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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. You’d think taking a couple of weeks off to join my wife in a visit with our daughter who lives and works in London, being a genuine tourist for once, and soaking up history, both in London and in Edinburgh, would mean I wouldn’t have much to report on this month. The Future of Technology.

Why I’m attending #HREvolution

Strategic HCM

I’m off to Atlanta on Friday to attend the US HR community’s HRevolution unconference. I may not have succeeded in moving out of the UK as yet but I really don’t want to be around for the royal wedding next Friday. I’ll chat to you all at the weekend!

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Guidelines for Leveraging Collective Knowledge and Insight

Conversation Matters

Knowledge workers in any organization have a wealth of insights that are available to their organization to address the difficult issues the organization is facing. Drawing out those insights requires bringing knowledge workers together in meetings that are expressly designed to take advantage of collective knowledge. The principles have been assembled from the work of many researchers and thought leaders. Where possible I have identified the sources.

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. We were standing around gabbing about nothing in the library when I felt someone come up beside me.

The 71+ Biggest HR Tech Conferences to Attend in 2019

Digital HR Tech

HR tech conferences are always a great occasion to speak with industry experts in person, to see some of the coolest HR tech startups pitch their business, and to find out more about the companies behind the technology we write about here on Digital HR Tech. The only thing left for you to do really is picking the one(s) that seem most interesting to you, register, and go! The objective is to discover and discuss new ways to meet the new employees of the future.

How to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

45 Things

Lots of people get the Sunday night blues, even if they love their jobs. There's just something about the thought of getting up early on Monday, facing traffic, dealing with a blizzard of e-mails and attending yet another meeting that can turn even the best weekend a little blue.

Getting Away With It

True Faith HR

I would love to attend the 2011 Illinois HR Conference on August 22-24 and/or the 2011 Ohio SHRM State Conference on September 21-23. Check out the agenda for Illinois here Check out the agenda for Ohio here The quality of line-ups alone justifies attending.

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

Working Girl

Is work balance all about “bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan?” My work-life balance is heavily reliant on time management and support from my husband. We are well matched with complimentary competencies, the numbers/MBA guy and the creative/marketing gal.

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. Executive: Someone would have to email you the link. I've had this conversation several times now, almost verbatim.

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WorkTech11 West Coast: A Report from the Trenches

Future of Work

WorkTech11 West Coast was the first event hosted by Unwired Ventures Ltd. 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. He introduced an impressive roster of speakers and panels, and wove the conversations together throughout the day.

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. Don’t miss the tweet-up! HR Technology Wow, I had a good time at this.

How Job Seekers Can Project a More Confident Image

45 Things

Even the most confident job seeker has a niggle of doubt every now and again. Even if it's only a twinge that wakes you up in the middle of the night, it's there. But there are ways to become more confident about yourself and what you bring to the table. 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.

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

45 Things

Most of the people I know who are remote workers say just like any work situation, there's both good and bad aspects. But the downside for many is that they often feel left out of the loop and find it difficult to communicate effectively with the boss. Share the love.

#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. So here is my personal summary of the conference, provided through a list of what I agreed and disagreed (‘unagreed’ is probably.

“Use it or lose it” vacation: how to do it right

Replicon

How much can unused vacation time possibly cost an employer? The City of Jacksonville recently learned the hard way, when an executive staffer—who hadn’t taken a vacation in five years—announced his retirement and sought payment for unused vacation days. If he gets the cash-out, he will receive $521,798 in unused vacation since 2011. The post “Use it or lose it” vacation: how to do it right appeared first on Replicon.

Dan Pink on Drive at the HCI Summit

Strategic HCM

I accept most of Paul Herbert’s case (which I still think are the best constructed arguments) against Pink’s thinking. But I also still think it’s the nearest thing like a hand grenade lobbed into the middle of the HR community that there’s been.

#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. Firstly, engagement is only one part of the broader contribution of human and social capital that employees can tell their employer about.

7 Cool Ways to Inspire Your Staff

Insperity

But the trick is to give them what they want, not what you think is cool. Here are some ideas managers and HR experts have seen get results in the trenches. Instead of the crack-the-whip type management, employees see that management does care.” Another simple idea from Jennings is to just post a note on the employee’s desk while he or she isn’t there. Employees can contribute up to $50 per paycheck toward the trip of their dreams.

The Process for Performance-Based Termination

Insperity

Firing employees due to their lack of performance should never be done on the fly. In addition to training and current and clear job descriptions, there is a prudent process for termination. Moreover, you want to give employees plenty of time to improve, and give them the tools needed to get there. Documentation is key, even in the case of informal conversations written in a notebook. In the end, there should be no surprises when you have the final conversation.

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

Strategic HCM

I promised that I’d award a ticket for the Economist’s Talent Management Summit to one of the people responding to my recent survey on HR’s challenges and I’m delighted to announce that the winner of this ticket is Christine Kelly from Brady Corporation.

The 71+ Biggest HR Tech Conferences to Attend in 2019

Digital HR Tech

HR tech conferences are always a great occasion to speak with industry experts in person, to see some of the coolest HR tech startups pitch their business, and to find out more about the companies behind the technology we write about here on Digital HR Tech. The only thing left for you to do really is picking the one(s) that seem most interesting to you, register, and go! The objective is to discover and discuss new ways to meet the new employees of the future.

Get the Message

True Faith HR

This weekend, I am heading to San Antonio for the 2011 Academy of Management Meeting/Conference. Over 6,000 academicians and scholars will be coming together to discuss the latest advances in management thought in some 25 subfields (HR, Technology & Innovation Management, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior.the list goes on). Put together all those Ph.Ds, the Riverwalk, and 105 degree weather, and I know you are guaranteed a good time.

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. Do I owe her for 2 hours or just the 45 minutes. The employee needs to be paid only for the time worked ( Price v. App.4th 1136 (2011)).

Welcome Aboard.Sucker

NoExcusesHR

So you finally filled that leadership vacancy and the new person''s start date has arrived. 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.

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. The ideal size for a team is five.

The Keys to Effective Customer Service Training

Effortless HR

Regardless of the nature of your business, exception customer relationships are critical to long term success. Many consumers take not of along-termer their experiences with your customer service team far more than the product or service that they purchased from you. On the flip side, research in 2011 found that 78% of consumers have walked away from a purchase or not made an intended purchase because of a poor customer service experience. Train the right people.

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. Here are the items I plan to tackle; want to join me? 2011).

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. I recently realized I should be more attuned to the natural signals of fall, as the transitions of this season can prompt reflection, getting organized, and clearing out unnecessary clutter in work and personal lives. Here are the items I plan to tackle; want to join me? 2011).

SHRM13 Why Your Talent aren't Talent - Jon Ingham's Strategic HCM

Strategic HCM

23 HR Most Influential UK Thinker 2011. It’s not outrageous to imagine him as the next Ulrich.". #1 1 global online influencer in talent management. #6 Stop Checking the Box. The HR Capitalist. 5 Things Every HR Pro Can Learn From Riley Cooper and the Eagles.

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CLO Joe Ilvento is unlocking potential at Commvault

Chief Learning Officer - Talent Management

As a freshman biology major at Syracuse University, he took a summer sales job and outsold colleagues who had been on the job for 30 years. As a prize, he got to attend a sales seminar with Tom Hopkins, the international sales guru and author of “How to Master the Art of Selling.”.

Retaliation—The Marcia Brady Of Employment Law

HR Daily Advisor

If middle child Jan Brady from the TV show the Brady Bunch were an HR manager, she’d scream “Retaliation, Retaliation, Retaliation!” The day she returned from leave in 2012, she was given a letter from “Cindy,” the presiding judge of Sangamon County.

Community Colleges Respond to Adult Student Needs

Edcor

revealed that adult students listed balancing work and school, paying expenses and meeting demands of family responsibility were their top three challenges. In the fall of 2017, 5.8 million people enrolled at community colleges, most of them as part-time students.

The Pitfalls of Telecommuting

Workplace Psychology

I was contacted by a TV Producer at BBC News regarding my thoughts about the pitfalls of working at home. Question: People often tout home working as being the future – but it isn’t really happening – at least in the UK. The author listed 17 disadvantages. 2011).

Why Knowledge Management Didn’t Save General Motors: Addressing Complex Issues By Convening Conversation

Conversation Matters

The KM program produced over 5000 best practices that impacted both quality and schedule and led to millions in cost avoidance. In the summer of 2009 GM filed for bankruptcy. The knowledge existed within GM to develop a more competitive strategy.

Harvey Weinstein Affair Offers Few Surprises

HR Daily Advisor

The sexual harassment scandals rocking Hollywood paint a vivid picture. The public is currently fixated on our business, sexual harassment in employment. Is that news in the film industry? Seth, was joking about your friend being harassed the best you could do?