Articles tagged 'Communications'

HR Insights

When Setting Goals Goes So Very Wrong

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Goals are all around us.

The finish line in a race is the most obvious example, but you might also see them in nutrition guidelines, a train schedule or as an actual goal on a soccer field.

In the business world, goals are the foundation of a high performance culture. They give employees direction and purpose, and, when done correctly, serve as a motivator.

Of course, goals need specific ingredients to be effective. Read more…

HR Management, Rewards & Recognition

Straight From the Employee’s Mouth: 3 Keys to Being an Engaging Manager

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Managers are the No. 1 influence on employee engagement in the workplace, while being one of the most under-trained positions in the business world.

As a result, there is a wealth of white papers, scientific studies, and entire organizations devoted to figuring out what makes managers effective at motivating and leading others. But there’s one study by Quantum Workplace, The 50 Best and Worst Recognition Comments of 2013, that goes to the horse’s mouth to find out what employees are really saying. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Here’s What a Manager Must Really Learn to Communicate

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Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation.

Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others!

These reports are your “Operational Tools.” Your operational tools are created in what I refer to as your “inside voice” — the language you use inside your organization — a robust language full of detail, acronyms and functional jargon. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Survey Shows How Much Millennials Continue to Defy Expectations

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Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today.

In my last post on talent acquisition trends, I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

We may still think of Millennials as “the next generation,” but the fact is that this group will make up the majority of the workforce in the not too distant future, so research on the values and expectations of this generation is valuable – and actionable. Read more…

Training & Development

5 Reasons You Need Coaches (or at Least, a Cheerleader) at Work

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Life coaches and personal trainers seem to be the new status symbol.

From corporate CEOs to the 19-year-old French student, everyone’s talking about the rigors their “coach” is putting them through. If you’re the one being coached, they expect you to show up, work hard, and do what you say you will.

No accountability and no embarrassment … means no progress. Read more…

HR Insights

Five Basic Responses That Will Improve Accountability – Guaranteed

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It crossed my mind once or twice that my life would be much improved if I’d simply take a vow of silence.

In fact, I once said to a good friend, “I think I’m going to take a vow of silence. I’ll only speak when spoken to and avoid offering any opinion, suggestion, or comment.”

“You’re crazy,” my friend snorted disdainfully. Read more…

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Advice to Remember: An Attorney’s Take on How to Use Email on the Job

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By Howard Mavity

Electronic communications are a mixed blessing.

Business is more efficient and new ways of commerce continue to open. However, ubiquitous electronic communications have eroded our personal time and presented near-addicting distractions.

From a legal standpoint, electronic communications, and especially email, not only creates damaging evidence but may even contribute to legal claims. Read more…

HR Insights

It Kills Creativity When You Talk a Good Idea to Death

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Excessive talking can be dangerous to your business and your life.

Tongue-wagging may not send you to the ER with heart-palpitations, blot clots, or cancerous tumors, but it can kill many good ideas before they’re executed.

Take Mike, for example. A colleague of mine and professor at a local university, Mike has been telling me for the past 10-12 years that he’s going to write a book on the fundamental skills of supervision. He even sent me a pitch letter once intended for an agent he’d met at a conference and asked for feedback. Read more…

Culture

Why You Need to Flip the Talent Management Switch

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The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. A Bronx Tale, 1993

I was reading some amazing statistics from a Right Management report on talent management that covered global trends, challenges, and priorities.

Much has been written about the reduced investment in talent during challenging financial times and the recent re-emergence of interest in effective talent management practices. Unfortunately the culture that currently exists in many organizations will be the single greatest impediment to sustainable talent strategies. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, It is Possible For You to Argue Productively on the Job

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It’s been said that every person brings joy to others: some when they enter a room and some when they leave it.

The latter disagrees just to be disagreeable. But no matter how good-natured people are, if you bring any two human beings together, they’ll find something to disagree about eventually.

The strong personalities inherent in any business endeavor can result in people butting heads at all levels. Read more…