The biggest mistake a company can make when onboarding talented, energetic new employees into an organization is to cram 20 hours of mind-numbing employment information into four dull hours of orientation. And yet, this is exactly what many new hires, arriving enthusiastic and ready to work, must endure during their first week on the job with a new employer.Read more
So you’ve done your homework and developed a solid business case for your company’s acquisition of a video interviewing solution. As a TA professional, you realize video interviewing has become a mainstream best practice employed, in some capacity, by nearly 80% of enterprise-level businesses. Still, you face some hurdles with your uber-conservative, risk-averse legal department. Here’s how to win that argument and be dubbed as your organization’s top innovation leader bringing transformation into the hiring process.Read more
Many companies lack the capacity to quickly ensure their human resources expenditure responds quickly to their businesses’ ebb and flow.
Sound familiar? Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is a relatively new solution with the potential to transcend the structural challenges facing acquisition.Read more
Tim Ryan, Vice Chairman and Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders Leader at PwC, thinks the megatrends defining the social, political and economic landscape around the world present more opportunities than challenges.
The conveniences of modern travel are often overlooked when measured against the reality that any attempt to go from point A to point B is frequently rife with potential setbacks. That’s why, on my way home after HCI’s Workforce Planning and Talent Strategy Conference this week, I made peace with the fact that the next several hours were not going to be particularly enjoyable.Read more
Often, when someone is first appointed to a leadership role, it occurs via a “battlefield promotion” where the person in front of them, the incumbent leader goes up, down, or away, and they are thrust into the role. For some reason, this often seems to occur on a Friday, and the conversation goes something like this: “You’ve been here a while now, and you know the business, the people and processes. You’re a natural. Starting Monday, I want you to be the new (fill in the blank job title). I have confidence that you will succeed.” Left unsaid is the very real message, “and you’ve got all weekend to get ready.”Read more
How can mid-level to senior leaders become better equipped to steer their organizations and their people through change?
That’s a question human capital experts are asking with increasing frequency as the effects of change are felt in every corner of organizations. Managers of teams, projects, departments and functions are in unique and powerful position to drive change – and face real challenges in making it happen. They must translate the C-suite’s vision for change to the front lines. They must help direct reports navigate the emotions of transition and also generate alignment and commitment.Read more
In today’s work world, we face multiple stressors, demands, and pressures, not to mention constant connectivity through smart phones, social media, and tablet computers. Consulting firm AON Hewitt estimates that 35 percent of U.S. employers in 2013 offered employee stress-reduction programs, and that estimate is expected to grow (AON Hewitt, 2013). Business leaders are increasingly looking for ways to reduce employee stress, and many employers—like Google, Aetna, Target, and General Mills, to name a few—have found that introducing mindfulness into their workplace not only lowers employee stress, but improves focus, clarity of thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, and more.Read more
Leaders already know that keeping their teams motivated, engaged and driven to succeed is a demanding task in itself. But in today’s world it’s even harder, because leaders have to keep their people engaged while responding to huge, disruptive changes in how we work and what we care about in the workplace. It’s a big challenge, but the first step to overcoming it is knowing what the changes are. In Hay Group’s new book, Leadership 2030, we’ve identified six ‘megatrends’ that are transforming societies and the global business environment as we know it.Read more
The Theme of 2014 -- Prosperous but Exhausted
When I ask my clients and human capital professional about their greatest challenges and triumphs of 2014, their responses to me are remarkably consistent:
“My company is thriving financially, but I’ve never worked this hard or been so tired in my life.”
It’s a new year and that means new goals. Leaders are no doubt setting their sights set on a more productive, efficient and innovative workforce, yet there’s one key component they’re probably overlooking: employee engagement.Read more
We all know how important it is to win the war for talent. It’s a cliché at this point to say that employees are our most important asset, but it is a reality that we’re in a competitive market for talent. Lack of engagement from your current employees, evolving expectations of multiple generations in the workforce (flexible work schedules, shortened expected tenure, work/life blending vs. work/balance), there are multiple factors complicating attracting and securing the top talent for the firm. HR departments can spend the bulk of their day dreaming up new ad hoc attraction and engagement tactics for employees, or they can get strategic with workforce planning - aligning the right talent to advance the firm’s key objectives and business goals.Read more
A recent global survey by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) found that 94 percent of executives believe that innovation is a key driver of organizational success. And yet, just 14 percent of those respondents have confidence in their organization’s ability to drive innovation effectively.Read more
There is a predictable rhythm to the start of my work day. Every morning I come into the office, greet my coworkers, unpack my stuff, and head over to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee. There are a few things that never change. I check my emails, hop on to Twitter to see what the world is saying about HCI, and look at the weekly webcast and podcast schedule to see what’s next on the calendar. Around this 15-minute mark is where the predictability ends.Read more
In this HCI research infographic, we explore how organizations are leveraging internal talent to fill critical positions and develop employees for a competitive advantage.Read more
To kick off 2015, the Human Capital Institute is featuring original content on talent mobility, and to re-familiarize myself with the topic I spent some time skimming through a colleague’s notes concerning contemporary research. Somewhere between a study citing only 36% of businesses have access to reliable data on top performers that were not included in succession plans and a blog post about how U.S. based companies are taking 25% more time to make a hire, I stumbled on a somewhat eye-popping statistic.Read more
Change: it’s both necessary and inevitable.
For some reason, change carries a great deal of resistance along with it. Nevertheless, in some cases, like winning the lottery, such an enormous change doesn’t generate the same resistance that other changes do. Lottery winners don’t question if they are ready for the change or if they need to adapt. They take the change all at once, no questions asked!Read more
The HCI research team was busy in 2014! Check out all of our reports across a wide-variety of talent management topics: from the Affordable Care Act to employment branding to internal mobility.Read more
For the past decade, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) has collected extensive data on the exercise, eating and sleeping habits of the senior executives who attend our Leadership at the Peak program. This work has given us a unique view of the overall health of top leaders globally – and offers valuable lessons on how leaders at every level can elevate their performance.Read more
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You harden if you are not stretching. While most of us think about stretching as a physical activity, we must also stretch our brains, our hearts, and our perspectives. Only when we do this, can we fully shift. It’s about going to your core – figuratively.
So I ask: How do you plan to stretch yourself in 2015? Here are three simple steps to help kick off your new year.