Back in the 1890s, French researcher Max Ringelmann discovered what others later called the Ringelmann Effect:
The larger a work group, the more likely workers will waste time rather than get their work done. Not only do they socialize more, they also expect others to pick up the slack.
This remains true today; small workgroups tend to produce more per person than larger ones. Read more…
Editor’s Note: This is the second of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.
By Lynda Gratton
The forces shaping our world are having a profound impact on organizations and on the HR professionals within them.
That is why over a decade ago my colleagues and I founded the Future of Work Research Consortium (FoW). Our aspiration was to engage with HR people from around the world to consider the forces that they believe will shape their function and the roles and responsibilities within it. Read more…
You know what position I would love to apply for!? Junior Human Resource Manager, said no one ever!
I hate spending three seconds on job titles because job titles scream, “Personnel Department,” but I have to just take a few minutes to help out some of my HR brothers and sisters.
Recently, I came across a classic job title mistake when someone had posted an opening and then broadcasted it out to the world for a — wait for it — “Jr. Industrial Engineer.” When I saw it, I almost cried. Read more…
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.“
Most of us would agree, and we may even be tempted to add that the increased pace and velocity of change in modern business is rapidly becoming an exhausting and debilitating “constant” as well.
But what can be done? Are we destined to be helpless pawns in the relentless transformations occurring all around us? Or are there guideposts to help us navigate change? Read more…
Editor’s Note: This is the first of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.
By Josh Bersin
The human resources profession is at a crossroads.
Over the last few years digital and internet technologies have radically changed the way we work, requiring a tremendous change in all areas of human resources. Our latest global research shows that business and HR leaders have three major challenges: Read more…
As a manager, you hear questions every day.
Some are serious; some trivial.
“What do you hear about the merger plans?” “Is our budget being cut?” “Can we get an extension on the deadline?” “Are we going to have to work over the weekend?”
But the ONE question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: Read more…
I once did a study of critical incidents for managers in a large bank, and I always asked, “Where does this story start? When did you first get involved?”
One leader said, “Well, I was having a cigarette break and I overheard someone talking about a project they were on and I realized it was going to collide disastrously with what my group was doing.”
Cigarettes are a bad thing, but here they proved to be a critical management mechanism for creating alignment across silos. The question is, however, might there not be a better way to create alignment in the organization than pray that random cigarette breaks and snatches of overheard conversation will bridge the silos? Read more…
I benefit from my job in the same ways most people do. I earn a paycheck that pays for a roof over my head and food in my belly.
But because my company is focused on creating cultures of recognition and appreciation through the Power of Thanks, I also benefit from both being encouraged to share my gratitude for my peers and their work in a direct and meaningful way as well as receiving similar recognition myself.
And then there’s a third benefit of the work I get to do. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.
The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.
He said, “You need to worry about WHO and WHY. That’s it.”
Here is why this is so important. Read more…
According to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of corporate offices now have so-called “open-plan” offices, or work environments with no walls or cubicles.
Google uses them, as does eBay, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, and American Express. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design his company’s new office expansion, which when completed will be the largest open-plan office in the world, housing 3,000 employees with no walls.
The freewheeling open office has become a hallmark of sorts for hip, forward-thinking companies, professing to create a more desirable, collaborative, and productive work environment. However, new research suggests that open-plan offices may be having the reverse effect. Read more…