HR Roles

Evil HR Lady

Now (for only the second time in my career) I work for a company that is large enough to actually have an HR department! Could you please give a quick summary of the various HR roles and the differences? Oh the desire for Snark is overwhelming me. HR Business Partner : Works closely with the business leaders to help develop strategy and give general guidance. They take the "business" POV in dealing with a conflict between management and an employee.

HR Roles

Evil HR Lady

Now (for only the second time in my career) I work for a company that is large enough to actually have an HR department! Could you please give a quick summary of the various HR roles and the differences? Oh the desire for Snark is overwhelming me. HR Business Partner : Works closely with the business leaders to help develop strategy and give general guidance. They take the "business" POV in dealing with a conflict between management and an employee.

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What is it Really Like to Be in HR?

Evil HR Lady

So, I thought I'd take the time today to answer that question. Arrive at the office. They just wanted to thank all of us for helping them out with the headcount they needed for the annual budget review." One message from an employee thanking you for the coaching you gave. "It I'm more productive now. Just some announcements from the company. Prepare for your first meeting of the day. Productive discussions around employee and customer needs.

NY-Toronto Law Firm KM Summit 2008 in Boston

Knowledge Musings

Doug Cornelius asked me to participate in the NY-Toronto Law Firm KM Summit 2008, which for some reason was held in Boston this year. This is a group of lawyers (primarily) who are very interested in knowledge management in the legal profession. Unfortunately, I could only stay for the morning. Carl Frappaolo and Dan Keldsen from AIIM kicked off the day, talking about the topic of how KM is growing and changing in response to Enterprise 2.0.

Who is responsible for low employee productivity?

cipHR

In a recent CIPHR webinar, Nick Whiteley from hfx assessed HR’s role in identifying the root causes of low productivity, and offered simple solutions for tackling this urgent challenge. But in the workplace, the crucial puzzle of low productivity is much harder and less enjoyable to solve. Be honest: do you know the extent to which productivity is a challenge for your organisation? Productivity is a national challenge.

Fear: Does your organization have the Courage to invest in tough times?

Josh Bersin

You can’t pick up a newspaper these days without reading about more business downturns, layoffs, and lowered expectations for retail sales, automobiles, consumer products, housing, and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Tags: Leadership Development Talent Management Enterprise Learning courage

How to create products customers love

Knowledge Musings

I attended a webinar by Marty Cagan of the Silicon Valley Product Group, where he discussed some a "top ten" elements from his new book, Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love. The webinar will be archived at the FeaturePlan website. He started out by reiterating the highlight of his webinar from March : The job of the product manager is to discover a product that is valuable , usable and feasible.

The Bamboo Project Blog: What Are You Doing to Invest in Yourself?

The Bamboo Project Blog

The Bamboo Project Blog « Course Community Building with Ning | Main | Things Ive Been Doing Instead of Blogging » What Are You Doing to Invest in Yourself? Harold Jarche points us to a recently released study on corporate responses to the recession/depression we're currently in: This morning the CLC (Corporate Leadership Council) released the results of a survey that asked CEOs which areas were tosuffer the most in response to the crisis.

Blogging for Learning: Blog Challenges

Boxes and Arrows

This week we’re exploring various strategies for using a blog to support personal and formal learning as part of the Work Literacy course’s focus on blogging. In a blog challenge, several bloggers work together on a group learning project over a period of time–a few days, a week, a month. Each day during the challenge, learning activities are posted for bloggers to engage in and then blog about. How did the experience change their practices?

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. It's more like playing tennis with several players, all of them on the other side of the net, and all serving with a different ball. Use whatever means, when necessary, to freeze that incoming ball in mid air while you deal with the previous one, otherwise you end up missing both. Tags: productivity

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. It's more like playing tennis with several players, all of them on the other side of the net, and all serving with a different ball. Use whatever means, when necessary, to freeze that incoming ball in mid air while you deal with the previous one, otherwise you end up missing both.

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. It's more like playing tennis with several players, all of them on the other side of the net, and all serving with a different ball. Use whatever means, when necessary, to freeze that incoming ball in mid air while you deal with the previous one, otherwise you end up missing both.

ReviewSNAP™ Announces New Features

Reviewsnap

The Web-based performance management system, ReviewSNAP™, announces the addition of several new modules. These additional features will help organizations make their performance review process even more effective and productive. One of the new modules is a comments suggestion tool designed to offer competency-specific suggestions to managers as they complete a review. The system will then automatically insert the comments.

Mr. Tim Wright: July’s Order of the Golden Slacker Inductee

Transparent Office

The July Golden Slacker: Tim Wright. I am delighted to induct Mr. Tim Wright as the July inductee in the Order of the Golden Slacker. It is an honor to induct Tim Wright into the Order of the Golden Slacker. He provides tips, examples, and how-to insights to grow the employee engagement culture you want for your company. A Quick Review/Reminder of the attributes of Slacker Managers:  . leverage learning for results.

Go Green With Online Performance Management System

Reviewsnap

ReviewSNAP Performance Management System can lead you down the right path of going paperless. According to ManageSmarter The U.S. That''s more than the distance from New York to Tokyo. The average U.S. Production of 1 ton of copy paper uses the same amount of energy an average household uses in 10 months (11,134 kWh ). ReviewSNAP won''t completely alleviate using paper, but it will point you in the right direction and help save trees, water and energy.

Don’t Quit and Stay: Train Your Team in Spite of Turnover

Transparent Office

After 4 and a half years of nearly zero turnover on the team I manage, only 4 associates out of the 7 I started the year with are still working for me, with 1 leaving in 6 weeks and 1 splitting her time between my team and another team. Some managers I've talked to who also manage level 1 (some might call them entry level) associates told me I shouldn't waste my time training my team, because the turnover I experienced this year is far more normal than the previous 4.5

Annual Subscription or Licensed Software

Reviewsnap

However, we are considering offering ReviewSNAP as a licensed product as well. Online Performance Reviews Performance Appraisal System Performance Appraisals Performance Management Performance Management System Performance Review Systems Performance Reviews Currently ReviewSNAP is offered as a annual subscription Web-based performance review system. So, rather than subscribing on an annual basis you will pay a one time fee and ReviewSNAP will be hosted on your server.

Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

I published the list of blogs I follow on my site: www.davidzinger.com. Bailey WorkPlay :: The Alchemy of Soulful Work. Ben Casnocha: The Blog. The Bing Blog. The Blog Herald. The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss. The Bold Leader Blog. the brand dame. The Coach Approach. Conversations Matter: Bridging the Social Media Gap. The Dashboard Spy. David Zinger’s Posts - The Employee Engagement Network. The Despair Inc.

Business Problem: High Employee Turnover Quick Tip

Reviewsnap

Keep in mind that employee turnover is generally the result of more than one factor. Ask the employees how they feel about working for the organization. Keeping this in mind, it is best to conduct an anonymous survey of the employees. Carefully plan your approach to carrying out the survey process. If they don''t, the results will be less meaningful. Compile the results and take them seriously. If so look more closely at the makeup of those areas.

An Introduction To Building Effective Teams

Reviewsnap

A manager''s role has changed dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years. This change stems from the realization that old management techniques and styles are no longer effective given the changes taking place in peoples'' attitudes about work. The manager of the 90''s and beyond will need to be an effective builder of teams whether the team is his/her work unit or specialized teams formed to plan, refine processes, solve problems or carry out some other task.

Make The Most of Your Assets

Reviewsnap

This is exactly why you want to make the most of your assets (employee''s). Companies can hire a world of potentially talented employees, but don''t have the processes in place to get the most out of that world of talent. ReviewSNAP™ will put a review process in place that will save time, save money, increase sales and profits, enhance employee productivity and morale, and achieve levels never before reached.

The Bamboo Project Blog: The Social Media Spiral

The Bamboo Project Blog

The Bamboo Project Blog « No Excuses Leadership | Main | The Social Media Spiral Revisited » The Social Media Spiral One of the first things you learn as a trainer is that you have to anchor new knowledge in previous knowledge. Ive been doing some thinking about how to help staff make connections between new media and the older tools they already know how to use. I think that many people hang out in the Aggregation phase indefinitely.

Tools 40

Think Strategically

Reviewsnap

Here are some simple tips on learning to think more strategically: 1.Remember that the foundation for a sound strategic plan is goals. Forget about "the way it''s always been done"! As an example, take one of your products or services and list all of the possible ways it could be marketed remembering that anything goes. Force yourself to be creative and think "outside the box". Look outside the operating environment.

Conduct Effective Performance Reviews

Reviewsnap

There is an age old process conducted in most organizations, large and small, known as performance review or performance appraisal (the term performance review will be used primarily in this article). The importance of providing feedback to employees cannot be overstated. But doing so in the proper setting, context and manner is critical to carrying out successful performance reviews. Helps identify training and development needs.

Value Your Reputation

Reviewsnap

The reputation of your business should be treated like gold. Building a reputation based on honesty, standing by the product or service you sell and placing significant emphasis on having satsfied customers will pay dividends over the long-term. How you deal with vendors, employees and customers all factor in to the reputation you develop. And all three of these constituent groups are critical to the success of any business. They do so from the top.

Avoiding "SpeedFit" Syndrome

The Bamboo Project Blog

It's a product video for a treadmill that "walks/runs" the streets while you're treading on it. Because apparently it's too hard to just walk or run ON the street. Instead, we need a tool that does the same thing as walking or running, but is heavy, clunky, hard to turn and makes you look like an idiot. This is what we do sometimes when we try to incorporate social media into learning and work without thinking through the work process and how it feels to the learners.

Tools 40

Invest Wisely In Information Technology

Reviewsnap

The rate of change in information technology is staggering. It seems that as soon as you purchase and install a new piece of hardware or software, its replacement is hitting the market. Because information technology can be a real help to a business in terms of providing better efficiency, better analysis of operations and marketing efforts and better customer service, it is an essential part of the business world.

Automate Your Performance Review Process

Reviewsnap

Evaluating employee performance is an important part of providing clear feedback, improving morale and productivity,increasing accountability, and enhancing communication between the manager and the employee. Using a web-based solution to automate the process is a growing trend among organizations of all sizes and types. Check out reviewsnap today and take advantage of the freeno obligation 21 day trial.

Look At Yourself First When Employee Performance Falters

Reviewsnap

When an employee''s performance falls below expectations, the natural reaction is to blame the employee first. Employees are responsible for meeting (or exceeding) expectations and when they don''t they are surely doing something wrong, aren''t working hard enough or just can''t do the job. And with some employees, one or more of these might very well be the case. The role of a manager is complex. They don''t immediately dismiss the employee as the problem.

Refine Processes the Easy Way

Reviewsnap

What TQM, CQI, reengineering and other process improvement programs advocate is an increase in efficiency through the systematic study and improvement of critical business processes. But what we have found is that many companies approach these programs incorrectly by: 1) selecting unimportant or lower priority processes to study 2) getting bogged down in the analysis rather than focusing on results. Have someone record the steps involved in the proper order.

Avoid Hair Trigger Hiring

Reviewsnap

When there are problems in a particular area of your business, make every attempt to determine the causes of the problem before hiring additional full-time permanent employees to deal with the problem. In other words, don''t automatically assume that the problem is too few people. The first reaction is probably to hire more people to pick and bundle orders. But is the problem one of too few people or is it a process problem?

Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

I published the list of blogs I follow on my site: www.davidzinger.com. Bailey WorkPlay :: The Alchemy of Soulful Work. Ben Casnocha: The Blog. The Bing Blog. The Blog Herald. The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss. The Bold Leader Blog. the brand dame. The Coach Approach. Conversations Matter: Bridging the Social Media Gap. The Dashboard Spy. David Zinger’s Posts - The Employee Engagement Network. The Despair Inc.

Keep It Simple

Reviewsnap

To do so, a company must offer a product or service that has appeal within a market or set of markets, it must hire good people, it must market its product or service effectively, it must control expenses and it must provide high levels of customer service. But something happens in many businesses along the path to success (or failure). The more words that are used in communicating, the greater the chance of miscommunicating.

Don't Make Pricing Concessions Too Quickly

Reviewsnap

If your business is one where sales reps or others have latitude in negotiating price with customers, establish floors for gross profit and train them to negotiate effectively. The problem with leaving pricing decisions to sales people is the fact that they want the sale. Unfortunately, their exuberance for making the sale often leads to unacceptable gross profits. The idea of "leaving money on the table" for no good reason should be alarming to any business.

Employees and Profits

Reviewsnap

Success in business is almost entirely dependent upon the quality of the people a business employs. Those that have a casual attitude about hiring, training, retaining and promoting high performers tend to struggle. While product/service offered, the economy and a little luck often play into the success of the business, it is people that determine its long-term success.

Sunday Link Love

Transparent Office

I’m calling this Sunday Link Love, and I’ll give it a try the next few weeks to see if it’s worth doing. Like any good manager, I’m open to new ideas and new ways of doing business, all in the sake of science of course. There are sections on Talent Management, Recruiting, and Training and Development. I’ve subscribed, and I look forward to sharing some of the articles with you here along with my thoughts on them.

Deal With Laziness

Reviewsnap

With productivity being such an important factor in profitability, it is critical that managers and supervisors deal with employees that simply don''t work hard enough. An employee must understand the expectation of hard work. Employee Appraisals Employee Goals Employee Performance Online Performance Reviews Performance Appraisals Performance Review Systems Performance Reviews

Genie Power: I wish it was true

Transparent Office

The 3 types of wishes were:Â . The wish I would grant for the people I manage is… Â Â Â Â Â . The wish I would grant for the organization is… The wish I would grant for myself is… I alternated the display of wishes between red and black: happiness, regardless of their choice to work for me or my company. the necessary vision to move forward. that every decision I made as a manager, I knew the outcome ahead of time.

Genie Power: I wish it was true

Transparent Office

The 3 types of wishes were:Â . The wish I would grant for the people I manage is… Â Â Â Â Â . The wish I would grant for the organization is… The wish I would grant for myself is… I alternated the display of wishes between red and black: happiness, regardless of their choice to work for me or my company. the necessary vision to move forward. that every decision I made as a manager, I knew the outcome ahead of time.

McAfee on Widening the Flow

Transparent Office

Transparent Office Michael Idinopuloss Blog on Social Software in the Enterprise Home Archives Subscribe « Email overload: what went wrong? » January 22, 2008 McAfee on Widening the Flow HBSs Andrew McAfee recently blogged on " widening the flow " Building on my distinction between in-the-flow and above-the-flow , McAfee argues eloquently that the organizational benefit of Enterprise 2.0