in the minds of many adults the “e” word evokes the painful confrontations they’ve experienced with kids/students/employees who have been dealt with fairly, but have acted out as if they have been mistreated and are deserving of more. Read more…