Editor’s Note: A number of TLNT readers have asked about this post recently, so here it is again in case you missed it originally.
This past week a member of my husband’s team suffered a devastating loss: his one-year-old daughter died, which sent my husband — his manager — looking into the company’s bereavement policy.
It was three days.
Three to five days is standard, so this isn’t a knock against his company. This is a knock against blanket HR policies which don’t get discussed much (by those outside of HR) until, that is, you come slamming up against one of them. Read more…
In Three Critical Conversations That Boost Employee Engagement, we described three types of conversations that provide managers with valuable information about how to bring out the best in each employee.
But, there are more conversations you need to have:
- The Expectations Conversation;
- The Aspirations Conversation; and,
- The Preferences Conversation. Read more…
“This pay initiative is an important part of our strategies to continue attracting and retaining the best talent in order to deliver a great shopping experience, remain competitive on wages in our U.S. markets and stay focused on our value mission,” TJX Chief Executive Carol Meyrowitz said in a statement.
Having noticed from afar the recent groundbreaking announcements that have come from major retailers in the U.S., that decision has given me cause for hope.
First Wal-Mart and now Target has, on their own initiative, decided to raise the wages of their workers. That is a good sign. I particularly liked the above statement, tying it to “attracting and retaining.” Read more…
Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.
Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not. He died Friday in California at age 83.
Trekkies will know this, but in the Star Trek universe, Spock was from the planet Vulcan, a place where a strict adherence to logic had helped Vulcans rise above personal emotions that had once threated to wipe out their civilization. It also made Vulcans the perfect aliens to have “first contact” with the human race (depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) in 2063.
OK, I know, I know – what does all this have to do with talent management and HR, anyway? Read more…
What is an org chart for?
This was a lesson I learned in my corporate career, and have carried through to my entrepreneurial career.
When you think of an organizational chart, people usually think about it as a way to visually organize people. To me this misses the value of the org chart entirely.
What an org chart should convey are groupings of actions, work and desired outcomes. The fact that there are people in the boxes is secondary. Read more…
Last week, compensation solutions expert PayScale released its annual 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report.
PayScale titled its report Attack of the Out-of-Date Comp Plan (cute, huh?), because they believe:
- Compensation data gathered in real time (versus “aged” data) is needed to make the best compensation decisions; and,
- No company can afford to not understand that, lest said company find itself a victim of its own out-of-date business practices. (At least that’s what I think they believe.) Read more…
Increasing employee engagement is a priority for most companies.
That’s because having a workforce devoid of enthusiasm can come at a steep price: Lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace accidents, increased health care costs, and high turnover.
But as most HR professionals know, it’s difficult to motivate employees. Read more…
You’ve probably heard Grace Hopper’s famous axiom, “It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.” As a child, my father used to tell me that all the time!
As a pioneering computer scientist and one of the first female admirals in the U.S. Navy, “Amazing Grace” surely learned the value of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission during her long, storied career. Indeed, Hopper’s Law seems to make a lot of sense in many real-world situations.
But is it applicable to the workplace? Read more…
Every day in the news lately you read about the latest mergers: Airlines, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, large retailers like Staples and Office Depot, all consolidating for so many business reasons.
Some are successful and create flourishing companies that benefit stockholders and employee’s careers. But here’s the really scary reality: It’s been well documented over many years that up to one-third of mergers fail within five years, and as many as 80 percent never live up to their full potential.
The main reason for this is what has been called “cultural clash.” Read more…
“You should never be afraid to let your personality and style come through.”
That has been a foundational statement for me during my career.
My first job out of college was working in the sales division for IBM. I always tell people that IBM was the Google of its day. As part of the role of becoming a sales associate we were all sent to “sales school” where we had to learn to sell the products, sell the benefits of those products, and extend the brand into the client organization. Read more…