Articles tagged 'Communications'

HR News & Trends

Friends at Work: The Younger You Are, the More Important They Become

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Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces.

Their study, titled Relationships @Work, surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K.

What did they find? A large percentage of professionals surveyed (46 percent) admit that work friendships play a role in their overall happiness, and it’s clear from the research that the amount of value placed on workplace friendships, and the level of confidence (or how personal they were) varies significantly depending on the generation. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Managing the Workplace “Noise” Surrounding a Cultural Change

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At the time you announce a new strategy, reorganization, acquisition, or any significant change in your organization, the conversations are likely already underway everywhere.

It is human nature, and brain science has verified, that we want to eliminate uncertainty in our lives; therefore, we talk to each other about what is happening around us.

If we are not talking, then you can be certain that we are thinking about what is going on around us and not focused on the task at hand resulting in less than normal productivity.

Stated another way, the amount of alignment and clarity in your organization is decreasing. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: When Your First Choice Isn’t Your Best Choice

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You only have one opening and two good candidates, but one stands out.

You hire that one, and it is now six months later and you’re forced to admit that you made a mistake.

It’s time to cut your losses, start over, and look for a replacement.

But, maybe not, IF you handled the second-choice candidate well. Read more…

HR Insights

What’s Your Word for “Happiness at Work?”

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If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?

Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.

German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungenwhich means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Worst HR Advice I Ever Gave Someone

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A few days ago this thought came to me: “What is the worst advice I’ve ever given anyone?

Usually in a case like this, the first thing you think of, is usually correct! In my case, I came up with a number of things right away, none of which really seemed like the worst advice, and more of me making fun of what other people think is “good” advice.

Here’s a sample: Read more…

Culture

Lessons From the VA Scandal, or How to Avoid a Culture of Coverups

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New information about the inadequacies of leadership at the U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers continues to be revealed daily.

The headlines are astounding, like this one from CNN.com: Bad VA care may have killed more than 1,000 veterans, senator’s report says.

In summary, for years the wait times reported by many VA medical centers in the department’s management system for measuring effectiveness were simply false. As a result, veterans have not been served well and most everyone is outraged. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Conversation Is the Change

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Given the importance of conversation, it makes sense that the final Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha is about the needs and benefits of workplace conversation.

In fact, one might say that a presentation on conversation is the perfect way to wrap up this series and remind you one more time of  the benefits of the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max.

As this presentation points out, although we are technologically connected, we’re often personally isolated too, so there are many benefits of conversation we really need to consider. Read more…

HR Insights

Workplace Communications: Yes, Sometimes We Still Need to Talk

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I’ve been picking up the phone and calling my most important clients,” he said. “You can’t stop because there’s no email.

This was a quote based on the outage of MS Outlook this past week. The Washington Post headline blared MS Outlook outage brings offices back to the 1980’s.

For the people who were working in corporate, this was an era when there was no email to speak of, and for that matter, no computers. I had an office on Sixth Avenue in New York at that time and all I had was a phone on my desk. That was it. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Horribly Valuable Lessons From Pee Wee (Not Herman)

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As a very, very long week mercifully comes to an end — that’s what spending five (5) days in Florida at the SHRM annual conference does to you — it’s probably time for an Ignite HR presentation that is a little bit different.

What’s that you say? Isn’t Ignite HR already different enough?

Well, yes — you would be right. The Ignite HR format of five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max, IS very different, but most of the presentations featured this week on TLNT from last month’s HR Reinvention in Omaha have been HR or talent management focused. Read more…