Organizations everywhere are gearing up for their yearly performance reviews. Managers are filling out paperwork and straining their memories back across an entire year to recall employees’ major successes and failures, and employees are bracing themselves for bad news or daring to hope for an above-average salary increase. Either way, the traditional performance review is past its “sell-by” date.
Organizations continuously strive to increase the efficiency, consistency, and quality of support services like human resources, finance and information technology. The better these back-office functions work, the more time your people can spend on activities that grow the bottom line.
We don’t just learn a new skill, like developing self-awareness, every once in a while. You’ve got to keep working at it, practicing it, setting reminders to use it and looking for situations for applying new skills. From there, take time to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and how you can improve.
Good managers localize team goals to cascade up to strategies developed by senior leadership. They’re not solving the company’s problems. They’re balancing service to their team with service to the big picture…easier said than done.
Despite the importance of the talent acquisition function, recruiters still continue to rely on the embedded analytics in their Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for the data they need to make fact-based decisions on recruiting and hiring.
Resource crunch is a tragic reality in talent acquisition today. Top talent is hard to find and harder to keep. If there was ever a war for talent, we are pretty darn close to losing.
New technology is changing things. Trends like artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, cloud computing and automation are changing employee and consumer experiences alike.
There it is – the face of a potential job candidate. You can’t explain how you know this, but you feel it’s a trusting, dependable face. You instantly feel that he or she is more capable than others you viewed today. Careful! You may not know it, but you’ve just engaged in the pseudoscience of physiognomy, reading (or more appropriately misreading) peoples’ temperament and characters in their faces.
Using descriptions and examples, framing the change in terms of what you want in the future, and using the least amount of power can help make your constructive feedback more productive.
Let’s extend to others on our teams the grace we wish were extended to us, and then dig in and do hard work together. Let’s get clear on the things that aren’t, interact in healthy ways, and influence others for shared success.
We live in an age of accelerating complexity. Smartphones have attracted new users around the world, with more than six billion people now connected to the internet. Technology promises to make life more convenient yet also demands our attention, intruding on our daily lives and pulling us away from the humans in our midst.
Great HR leaders excel at finding untapped potential in their people, increasing their efficiency, and maximising their contribution to the company’s strategic objectives and financial performance. One area where CHROs are focusing on unlocking more value is within their HR analytics function.
Companies spend massive amounts of time, money and headspace on strategies to increase employee retention, hoping that doing so will indemnify them from the risks of losing valuable employees, or thinking it will solve any labor shortage they face that threatens the health and growth of their business.
As with every endeavor, it’s important to know where you’re going. If things are foggy or ambiguous on your way to success, any actions taken will require more time and resources, or may fail altogether. Unfortunately, these failures are happening too often in business. Clarity matters. Each small clarity problem within an organization may seem insignificant at first, but gradually, they lead to big problems.
Managers are a crucial source of focus and direction, motivation and empowerment, and keeping employees on track to win – in marathons and sprints, alike. As a manager, share your vision and root for your people. There’s no ‘I’ in team, so everyone must be on board in order to make goals – and success - happen.
Regardless of the definition of an independent contractor, or pending changes in state and federal employment laws, best-in-class organizations are actively taking steps to mitigate risk with their contingent workforces.
Strategic workforce planning matters today because organizations are reporting significant difficulty hiring key talent when they need it. Unemployment is shrinking in many sectors of the economy, and that means many organizations are finding it harder than ever to close talent gaps.
Attention is the new, dominant currency, and as attention goes, people can have very little to give. Competing interests are everywhere and time is always of the essence, but it takes more than raw attention to spur you to action. The attention economy also has a pecuniary effect in business, directly affecting the bottom line.
Recruiters often say they have too many tasks and not enough time, and that the business doesn't understand what takes them so long. Recruiters say the senior leadership team thinks there are too many recruiters for how few people the company is hiring, and they need technology to make things more efficient and help get end results. Recruiters say automation is the answer.
Even if you’re just beginning to be more proactive about workforce planning, you’re still ahead of the two thirds of US employers that don’t do it at all. Recent research from HCI has shown that workforce planning is still a struggle for many organizations, for many reasons.