Scattered about the Internet is a treasure trove of data, and more and more, it’s being used to manage people.
Big data might be unstructured and unwieldy to many, and there are reasons for that perception.
It’s collected from a variety of public and private sources — as well as internal and external means — so it takes focus and dedication to curate and manage it. But effectively analyzing this data can provide you with the tools for success.
Perhaps one of the better-known examples of this practice can be found in the Oakland Athletics baseball team. General Manager Billy Beane hired “quants” to analyze the performance of potential recruits. The data was so powerful that it turned the team into a winner, as described in the book and movie Moneyball, but this method certainly isn’t limited to the baseball field. Read more…
Long ago, I received an especially confusing piece of negative feedback:
Remember three or four months ago at that event? You did something wrong. I can’t remember what it was exactly, but I remember that it wasn’t good.”
I was baffled and didn’t gain much from the conversation.
What I did learn was that getting comfortable with giving effective negative feedback can be a challenge for managers, new and old alike. Read more…
First of two parts
If you are a corporate manager, you already know that you routinely spend a significant portion of your time trying to motivate your employees.
On average, I estimate that encouraging, cajoling, and the worst part, having to hang around just to ensure that your employees are continuously working takes up to 50 percent of the average manager’s time each week.
If you don’t believe my estimate, ask a few managers to keep a work log for a few weeks if you want an accurate time for your firm. You might go a step further and ask a few of your managers if they enjoy trying to motivate and if they are good at it, because you’re likely to find that they dread every minute of it. Read more…
Thank you for accepting my request. l am currently looking for a job and l was wondering if you could help me? l am in Dubai on a tourist visa. Please find below my CV.
Can you kindly review my CV and help me find a job?
My husband needs a new job. He is a hard worker; please help him find a job.
I am a mechanical engineer; can you get me job in your firm?
All in a week’s work. Read more…
I really don’t give a hoot if you’re extroverted or introverted, the fact of the matter is I’m sick of you focusing on yourself and how others can pander to your every whim.
You want to know what real HR Pros have to secretly deal with every single day? Idiots like you!
Yeah, I said it. I don’t care that you’re a Millennial, or that you’re a Baby Boomer, or that you’re gay, or straight, or both. I don’t care that you need to leave every other Tuesday for some religious reason, or that you sneak out every Friday to meet someone who is not your spouse. Read more…
A retention interview is not a performance appraisal; it is not about how the person is doing his or her job. It is not a job satisfaction or employee engagement survey.
A retention interview is about what the company is doing (or not doing) that frustrates their top performers.
If you’d like to create your own retention interview, here are a few pointers to keep in mind: Read more…
It’s been an ongoing question nobody has a good answer to: Why don’t more people feel good about the economy given the drop in the unemployment rate to nearly pre-recession levels?
Well, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder, it’s because many part-time workers who want permanent, full-time employment simply can’t find it.
According to the study, it’s pretty simple: 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full-time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job. Read more…
CFOs are becoming more involved in human resources issues, as companies more and more break down traditional silos in favor of ever greater collaboration among departments and divisions.
Better than 8 in 10 CFOs say their responsibilities have expanded in the last three years to touch areas as diverse as marketing and operations.
Human resources leads the list, with 21 percent of the 2,100 CFOs surveyed saying their job now includes at least some involvement with HR issues. Following closely, 19 percent of CFOs reported having some responsibility for IT. Read more…