Articles tagged 'Best practices'

Culture, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenges in Building a “People First” Culture

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The February HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss whether it truly was possible for a company to have a “People First” culture.

There are tons of mission statements and vision statements that say that people come first in an organization, but it is rarely practiced.

The traditional three questions to get the small groups started included:

  1. What components define/drive a company’s culture? Read more…
Talent Management

Feedback Is Really Critical (But, Don’t Say Anything Negative!)

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In an article sure to inspire a good bit of negative “kids today!” comments, The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on a “kinder, softer” approach to performance management and the performance review process.

Here’s an excerpt:

Accentuate the positive has become a new mantra at workplaces like VMware Inc., Wayfair Inc., and the Boston Consulting Group Inc., where bosses now dole out frequent praise, urge employees to celebrate small victories, and focus performance reviews around a particular worker’s strengths — instead of dwelling on why he flubbed a client presentation… Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Trouble With Open Offices: Too Much Noise, Too Many Distractions

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Many workplaces today feature more open spaces and smaller, and often shared, workstations. These open floor plans have become “the new normal” in many organizations.

Some people speak of them positively, citing the ability to collaborate with co-workers and the creative feeling they can inspire. However, I hear just as many complaints about the walk-in visitors, interruptions, and noise level negatively affecting workplace satisfaction, productivity, and speech privacy.

According to research from UC Irvine, office workers are interrupted once every 11 minutes, and it can take up to 23 minutes to get back to what you were doing before you were interrupted. Read more…

HR Technology

What Mid-Sized Firms Need to Consider When Shopping for HR Technology

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A recent study of more than 200 companies by our friends at the Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit revealed that in the next 12 months, 57 percent of organizations plan to invest in an HR technology solution.

Companies with less than 1000 employees stated a higher need to invest in HR technology than larger counterparts (59 percent vs. 53 percent, respectively). This is not surprising because cloud technology makes it easier for smaller companies to access capabilities that a decade or two ago were only afforded to deep pocketed enterprises.

The benefits of cloud technology are overwhelming. Lower upfront costs and no future upgrade costs, shorter implementations leading to faster time to value, and less need for internal IT resources. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The New Hiring Mantra: Finding Candidates With Great Cultural “Fit”

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

On average, people spend nine (9) hours of their day at work.

Projecting this over an entire lifetime, we face a very big, somewhat scary number. When you consider this number, it should become incredibly and inherently clear just how crucial finding a company that really fits can be.

Being happy and satisfied with your job makes you more productive and allows you to maximize your potential. While we can all agree on the importance of cultural fit in achieving happiness and satisfaction, it’s a little surprising to hear the truth about how fit companies really are. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Rejection Letter Dos and Don’ts: How to Treat People With a Little Decency

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A number of years ago I got rejected for a job.

I know, I know, you are probably as surprised as I was. The funny part is, I got the hard copy, snail mail rejection letter 18 months after I had apparently applied. I went back into my email to try to figure out what really happened.

You see, as a Recruiting Pro, I wouldn’t actually apply through an ATS, especially for an executive position, which this was. My email confirmed that fact; I had sent the Chief HR Officer of a large organization my resume directly. This rejection letter was from that contact. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Shouldn’t Ignore Criminal Records When Checking Candidates

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The scenario may seem familiar, whether through a real life experience or something you saw on TV.

You interview a candidate and it appears as if they would be perfect for a position with your company. But then, it’s revealed through their admission or a criminal background check that they had a past run-in with the law.

In every other way, the interviewee absolutely shines and would be a credit to your organization. You might be tempted to brush the information aside and hire him or her anyway. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Are You Doing to Keep the Best of the Best?

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The movie Whiplash — the story of a young talented drummer and his demanding and ruthless teacher — is garnering a lot of attention (it’s been nominated for five Oscars) and it’s also kickstarting a lot of discussion.

What is the role of a teacher or coach? To what lengths should we go to elicit the best from someone? How do we motivate and not break people on the way to helping them reach their pinnacle?

These questions are relevant on school campuses, playing fields and the workplace. While I believe that everyone needs to get voted on the team and bring their A-game every day, I don’t believe the antiquated type of coaching works.

The world needs more talent than we have. Yes, we have a talent crisis. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Find the Best Passive (or Not Looking) Job Candidates

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Last week, I discussed why using the term “passive candidate” or “passive job seeker” was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name —  “not-looking top prospects.”

In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable “not-looking top prospects.” Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Mastering the Soft Skills: 5 Unspoken Rules Every Manager Should Know

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There are unspoken rules that exist in the workplace that colleges don’t teach and HR rarely trains on, and those rules are a powerful influence of who advances and who does not.

These are the “soft skills” that organizational leaders wish more of their managers and people understood.

Here’s a crash course in just five of those unspoken rules. Read more…