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The Top 10 Worst Managed Programs In HR

All major business functions operate numerous subprograms and initiatives. And among those dozens of subprograms, a normal statistical curve would reveal that some of them would be well-managed while others would be poorly managed, and as a result, they would…

What Pay Range Data Can and Can’t Tell You

Many pay surveys routinely collect and report salary range minimums, midpoints and maximums. This data can provide helpful context, but it is also at risk for being misapplied by practitioners who haven’t the training or experience to correctly interpret the…

Will They Contribute to Your Gift?

“No one wanted to contribute to her holiday gift.” The assistant manager told me that during the holidays, it is customary for all employees of her retail store to chip in to buy the store manager as well as the…

The Powerful Case For Internal Mobility

Over the course of a long career in talent management, I’ve often been asked about strategies related to critical hires. The conversation usually goes something like this: “We are having a difficult time hiring for xyz job. There just doesn’t…

Analytics Is Not Better HR Reporting

We’ve all recognized there is a certain hype and faddishness in people analytics. That’s okay; it’s bound to be part of anything new. We’ve all rushed forward trying to get a handle on what’s real, what’s exaggerated, and how best…

Are You Delivering the Development Your Team Wants?

In “Millennials Want Jobs to Be Development Opportunities,” the Gallup Organization reports the following: Development is a top factor in retaining millennials. Millennials value development more than other generations do (87% to 69%). The majority of millennials are not getting…