Articles tagged 'Best practices'

Culture, Leadership

How a Workplace Culture of Trust Can Make Your Organization Thrive

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Can we reverse the trust decline?

Distrust is the new normal. There has been a dramatic decline over at least the past 15 years in almost every sector of our society —distrust of the police, government, financial institutions, ethnic groups, and even each other.

“Distrust” is the headline every night on the news.  Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Finding the Kind of Leadership That We Should All Aspire To


“You know, your butt looks so bad in the outfit you’re wearing, that I was surprised when I touched it, it felt good.”

Imagine hearing that on a date, or in the office, or on a date at your office party, or even your boss hitting on you at the office or at a party. Pretty horrible don’t you think, especially if you were the one experiencing it.

This was actually a real dating story referenced in one of my favorite podcasts called StartUp from Gimlet Media. It’s actually from their season two opener about a new dating/matchmaking startup called Dating Ring. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Five Dos and Don’ts of Managing High Potential Employees


As the War for Talent rages, ensuring the success of high potential (HiPo) employee programs is more important than ever.

Many companies still struggle to successfully identify, assess, develop and shepherd the careers of their top talent to fill leadership gaps, and drive growth and innovation throughout the organization.

While every organization is different, here are three of the most common pitfalls in managing a HiPo program and advice on how to avoid them.

But, DON’T confuse high performance with high potential. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The Important Design Components of a “Buddy” Hiring Program

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As I told you here yesterday (see Few Recruiting Tools Work Better Than a “‘Buddy Hire” Program), the buddy hire approach is where you offer to hire your target star candidate and a close colleague or friend of theirs as a package deal.

This is an amazingly effective recruiting strategy simply because most of us do have a close colleague or friend who we’ve always wanted to work with.

But, buddy hire programs work best if they are designed to avoid the naturally occurring problems associated with hiring any friend. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Corporate Power: It Has Shifted to Your Customers AND Employees

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We challenge you to find a consumer mobile offer available in the UAE that is better than the offers you can get with Etisalat,” read the company’s website. “We promise to match or beat any offer, guaranteeing you that with Etisalat, you will always get the best prices.”

The “big brother” here in the Middle East recently has been the marketing campaign by our local telecom Etisilat [In the U.S., think ATT or Verizon]. Their marketing campaign was called the #Etisilat Challenge, and it challenged consumers to find a better deal than their offerings.

However, what happened next was not what they expected. Read more…


4 Milestones in the Evolution of the Corporate Wellness Program


We are witnessing the rapid evolution of the corporate wellness program.

Today, the use of technology platforms with a wellness program can serve as an effective tool to help build a workplace culture of health. Employers are increasingly looking at employee health from a whole-person view — recognizing its social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions.

And industry players have grown from a vendor relationship to serving as trusted partners to their clients — providing the people, tools and processes to make ongoing healthy actions possible. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

5 Ways You Can Proactively Work to Improve Your Employee Retention

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.8 million people quit their jobs in March 2015, putting it back to pre-recession levels.

This is expected to accelerate as employees grow more confident in the economy amid a rising number of job openings.

That’s why employee retention should really worry companies, from a talent drain perspective and from a competitive standpoint. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The One Critical Skill That Most Managers Never Seem to Learn

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

Let it go.

Since the beginning of time, those three words have never been repeated more frequently by more people or in more places than they have since the release of Frozen. Whatever else Elsa was singing about, however, she may as well have been delivering her primary message – let it go – to the modern manager.

Why is it that managers struggle to let things go? Read more…

Legal Issues, Talent Management

Are Sleepless and Fatigued Professionals Going to Cost You?

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By Howard Mavity

Big law firms, accounting houses, and especially hospitals, have long prided themselves on requiring young professionals to work extraordinary hours, and perversely, young professionals wear their sleep deprivation as a badge of honor.

Their seniors reason that they put in such absurd hours, so why should the youngsters be any different. Why indeed?

Perhaps because fatigued professionals may make mistakes? Or because they burn out early and the employer’s investment in them is lost? Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Should Employers Keep Time Records For Exempt Employees?


By John E. Thompson

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption?

At the risk of giving the proverbial “lawyer’s answer,” it depends. Read more…