Articles tagged 'HR communications'

HR Insights

The 3 Things People Should Say When Resigning

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I have people ask me to help them write a resignation letter, which is a little funny because it really doesn’t matter what you write, because only two things are going to happen:

  1. They’ll freak out that you are leaving and try and talk you out it.
  2. They’ll goOh, that’s too bad, we will hate to see you go.”

For your ego’s sake, you want No. 1, not No. 2. Read more…

Talent Management

5 Simple Ways to Lose Your Best Employees

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Competition for talent is fierce, and today companies, are pulling out all the stops to attract new employees.

From strong rewards programs to competitive salaries, employers are rising to the challenge to make their businesses stand out from the rest. However, the process of stockpiling incentives – combined with the process of onboarding new employees – is a significant time sink for any organization.

To then lose an employee only months after an extensive recruitment process can be a huge blow to a business’s ego, not to mention the hours of productivity lost. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Dealing With Difficult Problems: Sometimes, It Helps to Walk and Talk

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Believe it or not, walking loosens the tongue.

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember any long walks with grandparents, aunts, or uncles when you bonded as you bounded through the neighborhood or countryside?

Or about those long, romantic walks with your first love when you poured out your deepest secrets and highest hopes for the future? Or how about those strolls through the hallways at school with your best friend, sharing what you were going to do on the weekend? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss

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Horrible bosses come in all shapes and sizes.

You can probably think of a few previous bosses you’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work for.

According to a recent poll of 2,700 respondents at Monster.com, more than one in three consider their boss to be “horrible” (38 percent) and 54 percent of respondents gave their boss a negative rating. Only 17 percent of respondents gave their boss an “excellent” grade.

While this poll is not scientific, it confirms what we already know — there are some pretty bad bosses out there. Read more…

Talent Management

Employee Loyalty Isn’t Dead Just Yet, But It Takes Work to Keep It Alive

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Did you know:

These are some sobering statistics. Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Stop Relying on Job Descriptions and Find Candidates You Really Want

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Job descriptions, those horribly written, barely comprehensible strings of roughly 500 words of stuff that only barely resembles reality if you squint hard, are the coin of the realm in the recruiting world.

And no matter how much we complain about them to each other, they remain as unchanging as a rerun.

Not only do they persist, but recruiters and talent acquisition professionals continue to rely on them at every stage of the recruiting process. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Want a Message That Gets Employees Attention? How About a CEO Video?

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One of the best parts of my job is the creative work I get to do with our customers around change management, communications and training.

As I’m sure you can imagine, that encompasses a fairly expansive suite of potential materials and mechanisms to get out the message about the Power of Thanks to transform an organization.

But if I had to pick a favorite means of communication to develop with a customer, it would be the CEO video. Read more…

Talent Management

What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement

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One day while volunteering at the animal shelter, my interactions with two of the dogs — Mia and Harper — reminded me of a fundamental truth about employee engagement.

It’s a truth that frequently gets ignored, and because of that, most employees are not nearly as productive or as engaged as they could be.

Mia was a high-spirited pit bull mix who needed some polishing up of her walking-on-a-leash-without-chomping-down-on-the-leash-and-dragging-me-around skills. Whenever she walked without grabbing the leash and pulling, I would praise her enthusiastically. Read more…

Benefits

You Don’t Need to Be Outrageous, Just Creative, With Your Benefits

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Job seekers care about the benefits you offer. In fact, 4 out of 5 say that the benefits offered are the deciding factor in taking a new job, according to data from The Guardian 2014 Workplace Benefits Study.

But what does this mean for your company? How can you compete with the outrageous benefits that companies like Google or Facebook are offering?

The answers are simple: get creative and offer candidates what they need, in order to secure the top talent your company needs. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Conduct Really Effective Exit Interviews

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When an employee resigns, exit interviews are hopefully conducted by the Human Resources staff to gather honest feedback about opportunities for organizational improvement.

If you aren’t conducting these exit interviews today, you should start right away.

Ideally, HR staff can also use the information obtained during an exit interview to retain valuable employees and prevent future turnover. However, exit interviews are only useful if conducted effectively. Read more…