Articles tagged 'HR management'

Talent Management

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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“Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.”Jim Halpert, character on the TV series The Office.

Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink.

Some people forget that work is just a part of life — you’re not supposed to live to work — and they become consumed by it. Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Do You Do When Everyone Thinks They Are Exceptional?

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”

This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.

Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

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I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:

  1. The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Congress Critical of EEOC’s Policy Towards Background Checks

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Congress is showing signs of life in the constant fight for employers to conduct reasonable background checks.

Representative Tim Walberg, R, Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, held the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s feet to the fire in a hearing on Sept. 17, 2014. The hearing focused on three recently introduced bills aimed to increase the accountability and transparency of the EEOC and to offer employers limited protections in the use of criminal history. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What’s Next in Leadership? ‘Enriching” Employees to Unleash Their Potential

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There’s no way around it – being a leader is tough. It’s hard and it’s getting harder.

The complexity and pace of business today makes it virtually impossible to keep up, let alone find the time to nurture and encourage your team to its full potential.

So how do you deal with it? Read more…

Culture, HR Management

Diversity at Work: It’s About Helping Employees Uncover Their Individuality

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As the authors of the Harvard Business Review article, Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent, point out, diversity is an almost universal value in corporate America today.

However, the authors’ research proves employees still feel pressure to hide or “cover” some aspect of their individuality which they feel makes them different.

Examples of aspects which employees feel the need to cover include downplaying one’s age, their ethnic background, parental status, or physical disabilities. Employees want to blend into the crowd so as not to stand out. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How Do You Handle a New Hire Who Wants an iPhone 6 Type Job Upgrade?

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I think there is an epidemic in our society, and I’m going to blame Apple.

Sure other cell phone companies do the same thing, but Apple was the one who really made this such an issue.

Last week, Apple released the latest version of the iPhone and the entire world stood in line to get the latest phone.

I have a iPhone 5s; the new version is iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apparently, my iPhone 5s is now garbage. It’s not, but Apple wants me to think it is, so I get the new version. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, TLNT Radio

The Power of Peers, or Why You Need to Better Leverage Friends on the Job

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Do you have friends at work? What about a best friend?

Do you think this is too “soft” a question to be asking about the workplace environment?

Having friends at work matters – for many reasons:

  1. It increases employee engagement. Gallup asks just 12 questions to gauge employee engagement and one is “I have a best friend at work.” Read more…
HR News & Trends

Demand For Recruiters Is Up, While Ads For HR Are Down

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Demand for recruiters is rising as employers emboldened by improving economic signals in the U.S. and globally add new jobs, only to find it ever more difficult to hire the workers they want.

Wanted Analytics says the number of online job listings for recruiters rose 4.5 percent in August from the same 30-day period a year before. In the HR category, recruiter jobs are now second only to the listings for HR managers, says Wanted.

The research firm analyzes online listings from corporate sites, job boards, and elsewhere to create reports on the types of jobs being advertised and other information and business intelligence. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

It’s Leadership’s Corporate Responsibility to Listen to Employees

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In 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch because of a failed O Ring that employees of NASA had earlier highlighted as a risk. Investigation into the tragedy revealed that NASA’s employees tried to sound the alarm before launch.

For various reasons, they were not heard and seven people lost their lives.

The story of Challenger has been studied and dissected by every business school class, as an example of how the culture of silence is an overwhelming threat to an organization. Read more…