It happens fairly regularly. I’ll hand my business card to someone, wait a beat, and watch them smile as they read my title - Chief Encouragement Officer.
In Gary Larson’s famous cartoon, a student asks his teacher if he can be excused because his brain is full. It’s funny as a cartoon, but it is tragic, wasteful, and all-too-common in corporate training.
With talent wars waging on for top talent, entrepreneurs need to make sure they treat their employees well. Otherwise, they might jump ship.Read more
“WHY do you pander to them?” This question kept being put to Marian Salzman, the boss of Havas PR, by her older workers in the days after the firm launched its latest recruitment advertisement. Featuring eager young things using ...Read more
Throughout my career, I’ve dabbled in the world of “new employee orientation.” I’ve shown really boring slides, helped new-hires decipher a myriad of insurance options, given office tours, and scheduled “meet-n-greets” with other employees and leaders. All of these activities have resulted in varying levels of effectiveness.
Effective new hire onboarding will be critical for employee retention and engagement in the future as demographic shifts significantly alter the talent landscape. America’s 80 million Baby Boomers will be succeeded in their roles by a cohort (Generation X) that is half their size, intensifying the competition among employers for top talent.
What is the first word that comes to mind when you look at the picture to the left? I won’t give it away yet, but I think it’s safe to say that most people, and specifically workplace employees, experience this with relative frequency.
So the war for talent is on. Are you and your company ready? Do you know what world regions and industries are generating the greatest demand for talent? Is your company prepared to defend your talent from aggressive raids by competitors?Read more
It has been said that “life imitates art.” In a similar vein, I would suggest that, in many respects, business imitates sport, notably major collegiate and professional athletics. Think about it. Business lexicon is rife with the use of sports jargon (e.g., goal line, slump, go deep, etc.) to describe business situations. It is quite common to see current and former athletes and coaches on the dais at business conferences. Pro sports created player free agentry. Business is perfecting it.
It's obvious that you cannot hire your way out of a talent crisis. The sheer economics of hiring and rehiring is not working out. As a result, more and more companies are focusing on Onboarding now. When done right, Onboarding improves retention and employee engagement as well as help employees get productive quickly. Most companies talk about "Speed to Productivity" , but they are struggling on the journey to Productivity.