Articles tagged 'Best practices'

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

The Challenges in Merging Different Company Cultures

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Mercer periodically puts out terrific infographics summarizing research around a particular topic. The most recent is “People Issues Affect M&A Transactions More Than Ever” (see it below or click through here).

Notice in particular the last two charts showing how neglected company culture is during M&A, with these two major takeaways.

1. Culture most neglected across the board

The red chart shows nearly all regions of the world agree culture is largely ignored during the M&A process. This is detrimental not only post-M&A, but during as well. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

When It Comes to Pay, Everything in Moderation – Including Moderation

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Compensation professionals do a lot of moderating.

We work to moderate expectations. We work to moderate misunderstandings with incentive pay. And increasingly, we seem to be working to moderate pay itself.

Someone once told me that when animals are in a big herd, only those at the edges have a decent view of what’s really going on. Those in the middle just have to trust that everyone around them is moving at the right pace and in the right direction. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Managerial Malpractice, or Why You Just Can’t Ignore Employees

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

We’re all leaders in the workplace.

Whether you manage a small, medium, or large staff, or are solely responsible for your own conduct during the work day, you are a leader. Others are watching, learning, and evaluating everything you do and say, whether they report to you or not.

Leadership boils down to the choices you make about treating others and leading by example through your behavior. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Leadership and Narcissism, or Things We Can Learn From Kanye West

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Few musicians are as successful, or as polarizing, as Kanye West.

For the uninitiated, West is a giant in the modern music industry. He is the fifth most nominated and eighth most award-winning artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, holding 51 nominations and 21 wins, as well as countless accolades from the American Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and others.

As successful as West has been, however, he is equally well known for his hubris, including choice quotes to the press (“…respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins”), inflammatory tweets (“…the second verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse…OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD.), and, of course, the infamous Taylor-Swift-microphone-stealing incident, the apology for which he later recanted. Read more…

Talent Management

Your Employees Need to Know You Really Can Handle the Truth

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Do you remember that classic Jack Nicholson scene in A Few Good Men when he bellows at Tom Cruise’s character, You can’t handle the truth!”

Your new hires need to believe that YOU can handle the truth, but only if…

… you want to learn specifically how to raise employee engagement in your organization so it is above the dismal levels most employers experience.

If you want to identify the real sources of employee turnover and the “New Hire Honeymoon Is Over Blues,” your employees need to get the following messages loud and clear: Read more…

Leadership

How Leaders Can Just Say No to Their Inner Control Freak

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Having a forceful personality provides certain advantages in a competitive workplace. It can help you work your way up the ladder more quickly than you otherwise might.

But fair warning: if your favorite management slogan is “my way or the highway,” expect a few delays in your drive to the top.

You can survive with this attitude, but nobody loves a control freak. Read more…

Culture

Creating a Successful Work Culture For ALL Generations

Generations at Work

During his many years of working with groups around the world, Stephen R. Covey (best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) had the incredible opportunity to personally observe how organizations best leverage the unique contributions of everyone in the workforce, regardless of their age, generation or style.

After studying a wide-range of diverse groups including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Grameen Bank, and global organizations like Marriott International, Covey found that an important step in building and sustaining long-term results required the thoughtful process of creating guiding principles.

These principles provide organizations and all employees with a baseline which provides clarity around performance and results. Read more…

HR Technology, Legal Issues

The Unintended Consequences When Workers Bring Their Devices to Work

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By Paul Starkman

At the top of the list of risks guaranteed to give HR a headache this year is employee use of personal technology for work.

It was only a few short years ago that employers began to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, allowing employees to use their personal phones, tablets and laptops for work.

Today, bring-your-own-device into the workplace is a given, with nearly two-thirds of technology-dependent Millennials using a personal device at work. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

Spreading the Peanut Butter: Across-the-Board Pay Hikes Are a Bad Idea

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“Spreading the peanut butter” is a term used by one of my international clients to describe a general increase, the granting of an across-the-board pay rise or one-size-fits-all lump sum payment.

The simple visual of spreading a thin layer to coat a surface caught my eye as well as my ear, as I often make peanut butter sandwiches for my granddaughters – and now I stop and think whenever I’m doing it.

The concept is simple, all too simple, and therein lays the danger. Read more…

Training & Development

The Manager Training Gap: Why Aren’t They Getting Help They Need?

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The American Society for Training & Development recently found that 26 percent of new managers felt unprepared to transition to a leadership role, with 58 percent saying they didn’t receive any training at all.

This statistic is endemic of a large misconception about managers — whether they are promoted internally or recruited for their experience, companies naturally assume that since they have done good work in the past, transitioning to management should be a quick study for them. Read more…