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That Single Source of HR Data Truth

Blog | Author: Kevin Grossman, Director of Content, PeopleFluent | Source: HCI | Published: August 29, 2014

Only a few years ago, Gartner stated that enterprise data would grow 650% over the ensuing five years, while IDC stated in 2011 we created 1.8 zettabytes (or 1.8 trillion GBs) of data, in 2012 it reached 2.8 zettabytes and now they forecast that we will generate 40 zettabytes (ZB) by 2020. 
Wow. That’s a big ol’ Milky Way of data anyway you look at it, created by us and distributed by us – some clean, vetted and valid, and much of it not so much. Organizations have a unique challenge today when it comes to managing this expanding-universe of people data, as well as galaxies of other business-related data.

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Man Up Gen X! Career Advice for the Stuck Generation

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson, Interchange Group | Source: HCI | Published: August 29, 2014

 
Recently, I was asked to counsel a group of angry 40-something managers on career advancement. These Generation Xers felt they were caught in between “greedy” Baby Boomers, who won't move over to give their generation a shot, and “entitled” Millennials, who won’t put in a decent day’s work.
 
Generational influences play a significant role in shaping our values, motivations and behaviors. Nowhere are those influences more apparent and the behavior more divergent than in the workplace. Take the Baby Boomers. Their large numbers drove them to be competitive in all parts of life, including work. In their push to get ahead Boomers added a full month’s worth of work per year to their schedule. Now that they are ready to recalibrate work and life, things have gotten complicated. Past spending habits and drops in retirement portfolios have made the prospects of even gradual retirement obsolete for many.  

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With eLearning Content, Being Real Counts

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: August 28, 2014

The phrase “Fake it til you make it” may have its uses, but let’s be real: perpetually pretending to be something or someone you’re not is exhausting. In fact, authenticity is increasingly cited as a critical element of success for business today. Consider a recent Harvard Business Review article, Creating the Best Workplace on Earth, which cites research from the London Business School indicating that employees that feel encouraged to express their authentic selves at work maintain a higher degree of commitment to the organization, greater individual performance and a stronger desire to collaborate.

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Gaining More Predictive Data from References

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: August 26, 2014

Why don’t we start by acknowledging the big elephant in the room?  It’s reference-checking.  A lot of companies don’t bother with reference-checks on their candidates, or they think they’re doing them well already.  The feeling persists that the reference-check only confirms information the hiring manager or recruiter can see on the resume, and that there’s also a fear of legal risk. 
 
That’s a shame, because when reference-checks are executed well, they are absolutely vital for your hiring decisions.  

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Gear Up HR Design Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: August 25, 2014

Explore Podcasts, Webcasts and  Executive interviews from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to learn best practices and new ideas from thought leaders on HR design.  Click on the titles in the infographic to view content.

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Do You Have a Reliable Quality of Hire Metric?

Blog | Author: Jill Kocian - Director, Solutions Architecture and Enhanced Services at KellyOCG | Source: HCI | Published: August 22, 2014

A question I’m often asked by clients is centered on how they can quantifiably measure the quality of their new hires. But how exactly do you extract a reliable ‘hard’ measurement from relatively ‘soft’ data? Ask the right questions, and ask often, might be a good way to start.

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A Physics Lesson for Leaders about the Use of Power

Blog | Author: Bill Catlette | Source: HCI | Published: August 22, 2014

The first lesson learned by every new leader, one that should be permanently tattooed onto their gray matter, is that by virtue of occupation they have inherited a simple, high school physics problem - There are more of “them” than there are of you. Repeat, there are more of “them” than there are of you. Translation - You are outnumbered, perhaps vastly by the group of people whom you are expected to lead. You shouldn’t let that rattle you, but neither should you forget it.

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The Rise of the HR Broker

Blog | Author: Breanne Harris, Solutions Architect and Social Media Strategist for Pearson TalentLens | Source: HCI | Published: August 21, 2014

Some trends in HR are great. Trends toward data-driven decision making, technology-enabled hiring, and even flexible schedules are significant improvements to the industry.
 
Other trends are not so great. Before we dig into the newest trend, I want you to ask yourself a few questions:

  • What are the key skills/competencies necessary for your company to grow in the next 5 years?
  • What are the skills you most need to cultivate in your next gen leaders? What are you doing to foster those skills?
  • What is your succession plan for the top 10 positions in your company? How are you preparing the next potential leaders in your organization for those roles?

 
And now here’s the most important question; who determines which skills receive training in your organization- managers or HR?

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Mobile On-demand Assessment Has a Job to Do

Blog | Author: James H. Killian, Ph.D. | Source: HCI | Published: August 19, 2014

Pre-employment testing and assessment, when done right, add tremendous value in the hiring process.  Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychologists have collected more than enough aggregate data to show that our methods are far more predictive and useful than other methods like the unstructured interview.  Yet every company still leverages the interview and not every company leverages testing and assessment to support hiring decisions.  As noted in previous blogs it is critical to know what test is being used, why it is being used and how the results are being used in order to attain maximum value.  

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Five Basic Questions Most Recruiters Can’t Answer

Blog | Author: Kimberley Kasper | Source: HCI | Published: August 19, 2014

Many articles are often quick to point fingers at bad habits and warn recruiters about what not to do when they’re looking to hire top talent. Don’t get me wrong—this can be valuable advice. But sometimes you just need down-to-earth guidance on how to improve your game. After all, major league athletes don’t learn to dominate simply by avoiding mistakes. They need practical coaching on the everyday things.

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To RPO Or To Not

Blog | Author: Shanil Kaderali, EVP Global Talent Solutions at Pierpoint | Source: HCI | Published: August 18, 2014

I’ve been agnostic over most of my career within corporate TA as to which is better (in-house recruiting teams vs. RPO hiring models) and would always respond: “Well, It depends.” I’d cite complexity of positions, volume, readiness for change, cost, etc.  In most cases also, that’s the right answer. Now, I’m working in RPO, and I still answer the same way. 

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Eliciting Real Emotions in a Virtual World

Blog | Author: Val Jon Farris | Source: HCI | Published: August 14, 2014

Just last week the Human Capital Institute and I embarked on a webcast entitled Enabling Leaders to Create an Emotional Connection, which was sponsored by Oracle Human Capital Management. One of the unique features of the HCI webcast platform is its ability to poll the attendees in real time and I was excited to take advantage of this functionality in my presentation. When the webcast poll responses began flooding in with sentiments of deep emotional openness and genuine gratitude, I knew we had accomplished our goal of 'Enabling Emotional Connections.' The webcast attendees opened up emotionally and risked sharing experiences that changed their lives.  “My husband and I lost our three-month old baby. It was devastating, but it also strengthened us.” “I’m the only survivor of a family of eight and belonging and teaming mean everything to me.”  "Perfect strangers stopped to help us with our broken down car and left before we could thank them, how inspiring that was!”

 

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The Employee Engagement Axiom

Blog | Author: Lior Arussy, President and Founder, Strativity Group | Source: HCI | Published: August 13, 2014

Engaged employees deliver better customer satisfaction and profits. This axiom sounds logical, but despite a multitude of arguments and research, empirical evidence of the linkage between customer actions and employee engagement is still missing. As a result, many executives are saying the employee engagement concept will result with tactical improvements at best.

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How HR Professionals Can Take Charge of Change

Blog | Author: Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D., Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC | Source: HCI | Published: August 12, 2014

Consider this scenario:  A major new change is coming to your organization!  The executive team approved the change a year ago, a project team has been designing it for several months, and now it's ready to be rolled-out to the organization.  You just got a meeting request to create a communications plan to inform the workforce of the changes.  Just like that - wham - the ball's in your court!
 
Sound familiar?  So often the Human Resource professionals I work with (at all levels - often including senior management ranks) lament that they are invited to participate on change initiatives late in the game.  Typically, they are asked to play roles such as communications and training – long after the major decisions about how the workforce will be impacted have been made by other functional groups.  HR is left to deal with the "people details" and left out of the strategy discussions.  

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Leveraging Employee Strengths for Project Success

Blog | Author: Stacey Rivers, Director of Technical Project Management, Global Technology and Operations Division, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. | Source: HCI | Published: August 12, 2014

An effective project manager is crucial to business success when the delivery of products and services are the core competencies and have a direct impact on the company's bottom line. A project manager may be educated, experienced, and certified, but if not set up to succeed, anyone will fail in an environment where people development is not part of the organizational strategy. Managers who lead a project management office (PMO) should be aware of the concept of strengths management and understand how employees’ skills and strengths undergird the success of the PMO. Employing this concept allows for the strategic management of projects, leveraging strengths where project managers excel. While there is an abundance of information in different circles discussing skills and talent, the invisible obvious is simply that skills are learned, and strengths are clearly skills that employees perform with purpose and passion.  

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Is an Internal Mobility Program on the Horizon in Your Firm? Hint - It Should Be.

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: August 12, 2014

Once upon a time I worked as district manager.  I began working part time as an outgoing high school student and through a twist of fate (Another story for another blog) I ended up working for the same company years later as management.  One of the most inspiring things about this brand was several years later when I started as a manager one of my old supervisors had already worked his way up to director by that point, which was no small feat.  Seeing that culture of promotion from within and how quickly someone I actually knew could move, sealed the deal for my job acceptance and inspired my drive to replicate his success.  

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Is Your Employer Brand Super-Charged? Taking it to the Next Level

Blog | Author: By Elizabeth Gutierrez Saury, Senior Solution Consultant | Source: HCI | Published: August 11, 2014

Employer Branding has been a dominant HR strategy over the past ten years. You might be ahead of the game with an Employer Brand solidly in place, attracting industry top talent to your organization. Your killer portals are branded. The candidate experience is ensured and built upon via branded postings and branded newsletters.

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Gear Up Leadership Strategy Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: August 11, 2014

Explore Podcasts, Webcasts and  Executive interviews from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to learn best practices and new ideas from thought leaders on leadership strategy.   Click on the titles in the infographic to view content.

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The Recipe for Long-term Career Success

Blog | Author: Kip Kelly, UNC Executive Development Director of Marketing and Public Programs | Source: HCI | Published: August 6, 2014

There’s a simple recipe for long-term career success, with three main ingredients: knowledge, experience, and reflection.  On the surface, this sounds pretty simple.  You’re constantly collecting new knowledge and experience throughout your career. Don’t be fooled.  There’s a big difference between hoping you will gain the knowledge and skills you need and proactively pursuing the development opportunities that will ensure long term success.  You need to take control of your future, and that means developing a strategy that will enable you to reach your career goals.

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