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. Much of our time did focus on history: the Churchill War Rooms, Windsor Castle, the Halls of Parliament, attending Evensong at Westminster Abbey (in the same space where a little wedding took place in late April), a walking tour of Oxford, and a Shakespeare play at the reconstructed Globe Theater—to say nothing of also visiting Edinburgh Castle and walking a bit of the Old Course at St.

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.

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.

How to Impress a Powerful Person

45 Things

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. So no pressure to attend every event during the three days. This year, the summit is expecting over 1,000 attendees, 150 speakers across eight content streams, over 80 Exhibitors, over 250 Match Meetings and 11+ hours of networking spread across two days. Just like the above one (happening at the same time), the event is located in the impressive venue of the Florida Hotel.

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. For women, especially, it can be the topic of conversation for a long time." • Don't fight the inevitable.

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

My work-life balance is heavily reliant on time management and support from my husband. 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.

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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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.

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. Kelly described the complex ecosystem of technology as a “Technium” that has its own “needs” and “wants” as it continues to evolve over time. Intriguingly, some technologies become obsolete, but not extinct; there are today more blacksmiths in the world than at any time in the past.

Best global HR conferences

Strategic HCM

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.

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. It may not be meeting 30 people or passing out 20 business cards. Maybe it’s meeting one person and calling this person later to talk about something you have in common.

#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. I mentioned in my opening to my session on HR 2.0

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

45 Things

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.


True Faith HR

In 8 days, I will be flying out to Las Vegas for the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference. What do I get out of taking time out of my busy SHRM Conference schedule to hear your pitch and feature your product/service/CEO in my blog?

Dan Pink on Drive at the HCI Summit

Strategic HCM

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.

#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.

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.

7 Cool Ways to Inspire Your Staff


When employees meet their targets, they are given Space days — one to four per month — and they get to use those days to work on projects with another department. “Cool rewards and motivators can include an extra day to work remotely for the new mom, a nice lunch for an employee who rarely gets out, binoculars for the avid bird watcher, time to attend extra religious services for the devout and chocolate for the chocoholic,” says Zugec.

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. Make sure the meeting is documented. It doesn’t hurt to send a follow-up e-mail on plans of action and have the employees sign a document saying they attended the meeting, even if they sign at the bottom that they don’t agree with the decision. Thirty days later, hold a follow-up meeting.

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

Strategic HCM

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.

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. If your workers have a tough time accomplishing tasks when you’re out of the office, it’s not likely that they would succeed in a flexible work environment. 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.

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


How much can unused vacation time possibly cost an employer? If he gets the cash-out, he will receive $521,798 in unused vacation since 2011. Time and Attendance Management FullContact hr Hubspot human resources Katie Denis Kenneth Matos Life Meets Work Netflix Oxford economics paid time off Project: Time Off PTO Replicon Society for Human Resource Management time off unlimited PTO use it or lose it vacation vacation policy Virgin Group

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.

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. So no pressure to attend every event during the three days. This year, the summit is expecting over 1,000 attendees, 150 speakers across eight content streams, over 80 Exhibitors, over 250 Match Meetings and 11+ hours of networking spread across two days. Personal & Chef is the largest event and meeting place for anyone who works and develops staff in the Nordics.

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.

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)).

Losing Your Focus


Often times our over commitment results in non-productive work, quite the opposite of what we originally intended! Sometimes that means I leave things unfinished and catch up later once life settles down; sometimes that means I rush frantically during the day to attend something important in the evening; and sometimes I just can''t meet my two-hour goal. How About You Do you lose your focus from time to time? "No problem, I can handle it." "I''ll

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

HR Daily Advisor

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. AT&T fired her on May 10, 2011.

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.