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HR Insights, Talent Management

David Letterman’s Retirement Signals the Great Boomer Workforce Exodus

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When asked by The New York Times to describe his impending retirement, David Letterman called it “a good solid punch to the head.”

After taping 6,000 episodes of “Late Night” over a 33-year career (three years more than his mentor, Johnny Carson), his analogy could not be more fitting – retirement is always a figurative punch to the head, both to the retiree and the organization losing them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

8 Signs That You’re Probably Stuck in a Talent Time Warp

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Just because the economy has rebounded from the Great Recession doesn’t mean that your talent mentality has also rebounded.

Here are eight (8) signs you and your organization may be stuck in a talent time warp: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Although It’s Better, U.S. Employers Are Still Struggling to Fill Vacancies

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ManpowerGroup’s 10th annual Talent Shortage Survey is out, and it reveals that 32 percent of U.S. employers report difficulties filling job vacancies due to talent shortages.

This marks a decrease of 8 percent, down from 40 percent in 2014. Globally, the percentage of employers experiencing difficulties continued to rise, increasing from 36 percent in 2014 to 38 percent this year. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

A Hard Lesson For Starbucks About Customers, Employees, Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

Raise your hand if you don’t own a smartphone.

According to Pew Internet Project research, 64 percent of American adults own smartphones. And that’s just the adults.

So, it should come as no surprise that, in the brief amount of time it takes someone to pull a phone of a pocket, bring it to life, pull up a camera app, and hit record — five seconds maybe — anything you (or your employees) do in public can be stored and shared. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: A Surefire Formula For Success With Your Employees

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While you probably do extensive record keeping to track how well your team meets customer service standards and goals, I doubt you track how well you are doing when it comes to taking care of your internal customers — your employees.

What are you doing to ensure they keep coming back day after day?

OK, so you may track employee turnover, but that’s “closing the barn door after the horse is out.” Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

First Impressions: Why Onboarding Employees Is Like Going on a First Date

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I arrived early excited about my first day and my first real job from college. I just could not believe how disorganized they were. It was like nothing you said. As a matter of fact, they were not expecting me until the following week. When I showed her the letter, she had to make phone calls to HR. It was a total mess. I knew then that I would not be here long.”

That short message was told to me by my daughter, who after finishing college, got her first “real” job. Because of my background in HR, I told her what the first day would probably be like since this was a well-known brand.

I had flashbacks of that encounter a few weeks back as I gave a presentation around that theme at the Global HR Summit in Doha, Qatara  last week. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

With STEM Diversity, Do We Flood the Pipeline or Fix the Holes?

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Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap has been pre-empted by spring conference travel season. It will return soon. 

It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging.” Denis Healey

A great cry has risen up across the nation from technology companies large and small and an assortment of education and civic leaders. “The tech talent pipeline is BROKEN!”

Under mounting pressure last year, major players in the industry of the future released their “diversity” stats. The numbers from Google, Facebook, Apple and others ranged from grim to embarrassing. The Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Diversity Scorecard” sums it up. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

15 More Good Reasons Why You Really Might Want Employee Turnover

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Second of two parts

Yesterday, I listed 10 reasons why turnover might actually be a good thing and why you might not necessarily want to keep long tenured employees.

As I pointed out, you need to step back and think about it: Should all employees be kept or just the ones who currently and in the future produce high value?

In particular, should the employees with the most tenure be automatically kept, even though they may be expensive, and in some cases, they may be one of the primary roadblocks to corporate change? Read more…

Talent Management

Overwhelmed: How Trying to Do More Leads People to Accomplish Less

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I can’t remember the last “business” book that made me ride a roller-coaster of emotion as I read, unable to put it down.

That’s precisely how Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time (written by award-winning Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte) made me feel.

From the anxious pit-in-my-stomach feeling reading the research on how we got to this stage of “overwhelm” in our lives, to fury over how our society actually condones and encourages such a state, to hope that we can change to make work-life balance real for all of us, Overwhelmed not only made me evaluate my own emotions towards work and life, but it also brought to the surface for me many of my own shortcomings, oversights and inter-dependencies. Read more…

Talent Management

Remote Work: Functioning Effectively When People Aren’t Next to You

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A lot of what we used to know about working with others changes when our co-workers sit 10,000 miles away, instead of 10 feet away.

Today we have to add “working with remote colleagues” to our basic skill set, whether that involves an outsourced contractor, a headquarters or field office in another country, those working in home offices, or a colleague temporarily transferred.

And here’s the kicker: Ensuring remote productivity isn’t just the responsibility of the team leader. Everyone owns responsibility for it. So what can you do to ensure you and your remote co-workers stay jointly productive? Read more…