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    High Performers Purge the Unproductive

    High Performers Purge the Unproductive
    Sometimes patience is not a virtue, and high-market performing firms know it. They get their employees ready quickly, they avoid employee stagnation and they weed out those who don't come up the productivity curve. i4cp's new member-requested study on Time to Optimal Productivity shows that over half (55%) of respondents from low-performing organizations report that employees often remain in positions after ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Revolutionize Leadership Styles for the 21st Century

    Revolutionize Leadership Styles for the 21st Century
    The typical boss of the early 1900s liked to see fear in the faces of employees. By the mid-1900s, that same boss had probably lightened up a bit on workers, focusing instead on building a power base. Fast-forward to today's corporate climate and the forced march into disgrace of some of America's most celebrated executives, who leave behind ruined companies, disillusioned ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem

    How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem
    The thought occurred to me the other day that while I’ve written a lot about the importance of accountability and dealing with poor performers, I’ve never actually written a post on exactly how to have a performance discussion. I have, however, written about how not to deal with underperformers. Knowing how to sit down with an employee and have an effective ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Gender Diversity: Why They Leave, and Why They Stay

    There are key differences in the ways men and women evaluate potential job changes and make career decisions. Our findings show that men are more likely to value direct returns from work, like salary and benefits. They are also more aggressive and less risk averse with respect to using job changes to fuel career growth. In contrast, women tend to attach ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    California Employment Laws

    Overview Basic Minimum Rate (per hour) Premium Pay After Designated Hours Daily Weekly $8.00 8 Over 12 (double time) 40 7th day: First 8 hours (time and half) Over 8 hours (double time) More Info: Overtime is due after 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week unless an alternative workweek of no more than 4 days of 10 hours ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Uncomfortable Firing Problem Employee? Get Over It!

    Uncomfortable Firing Problem Employee? Get Over It!
    Yes, it sounds very Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque, but most business owners face the point when they have to look an employee squarely in the eye and say, “You’ve been terminated.” Does the prospect make you uncomfortable? Probably. Should you avoid it and mollycoddle the employee in the hopes of a turnaround? Absolutely not. There comes a point where no amount of training, ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee, Part I

    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee, Part I
    I was working late one night to complete an important project for our company, a medium-sized manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment. It happened to be a Saturday night and the second and third shifts were not working. The plant covered over 500,000 square feet and was equipped with all types of machinery, including huge 2,000- and 3,000-ton vertical presses that ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Ten Imperatives for Strategic Sourcing

    Ten Imperatives for Strategic Sourcing
    Great companies maintain their competitive advantage by almost unfailingly “getting the right people on the bus”. The first link in the chain is sourcing. Top sourcing and recruiting professionals implement and even invent “next” practices but they also have a solid grasp on the fundamentals. They are forecasters, strategic planners, savvy marketers, analysts and futurists. A profile of today’s top sourcing ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Leaders, Watch Out for Blind Spots

    You’re driving down the highway and need to make a lane change into the left lane. You glance at your rear view mirror, side view mirror and look to your left. All is clear, so you put your turn single on, begin to make the change, and all of a sudden, you hear a horn blow. You turn again to the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Checklists

    Checklists
    • Alcohol Control Program Checklist • FLSA Recordkeeping Checklist • Employee Termination Checklist • Hiring Checklist • Employee Discipline “Just Cause” Checklist • Anti-Harassment Procedure • Guidelines for Preparing a Workplace Investigation • Employee Orientation Checklist • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): How To Draft A Waiver of Rights • Characteristics of a Proper Workplace Investigation • Company Communications ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    7 Things You Should Know about Gen Y

    7 Things You Should Know about Gen Y
    In the aftermath of graduation time, Generation Y (those born 1978 and later) employees will be streaming into the workplace from the "class of 2005" from graduate schools, four- and two-year colleges, and high schools all over the land. Chances are you'll be hiring some or many in the near future. Seven most important things to know about Generation Y employees: ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Employee Orientation Checklist

    Employee Orientation Checklist Describe the company, its history, organization, and goals. Explain the duties and responsibilities of the position to the new employee and make clear what is expected. Furnish a written job description. Familiarize the employee with the firm’s rules, compensation and benefits, frequency of employee appraisal reviews, advancement policies, and other pertinent information. Explain how the employee can ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Workplace Gathering a Meaningful Ritual

    Workplace Gathering a Meaningful Ritual
    One of my former clients, a small department of a large organization, engages in a morning coffee klatch – staff arrives on or before 8 AM, turn on their computers, and then gather around the table in a small lunch room for coffee, tea, cereal, and/or a variety of goodies available. (The office always has a generous assortment of baked goods ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?

    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?
    A reader writes: As a fellow recruiter/manager, how much do you count your gut instinct into the hiring decision? If someone on paper has all the experience you want and answers all the technical questions correctly and the hiring manager loves him, but he just for some reason gives you a creepy vibe or is a little off-putting -- I'm sure ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How to Motivate Your Team in Stressful Times

    Your company's third round of layoffs is imminent, your boss is barking out demands with heightened urgency, and your staff is tired, tense and afraid they're next in line to be laid off. It's your job to motivate them, continue to meet ever-increasing demands and bring your projects in under budget and on time. This all too familiar scenario is now ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Instructional Skills Inventory

    Instructional Skills Inventory Name:________________________ Date:_________________ This inventory lists 34 skills which successful instructors use when conducting a training session in a classroom. It will help you identify your strengths and potential areas for development. The skills are organized in the following categories: • Demonstrating Preparation • Establishing a Learning Climate • Making Presentations • Leading Discussions and Question/Answer Sessions • ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Engage in Conflict Now

    Engage in Conflict Now
    For many people, the mere mention of the word "conflict" makes them shudder, even though addressing conflict is a good thing. That’s why most of my clients are surprised when I suggest that they not only attend to but engage conflict with as much candor as possible-- particularly while it's minor so it doesn't grow into something unmanageable. Take, for example, ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Succession Planning and Development

    Succession Planning and Development
    After having written my 500th post for Great Leadership, I thought it was finally time to write something on how to do succession planning. After all, it’s where I probably spend 50% of my time, and have been doing it for over 20 years at three different companies (my goal to write an e-book on the topic some day). It’s not ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How to Onboard a New Manager

    How to Onboard a New Manager
    We all know how important it is to provide new hire employees with a good onboarding experience. Proper onboarding helps improve ramp-up time, productivity, moral, and retention. However – what about onboarding a newly promoted manager? Unfortunately, a lot of companies probably don’t pay as much, if any, attention to this. The “onboarding” process is more of a coronation – “I ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Is Your Mission Meaningful?

    Is Your Mission Meaningful?
    Most organizations have mission statements that articulate their purpose and reason for being. But how meaningful are they? Try this interesting two-part experiment: • If you were to randomly approach employees and ask them to repeat the company’s mission, how many would be able to repeat it? • Of the employees who can actually recite your company’s mission statement, how many ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?