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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 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes

    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes
    If you have an effective process in place, follow it. Processes exist for a reason. Many times it's to demonstrate that proper care and attention is being taken in reaching an end result. So when an organization creates a process, it's important to respect it and allow the process to happen. Otherwise, why have the process at all? Of course, if ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Greening of Executive Pay

    The Greening of Executive Pay
    There's a new metric in town when it comes to determining executive pay - at some companies at least. Now, in addition to earnings per share and stock prices, some executives are earning incentive pay based on a series of sustainability measures. The trend is a bit more common in Europe than it is in the U.S., with the Dutch leading ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Why Talent Management Metrics Suck

    Why Talent Management Metrics Suck
    I know he stole it from the great Peter Drucker, but for years now I've heard this constant refrain from my boss: "What gets measured, gets managed." I always want to respond, "Stop already! I get it! I got it the first thousands times, too!" The crazy part is that sometimes I still ignore that advice. Managing people is, after all, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?

    Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?
    There's a good reason the performance reviews in your company probably aren't going well. Most of your managers don't know what they're doing. Less than a fifth of organizations have leaders who are either highly or very highly skilled at conducting performance reviews, according to a new study i4cp conducted for a member organization. Companies should not expect employees to be ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Performance Metrics: Beyond the Numbers

    Performance Metrics: Beyond the Numbers
    Peter Drucker once said, “What gets measured, gets managed.”  It’s very true.  Tracking the numbers is essential to running your business.  But it’s also important to not just calculate numbers. You need to have a good understanding of what they mean. I’ve always enjoyed math and accounting, so I’ve never really shied away from formulas.  But over the years, I’ve learned ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Six Reasons Why Companies Don't Drug Test

    Six Reasons Why Companies Don't Drug Test
    Earlier this week, we presented six reasons why companies do drug testing in the workplace. Today, we offer an opposing viewpoint. We suggest that you read both articles, should you be considering a drug testing program. Although there are very good reasons to incorporate drug testing in a drug abuse prevention program, there are also good reasons to not include drug ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    The Talent Tsunami: 3 Waves that Transfer Power from the Employer to the Employee

    Three waves of change are converging worldwide to create a talent tsunami in the workforce, shifting power from the employer to the talented individual. Those three waves are (1) demographic changes, (2) candidate empowerment, and (3) the increasing value of talented employees relative to other success factors. Recruiters and managers who ignore this tsunami will be swept away; those who take ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Want to Understand Loyalty? Look First at How You Survey

    Loyalty in the workplace may sound old-fashioned, but look around. Many organizations regularly conduct employee satisfaction surveys, solicit preferences on benefits and career development, and gather other work-related details. These efforts are often part of larger strategic initiatives to retain top performers, boost morale, and identify problems early on. It might seem obvious that success begins with employees’ willingness to share ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Global Workforce Engagement Vs. Productivity: A Paradox?

    In Mid-April I travelled to Bangalore, India to deliver a two-day workshop on Advanced Talent Management. The workshop is aimed at sophisticated and senior talent management and HR professionals (most of whom will have read books like “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman and other authors like Jim Collins, Marcus Buckingham, Jeffrey Pfeffer, etc.). I facilitate this workshop throughout Asia, ...
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    HR Transformation v2.0: It's All About the Business

    The definition of HR transformation has evolved out of a number of perceived and real pressures on the HR function. The function is expected to support the business, provide the right direction for the people management strategy, and then execute the strategy. It also has to demonstrate an improvement in value, yet at the same time carry out cost-heavy administration. In ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Critical Questions for the Employee Experience

    Critical Questions for the Employee Experience
    There’s an interesting guest post on Customers Rock! about customer experience and emotion by Colin Shaw, author of The DNA of Customer Experience. He writes that companies still don’t get the reality that more than half of a customer experience is about emotions – feelings that can either drive value or destroy it. So when he meets with companies, he asks ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?

    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?
    Employer programs for drug abuse prevention have three major goals. First, to keep drug abusers out of the work force by screening job applicants. Second, to deter employees from developing a drug abuse problem. And finally, to rehabilitate employees who have a drug abuse problem. However, employers should keep in mind that this last goal - rehabilitation - is the ultimate ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Interview with an Attitude Adjuster

    How many people do you know who use “Attitude Adjuster” as a business title? Kevin Burns does. He specializes in Corporate Personal Development, helping companies develop their people in order to develop better and stronger organizations. His work is based on the premise “that business gets better when the people in the business get better.” I met Kevin earlier this year ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Emotional Mismanagement

    Emotional Mismanagement
    What's a manager to do about feelings in business? Why, manage them, of course. Not to mock your question in the slightest; we're dead serious. Because if there's one thing that doesn't get enough blame for undermining productivity, creativity, and the smooth functioning of business, it's the mismanagement of emotion in the workplace. Too many managers let people go, emotionally speaking, ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Preparing Employees for Benefits Enrollment

    Preparing Employees for Benefits Enrollment
    Smaller businesses are significantly less likely than larger ones to offer health insurance, surveys show, but there are small firms that offer comprehensive benefits and do so with excellence. Renee Schaaf, vice-president of retirement and investor services for The Principal Financial Group (PFG), spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein about a national contest her firm sponsors to identify ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    How Well Do You Communicate With Your Employees?

    How Well Do You Communicate With Your Employees?
    It is important that an employer ensure that his or her employees are fully informed of company benefit programs and policies as well as other matters of general interest. For example, the company employee handbook could be supplemented by a regularly published (in print or electronically or both) company newsletter or other written forms of communication. Not only would the newsletter ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?