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…
Last May, I posted a story of a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks.
The story was unfinished, as a month after his Director left the organization and the young man had been appointed as interim Director, the VP told him that they were considering outsourcing the position.
The young man was disappointed, but he was determined to show the organization that he could handle the position as interim, on the chance that they decided to keep it in-house.
I described this process as “talent management gone wrong.” Read more…
In a few weeks, I am going to talk with a local compensation association about pay transparency.
As I’ve been writing over the last few months, I think there’s a cultural shift underway, with pressure building from various angles to “out” employee pay.
It’s natural that employers in Silicon Valley are feeling the most pressure. Many of its company cultures strive to live up to open communications standards like “don’t be evil.” The rest scramble to lure talent away from these companies, even though their own devotion to core values is not as obvious to employees. Read more…
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…
By Eric B. Meyer
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that employers provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities when doing so will allow them to perform the essential functions of their job.
In Assaturian v. Hertz Corp., the plaintiff had a series of ailments, which the defendant admitted were ADA disabilities. But, one of the symptoms of these disabilities were angry outbursts, which were directed at subordinates.
(The parties agreed that the plaintiff had anger issues, but disagreed about whether the plaintiff had made the defendant aware of either this disabilities or the symptoms of those disabilities). Read more…
If you’ve ever been late to a movie, you know that trying to figure out what happened before you took your seat can be extremely frustrating.
When you don’t know what led up to what’s now unfolding, the things you see and hear can cause you to make false assumptions and only further confuse you.
The same thing happens when you begin an interview by asking an applicant about their most recent job. Read more…
For those who aren’t big Major League Baseball (MLB) fans you probably don’t know what the “September Call-Up” or “Expanded Rosters” mean.
Each year on September 1, as the MLB season goes into its final month, the league allows teams to invite players from their minor league teams to join the club and the roster number expands from 25 to 40.
For teams who are out of the playoff race, this allows them to give some younger guys an opportunity to perform on a larger stage. For those in playoff races, or teams that have already solidified a playoff berth, the extra players allow them to rest some regulars. For playoff teams these extra 15 players can’t play in actual playoff games, only in the final regular season games. Read more…
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…
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…