Articles tagged 'Change management'

Talent Management

Why Do We Believe That Employees Are an Expendable Resource?

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Employees are our greatest asset” has become such a hollow phrase, any marketing department still including this language in its company’s promotional materials should be ashamed.

As someone once said to me, “However, unfortunate, the bigger reality [is] … employees are an expendable resource.”

Now, I had to think about this statement for a while, because — could this really be true? Can people be expendable? Or is that just a convenient lie we tell ourselves to justify treating them as though they were? Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Studies Show the Shaky Educational Foundation of Our Gen Y Workforce

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It’s the definition of a counter-intuitive statement: The Millennial generation has attained the highest levels of education of any previous American generation, yet on average demonstrates weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to their international peers.

This is a tough realization to stomach for a number of reasons.

Not only is it disheartening to hear, and confusing considering the exorbitant and rising costs of education in the U.S., but Millennials are estimated to make up 50 percent of the employee population by 2020 and will shape the economic, political and social landscape for years to come (so their skills are important, to say the least). Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Want a Game-Changing Position? You Should Try “HR Advisor” on for Size

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Do you work in HR?

Do you want to be promoted and make more money? Do you like being in charge? Are you ready to help your company make some important decisions?

Well, sorry, your options are limited. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Is There Ever a Cure When Workplace Cultures Get Sick?

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Measles, a disease once thought to be completely eradicated, is making a comeback.

The flu vaccine was only 18 percent effective this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as long-identified strains continue to mutate.

Hospitals breed superbugs and must continuously adapt to stop the spread of potentially fatal infections.

Just as healthy people can be felled overnight by a new disease or drug-resistant bacteria, companies can sicken and even collapse if their culture is allowed to get seriously unhealthy. Read more…

HR Insights

The 3 Things People Should Say When Resigning

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I have people ask me to help them write a resignation letter, which is a little funny because it really doesn’t matter what you write, because only two things are going to happen:

  1. They’ll freak out that you are leaving and try and talk you out it.
  2. They’ll goOh, that’s too bad, we will hate to see you go.”

For your ego’s sake, you want No. 1, not No. 2. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Corporate Culture and Workplace Happiness at South by Southwest

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Engaged employees are the harbingers of workforce retention and happiness in the workplace, however numerous companies struggle with creating practices and protocols that result in enthusiastic personnel.

From haphazard questionnaires to ambiguous measurements, countless companies are striving to produce solutions that will boost morale and prevent great team members from leaving, but these companies are falling desperately short of their aspirations.

This begs the questions: Can happiness truly be measured? Can employee engagement be quantifiably tracked? Has the traditional employee engagement industry become obsolete? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

How to Cope When You Find You’re Butting Heads With the Boss

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Sometimes even when people agree, and like, and respect each other, they can still find it frustrating to communicate.

Both can be really smart, capable people, but they just don’t get each other — they drive each other crazy.

The issue is that we all have our own preferred style of thinking and communicating.

When we are lucky enough to get a match with our boss, life is easy. When we end up as opposites, the interactions can be highly stressful and annoying, leaving both parties scratching their heads about why this is so difficult. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Think We Have Skills Shortages Now? Just Wait Until We Get to 2020

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

Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.

And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.

I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Deloitte’s New Human Capital Survey Should Be a Wake-Up Call for HR

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Deloitte recently released its 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report, their annual comprehensive study of HR, leadership, and talent challenges compiled using data from surveys and interviews taken by 3,300 plus HR and business leaders in 106 countries around the world.

The report identifies 10 major trends that emerged from the most current research, and cites the capability gap (measuring the distance between the importance of an issue and organizations’ readiness to address it) associated with each, as well as practical ideas for how to help organizations combat theses challenges. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Dear HR Leader: It’s Time to Pass the Baton to a New Generation

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It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.

There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.

I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…