Talent Management

Talent Management

When Millennials Are In Control of their Careers, Everybody Wins

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The burn out rate among business consultants is sky high.

Although firms pay big starting salaries to young MBA’s, accountants, and engineers, the excessive travel demands that come with the paycheck can get real old — real fast.

That’s precisely why Vynamic, an 80 (plus) person health care consultancy based in Philadelphia, stands out among its competitors. Ranked the No. 1 most prestigious boutique consulting firm in the U.S. by IvyExec.com in early 2015 and the No. 5 overall best small firm to work for in the U.S. by Consulting Magazine, Vynamic has gone beyond paying competitive salaries. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How to Manage and Improve Inconsistent Employee Performance

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We all have the expectation that we will give our best every day all day. But that’s not true.

Leaders have off days, employees struggle with issues and managers let frustrations get the best of them. Unfortunately, the work still has to get done.

How do you manage and build consistency within your company? As a manager, it’s not plausible to expect employees to be “on” all the time but you have to make sure tasks are completed since you are graded on the team’s performance. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Ethical Sourcing: If It’s Good For Coffee, It’s Good For Talent, Too

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I read in the newspaper yesterday morning that Starbucks has achieved an incredible milestone for the ethical sourcing of virtually all its coffee – 99 percent!

This means that more than 400 million pounds of coffee served globally meets really tough economic, environmental and social standards for growers from whom they buy their coffee.

According to Starbucks’ website, they take a “comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing, using responsible purchasing practices; farmer support; economic, social and environmental standards; industry collaboration and community development programs.” And it’s all verified by third parties like C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices, Fair Trade and Certification Global Services. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Lose a Job Candidate in 10 Easy Steps

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It’s no secret that finding a great candidate can be difficult.

A whopping 75 percent of companies are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. The problem is that we don’t view candidates as part of our organization until they start.

And that’s not the right mindset. Every candidate you spend time on is a mini investment. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Millennial Turnover Myth: Why Young Talent Really Decides to Leave

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My company is obsessed with Millennials, and for good reason.

The traditional old guard of global industry is rapidly changing – and the youngest ranges of the workforce are primarily responsible for the disruption.

With the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company down to 15 years, we are all actively investing resources to attract a new generation of talent that will keep our companies viable. Read more…

Talent Management

Millennials Show That a Lack of Desire Doesn’t Mean Disengagement

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It goes without saying that several people are currently working at jobs they don’t like, but that may not be as big of a deal-breaker as it once was.

By 2020, Millennials will make up close to half (46 percent) of the workforce according to the Young Entrepreneur Council, and they’ve already shown that they won’t let their careers define who they are.

Quite the contrary — they are more likely to stay in a job that’s not ideal, if it enables their personal pursuits. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Managers Need to Remember: By Your Pupils You’ll Be Taught

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“Can you believe it? Now because of realignment, he works for me.

We worked together for years and he was my boss. He was extremely mean and cruel during those years and would just nit-pick through all my assignments. I needed the job so I stayed and put up with it.

But you know I just could never ‘get even’ or stoop that low.”

Karma is described as the underlying principle that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. In other words, what goes around comes around. Read more…

HR Technology, Talent Management

Coding and Cupcakes? Here’s Why We Need More Women in Tech

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Last month at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, Google’s Eric Schmidt posed the question:

There’s something about the tech culture, the way we approach it, the incentives, that is driving women away…. Why are they not in tech?”

While it’s interesting to wonder why such a gender gap exists in the STEM world, the much more important question to answer is: “Why should more women be in technology?” Read more…

HR Technology, Talent Management

The Growing Issue of “Clopening”: Do You Have the Tools to Deal With It?

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In many industries, particularly retail, automated workforce management tools have been used for decades to assign workers to shifts/tasks, to log their hours, and to pay them correctly.

But the truth is that simply taking care of business might not be enough.

Employees are more than data points on a computer – they are people with lives and families outside of work, and they need to be managed with care. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Open Office Backlash: Did Anyone Ask Employees What They Thought?

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According to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of corporate offices now have so-called “open-plan” offices, or work environments with no walls or cubicles.

Google uses them, as does eBay, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, and American Express. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design his company’s new office expansion, which when completed will be the largest open-plan office in the world, housing 3,000 employees with no walls.

The freewheeling open office has become a hallmark of sorts for hip, forward-thinking companies, professing to create a more desirable, collaborative, and productive work environment. However, new research suggests that open-plan offices may be having the reverse effect. Read more…