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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? Raise your hand if you feel like you attend too many meetings, but fear proposing an end to endless meeting would lead to more meetings to discuss the issue? 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. Though I’m not a fan of the royal family, I’m definitely up for more bank holidays – the opportunity to get to Atlanta and back to the UK without missing any work days is too good an opportunity to miss (presumably part of the draw behind the strong showing from the UK this year, with Mervyn Dinnen, Gareth Jones and Neil Morrison also flying out to attend). 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. They may not actually DO anything with this external advice, but at least you were able to stay true to your own sense of how the work could/should be done. . 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. Let me back up for a second and explain that election nights are notoriously one of the craziest times to work at a newspaper. Information is coming in fast and furious and editors are screaming at people to meet deadlines and the bad pizza they ordered is starting to ferment in your gut.

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!

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.

How Job Seekers Can Project a More Confident Image

45 Things

Here's a story I did for Gannett/USAToday.com: 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.

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 None of the departments were able to change direction on a dot, but individual employees created 7 mobile apps in their 10% time before any formal projects even got started. Mastery is about getting better at stuff. I’ve ( nearly ) completely missed out on posting on Dan Pink’s book, Drive , previously somehow.

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. Whether you find it at 20 or 50, it's a sign that you're aging. Leave the sequins at home and cover up the cleavage." We're staring at your dark hair, but seeing gray eyebrows.

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. And here the issue is mainly about the time-lag between strategy and execution.

7 Cool Ways to Inspire Your Staff

Insperity

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.

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. When hanging with my kids I want that time valuable as well. And I organize my time to chauffeur kids or be at our warehouse if necessary.

The Process for Performance-Based Termination

Insperity

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

Insperity

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.

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. HCI Annual Summit I’ve not been out to this conference for a few years though I have attended virtually. HR Technology Wow, I had a good time at this. I may not often comment on other peoples’ blogs, but I do read a lot of them.

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!

#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. Take this quote about Greg Dyke, while he was at the BBC from his Head of Learning there (and included in my HCM book): “Greg had almost blind faith in the programme.

Helpful Tips to Make Scheduling Easier

Insperity

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.

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. When you lose face-to-face time, you not only lose camaraderie and that personal touch, but you also lose spontaneity — that chance to ask a quick question," Fay says.

1963

True Faith HR

In 8 days, I will be flying out to Las Vegas for the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference. One of the rites of passage associated with registering and attending the conference is the bevy of mail you receive from vendors hoping to lure you to their booth to discuss the latest in HR technology, drug testing, relocation, etc. 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."

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.

Meet the New Ceridian!

HRExecutive

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. Each of those big vendors has its own time and attendance or time and labor product that meets the simpler needs of most of its customers. It just takes time. The post Meet the New Ceridian!

#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. One key opportunity for many organisations is to conduct better exit interviews, so I was very pleased to speak recently with Beth N Carvin, CEO at Nobscot which provides web based exit interviews and is sponsoring my travel to attend HREvolution in Atlanta this week.

Employee Engagement: Are you ready for change?

David Zinger

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Commercial: Time for Change. As they summarize on their website: Estimates are that less than 20% of people who are making changes in their lives are in the Action stage at any given time, but about 90% of all programs designed to assist with change are intended for people in that Action stage. Employee Engagement: Don’t neglect the “ready&# of “ready, set, go!&#.

Skullcrusher

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. People Like Each Other - Given the significant connections that were made prior to the event, you can definitely see the passion for each other shine through in person.from long-time vets to first-time attendees.

Losing Your Focus

NoExcusesHR

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.

Welcome Aboard.Sucker

NoExcusesHR

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. Or, do you believe that new leaders, simply because of their experience (and ability to win you over during the interview process) can suddenly walk in the door and begin performing at a high level? Once I finally figured that out, I''ve been amazed at how well it works.

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. Interpreting this language has been tricky especially in situations where the employee normally works an 8-hour shift is called into work a 2-hour training session or to attend a meeting on a day the employee does not normally work.

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. In addition to her attendance issues, she was frequently tardy and became a poor performer. AT&T warned her several times that she would be suspended if her attendance and performance didn’t improve.

5 Ways Top Companies Support Remote Employees With Kids at Home

Eightfold

Sure, WFH creates more family time thanks to no one having to commute. But when kids are also at home all day — perhaps they’re too young for school, or their classes have gone fully remote — parents must renegotiate their work life-home life boundaries. .

Umbreen Sheikh of Wink Brow Bar: “Authenticity shines; Be yourself no matter who you meet”

Thrive Global

Be yourself no matter who you meet — authenticity shines. One time I had an editor of a magazine who wanted me to bleach her eyebrows. My mother attended Cosmetology and Beauty School, and studied hard. In 2011, our daughter came along. At work, I am a boss lady.

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. Inviting more senior leaders to attend staff meetings and discuss employee concerns and feedback. Before that, he worked as a corporate strategy director at Maersk, Inc. Strategic HR employees Senior Leadership SHRM Time

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. o At that first meeting, take time for the team members to get to know each other in terms of their work experience and their areas of expertise. Build a rhythm of regular online meetings, rather than meeting ad hoc.

Four ways exercise benefits you at work

cipHR

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.

Corali Lopez-Castro of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton: “Retail has been in a tailspin for some time”

Thrive Global

“Retail has been in a tailspin for some time. Safety measures need to be implemented to give customers the security they seek, or at least perceive is needed. I need to find casual, but professional, clothing for my Zoom calls and meetings.

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

Newmeasures

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. By taking stock of what we need and what we don’t, it also prompts thinking about priorities, how we spend our time, and where our energy goes. 2011).

How Margo Benge Has Shaken Up How People Look At The Lymphatic System

Thrive Global

I may recognize a path is not worth my time and energy to pursue, and change — but obstacles sit in my mind like a pinball machine, and I am constantly bombarding for solutions to achieve my goals. At 65, her innate curiosity and optimism has her on a continual path for new discoveries.

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

Newmeasures

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. By taking stock of what we need and what we don’t, it also prompts thinking about priorities, how we spend our time, and where our energy goes. 2011).