Articles tagged 'Change management'

Benefits, Global HR

How Employee Benefits Are Changing Around the World

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In the last 12 months I’ve been to 73 cities in 19 countries, working with our global clients about the advantages of using online benefit management and employee engagement software.

Along the way, I’ve picked up some interesting facts, figures and anecdotes regarding employee benefits management strategies. These are high-level observations and therefore should be taken with a pinch of salt.

I know how infuriating it can be to have your country or region generalized. For example, you can’t talk about the American economy in high-level terms: Read more…

HR Technology, Training & Development

Tech Insights: Balancing Learning Systems vs. Informal Training

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Many organizations have sophisticated training departments with complex Learning Management Systems.

I love that, yet I find myself wondering if it matters as much as it used to.

When the typical Millennial wants to learn something, they turn to the web, often YouTube, and see what they can find. The training may not be as good as what the corporate training department provides, but it may be good enough. Even if the LMS offers a ton of e-learning, employees may default to the ultra-familiarity of YouTube to pick up the tips they are looking for. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Evolving Your Workplace Culture: History Shows It Takes a Bold Vision

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CEO’s continue to publicly proclaim their efforts to manage significant and meaningful culture change.

Some miss the mark and show their lack of understanding this critical topic. Others, like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, share a much clearer vision and appear like they truly “get it.”

What separates the visionary and capable culture champions from the vast majority of leaders that don’t understand the culture fundamentals? Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Lesson From the Microsoft Cuts: Don’t Mix the Message on Layoffs

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This is not good. One of the guys on the marketing team I work with just got fired. OMG, they just fired another one. It is just crazy around here now.”

As I read the text messages, I could feel the tension that must have permeated this workplace.

The text was from someone who had been in the world of work for four years out of college. This situation with them went on for two days, and as I got the blow-by-blow, it felt like being in a war zone. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Why is There Such a Misguided Concern Over Poaching Talent?

Bullseye poaching

A common complaint made about development programs is the concern that it will create employee turnover.

As employees develop new capabilities they will be unsatisfied staying in their current roles and will begin actively seeking opportunities elsewhere. People argue that “if we develop our employees other people will hire them away.

Or as some managers put it, “Why should I develop people just so others can poach them from me?”

Concerns about talent poaching are misguided and extremely detrimental to long-term organizational health. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Top 5 Workplace Time Traps

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Remember cartoon character George Jetson’s grueling two-hour workday, which earned him a deluxe apartment in the sky? Whatever happened to that future?

Instead of enjoying a shrinking work week due to better technology, as we’ve expected for decades, the average American work week has actually grown to nearly 60 hours!

How is it that we have less discretionary time and work harder than ever, even though technological breakthroughs have made us all incredibly productive? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Have You Really Given It Any Thought: Why Are You in HR?

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Why are you in HR?

Perhaps I could end this post with the title alone because it’s a poignant question. If you work in HR or make money off of HR, have you asked yourself lately why you are here?

Most will say they work in HR because they “love to work with people,” or they “like making a difference in organizations.” The funny thing is, the more you work in HR the more you find that the relationship you have with your employees is a bit of a sordid tale, and that making a difference is a periodic win that graces you with its presence maybe every solar eclipse.

So again I ask — why are you in HR? Read more…

Culture

The Cultural Tipping Point: The 4 Reasons Change Initiatives Fail

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My fascination with culture began more than 40 years ago when another young industrial engineer named Jim Delaney and I started a process improvement consulting firm not long after graduating from UCLA.

I quickly discovered that it was easier to decide on change than to get people to change.

I observed that companies, like people, had personalities, and while some were healthy, most were like dysfunctional families. They had trust issues, turf issues and resistance to change. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Information Overload: Why Brevity Is Becoming a Business Basic

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Brevity is emerging as an essential new business basic.

In the fast-paced, multi-tasking, attention-deficit workplaces we find ourselves, getting to the point quickly matters more than ever. If you’re long winded, you’ll lose people’s attention and get lost in the data deluge.

But we face daunting challenges just to be heard.

The average person’s attention span is now only 8 seconds, and professionals are interrupted 6-7 times an hour, often unable to get back to their task at hand. More than 43 percent of us abandon complicated or lengthy emails in the first 30 seconds, and the majority of us admit ignoring half the emails we receive every day. Read more…

Talent Management

Is Too Much Cross-Functional Work Killing Your Employees?

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We have heard of the many jobs and/or industries that have been either lost or tremendously condensed since 2008.

Let’s deal with the tremendously condensed jobs for a second.

Due to the financial crisis of 2008, many businesses had to trim the head count in their organizations. Essentially, the head count was trimmed, but as expected, the work didn’t go away. The result was lots of reorganization within companies and a redistribution of work in support of keeping business going as usual. Read more…