Talent Management

The Ultimate Act of Employee Loyalty: Risking Your Job to Save Your CEO

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I’m based outside of Boston, and the big news in these parts last week was the work stoppage by employees at Market Basket, a New England-wide, family owned, grocery store chain with more than 70 stores, 25,000 employees, and annual revenues around $4 billion.

So, what’s so unusual about a work stoppage among dissatisfied employees? In this case, several things:

  1. The protesting employees are fighting for their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas (called ATD by employees), who was fired last month in, basically, a family brawl. Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing

Your Recruiting Mantra? It’s Simple as ABC – Always Be Canvassing

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The Seattle Seahawks throttled the Denver Broncos (my home team) in the Super Bowl earlier this year.

Yet, these two teams were, arguably, the most aggressive in signing free agents to upgrade their teams during the off-season and both are odds-on favorites to repeat as the teams in next year’s big game.

That’s because when it comes to acquiring top talent, champions are never satisfied with the status quo. The best organizations are always seeking to get better by upgrading each and every position whenever they can. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

The Problem When You Have a Pay-For-Pulse Compensation Strategy

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Picture the scene:

Your company doesn’t have enough money in the annual merit spend budget to grant more than an average  2 percent increase to employees, so the powers that be decide “let’s give everyone a flat 2 percent increase and call it a day.

Has this happened to you? The practice is what some would call a “pay-for-pulse” strategy, where if you haven’t been fired on the date of the scheduled increase, then you’re going to get a raise.

Every warm body who occupies a chair at that time will receive an increase — just because. Read more…

Training & Development

With Training, Sometimes You Learn More Through Learning Less

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The learning landscape has changed substantially; the line has different skill needs, and employees want to learn in new, innovative ways.

As line leaders pursue new growth opportunities — or seek to improve their execution of existing plans — they need employees with new and more complex skills. Clearly, line leaders’ expectations of development interventions are changing.

  • Sales leaders, for example, want to build a sales staff that can not only sell products but also challenge customers’ assumptions. Read more…
Culture, HR Insights

Why Today’s Businesses Must Become “Enlightened Organizations”

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Call it a combination of ohhhhm and aha!

Those simple, powerful sounds sum up what my colleagues and I think is crucial for organizations when it comes to talent these days.

That is, companies need to be “Enlightened Organizations” in order to be great workplaces and to be successful.

We mean “Enlightened” in both the Eastern and Western senses of the term. Eastern in the sense of principles of wisdom, kindness and harmony. Western in the sense of the Age of Enlightenment, and its concepts of scientific inquiry, progress and analysis. Read more…

HR Insights

What’s Your Word for “Happiness at Work?”

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If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?

Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.

German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungenwhich means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Appeals Courts Split on Legality of Subsidies Under Health Care Act

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Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans.

In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states.

That 2-1 ruling in Halbig v. Burwell could put at risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government. Judge Thomas Griffith, writing the majority opinion, said they concluded “that the ACA unambiguously restricts” the subsidies to “exchanges ‘established by the state.’ ” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What? 6 Minute Bathroom Breaks? It Sounds All Wrong, But May Be Right

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I believe in natural selection. When the Internet went crazy last week because some little known company was only allowing their employees six (6) minutes to use the bathroom each day, I didn’t have a strong reaction.

I didn’t care because I know, from experience, that companies only do this because they are forced into the position for some reason or another, or, because they have horrible leadership.

Or sometimes, both. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

The Urgent Need For Leadership Development

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Back in March, I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey. After going through the report again, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014.

I previously discussed the need to re-skill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent. I did not, however, discuss the top trend perceived as most urgent by responders — the need to build global leadership.

Fully 38 percent of respondents rated this as “urgent,” 50 percent more than the next trend identified as “urgent.” Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues, Webinars

TLNT Webinar – EEO Compliance: How to Avoid Discrimination in the Workplace

Most employers are well aware that they must prevent discrimination in the workplace, yet, within the past 5 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received the highest number of charges of discrimination and retaliation in its 50+ year history.

From an employer’s perspective, settlement costs to resolve an EEOC claim fade in the face of additional, often unrecorded, costs to the employer’s organization, such as the potential loss of employee morale or the employer’s reputation. This webinar will show you how to avoid these costs by teaching you:

  • What qualifies as discrimination under the EEOC
  • Which laws are enforced by the EEOC
  • How to stay in compliance with those laws
  • What an employer’s obligations are, including EEOC posting requirements
  • And more

Attend this webinar to learn the strategies needed to prevent EEOC claims and protect your organization from lawsuits and fines

Date/Time of Webinar: August 19 2014 at 2:00 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wozdirtjzmme&eom

Sponsor: PosterTracker