To truly take advantage of big data’s ability to inform and enhance HR and business decisions, companies need to bring together three critical talent analytics elements: Access, Ability, and Action. The top four challenges to each of these elements are displayed in this infographic.Read more
What changes are your organization experiencing now? Merger, acquisition, reorganization? New technology implementation or significant upgrade? Major new product or service-offering launch?
Sobering statistics show that 70% of major organizational changes fail. We all know the carnage that results from these missteps - lost investment, customer dissatisfaction, employee cynicism.Read more
Our economy is finally recovering from the Great Recession, and that means great things for candidates—job opportunities are increasing, and candidates are finding themselves in the position to be more selective and possess high expectations of their employer of choice. Candidates are looking for more than just a salary—they’re exploring different varieties of company cultures, expecting benefits that are conducive to family life and work-life balance, and seeking flexible schedules and opportunities for telecommuting. But what does that mean for employers?Read more
92 million millennials exist in the US today, and their unique work styles and preferences are transforming corporate policies, organizational cultures and HR processes. Over the last five years, it’s been difficult to ignore the impact this younger generation of workers has had on the way work gets done. From flex time to performance conversations, there continues to be a lot of debate around the best methods to operate in a (seemingly) millennial world of work. To successfully navigate this demographic transition, organizational leaders must not only take the time to understand the generational trends but also the individuals that comprise them.Read more
I heard an HR success story the other day, or at least it started out that way. A friend who is a risk engineering consultant at a global insurance company was recounting a development program he attended, and the benefits of participation. He was able to network with peers from across the organization in an authentic way, and during the course of the program, he met several individuals with specialized knowledge that he plans to leverage to support his work in the company.Read more
When an organization creates a robust mentoring culture, the short-term and long-term benefits can be dramatic. On a day-to-day basis, employees in these cultures feel more satisfied, productive and connected with their colleagues. They also enjoy increased confidence levels and often develop clearer ideas for their desired career paths within the company.Read more
In October 2014, an article entitled, “Analytics Leaders Discuss New Trends,” recapped the discussions of a Talent Analytics Leadership Roundtable hosted by Northwestern University. Identified in these trends was the need to overhaul employee engagement measurement. Many organizations have moved from an annual measurement in favour of a continual one. I agree with that change because the engagement score is incredibly sensitive to when people answer the survey relative to such factors as recent business events and even the weather.Read more
Leaders build leaders. Training Magazine recently ranked the top 125 organizations that excelled at employee development. (Link to Article) Included in the terrific detail provided about these companies one fact stood out from the rest. Of these 125 companies;
“Some 71 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports”.Read more
According to a recent LinkedIn study (2015 Global Recruiting Trends), 85% of the fully employed workforce is open to new opportunities. In fact, 45% of them are already actively looking. Do those numbers make you nervous? Do a few key players on your team immediately come to mind—because you already suspect that they fall into that 85%? Or worse, could they be in the 45%? Or, perhaps those figures instead prompt a very different realization—that you have no idea who might fall into which category because your organization isn’t keeping track of that kind of information.Read more
New technologies are often created with the expectation that they will save us time and energy, and make us more efficient and effective at work. Yet, for all of the new technology available in today’s workplace, worker productivity has been declining.Read more
Marketing automation trailblazer Marketo is known around Silicon Valley as one of the tech industry’s hottest companies. With 3,300 clients worldwide, the company has been growing rapidly for several years – boasting employees from its headquarters in San Mateo, California, to Atlanta, Dublin, Tokyo, Sydney, and the UK.Read more
Data-driven HR. HR Analytics. Talent Management. Organizational Agility. Chief People Officer. Once just buzzwords, these concepts are now foundational elements of a strong organization’s human resources strategy. In a job market that caters more and more to the candidate’s needs, organizations are seeking to become more proactive. They’re no longer filling a vacancy. Today, it’s a matter of finding and cultivating talent, integrating that talent into a strong and diverse company culture and nurturing that talent to produce the best possible workforce.Read more
When most managers think about coaching, they think about formally scheduled one-on-one sessions with an employee. Yet, day-to-day business activities and interactions present ample opportunities for a manager to provide valuable coaching. These moments are often referred to as “corridor conversations” or “coachable moments.” Everyday situations can be the best times for a manager to slip into the coaching role, ask insightful questions, share observations, and otherwise guide an employee along his or her own path to a higher level of performance.Read more
A martial arts sensei said, “You are always practicing something. The question is – What are you practicing?” Darn good question.
Whether we are practicing one-upmanship or cooperation, truth telling or lying, mentoring or self-promotion, fluency in three-letter acronyms or plain speaking, anonymous feedback or face-to-face feedback, our practices have an impact on our careers, our companies, our relationships.Read more
To survive and thrive today, we must be able to transform ourselves, our organizations and our businesses quickly, efficiently, effectively and continuously. Embracing Lean and Agile principles at all levels within an organization and across silos creates a culture of continuous innovation that is now a prerequisite to delivering ongoing value to customers and to the business.Read more
Navigating the organization to get work done is a hazard of any job, but should it be a hazard when it comes to career management? Turnover can occur for various reasons, but for some companies, the cyclical process for HR to find the "right" talent should be re-engineered for the “right” talent to find the “right” company. In a recent Forbes article, Google's SVP of People Operations announced that they are sharing their vision for recruiting, training, and resource optimization, underscoring the talent challenge companies are facing, hence the reason why Google is giving you their playbook.Read more
Change is constant in business. Yet, 70 percent of organizational change initiatives fail, and only 25 percent of organizations are able to sustain long-term gains from change management initiatives. Clearly, there’s an opportunity to rethink how we manage change – and HR is uniquely positioned to lead the way.
The end of a brand is often a rotten confluence of events—economic trends, smart competitors, and changing technologies can all be the death knell for a company. However, leaders or leadership teams that stay balanced in their approach improve the odds of seeing potentially fatal challenges early enough to address them.Read more
Half a billion Facebook users only visit the site on mobile devices--a number which is expected to increase significantly in the not-too-distant future. That is the world we live in today, and many of those users are the same people filling out your job applications. People are taking just about everything to their mobile devices, from finding love and shopping to looking for a new job. And yet, only a fraction of today's leading companies have dedicated the resources needed to optimize their mobile recruiting experience.Read more
Last month, the Brandon Hall Group released their recent Employee Engagement Survey, which suggested that a strategic employee engagement solution dramatically impacts an organization’s bottom line. For many companies, investing in social recognition solutions has had an incredible impact on retention, performance and productivity.Read more