Articles tagged 'Best practices'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Skills Gap? What If Everyone Feels They Have Great Skills?

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We hear a lot about job skills — mainly, how so many American workers don’t spend enough time developing them — and how the lack of skills is what is holding many back from getting hired.

Employers have been claiming there is a skill gap problem, but what if the very people who are looking to get hired don’t believe there is a problem at all?

That’s what some new research seemed to show this week, when The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by online learning company Udemy, reported that although 61 percent of Americans believe that the current workforce has a skills gap, they but don’t see themselves as part of the problem. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

10 Action Steps That Will Allow HR to Effectively Manage Workforce Speed

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Second of two parts

Yesterday I wrote about The Need For Speed and Why It Is Critical For Business Success, and how executives are beginning to realize that the need for speed may not just be a luxury; it is probably already a critical success factor for business survival.

Today, I have a list that contains the 10 foundation steps that HR must complete if it wants to play a major role in effectively managing workforce speed.

1. Develop the business case for “workforce speed”

The first critical action step within HR is to build a compelling business case for developing programs to manage and increase speed. Read more…

HR Technology

The Neglected Child of HR Technology Evaluations: The User

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Choosing a new HCM solution requires that an HR team go through several stages, including review of products, demos, sales and negotiations and, ultimately, once a solution is chosen, the implementation process.

It’s critical, however, that HR professionals never lose sight of the needs, desires, and capabilities of the myriad end-users in their organization — the people who will be accessing the tech solution on a daily basis.

During all stages, it’s important to remember that training, adoption, and ongoing usage are vital to the success of any project. While we in HR may be driven by a desire to link data to employee performance to business goals, we also need to evaluate our technology solutions through the eyes of our employees and managers. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Hiring Secrets from Great Coaches and Other Workplace Myths

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

Every so often, someone publishes an article about lessons learned from great coaches offering advice about how to select people.

Sorry, this is useless nonsense.

Why do I say that? Great coaches don’t work with players who pass an interview. Their players are thoroughly pre-screened by skilled talent scouts who watched each and every one of them excel at the game. Only the best and most talented players ever got to meet the coach. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Need For Speed and Why It Is Critical for Business Success

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First of two parts

I work in the Silicon Valley, where we have a long-established mantra of “faster, cheaper and better.”

But now no matter where you work in the world, almost everyone can sense the fact that every aspect of global business now seems to move significantly faster than it did even 10 years ago. You could even label the 21st century as “the century when speed dominated.”

This increased speed means that new products and product features come to market at an amazing rate, copying is almost immediate, everything you rely on seems to become quickly obsolete, and long-established businesses routinely lose out to faster moving startups. Read more…

Talent Management

The Keys to Coping With Bully Behavior in the Workplace

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The phrase workplace bully holds many meanings and comes in many forms.

Just about every office has one – that person who makes life around the office challenging, toxic, or even downright frustrating. Sometimes it’s not even on purpose.

Workplace bullies are distracting. They derail performance and can impact the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission. Sure, sometimes their “bully nature” may be known to drive work to completion. They may even be very effective at their job.

But alienating people and making enemies is never a good long-term solution for success. Workplace bullies can cost your organization time, money, and productivity. Read more…

HR Insights

When Setting Goals Goes So Very Wrong

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Goals are all around us.

The finish line in a race is the most obvious example, but you might also see them in nutrition guidelines, a train schedule or as an actual goal on a soccer field.

In the business world, goals are the foundation of a high performance culture. They give employees direction and purpose, and, when done correctly, serve as a motivator.

Of course, goals need specific ingredients to be effective. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Apple Shows How to Really Treat Employees – Even When They Depart

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Long before the iPhone 6 was launched, I was hooked on Apple.

My first desktop computer was a MacIntosh SE II with a whopping 1 mb of ram, and I’ve been an Apple fanatic ever since. But as much as I crow about their products, I rave even more about the counter-intuitive culture that is continually on display at Apple’s 434 retail stores now open in 16 countries.

On a recent Tuesday morning, I was at one of the Apple stores in a nearby mall awaiting my scheduled appointment with a “Genius,” the official job title for Apple’s trained and certified service technicians. Read more…

HR Management, Rewards & Recognition

Straight From the Employee’s Mouth: 3 Keys to Being an Engaging Manager

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Managers are the No. 1 influence on employee engagement in the workplace, while being one of the most under-trained positions in the business world.

As a result, there is a wealth of white papers, scientific studies, and entire organizations devoted to figuring out what makes managers effective at motivating and leading others. But there’s one study by Quantum Workplace, The 50 Best and Worst Recognition Comments of 2013, that goes to the horse’s mouth to find out what employees are really saying. Read more…

Talent Management

CEOs Focus on Talent Shortages, But the Key is Engagement & Retention

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In the last couple of years, leaders have been compelled to look to a new asset group — their workforce — to provide the company with the same productivity and financial gains they’ve experienced from leveraging hard assets and operational systems.

It seems obvious that people are at the heart of every aspect of running a business, and are therefore in the best position to positively impact outcomes, but that perspective has only recently begun to make its way into leadership training or business publications.

CEOs tell me managing talent is at the top of their agenda and research bears this out. According to PwC’s annual global CEO Survey, 83 percent of the CEOs surveyed from 69 countries plan to change their firm’s talent management strategy and for 31 percent those changes will be major. Read more…