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    Middle Managers Spread Thin as Organizational Structure Flattens

    If leaders feel stretched today, it's only going to get worse in the future, indicates new research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Finding structural efficiencies by expanding spans of control has become a necessity in the current economic climate. However, the i4cp study shows that flattening organizational structure doesn't necessarily result in a competitive advantage. While there are advantages, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    What is the Future of HR?

    What is the Future of HR?
    Many years ago I was quoted in the infamous Fast Company article "Why We Hate HR." Even though the article is 5 years old, I continue to see a chorus of authors and HR naysayers who essentially say the same thing: HR is not strategic. Despite the negativity, all of these articles make note of the fact that organizations today are ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    The Transparency Test

    The Transparency Test
    A little while back, I talked about how transparency seems to have faded from our conversations both on and off social media. One of the reasons for this could be that we don't really know what to look for in terms of transparency. It got me thinking. How do we know if an organization is operating in a transparent manner? So ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Selection vs. Development Assessments

    Selection vs. Development Assessments
    This post is written for the everyday manager, HR manager, coach, or consultant that doesn’t have the time or interest to learn about validation, reliability, confirmatory factor analysis, correlation coefficients, and adverse impact. However, you’re using assessments, and you know just enough to be dangerous. Oh yeah, that pretty much describes me. Maybe you too. I’ve written about assessments for leadership ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Whatever Happened to Transparency?

    Whatever Happened to Transparency?
    You remember transparency, don't you? Sure you do! Everyone was talking about it several months ago. It came right along with being on social media and operating openly in our communications. The idea was, to be successful, particularly on social media, you needed to be transparent – or, open, honest, and respectful in your interactions with others. Funny thing, though . ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization

    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization
    Business leaders complain all the time that nothing seems to have changed in their organizations, despite their best efforts to make things happen. Yet they continue to do the same things and receive the same results. Well, it's no wonder why nothing has changed! Here are five reasons why your progress may have stalled. 1. You have people on board who ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hanging on to Health Insurance

    Hanging on to Health Insurance
    i4cp member Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of employer benefits, announced this week that a survey it conducted in June found that most U.S. employers (84%) "…expect to revisit their health care benefit strategy this year, following the passage of health care reform legislation." That's not surprising in light of the persistent annual double-digit increases in health care costs and the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does HR Have to Keep it Confidential?

    Does HR Have to Keep it Confidential?
    A reader writes: I had a conversation with the HR Director about something happening in my department. She went to my boss with the issue, citing me as the source. This was not an official complaint by me, as we were not in her office but in the lunchroom. However, I considered conversations with HR professionals to be in confidence. Was ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    What Happened to Honest Communication?

    What Happened to Honest Communication?
    We need to talk. Can there be any more gut-tightening phrase in our language? Just ask anyone who's married. Or in any sort of relationship, personal or professional. Any employee summoned to his supervisor's office with that phrase probably shows up simply because there's no handy exit between his desk and the manager's office door. Why do we put off honest ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Just Do Your Job

    Just Do Your Job
    I love all of the discussion centered who should report to which department. Whether it is a HR department arguing they should be reporting to the CEO and they should have a seat at the table to recruiters arguing that they should be in any department except HR, it gives me a broad smile. Someone is building excuses for performance deficiency. ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Keys to Future HR Success

    The Keys to Future HR Success
    Maybe you're proud of the sheer productivity of your HR department. Your ratio of HR pros to employees is lower than the industry average, most transactional HR activities are delivered via self-service, and you have a finely tuned shared-services center. Generally speaking, your HR function is a lean, mean efficiency machine. Good for you. There's just one problem. By itself, it's ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10 Worst HR Practices

    10 Worst HR Practices
    I've been in business for 13 years and have seen my share of mistakes made by business owners - many that certainly could have been avoided if they'd had a great human resources specialist to guide them. Here is my top 10 list of worst mistakes business owners make, along with advice on how to avoid following suit. 1. Failure to ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Simplify Everything in HR

    Simplify Everything in HR
    My buddy Chris Ferdinandi and I chat throughout the day about what's going in HR, social media and the world. Now I don't know about anybody else but I work from home. So I've got a crew of co-workers, colleagues and friends that I keep in touch with throughout the week. Chris is on that list for sure. We always talk ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Are Your Managers Right For Employee Relations?

    Are Your Managers Right For Employee Relations?
    "The number one reason for conflict is the need to be right." The first time I heard this, I was an ROTC instructor by day and a graduate student by night. When I wasn't teaching leadership or hanging out by the Schuylkill River, I was grabbing nuggets of wisdom from my graduate courses. I think of this nugget often with managers ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    High-Performance Organizations View Interns as Long-term Investments

    An often cited rationale for hiring interns is the prospect of having someone around to handle the grunt work no one else wants to do. But these days, many companies have more strategic goals in mind for their internship programs. The latest study from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) - the world's fastest growing and largest corporate network focused on ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Handling Workplace Retaliation

    Handling Workplace Retaliation
    Don't know the reason, but I've been noticing a lot of conversation lately about speaking up, giving feedback and all-around "conflict is healthy" talk. While I agree with most — if not all — of the conversation, I find that any discussion about putting disagreement on the table usually comes with questions regarding the consequences of doing so. Employees want to ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Examining Employee Turnover

    Examining Employee Turnover
    The new talk on the street is that the number of people quitting their jobs exceeds the number of layoffs. I wonder if this is the first signs of the double and triple digit turnover that’s been predicted as the economy starts to improve. Any talk about employees quitting always prompts a conversation about the different kinds of turnover. Bad turnover is the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Importance of Recordkeeping

    The Importance of Recordkeeping
    In the human resources world, we sometimes get on this kick about recordkeeping. It's boring, tedious and can translate into being labeled bureaucratic. But I read an article this weekend that reinforces the need for paperwork and proper recordkeeping. The article was titled, "The Fisherman and the Tax Man." It's about British Petroleum (BP) requesting tax records from fisherman seeking compensation ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Best Airlines for Business Travel

    The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets. But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers. So which perks would persuade you to pick one ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to be Accountable and Hold Others to it

    How to be Accountable and Hold Others to it
    This is a story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?