Benefits, HR Management

Avoiding the Holiday PTO Trap: You Need to Get Line Managers On Board

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If you work in HR, this is the time of year when you may be itching to discuss holiday PTO with line managers.

But there is likely a topic that you are hesitant to broach because it could put the line manager on the defensive: Whether employees who are owed PTO (paid time off) are actually going to be working from home when the books say they are officially “off.”

This is what I like to call the “Holiday PTO Trap.” Read more…

HR Insights

Building a Case For Both the Business AND the Value of HR

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Have you noticed? HR is making headlines!

We’re in Fast Company, Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. We’re in dozens of business books hitting the market, providing competency models, new analytical tools, and metrics that will help us to gain the credibility we would like to have.

We are all over LinkedIn, in groups, in discussion threads and in “The Pulse.” Prominent business thinkers like Ram Charan are opining on the profession, and suggesting how it can be “fixed.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

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Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

It’s the Holidays! Don’t Make Employees Be Naughty Instead of Nice

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When I was a kid, we had a name for those other kids who were always causing trouble — instigators.

Confusion, noise, and conflict swirled around these rabble-rousers who, when they weren’t actively making bad stuff happen, were darn sure taking advantage of its presence.

Unfortunately, some of these provocateurs grew up and were eventually promoted into management.

Crap. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Today’s Most Important Strategy: Building a Culture of Agility

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What company in the world has not been going through sudden shifts from major, disruptive change?

Consumer technology companies, health care companies, automakers, and smart phone manufacturers are among industries whose very foundation is more like shifting quicksand. To survive and grow, and even regain competitive advantage, many companies are grappling with ways to transform their businesses in the face of radical change.

They are responding in many predictable and time-tested ways: Changing CEOs and leadership teams, shifting strategies, rolling out new product lines, amping up innovation, cutting costs and restructuring. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Reason You Should NEVER Drink at an Office Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

An old Tibetan monk once said: “A drunken mouth speaks a sober mind.”

I don’t know if that was actually said by an old monk or just something someone’s grandfather said, but in terms drinking at an office function, it rings as true today as it did when whoever said it, said it.

The ironic part of the statement is that people will go to great lengths to say the opposite. “Oh, Tim, please understand I didn’t mean that you are completely incapable of everything – it was the whiskey talking – I don’t really believe that.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Three Engagement Trends to Plan Next Year’s Strategy By

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Since 2007, Modern Survey has been releasing the results of their annual State of Engagement survey each Fall, and since it’s pretty much the only large-scale engagement study released in Q4, it is extremely helpful in giving organizations an idea of workforce attitudes heading into the New Year.

This year’s report is no different, and identifies three (3) key trends that will be very helpful when planning your 2015 engagement strategy: Read more…

TLNT Events

How to Accelerate the Development of High Potential Employees

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It’s a question that many HR and talent management leaders find themselves asking: How can I accelerate the development of my high potential employees?

Most find that this is tough to answer — unless you have been through it before.

And, that’s where Kevin Wilde, the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, comes in.  Read more…

Global HR, Talent Management

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: A Problem That Just Isn’t Improving

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Focusing on diversity in the workplace is an essential step in building a great culture.

Advancing gender diversity is a key focus area that organizations should look to, armed with the knowledge that there is still significant progress to make before most workplaces achieve true gender equality.

Women are still significantly underrepresented at all levels in the workforce worldwide. Mercer’s 2013 Human Capital Report (prepared with the World Economic Forum) found that only 60 percent-70 percent of the eligible female population participates in the global workforce, while male participation is in the high 80’s. Read more…

Talent Management

6 Easy (But Smart) Ways to Keep Remote Workers in the Loop

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Remote workers are on the rise.

In fact, an estimated 3 million Americans consider home their primary place of work, according to a study by Global Workforce Analytics. We can thank cloud computing, uninterrupted (hopefully) Wi-Fi, and our smart and mobile devices for the ability to work in pajamas from the comfort of home.

It’s hard enough to keep employees in the office up-to-date on company affairs, so how do you manage to keep virtual employees within the company loop? Read more…