I’m from HR. And I’m Here to Help.
JANUARY 8, 2015
I really am. But I understand why you may not believe me. Over the years, perhaps, you’ve had frustrating interactions with poker-faced human resources ladies desperately clinging to antiquated policies and procedures. It’s entirely possible that an HR Business Partner, who, according to your company collateral is supposed to ‘build coalitions and effect change,’ only brought about frustration by tossing up roadblocks and obstacles. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Many HR practitioners are not, deep down, the black-hearted trolls they appear to be. Didn’t you? General HR
Another View of HR ‘Big Data’
JANUARY 5, 2015
Last week I read this article explaining that “Big data knows when you’re going to quit your job before you do.” The article relates how VMware is using Workday to predict when and/if certain employees are in danger of leaving the organization. Workday’s Insight Applications, summarized here , are rolling out in 2015 and are designed to predict future business outcomes. Businesses can input decades of historical staff data into Workday to inform and customize the system’s recommendations. The evolution of HR. The stuff many of us get giddy reading about, discussing and exploring.
The ennui of the average worker
JANUARY 12, 2015
Once upon a time people worked in offices like this. Desks lined up in neat and orderly rows. Handbags tucked securely inside drawers. Open concept…well, for some of the employees. As this picture dates from the 1960’s, my guess is this was where the gals in the secretarial pool sat. The fellas, no doubt, had plush and luxurious offices with windows. I am worn out just looking at this picture. Now for all I know these busy employees were doing stimulating and enthralling work. At first it was fun. Mr. Jones, her boss, was very nice to ‘his girls.’ Restlessness. Ennui.
The Community Has Spoken – #truBatonRouge
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
“HR people and recruiters sure think differently, don’t they?” quote from #truBatonRouge attendee). They sure do; and I’ve talked about it quite a bit. I feel somewhat able to pontificate on the subject as I’ve not only worked for an agency, been an internal recruiter, and managed corporate recruiting teams, but have also held numerous HR leadership positions over the years. If we imagine we’re just one ginormous agrarian society, the recruiters are like the hunters and gatherers who track down the talent; they’re out there fishing in the pond where no-one-else is fishing. It can be. Awesome.
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You CAN Bring the Sexy Back: ‘Branding’ Employee Discipline
JANUARY 13, 2015
It seems you can’t click open your web browser without reading something about “Employer Branding.” Or “Talent Branding.” Good stuff to be sure; I think it’s important and critical. What fascinates me is how we tend to explore this concept primarily from a talent attraction or recruiting standpoint. Oh sure, during the strategy phase of “employer branding” there is cursory attention paid to overall organizational culture and the end-loop/integration to the employee life cycle. “If If we recruit these people,” says Mary the HR leader, “we need to think about retaining them.” Well…yeah.
Repetition and Reruns for the HR Win
JANUARY 20, 2015
The other day as I lay prone on the sofa flipping through channels I happened upon “When Harry Met Sally.” The last 30 minutes of “When Harry Met Sally.”. Now I’ve seen this movie so many times I feel as if I not only assisted in writing the script but also hung out during filming and gave notes to the actors, picked out the set decorations, and had a hand in Meg Ryan’s wardrobe. I can sing along to every song on the Harry Connick Jr. infused soundtrack. I laugh at the same lines (every time) and usually tear up, right on cue, at the end. So, naturally, I settled in and re-watched the ending.
Running the Family Business
JANUARY 22, 2015
A bit of news came out last night about our beloved Saints. As reported by The Times-Picayune , “ New Orleans Saints, Pelicans ownership shocker: wife Gayle, not granddaughter Rita, will control empire after Tom Benson dies.”. Of course, as with anything of this sort, there’s all manner of speculation. Did Rita want to eventually move the team out of New Orleans? Is Gayle (a much younger 3 rd wife for Tom Benson) a gold-digger? How is Gayle going to run this show when her primary business achievement was having a failed interior design company? Oh Rita. That’s a new assistant every 2.4 months.
Why @Victorio_M is Awesome! #timsackettday
JANUARY 23, 2015
When I think about my friend Victorio Millian I have strong visual recollections. I see the beautiful photos he takes of his beloved NYC and the smiling faces of his two kids and their mother. I remember the times we’ve been able to sit down and have a chat and a bit of fun at various events over the years. I remember that the first time we met face to face (as people are wont to say) was in an elevator. In 2010. Victorio is a human resources professional. And a damn good one. Find him and talk to him and you’ll know exactly why I feel the way I do: Victorio on Twitter. Victorio on LinkedIn.
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Why Your HR Lady Likes to Tell You “No”
DECEMBER 17, 2014
There’s an interesting dynamic often at play in the workplace when the CEO/Owner/Company President serves as an ersatz father figure while the beleaguered HR lady is assigned the role of substitute mother. (And While Dad fulfills his often-absent but always-looming role as patriarch to a motley assemblage of children (the employees), Mom is left to perform the day-to-day care taking duties.
Hacked By RxR HaCkEr
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
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How To Take Employee Appreciation To The Next Level At Your Company
MARCH 23, 2017
Building a vibrant workplace requires a foundation of trust, respect, and honest communication. It also requires employee appreciation. Over 200,000 global employees were studied by the Boston Consulting Group , and the top reason they reported enjoying their work was, “feeling appreciated”. Financial compensation didn’t appear until number 8! How do your employees like to be appreciated? Ask them.
12 Powerful Tips to Build an Employee Recognition Culture
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
About 65 percent of the people in one survey reported that they received no recognition over the last 12 months for their work.In the same report, 89 percent of employers feel that most employees leave their companies to earn more money. However, most workers who leave their jobs cite lack of appreciation as a major reason for seeking other opportunities. Spending money on routine company gift cards isn’t the same as offering personalised and specific praise based on an employee’s performance. Make It Personal It’s critical to be specific, personal and accurate. Culture Recognition
Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?
Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.
The 7 Elements of an Unforgettable Employee Experience
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
We have all heard of the customer experience which is defined as the resulting product when a customer interacts with your brand. We’re all familiar with both good and bad customer experiences and we go through one or the other on a near daily basis. The employee experience has become increasingly important in HR management because of evolving business trends such as peer-to-peer sharing, high turnover rates and competitive recruiting practices. The employee journey begins before a job applicant even decides to apply, and it continues after the employee leaves the company as an alumnus.
7 More Fascinating Employee Engagement Trends For 2017
MARCH 21, 2017
It’s no surprise that employee engagement numbers have been abysmal for the last few years (and if that is a surprise, you need to read our blog more often.) According to Gallup, engaged employees comprise only around 30% of the workforce. No wonder this post on 2016 engagement trends was so popular. . By the looks of things, this will be a long term project. So why the rise in engagement?
Cost Per Hire: How to Calculate It the Right Way
MARCH 21, 2017
Almost constantly, talent acquisition departments are pressured to reduce their cost per hire. Finding the right balance in your company’s cost per hire can be tricky. You’re trying to please everyone from your CFO to senior executives all while providing quality talent to the hiring managers who are desperate to fill an open position. Quality of Hire
The Rise of the People Strategy Platform
MARCH 7, 2017
“Now, more than ever, the corporate strategy for large companies hinges on the people strategy.”. This was a key takeaway from a summit of HR leaders and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) experts, who met to discuss the future of HR and the trends shaping it. Today’s business environment is more complex than ever before, creating an unmatched opportunity for HR to create value for the business.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
3 Examples of Evidence-Based HR in Action
MARCH 13, 2017
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop based on metrics, evidence-based HR, and change management. The session was a lot of fun, because we were able to tie the three topics together in a variety of ways to help reiterate not only why each of them matters, but how each of them can really build value when used in conjunction with one another. But where does that evidence come from?
2017 HR Trends Forecast
JANUARY 3, 2017
Company culture still reigns supreme within the HR universe, but 2017 HR trends will focus on attracting growth-driven workers to the companies that need them. Major tech companies may still build campuses to cater to wunderkinds’ various needs, but most HR departments are more interested in creating cost-effective ways to meet the work-balance needs of their employees.
How to Become a Thought Leader: Thought Leadership Tips
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Thought leadership isn’t something that you can just add to your resume despite the fact that many job applicants do so. Thought leaders drive innovation, evolutionary changes, revolutionary advances and paradigm cultural shifts. Thought leaders are game-changers who can redefine conversations, turn industries upside-down and alter history. What Is Thought Leadership?
Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Hold Managers Accountable
ATD Human Capital
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
The best organizations know that engaged, high-performing employees drive business success. Engaged employees are more productive, more profitable, more customer-focused, and more likely to stay. And highly engaged workplaces grow faster, adapt quicker, and innovate more. But how can we make improvements on a metric that has been declining the past three years ? So, what can you do?
The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience
Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.
3 Steps to Making Your Company Culture More Creative
ATD Human Capital
MARCH 14, 2017
Design-led companies such as Apple and Google are known for being on the cusp of innovation, and it is their creative company cultures that act as incubators for their employees’ cutting-edge ideas. Yet they seem to have been created with their artistic, inventive atmospheres where watercooler conversations about social media turn into a new idea for the latest project. Open Up Your Space.
7 Strategies for Hiring and Managing Creative Employees
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Today we’re going to explore the intersection of creativity, innovation, and intrapreneurship (entrepreneurial activities occurring within an organization) and how these activities bring value to the business world. I hope you enjoy! Innovation is a curious thing. Companies everywhere are trying to create more innovative atmospheres for employees. Consider that. Innovation matters.
Infographic: 10 More Proven Ways To Boost Employee Job Satisfaction
MARCH 8, 2017
What matters most to your employees? This is the third time we are asking that question, because what could be more rewarding and fruitful than fostering a supported and thriving workforce? This year, we are including the infographic below, courtesy of our friends at Venngage. . 2) Compensation, Benefits, Job Security & Stable Financials. 4) Opportunities to Use Skills & Abilities.
7 Lessons on Creating a Powerful Employee Experience
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
I just finished reading a brand new book called The Employee Experience. It’s a great look at the relatively new concept of creating an experience for employees, not just trying to engage them or do some other one-off program that doesn’t deliver long-term results. The experiences will be congruent, or similar. That’s your hint. Your products? Your mission? Your customers?
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
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Why Communication Boosts Employee Retention (And How to Get Better At It)
MARCH 8, 2017
Creating an environment of open dialogue in the workplace is essential for both attracting and retaining top-tier talent within your organization. Listening to questions, addressing concerns, providing feedback and implementing suggestions are benchmarks for effective leadership, as well as requisites for high-caliber performance and employee retention. Combine Information and Inspiration.
Is Employee Engagement REALLY Worth It? [Infographic]
MAY 3, 2016
How do you know if employee engagement is really worth the investment in tools in programs to help improve it? Many organizations realize it should be a priority but struggle to understand the financial implications if they don’t take action. This infographic outlines how disengaged workers can affect your company. Some stats included: $11B is lost annually due to employee turnover.
[Infographic] Productivity And Motivation Tips From Experts
MARCH 21, 2017
They say a happy workforce is an effective workforce, and if you treat your employees correctly and look after them, they will perform well and take care of you in return. But is this actually true? Research shows that employees that are happy in their roles, and are happy at work , perform better than employees that demonstrate a lack of satisfaction within their role. So how can this be done?
A First Impression Matters (& HR Can Control It)
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
In our continuing exploration of how HR technology and processes impact the experience of employees , business leaders and the organization itself, we wanted to turn our attention to talent acquisition. Sadly, talent acquisition is where some of the worst experiences happen. Are you providing an experience to land the candidates you really want? Set expectations and then deliver. It’s bad business.
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.
What To Do When Employees Bring Personal Struggles Into The Workplace
MARCH 18, 2017
When you work as part of a team, there is an inherent social aspect to it. Workers are individuals who each have their own personalities, likes, dislikes, and lives outside of the office. When channeled properly, this can actually be an advantage as your team members build synergy and are able to work together. But what if their personal problems begin to take over their work life as well?