I never cease to be amazed at how hard it is for talent managers to get their hands around the issue of employee engagement.
And, a new study from Deloitte titled Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work tells you exactly why.
According to the just released survey of more than 3,300 HR and business leaders in 106 countries, lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing a whopping 87 percent of HR and business leaders, and that’s up from 79 percent last year. In addition: Read more…
Entry-level training programs for Millennials up to this point have neared perfection.
However, HR professionals now have another development conundrum: How do we train Generation Y for leadership?
In order to establish a leadership profile for the up-and-coming professionals, it is essential to understand the generation first. More importantly, you have to understand how they view leadership and what their role as leaders might look like. Read more…
When you have an open position to fill, do you look to your current employees and promote from within, or do you hire a candidate from outside of the company?
Considering the facts that external hires are paid 18 to 20 percent more than an internal employee for the same position, and receive lower performance evaluations for their first two years on the job than their internal counterparts, it may be a good idea to consider current employees before advertising job opportunities externally.
Before you decide to bring in new blood, here are four (4) reasons why you should first consider existing employees when new positions become available: Read more…
By Jeff Wolf
Everybody in business, at one time or another, and probably more than once, has witnessed the results of poor leadership: listless and confused employees leading to stagnating sales, excess costs, and crumbling profits.
It happens at every level of the organization, from frontline supervisors right through the top echelons.
Teamwork is key, but it doesn’t happen automatically.
To create a fully functional team, the leader needs to exhibit six (6) leadership traits: Read more…
Is there a difference between a mission statement and a manifesto?
Yes and no. Their intentions may be the same but that’s where the similarity ends.
In practice, the outcomes of mission statements and manifestos are miles apart. Though manifestos and missions are crafted to bring people together behind a cause, manifesto’s have a much better track record of igniting action.
The best are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. Such was the case for the 10 Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. Read more…
In Three Critical Conversations That Boost Employee Engagement, we described three types of conversations that provide managers with valuable information about how to bring out the best in each employee.
But, there are more conversations you need to have:
- The Expectations Conversation;
- The Aspirations Conversation; and,
- The Preferences Conversation. Read more…
Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.
Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not. He died Friday in California at age 83.
Trekkies will know this, but in the Star Trek universe, Spock was from the planet Vulcan, a place where a strict adherence to logic had helped Vulcans rise above personal emotions that had once threated to wipe out their civilization. It also made Vulcans the perfect aliens to have “first contact” with the human race (depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) in 2063.
OK, I know, I know – what does all this have to do with talent management and HR, anyway? Read more…
What is an org chart for?
This was a lesson I learned in my corporate career, and have carried through to my entrepreneurial career.
When you think of an organizational chart, people usually think about it as a way to visually organize people. To me this misses the value of the org chart entirely.
What an org chart should convey are groupings of actions, work and desired outcomes. The fact that there are people in the boxes is secondary. Read more…
How many times have you witnessed conflict between employees create uncomfortable tension at work?
No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fire continues to burn, greatly affecting the atmosphere, which in turn affects everyone’s productivity.
The truth of the matter is that on-the-job conflict is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to find a resolution in a quick and professional manner. Read more…
Last week, compensation solutions expert PayScale released its annual 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report.
PayScale titled its report Attack of the Out-of-Date Comp Plan (cute, huh?), because they believe:
- Compensation data gathered in real time (versus “aged” data) is needed to make the best compensation decisions; and,
- No company can afford to not understand that, lest said company find itself a victim of its own out-of-date business practices. (At least that’s what I think they believe.) Read more…