Articles tagged 'talent management'

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Building Ambassadors, or Why You Need to Offer More Than Just a Job

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“I am so thankful that I got this new job. I now work for a non-profit and we are spearheading all these new initiatives, connecting children and health care. I am on a mission. Never been so excited about a job before from my past of working for profit companies.”

This email message came to me the other morning from one of my colleagues in the U.S. I am hearing more of this type talk from people over the last few years.

This brought me back to a time one of our rising executives quit a promising job and career because her dream job materialized — one that would allow her to work with animals. At the time, I was sitting there listening to this and in the back of my mind, I just did not get it. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Silicon Valley Gender Bias Trial Brings Spotlight to Gender Discrimination

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By Eric B. Meyer

I intended to begin the week with a post about a company’s legal obligation to predict — yes, predict — an employee’s mental fitness for duty.

Then, I started on a brief tangent on Ellen Pao, the former partner of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, who just lost a highly-publicized gender discrimination claim against said former employer.

And a few hundred words later, that brief tangent became its own blog post — this one. (If you want a wild lawsuit brought by an airline captain who claimed that his former employer was negligent by failing to predict that he’d have a manic in-flight episode, come back tomorrow). Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: How to Give Great Performers What They Want

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When it comes to benefits and perks, what is it that everyone really wants in today’s world?

Time! More time.

How can you give this gift to your extraordinary performers? Here are two ideas: Read more…

Talent Management

The No. 1 Driver of Employee Engagement Is … Well, It Depends

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A few months back I attended the HR Technology Conference, where I saw one speaker after another state with great confidence, “Of course we all know that the No. 1 driver of employee engagement is…” as if imparting a definitive piece of wisdom on the audience.

Problem is, the first speaker said it was culture, the second said it was compensation, and the third said it all came down to the person’s manager.

Of course, they can’t all be correct. Or can they? Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: With Employees, Does Personality Trump Skills, Competence?

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A long time ago, I worked with a company that valued managers with great personalities over just about anything else.

There was one particular guy who corporate management viewed as a superstar because he had such great “presence.” He had been lauded with all sorts of company honors, and although he certainly did make a great impression when you met him, it was hard to tell just what it was he did well.

A guy who worked closely with him (who later worked for me) started talking about this superstar manager one night over a drink. When I asked him what made ‘Tom” such a star, this guy rolled his eyes and said, “Tom can be really difficult to work for. Yeah, he has great  presence, but he also has the attention span of a gnat.” Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness, but Employee Pride Is Not for Sale

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Imagine that you are walking alone across a vacant parking lot on a breezy day, when out of the corner of your eye you notice a crumpled-up bill blowing at your feet.

You immediately step on it to keep it from escaping, and then reach down to discover that it’s a $100 bill. No one is within 500 yards of you, and the wind is swirling leaves and other bits of paper around as far as you can see. You couldn’t find the rightful owner if your life depended on it.

The bill is yours to keep. Read more…

Talent Management

Why Do We Believe That Employees Are an Expendable Resource?

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Employees are our greatest asset” has become such a hollow phrase, any marketing department still including this language in its company’s promotional materials should be ashamed.

As someone once said to me, “However, unfortunate, the bigger reality [is] … employees are an expendable resource.”

Now, I had to think about this statement for a while, because — could this really be true? Can people be expendable? Or is that just a convenient lie we tell ourselves to justify treating them as though they were? Read more…

Classic TLNT

Exit Interviews: The 2nd Most Worthless Activity HR Has to Handle

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down.

But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview.

Let’s review all of the reasons for their sacred cow status: Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

High-Deductible Health Plans: Savings Now, But Problems For Workers Later?

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Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn’t pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars?

If so, you or your employees are foot soldiers who have been drafted in the war against high health costs.

Companies that switch workers into high-deductible plans can reap enormous savings, consultants will tell you — and not just by making employees pay more. Total costs paid by everybody — employer, employee and insurance company — tend to fall in the first year or rise more slowly when consumers have more at stake at the health-care checkout counter whether or not they’re making medically wise choices. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Many Ways We Seem to Discount Employees

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No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!

Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…