Articles tagged 'Best practices'

Culture, Leadership

How Can Bad Leadership Produce Good Results?

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A few months ago, I stopped freelancing and dove head first into a regular, full-time position with benefits. I was happy about the offer and looked forward to being part of a team, gaining additional HR experience, and earning a more steady income.

Now, as I leave the worst job I’ve ever had, reporting to (in my humble opinion) the most odious human being I’ve ever laid eyes on, I’m powerfully reminded once again about the importance of good and ethical leadership.

My friend (let’s call her Shirley) and I have been debating this issue for a while now. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

How to Handle a Miscommunicating Manager – Even If It’s You

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Communication. It’s the key to any successful relationship, whether personal or professional.

Our communication style – how we communicate – has an impact on our success.

The ability to clearly communicate expectations and flex your communication style so that you are understood by others is a skill, and one which many don’t (or choose not to) possess. Read more…

Culture

Why Transparency Matters — Both For You and Your Company

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Even the oldest trees aren’t ashamed to stand naked.” — Marty Rubin, American author

How transparent is your organization? Does every person in every department have a working knowledge of the organization’s goals, mission and vision, and core values?

Perhaps your organization even practices a more radical transparency, where any employee can check the monthly numbers, read board meeting minutes, and review proposed policy changes. Some companies also provide access to their capital structure and strategy, stress collaborative decision-making — and even make everyone’s salary a matter of public record. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Ebola Scare: 10 Workplace Issues HR Should Be Ready For

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You might initially think that Ebola is only a medical issue, but corporate leaders, HR, and recruiting professionals should realize that any Ebola-related panic and anxiety will also negatively impact an organization’s employees and candidates.

Take a moment to visualize this possible scenario where during the upcoming flu season employees will irrationally stress, panic, and avoid other employees and customers who appear to be even slightly symptomatic. Envision an HR function that will be bombarded with questions and concerns about sick leave, medical benefits, and a variety of Ebola related issues. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

Rewarding Employees is Good, But Being “Fair” is Better Still

Got-Fairness

Any parents out there? What’s the most common refrain you hear from your kids?

In my house, it’s “That’s not fair!” It can apply to anything – who got the extra chicken finger, who got to pick the movie, who got the comfy chair for movie night, who had to go to bed earlier.

It turns out, my kids’ brains are hardwired for this kind of behavior. Actually, we all are. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Why Great Teams Matter, or How Workplace Culture Carries the Day

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The San Francisco Giants are going to baseball’s World Series for the third time in five years. And a big reason why is the team’s workplace culture — a culture that organizations beyond baseball can learn from.

The Giants are a “teamy” team, one with heaps of solidarity, ego-sacrifice and brotherly love. That workplace climate, sometimes called “chemistry,” has helped make the Giants a talent magnet, prepared them to overcome major adversity, and propelled them to their sport’s biggest stage again.

“We’ve just got a bunch of guys who have come together,” Giants third base coach Tim Flannery said after the team won their National League pennant series over the St. Louis Cardinals. “And there’s something magic that happens in this clubhouse.” Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

3 Ways You’re Killing Employee Motivation — and How to Stop

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Employers are always looking for ways to boost employee engagement and get the best out of their people.

But even as they do, many are inadvertently causing their workers to disengage. Could you be one of them?

Are you guilty of any of these common motivation killers? Read more…

Culture

Transforming Culture Is Simple: All It Takes Is Changing People

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In a survey of top leaders by Booz and Company last year, 84 percent said culture was critical to success, and yet the majority admitted their culture was in need of a major overhaul.

So, how do you transform a culture to meet your company’s needs today? How can you get employees or teams to behave the way you need them to execute your strategies and enhance your performance as well as your employee engagement and the customer experience?

How do you get the innovation and agility you need in fast-changing markets? How do you get the cross-organizational collaboration that makes one plus one equal three? Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Can You Afford to Put Up With Mediocre Employees?

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Why do so many managers continue to accept mediocre, second-rate results?

Hundreds of research studies have quantified the difference between having an “A” player versus a “C” player in a job, any job.

Every one of them concludes the difference in productivity and the impact on the bottom line is anywhere from 20 percent to over 1000 percent greater return when you compare the best, most productive employees to those who are average. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…