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Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: May/June 2011

Future of Work

This is the May/June 2011 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link. I had the good fortune to visit with my long-term friend and colleague Professor Lynda Gratton of London Business School and to attend the launch party for her outstanding new book The Shift (which I will review in detail in a future newsletter—but don’t wait for me to finish it; get it yourself now.

Can Meetings Sabotage Your Career?

45 Things

“The brain will absorb only what the butt can endure.” -- Anonymous Who hasn't sat through a meeting and wished there would be a fire alarm (false, of course), just so the torture would come to an end? Still, meetings can be important in ways you haven't considered.

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Why I’m attending #HREvolution

Strategic HCM

I’m off to Atlanta on Friday to attend the US HR community’s HRevolution unconference. I love and strongly believe in unconferencing – in all its forms – and very nearly attended the first HRevolution back in 2009. I’ll chat to you all at the weekend!

Guidelines for Leveraging Collective Knowledge and Insight

Conversation Matters

Drawing out those insights requires bringing knowledge workers together in meetings that are expressly designed to take advantage of collective knowledge. Over the years, as I have designed such meetings, I have come to rely on seven principles that work together to make the most of collective knowledge in conference settings as well as in-house meetings. how others think about the issue of the meeting, and.

7 Reasons Most Professionals Should Work for Themselves

The Bamboo Project Blog

Lately I've found myself counseling a number of professionals I know to give up the "permanent full-time employment" option (a myth, anyway) in favor of working for themselves. Most organizations aren't particularly good at knowing employee strengths and leveraging those strengths.

How to Impress a Powerful Person

45 Things

In my early days at USA Today, I was looking up some obscure information in the newspaper's library (this was before online) on election night when I had quite the shock. If you know you're going to meet key leaders, follow the company's dress code.

Dan Pink on Drive at the HCI Summit

Strategic HCM

Or at least they don’t work past a certain point. Instead, we need to focus on meeting peoples’ needs for autonomy, mastery and purpose. (I’d Mastery is about getting better at stuff.

Meet the New Ceridian!


The very nice investment banker and lawyer they installed as CEO at the time had to worry more about the huge debt service than product innovation. Those problems began to subside when Ceridian met Canadian entrepreneur David Ossip in 2011. It just takes time.

Could Changing Your Appearance Get You a Job or Promotion?

45 Things

I've had some strange experiences meeting people for the first time. I once attended a conference, and when I went to pick up my name tag, the person looked startled. So, it's critical that you make sure you're on the right track when going for an interview or while at work.

The Winning Entry: Christine Kelly / HR Challenges at Brady Corporation

Strategic HCM

First, just to let you know about Christine – she has been at Brady for 9 years and is HR Director for the EMEA region, leading 4 senior HR leaders and site teams across the region. They do this in different ways but I particularly liked the use of what are called skip level meetings.

Work / Life Balance, Graphic Design, Blogging and HR. Oh, My!

Working Girl

My work-life balance is heavily reliant on time management and support from my husband. You have to be ready to change course suddenly and laser focus on the task at hand. When I return a call or set a meeting, I work to make that time valuable to the people I engage.

If a document falls in Sharepoint.

Transparent Office

That play on the old tree/forest cliche popped into my head this week while some Socialtext colleagues and I were meeting with senior IT staff of a Fortune 100 manufacturing customer of ours. They're a big Sharepoint shop, and mid-way through the meeting we had a revealing exchange: IT Executive: We're a heavy Sharepoint shop Us: Cool. I've had this conversation several times now, almost verbatim. If a document falls in Sharepoint, and nobody hears it.does it make a sound?

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WorkTech11 West Coast: A Report from the Trenches

Future of Work

And it was a good day, time and money well spent. I don’t know the numbers, but I’d guess there were about 150 people in attendance, from all over the U.S. The Conference Chair was Randy Knox, Senior Director of Workplace Solutions at Adobe. Kelly described the complex ecosystem of technology as a “Technium” that has its own “needs” and “wants” as it continues to evolve over time. Vwork” captures three “V’s” about work in 2011: Virtual, Value, and advantage.

Best global HR conferences

Strategic HCM

My favourite post last week was Informa Group HR Director Alison Chisnell’s report on the HR Forum in Lisbon which made me think this was one event I should try to get to (ie present at) one year. HR Technology Wow, I had a good time at this.

How Job Seekers Can Project a More Confident Image

45 Things

Here's a story I did for Gannett/ If you’ve been out of work for a long time, self-doubt can begin to set in. The doubts linger as you attend another networking event. But you square your shoulders, and decide now is the time to impress the heck out of everyone. Michelle Tillis Lederman, an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Business, says the problem is that people think they have to be something they’re not in order to impress others.

#HRTechConf – minus three thumbs

Strategic HCM

And I did refer to some of these disagreements during my presentation (where they linked to my inputs), but ran out of time to do all. Measurement being the key to HR There was a lot of twitter at the conference about measurement, some of which I agreed with, but a lot of which I didn’t.

Is It a Curse -- or Blessing -- To be a Remote Worker?

45 Things

While some employees might consider it the greatest of fortunes not to see their boss or colleagues every day at work, remote workers who have that experience might disagree. Those who manage such workers gripe they have a difficult time keeping track of the worker's progress or performance.


True Faith HR

In 8 days, I will be flying out to Las Vegas for the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference. Occasionally, they entice you with the promise of a certain geegaw that you can''t find at any other booth. Draw my name at your booth for your "Grand Prize."

#HREvolution, Nobscot and Exit Interviews

Strategic HCM

I’ve posted several times here that, even though I strongly support their use, engagement surveys should only ever be seen as part of the picture. And of course, they’re getting ever more comfortable doing this over time leading to an ongoing increase in the quality of the data.

7 Cool Ways to Inspire Your Staff


From a star sticker chart to leaving a quick note at an employee’s desk thanking them for their hard work, employees appreciate being appreciated. “We’ve had good luck with simple things,” says Keith Jennings, an Arizona-based HR specialist at Insperity. “Try doing small things like celebrating birthdays or weddings and anniversaries. At Los Angeles-based ad agency Ignited , the company conducts a “Dream Catch” program.

Employee Engagement: Are you ready for change?

David Zinger

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Commercial: Time for Change. Consciously attending to change readiness in addition to motivation and ability will go a long way to helping you becoming a powerful influencer to change the behavior of yourself, others, and an organization.

The Process for Performance-Based Termination


Moreover, you want to give employees plenty of time to improve, and give them the tools needed to get there. ”When they set their own goals, and they don’t do it, it makes for an easier termination,” says Steve Roppolo, managing partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Houston office. Make sure the meeting is documented. Thirty days later, hold a follow-up meeting. Make sure you document and have employees sign that they attended the meeting.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Flexible Work Arrangement


It allows employees a greater say over their work schedules, most commonly in the forms of flexible work time, place or a compressed work week so employees can better manage their work/family obligations. For some employees, arriving at work an hour earlier and leaving an hour earlier is a perk that allows them to better balance their work/family commitments. Staggering arrival and departure times can also increase the time frame your staff is available to assist customers.


True Faith HR

While there will likely to be about 74 of these, give or take in the next 48 hours, here are my quick impressions: The Conference Committee Rocked It Again - This was the 3rd time I had the opportunity to attend HREvolution, and it once again delivered in spades.

The 71+ Biggest HR Tech Conferences to Attend in 2019

Digital HR Tech

The objective is to discover and discuss new ways to meet the new employees of the future. Remember to have a look at the workshops offered! You will learn about emerging tools, technology, human resources training, and recruiting trends that will keep your team at the forefront of change. So no pressure to attend every event during the three days. The HR Director Summit won the Best UK Conference of the Year (less than 1,500 delegates) at the Conference Awards 2018!

Helpful Tips to Make Scheduling Easier


Olivia is taking half a day of vacation Tuesday to attend field day at her son’s school. Systems can insure that employees with certain skills or certifications are available at all times and that productivity is maximized. For example, the health care industry can be sure that a nurse certified in a particular field is available at all times as required by law, says Carlos Gonzalez, Insperity TimeStar sales director.

Get the Message

True Faith HR

This weekend, I am heading to San Antonio for the 2011 Academy of Management Meeting/Conference. Put together all those Ph.Ds, the Riverwalk, and 105 degree weather, and I know you are guaranteed a good time. I have, however, not attended in a number of years. When I was a young academician straight out of grad school and attending the meetings, it was not uncommon to see "colleagues" look in your eyes than down to your name badge.

Ask the Expert: Is Employee Owed 2 Hours of Reporting Time Pay for 45-Minute Meeting?

HR Daily Advisor

Question: We had a store meeting. One employee was off and only came in for the 45 minute meeting. ” Answer: Occasionally, employees are called to work on a day they are not otherwise scheduled to “work” to attend a mandatory meeting. App.4th 1136 (2011)).

Welcome Aboard.Sucker


They dutifully attended your fabulous new employee orientation and met with their supervisor to get a sense of the "hot issues" that need to be reacted to over the first few months on the job. Sure, some leaders can start fast and make an impact early on, but the reality is they need time.

FMLA: California Employer Put Up with Performance, Attendance Issues Long Enough

HR Daily Advisor

For 11 years, an employee took an average of 457 hours of protected leave per year from her job at AT&T. In the years when she wasn’t eligible for protected leave, AT&T granted her unpaid leave. AT&T suspended her for 1 day for tardiness in October 2009.

Losing Your Focus


Or at least we risk being slower than we would like to be in completing our work. Often times our over commitment results in non-productive work, quite the opposite of what we originally intended! Do you take pride in telling colleagues how late you stay at the office? It''s About Balance Over the years I''ve tried to adopt a new approach that takes into account my responsibilities at work, and the rest of my life -> the two-hour rule.

Getting Virtual Teams Right

Conversation Matters

Here are some examples of what we've learned: Have an initial face-to-face kick-off meeting. There is strong evidence* to show that a team that initially meets in-person functions more effectively. Build a rhythm of regular online meetings, rather than meeting ad hoc.

How HR Can Impact Business Outcomes 100% of the Time

HR Daily Advisor

Job fit is a topic that concerns employees being in a role that they enjoy, where their skills and abilities are being utilized effectively, and where they have positive challenges at work. Sharing information in a timely manner. Strategic HR employees Senior Leadership SHRM Time

Four ways exercise benefits you at work


Research studies have backed up Medina’s claims, demonstrating that looking after your health and wellbeing leads to noticeable improvements in productivity and performance at work. In a small-scale trial by the Body-Brain Performance Institute , carried out in Australia in 2011, researchers found that employees who walked 10,000 steps a day, and exercised in the gym three times a week, tended to be more productive than those who only walked 10,000 steps a day.

It’s Time to Tidy Up – Get Organized, Reflect & Restore this Fall


While I never miss a spring-cleaning, during fall, I find it increasingly difficult to carve out time for cleaning, personal development, goal-setting, or creativity. At home, fall is a great time to clean out closets, donate unused items, and declutter spaces. 2011).