Top 2006 Technology Trends for Small Business

SuccessFactors

The small business trends blog has a list of the top technology trends for small business. One of them (they aren’t numbered) is hosted applications. The author points out that: While traditional PC based applications have a role to play, hosted applications, that you can access over the Internet is becoming more widely available. With […]. Uncategorized SaaS Small/Medium Sized Companies Software as a Service

The Corporate Culture Conundrum

Nobscot

In May 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review, Hamm advises that a healthy corporate culture is "created and maintained by focusing on the right goals and creating the experience of winning in the John Hamm, a former CEO and current general partner at VSP Capital, reminds us that successful corporate cultures nurture employees'' natural drive and enthusiasm toward creating a winning company.

1954 Psychology Experiment Provides Clues for Cooperative Work Among Distributed Work Environments

Nobscot

Both large and small companies are moving toward more distributed workforces. A small juice company was recently touted in Business 2.0 Magazine for having growers in California and Mexico, processing in Washington, bottlers in California, warehouse in Wisconsin, customer service in Philippines, accounting in India and headquarters in San Francisco. I can remember back in the early 1990s when the

Why I Hate Recruiters, Part 2

Evil HR Lady

I received the following e-mail at my Evil HR Lady e-mail. Dear Hiring Authority,My name is [SPAMMER] and I am a Recruiter in Boston. I have several strong candidates who would be a great fit for your posted Administrative position and I would love to share their resumes with you.Each has been pre-screened for communication, presentation and Computer Software skills and all are wonderful!Because

Quitting Without Giving Notice

Evil HR Lady

Of course, except in extenuating situations, you should give notice before you quit. But, this is an extreme example of an employee who stormed off when things didn't go his way. Top tenor Roberto Alagna has stunned opera-goers at La Scala in Milan by storming off stage in the middle of a performance after he was booed. The Franco-Italian singer, who was playing a leading role in Verdi's Aida, walked off minutes into the second night of the opera house's new season.

HR in Fiction

Nobscot

There aren''t too many novels with HR Managers as main characters. I just ran across a new work of fiction, called A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua which stars an unnamed Human Resources manager. Apparently the HR Manager is called in by the boss to help solve the mystery surrounding an employee''s death.According to this review on AmazonIn A. Yehoshua''s "A Woman in Jerusalem," a local

The Great HR Herpetologist

Nobscot

John Sullivan, the great herpetologist.Dr. John Sullivan is at his headline grabbing best this week with a new article likening Human Resources people to snakes. No, I''m sorry, I got that wrong. He''s found HR people''s actions "scarier and more despicable than any real snake I’ve come across." He has always shown his disdain for the profession but in this article he is just downright mean.And

New Analysis Shows HR Improves Profitability

Nobscot

In a nice counter piece to HR being reptiles, new analysis is about to be published in Personnel Psychology that reveals that rather than HR being detrimental to an organization, it in fact adds real bottom line value.Using mathematical analysis of 92 previous studies, researchers have found that human resources activities created a 10% - 20% improvement in employee retention and employee

Awash in Data

Nobscot

Our Blogswap guest post today comes from Frank Mulligan of recruit-china.com. He presents us with some common sense thinking on data and metrics. Thanks, Frank!One One of the more useful elements of service offerings like Exit Interviews is the hiring metrics that repeated, measured operations will generate.But which hiring metrics?We We can always look to the net for information but checking out

Do you look like your dog?

Nobscot

I don''t know what this has to do with HR but I thought it was funny.An "I Look Like My Dog" contest winner over at HRWhatnot.I always start my work day there for an amusing look at things in the workplace

ATS 40

Pile People are from Pluto, Neatniks are from Neptune

Nobscot

I have a pile problem. Paperwork piles I mean. Piles crop up around me; on the desk, on the floor, overflowing on tabletops. I have piles of magazines, piles of books, piles of articles, piles of mail, piles of things I am in the middle of working on. You name it, I have a pile for it. When I worked in HR and recruiting, the resume piles alone were overwhelming.For years organized people would

The Secret of Why Hoppers Don't Add Value

Nobscot

I recently wrote a guest post on Your HR Guy''s blog about Why I Still Don''t Like Job Hoppers. One of the reasons that I noted is that employees don''t generally contribute much to the organization in their first 6 to 18 months. Job hoppers leave before they have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way. New research is beginning to explain why it takes so long before even highly

40

What’s an Employee Worth? Not Compensation! But Value?

Nobscot

HR professionals often discuss the cost of turnover. Some say that the cost is equal to 150% of the employee''s salary. The American Management Association uses the figure of 30% of salary. When I''m doing ROI calculations, I usually use a very conservative 25% so as not to oversell my case. But can you really come up with an average value of what an employee brings to a company based on their

4 Weeks Into the Recruiting Blog Swap

Nobscot

The Recruiting Blog Swap has been running for a month now. It''s been great fun having the opportunity to get to know other bloggers in the Recruiting and Human Resources field. So far I''ve created 4 guest posts as part of the Swap.The first was on "It''s All About the Experience." This blog is about the hiring experience from the applicant''s point of view. I wrote a post about the old fashioned

Teams Need A Swift Kick In The.

Nobscot

Someone started a discussion on "Joel On Software" about teamwork in distributed work environments based on my post a few days ago about the psychology experiment on group conflict.One person wrote this:I believe the success of such an undertaking is a function of management''s skill and their own ability to define the parameters of the teamwork. I also believe that most managements are not

Is It All About The Towels?

Nobscot

Our second guest post from the Blog Swap comes from Tod Hilton. Tod shares with us an insider''s view on a company and employee retention issue that I blogged about earlier. I don''t want to give it away though so I''ll just say - Welcome, Tod and thanks for the great post. A quick little intro for those of you tuning in to the Big Bad Recruiting Blog Swap. My name is Tod Hilton and I will be

It's Who They Know Not What They Know When It Comes To Employee Turnover

Nobscot

Have you noticed how the most effective employees are the ones who have the best relationships with other employees across the company? These employees with high "social capital" can speed a vendor contract through the legal department or get IT to fix a nasty bug in the HRIS without delay. I have been thinking about this after reading new research on how the loss of social capital through

Human Capital: Long-Term Assets, Short-Term Plans

Nobscot

I am participating in the Blog Swap, an experiment concocted by those creative folks over at Recruiting.com and Job Syntax. As part of the blogswap, I will be providing guest posts once per week on other blogswap participants'' blogs. Likewise, I will publish one guest post per week here on this blog. The first guest post for the Nobscot Weblog has been written by Colin W. Kingsbury, Chief

ATS 40

Planet of the Apes Recruiting

Nobscot

There''s a funny post on HR Whatnot''s blog (Whatnot at Work) about using bonobos, primates that are even closer to humans than chimpanzees, to fill workforce shortages. It includes a link to a video of a bonobo playing pacman on the computer. The post is located here.Be sure to bookmark their blog. They have lots of interesting and amusing workplace related posts updated daily

Video 40

Physical Features and Racial Stereotyping

Nobscot

More disturbing news in the area of racial stereotyping. Researchers have recently concluded that when victims of capital crimes are white, black men are more likely to receive the death penalty if they have physical characteristics that are perceived as being stereotypically black.The study was conducted by researchers at Cornell, Stanford, UCLA and Yale. Photographs of convicted criminals

Study 40

465 Men and 35 Women

Nobscot

The Answer: 465 men and 35 women. The question: What are the numbers of men and women Chief Financial Officers in Fortune 500 companies. Just 35 women out of 500 top positions even though women make up the majority of graduates receiving accounting degrees and the majority of new hires at CPA firms. This from the June issue of CFO magazine by senior writer Alix Nyberg Stuart. In this well

Brain Research Provides Clues to Best Management Approaches

Nobscot

There is a fascinating article in Business + Strategy magazine that links neuroscience, psychology and business management practices. It points out that many standard business practices such as punishment and rewards and performance feedback run counter to the way our brains function.The articles gives a fairly scientific but very readable overview of various brain structures and how they

Dear Abby - HR Style

Nobscot

I thought I''d share some HR Q&A today. These are real questions from real HR people.Question: This is the first time I have worked for a start up company. I have asked for a mission statement (there is none). I have asked for more direction of where the company is going (it is still being talked about). Is this unusual? How can HR align if there is nothing to align to???Beth Beth C.: They don''t have

Cognitive Enhancers - Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You

Nobscot

Did you read in the Washington Post about the alarming trend of college and high school students taking "cognitive enhancers" - pills obtained legally or illegally to boost their concentration?A A recent survey of 7th through 12th graders reported that, 2.25 million kids of middle and high school age are using stimulants such as Ritalin without a prescription. This equates to 10% of all kids in

The Power of Saying "NO"

Nobscot

Some very practical business advice from Patti Danos, a business book publicist who specializes in workplace titles:Know and Understand the Power of NoFrom saying ''no'' to new business that doesn''t feel right to saying ''no'' to a client request that doesn''t gel strategically to saying ''no'' to timelines proposed by others that compromise my work-life balance, I''ve learned that there''s as much power

Should Recruiting Secede?

Nobscot

Big discussion on an absurd question. Should Recruiting secede from HR?That''s That''s like asking, should accounting secede from the CFO''s area. Recruiting is about hiring the right people which is the centerpiece of HR''s job. I''d go as far as to say it''s the core competency of anyone in Human Resources.Now, when I was a third party recruiter and thought (mistakenly) that I knew something about HR, I

What's Hot in Motivational Rewards

Nobscot

Are you up on the latest trends in incentive rewards? According to a recent survey 40% of people chose travel as their most desired incentive and 23% chose a shopping spree. Electronic gadgets were selected as a reward of choice by just 4% of people surveyed.Travel has always been a hot reward. When I was a recruiter in the mid to late 1980s, we had contests for travel to places such as Aruba

Howz Yer Spelling?

Nobscot

Great article called Fix Your Spelling over at HRWhatnot.It includes steps for fixing your spelling (keep a "cheat sheet"), spelling rules (prefixes never change the spelling of the root word), common mistakes (a lot and all right), misused words (ironic), bankrupt expressions (in point of fact) and a spot where you can add your own misspellings.I am sure I am going to refer back to this article

ATS 40

Straight Talking Americans - But Not in the Workplace

Nobscot

Have you ever noticed how Americans who are known for being opinionated and valuing straight talk are actually make-no-waves yes-men and women in the workplace?It''s It''s an interesting dichotomy that I hadn''t given much thought to until I read the excellent article in Across the Board magazine by intercultural expert Susan Davidson. In this article Davidson shares many European executives

40

Want to be an HR "Mover & Shaker?" Write a book!

Nobscot

Who are the most influential "movers and shakers" in HR? According to Human Resources (UK) magazine, not HR people.I pulled together some statistics on the top 25 HR Influencers from a Top 100 list published this week.Those with the greatest influence in the HR profession are:80% male; 20% female56% published authors, most of muliple titles (one guy has written over 100 books)44% college or

Apprentice Update - Where are they now?

Nobscot

Forbes has a slide show of previous Apprentice candidates and what they are doing now.Remember, Tana and her quest for a Bedazzler? She is now their corporate spokesperson.The much loved Troy from season one still runs the same mortgage company but has landed a deal with a financial firm that has helped him grow exponentially. Young Andy from season two was actually hired by Trump a few months

Cheers for Towel Service in the Locker Room

Nobscot

When is towel service in the locker room an employee retention tool? When employee feedback tells you it''s something that employees want. Kudos to Lisa Brummel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft for spending the last year gathering feedback from employees. In an email to employees she said, "Maintaining and strengthening the employee experience is one of the highest priorities

Tools 40

Rank and Yank, Chickens and Enron

Nobscot

I''ve never been a big fan of GE Jack Welch inspired "rank and yank" forced ranking and termination of the bottom x percent.This article emailed to me today (thanks HRDan!) looks at why, from an evolutionary standpoint, managed survival of the fittest HR policies that focus on the individual are doomed to failure. It uses for examples a chicken experiment that ended up unwittingly selecting for

Time Bomb Fathers Create Good HR Managers

Nobscot

According to psychologist and author Stephan Poulter, success or failure in the workplace is closely related to the kind of father you had while growing up. In his new book, Dr. Poulter tells us that time-bomb or explosive fathers raise children who are very intuitive and good at reading people. He suggests that these children may grow up to become excellent personnel managers or

ATS 40

2006 HR Technology Outlook.

SuccessFactors

HR.com’s Marc Miller has released his “Outlook for 2006 Technology,” and he has some observations worth noting. His 10 major points: 1. HR technology software applications will continue to increase in functionality. Applications must address the changing demographics and needs of the aging workforce and the global workforce. Vendors who were in “best of […

We’re being watched (again)

SuccessFactors

Before it was Dubs, but now we’re on Jason’s list of five talent management vendors to watch in 2006 Just catching up on some light reading.

Up, up and away

SuccessFactors

The 2006 talent management survey, conducted by IHRIM and Knowledge Infusion, found that 77% of the HR professionals think that talent management will only increase in importance over the next three years. Some of the factors, according to Jason Averbrook of Knowledge Infusion, are “the looming talent shortage, the increased focus on redeploying internal employees […]. Talent Management Employee Performance Management performance management Workforce Performance Management

And we’re back

SuccessFactors

After some much needed R&R, we’re back and raring to go with a lot of great plans for 2006. Happy New Year! Thanks for sticking with us through our little hiatus over the holidays. Though the blog has only been in existence for a few months now, we’re amazed at the response from the HR […

ATS 40

The global talent battlefield

SuccessFactors

As per The McKinsey Quarterly – #5 on the list of top trends to watch in 2006: The battlefield for talent will shift. Ongoing shifts in labor and talent will be far more profound than the widely observed migration of jobs to low-wage countries. The shift to knowledge-intensive industries highlights the importance and scarcity of well-trained […]. Strategic HR Talent Management Employee Performance Management Thinking About HR Workforce Performance Management

The SaaS/On-Demand Benefits Test

SuccessFactors

A post over at Vendorprisey (with a very clever title) got me thinking about Software as a Service (SaaS) again. So often, conversations about SaaS involve an argument about what is and what is not considered SaaS. To a certain extent these discussions can be helpful -helping to classify different solutions into categories that imply certain attributes and […]. Uncategorized SaaS Software as a Service

ATS 40