Nothing excites organizations like another fad. The latest one happens to be a thing called “Big Data.”
Big Data refers to collecting so many performance numbers that understanding them becomes difficult.
Some people suggest Big Data be applied to HR, which brings me to my point. While Big Data might work for managing things and numbers, how can it apply to something few understand, let alone manage and measure — like human performance? Read more…
Job titles are frequently seen as cheap alternatives to real compensation.
Every HR executive knows that many a challenge can be prevented with the proper timely endowment of a fancier title. The reality, of course, is that awarding a new job title as a form of compensation in lieu of cash can create new and different problems:
- A promotional increase is demanded;
- The wrong messages are sent
- Discrimination claims result; Read more…
This, from Kelly Services, really hits the nail on the head:
“The last two decades have radically altered the way skills are acquired and developed. Skills are no longer “front-end loaded” onto a career. Rather, they are characterized by lifelong development and renewal. Most skill sets have a finite life.”
Skills are no longer “front-end loaded” onto a career.
But who recognizes this really? Employers who lament that they can’t find the skills they need in the workforce? Students who report being less than adequately prepared to enter the economy? Unemployed workers who can’t connect to a new employer?
Most skill sets have a finite life. Read more…
The era of Big Data, and the technology and tools that accompany it, have opened the doors to new ways of designing and managing how we reward employees.
No longer must we treat our workforce as one big homogeneous mass. Now we can gather and analyze the data necessary to understand every individual’s needs, values and preferences – and tailor our offerings accordingly.
Much in the same way that Big Data has paved the way for marketing departments to customize their pitches and offerings to consumers.
It’s all good, right? Read more…
Recalculating, make a right at the next light. Recalculating, make a left at the next intersection.
With GPS in a car, there is no need to get lost anymore. I now live in Saudi Arabia, and of all the items that I brought over, my Google Maps app is something I never leave the house without.
Try following direction and the entire street markings are in Arabic. So if I am looking for Exit 8 this is how the signs look: ٨مخرج
Sometimes, our careers can be like traveling in a foreign country. We get lost, we make the wrong turn, and sometimes end up in a destination that is far from our original target. Read more…
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.
Competence. These three syllables mean everything in business, art, and industry alike, embodying as they do an individual’s overall capability as a practitioner of their chosen field.
Like the older terms “able seaman” or “journeyman,” competence signifies an individual’s capacity to handle all aspects of a particular job, and even in our overhyped world remains something to be proud of. Read more…
Do you want better results from any or all of the following: your team, your co-workers, your board, or just other people in general?
Hopefully the answer is “Yes.” Otherwise, you can stop reading now.
Hopefully the answer is “Yes,” because if you’re committed to excellence — which I hope you are — you KNOW that no matter how good you already are, you can become even better. Read more…
Working virtually is a a mutually beneficial option for both employer and employee.
It can be cost-effective, save time and has been shown to raise productivity as well as retention rates. As a strategy, there are undeniable benefits for the company. Of 2,000 telecommuters surveyed by Cisco:
- 75 percent of respondents said their work was more timely when telecommuting;
- 83 percent said their ability to communicate with co-workers was the same or better than in the office; Read more…
What’s your company’s vision?
If that isn’t defined in so many words, what would you say is your CEO’s primary goal for your organization? Can you put it into your own words? More importantly, do you know how to contribute to achieving that vision every day?
Let me share with you a couple of examples of how company presidents feel about this issue. Read more…
Editor’s note: Longtime HR pros Laurie Ruettimann and Tim Sackett have strong feelings about the Society for Human Resource Management. With SHRM’s annual conference coming up, we thought TLNT readers would appreciate their insights into SHRM — and it’s future.
By Tim Sackett
For anyone who reads my blog, you know I have healthy love-hate relationship with SHRM.
I need to explain this relationship because so often people tell me to just forget about SHRM and move on with my life – sort of like you would with an ex-girlfriend. The problem is I don’t love SHRM like an ex-girlfriend; I love SHRM like someone loves golf or basketball.
It’s the kind of love that when you hit a great shot in golf you love the game, then the next shot you hit into the water, and you hate the game but you keep coming back each week to play again. Read more…