Articles tagged 'Best practices'

Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

The best way to eliminate office politics is to stop them at the source. (Photo by istockphoto.com).

Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

10 Tips For Keeping Your Best Employees Happy

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Your best employees are the people who drive your organization forward – they are more creative, more productive, and bring more value to your organization.

So, keeping them happy must be a priority, because these are the employees that are typically not replaceable.

Here are 10 tips on how you can do that: Read more…

Talent Management

Open Office Dilemma: Better Collaboration Without Killing Concentration

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More and more companies are embracing open office layouts with the goal to improve communication, increase collaboration and cut back on overhead by packing more workers into less space.

In fact, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association.

That’s all well and good. Communication, collaboration, and cost savings are worthy pursuits. Scratching out a competitive edge in today’s economy is harder than ever. Teamwork is essential. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Ignoring Employees: It Wreaks Havoc on Your Team and Your Bottom Line

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Leaders are busy people who need to set and manage priorities, often dismissing or delegating tasks that don’t provide a strong return on their investment of time.

Nonetheless, there’s one area of responsibility that leaders should never ignore — their employees.

Gallup has repeatedly found that leaders who compliment their teams enjoy extremely low (1 percent) employee disengagement levels. As you’d expect, when leaders criticize employees, disengagement levels rise to 22 percent. However, disengagement almost doubles to a shocking 40 percent when leaders ignore their direct reports. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

Peer Relationships Are Critical to Real Workplace Recognition

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Work-life balance is a myth.

I could say that in today’s hyper-connected world, work comes home with us far more easily than it did 20 or even 10 years ago. And that would be true.

But it’s no less true that our “life” also comes to work with us. Worries about our sick children, concern over a fight with a spouse the night before, fear over making ends meet on a tight budget – all can color how we approach our work and how we treat our colleagues. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

A Candidate Bill of Rights? Good HR Pros Can Handle Applicants Right

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Back in November 2010, Monster.com asked me to write a post on a hot topic at that time — a “Candidate Bill of Rights.”

Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of a Candidate Bill of Rights.

I’m a capitalist and believe in a free-market system of HR and recruiting, and back in 2010 (remember those days?) we had candidates coming out of our ears.

Here in 2015, most of us are begging for talent. Welcome to the show kids! Read more…

Talent Management

The Retention Challenge: 5 Ideas For Keeping Employees Happy

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Before the calendar turned, I had blogged about why 2015 will be the “Year of the Employee.”

HR professionals will be looking for high levels of employee retention and productivity in 2015,and in some way, shape, or form, this has always been their job.

But this year, there’s been a lot of buzz about approaching this goal with a new-found focus. When it comes to retention, is there more that can be done? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Are You Just Treading Water When You Really Need to Swim?

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Have you ever found yourself relaxed in a comfy chair, either warm by the fire or enjoying a good read with a favorite beverage close by?

Perhaps you’re just letting the day wash over you as you watch TV, or even dosing off a bit? Maybe there’s a sleeping cat on your lap, curled up against any intrusion.

Now, that’s a great picture of someone who’s not living in the moment, but is content with what life has to offer. Ahhhhh.

Careful now — don’t you go and bother with that image; life is fine and dandy just the way it is, and they want to keep it that way. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Why Don’t More Boards of Directors Pay Attention to a Company’s Culture?

From the HR blog at TLNT

Twenty-first Century corporate governance is a busy job.

Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a company’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.”

Other than in desperate situations such as “turnarounds,” culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake.

During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never posed questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least. Jacobs Suchard Directors expected me to run their North American operation as an entrepreneurial enterprise, and as long as the returns were favorable, they assumed I was doing just that. Read more…

Talent Management

Don’t Make Snap Judgments When Monitoring Employee Social Media Use

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Long gone are the days of trying to sneak social media breaks into your work day.

As Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms become an essential part of business, employees are able to increase their time spent social networking without the worry of the activity being viewed as unproductive.

However, not all employers may be up-to-date on how this activity can actually be considered productive. And with advanced technologies that monitor employees becoming popular, employers need to take a step back before making snap judgments on social networking. Read more…