Classic TLNT

The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

Performance reviews

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Keeping Workplace Teams Fresh, Relevant — and Productive

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At the heart of successful organizations are people who work well together.

But, what are the circumstances that lead people to want to team up again and again?

Research by Stanford University sociologist Daniel McFarland suggests the reasons people continue to collaborate with others in their professional networks are quite different from the motives that led them to begin those relationships in the first place. Read more…

Culture, Global HR, Webinars

TLNT Webinar – Think Globally, Onboard Locally: Tips for Designing a Global New Hire Experience Program

Don’t miss out on next weeks TLNT webinar!  With the growth market conundrum hypothesizing that we are the cusp of a fundamental shift of economic power from the developed world to emerging markets, and with executives unable to manage global talent now is a better time than ever to start paying attention.

With only 30 percent of executives surveyed able to manage talent globally and an even lower 28 percent actively investing in expanding global management, everyone has a little bit of room to learn some tips and tricks. Please join host Nicole Dessain in this Docusign webinar as she shares the following:

  • Understand impact of macroeconomic developments on global talent strategy;
  • Learn about key elements of a “core” onboarding experience that allows for local customization;
  • Receive tips and resources to get you started with designing a global onboarding program.

Missing out on an chance like this to broaden your global management skills at such a critical time as this will not be good for future business practice and/or sustainability. Don’t miss out and register today!

Date/Time: July 30, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wcbg6s4ws65k&eom

Sponsor:  Docusign

Benefits, HR Basics

HR 101: How to Develop a Successful Sick Leave Policy

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One of the many policies human resource departments develop and implement involve employee sick leave.

Paid sick days are usually offered by an organization as part of their benefits package.

  • In some companies, employees are given an allotment of days to use throughout the year.
  • There are other businesses where paid sick days are accrued over the course of the year and can vary based on years of service. Read more…
HR Management, Leadership

Servant Leadership: Here’s Why We Need It Today More Than Ever

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The question caught me off guard.

I’d been offered a promotion, and my manager and I were now talking money. In response to my salary request, he’d asked, “Do you think what you’ll be doing is all that different from what you’re doing now?

For a split second, I wondered if this was a trick question. If I gave the wrong answer, would I end up making less money?

But my boss seemed genuinely curious, so I paused to give his query some serious thought. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Shows Hiring Manager’s Dilemma: It’s a Job Seekers Market

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It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

Better than 8 in 10 of the MRINetwork recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25-point jump from the 2012 study.

That means the professional, executive, and managerial candidates, who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices, can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept.

In the MRI survey last fall, recruiters said 42 percent of their candidates who got an offer turned it down. In the current survey, recruiters reported that in almost a third (31 percent) of the turndowns, the reason is another offer. Read more…

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…