Top People Equation Posts of 2014

The People Equation

So I took a page from my post Tips for Wrapping Up the Year and looked at the People Equation posts that got the most traffic in 2014. Well, at least that would seem to be the case, based on my blog post Why We Hate Conference Calls. So there it is – 2014 on the People Equation, all wrapped up. It’s time for a bit of reflection before the New Year hits tomorrow.

Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts from 2014


Those were: 5 MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS OF 2014. 10 FAVORITE BLOG POSTS OF 2014. Hands down my favorite piece of content from 2014 was the Manager’s Field Guide to Recognition. This is actually a whole series we began this year that has been very well received in those countries. It’s been an incredible year for recognition. Or maybe I should say for the recognition of recognition!


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2014 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces: Trends for Thought

China Gorman

Here at Great Place to Work we’re getting ready to reveal the 2014 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list, so there seems like no better a time to talk about a positive organizational trend that’s been occurring among many of the less encouraging trends we consistently hear about (for example, the war on talent, low levels of employee engagement, or no work/life integration). Fast Facts: The World’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2014.

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Employees Need to Own Their Success

HR Bartender

It didn’t sit well with me then and the more I think about it…it still doesn’t. During the HR Technology Conference , I was chatting with someone about job titles. She had heard the most interesting title – Vice President of Employee Success. My apologies if this is your job title, but I do have to take exception to this one. When a person has the job title Vice President of Employee Success, that takes responsibility for achieving success away from: 1) The organization.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

will be alive and well, but it will only be effective. And Why You Should Start Giving It To Them)”, Forbes, January 13, 2014. 5 Culture Trends for 2019 1 The workplace is constantly evolving. As we. approach 2019, major shifts in the work. environment will continue to affect the ways.

In Defense of Business Buzzwords

HR Bartender

As business professionals, we can kick the can down the road or admit that sometimes there’s a time and place for a well-worn buzzword. I saw this post recently on Jennifer McClure’s Unbridled Talent blog and I can’t resist commenting. I was going to reach out to her directly, but decided I’d like to pick your brain on the subject of buzzwords or buzzphrases. I totally understand where Jennifer is coming from in her post.

Function Over Fashion – Friday Distraction

HR Bartender

Congrats to them – very well deserved! Speaking of efficiency and work/life balance, I couldn’t resist including this Time Well Spent cartoon about wearables. Related posts from HR Bartender: Join an HR Mastermind Group to Strengthen Your Corporate Culture A Bartender’s Predictions for 2014 Other Benefits Besides Money – Friday Distraction.

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5 Workplace Lessons We Learned from Mike Nichols

Cornerstone On Demand

Fey has famously said the improv rule of "yes, and” — the one that insists actors must always agree with whatever their fellow performers are saying and add something new - has served her well in work and life. The entertainment industry has recently lost a legend in the form of writer/director/producer Mike Nichols.

Forget the Cash: 5 Thoughtful Ways to Reward Employees

Cornerstone On Demand

A commitment to wellness — sincerely: Subsidized gym memberships are nice, but companies can take the commitment to employee wellness further by expressly carving out time for workers to exercise on the clock. "It’s an opportunity for others to get their ideas and thoughts in front of the highest level person in the company, as well as an opportunity to learn from him or her," says Brown.

Sales and Marketing Are Two Different Things

HR Bartender

Hannah’s comment made me realize not only how broad sales and marketing skills are but the need for organizations to take an assessment of their employees’ ability to market and sell – both internally as well as externally. A few weeks ago, I published a post on the “ 10 Skills You Need to Innovate ”. I received a comment from Hannah Morgan (aka Career Sherpa ) suggesting the addition of sales and marketing skills. I totally agree that sales and marketing skills are important.

Know Your Limits – Friday Distraction

HR Bartender

mid-term elections are over, I figured it was safe to post this Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos. (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos , the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries — including more than half of the Fortune 1000 — use Kronos to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity. Learn more at

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Q&A with Laura Carstensen: Why You Can't Afford to Ignore Senior Talent

Cornerstone On Demand

If you’re driving a truck and carrying packages into stores, that may well be something that you’d rather not do into your late 60s. For reasons both financial and personal, Baby Boomers are working later into their lives. While workplaces often focus on recruiting younger talent, they’re ignoring the opportunities that seniors bring to their businesses, says Laura L. Carstensen, founding director of Stanford’s Center on Longevity.

Workplace Diversity: ‘The Era of Colorblindness is Over’

Cornerstone On Demand

The concerns of under-represented workers often represent the concerns of other workers, as well. We have an opportunity to do this well and see this as a way to promote innovation, creativity and greater collaboration. Workplace diversity is a pressing topic among HR pros. It's heavily scrutinized in blogs, at conferences and during training sessions.

How the City of Denver Hires Superstar Tech Talent

Cornerstone On Demand

How do you convince a well-paid private sector executive to leave a comfortable position, take a big pay cut and work for the government? Broadly speaking, global satisfaction among public sector employees in 2014 is at 59 percent, according to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results conducted by the U.S. Just ask the City of Denver, which hired Frank Daidone, the former CIO at Chipotle, as its new CIO in 2013.

How to Cry at Work (And Win Employee Loyalty While Doing It)

Cornerstone On Demand

Imagine the ‘50’s-era character in the 2014 workplace — where the dissolution of boundaries affects everything from office walls to glass ceilings. Helping employees understand the physiology of their emotions, as well as how to cope with those natural responses, can go a long way. "Mad Men" character Don Draper is a master of compartmentalization, keeping his work, family, and personal identities strictly separate.

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Will Web-Era Trade Schools Create Tomorrow's Talent Pool?

Cornerstone On Demand

"The people that do well with us are those bootcampers that have prior development knowledge and attend the camps to learn a new skill set," Krupp says. As Millennials rack up student loan debt and feel the lure of Silicon Valley's startup culture, the sentiment is growing: traditional four-year college is for the birds. But it's not just twenty-somethings scoffing at the four-year institution and eyeing high-tech trades.

The Condescending HR Lady is Alive and Well


It’s also a reminder of the importance of not only what you are doing, but how you are doing it as well. The post The Condescending HR Lady is Alive and Well appeared first on upstartHR. The term “average” is used commonly, but we sometimes forget what it means. The “average” score is made up of the highest and lowest scores. The “average” experience is made up of the best and worst experiences.

A Report Card on my HR Predictions for 2014

OmegaHR Solutions

This time last year I made the following predictions on what would happen in HR compliance in 2014. The year 2014 is a midterm election year. But not in 2014. Unlike the minimum wage, if the Republicans win the Senate, there will be no traction beyond 2014 either. I think 2014 will be an active year. Wage and hour cases are on the rise, with a 10% increase in 2013 that is expected to be at the level or higher once the 2014 numbers are in.

What Gave You Pride in 2014?

HR Ringleader

Well, there is no getting around the fact that as the year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection. In the mean time, tell me what you did that made you most proud in 2014… Blog Communications culture HR Conferences HR General HR Happy Hour HRevolution Human Resource Bloggers Leadership Social Media technology Brandon Hall Group HCM HCMx Radio HR hr technology human resources Revolution

Q&A with Jacob Morgan: A Future Without Email?

Cornerstone On Demand

On the heels of our 2014 "State of Workplace Productivity" report, which found that 60 percent of workers report feeling overworked and overwhelmed, we asked futurist Jacob Morgan, author of the recently released "The Future of Work" and co-founder of the Future of Work community , to help us imagine a world without overloaded inboxes. Well, email won’t go away.

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HR Lessons from the Guys with No HR

Cornerstone On Demand

Of course you’re going to hire the right people in the first place: competent people who’ll do their jobs well and who are smart enough to regulate themselves. Many small and growing businesses we deal with don’t have a large HR presence. They might have a tiny team, or a single go-to-guy, or nobody at all. Some call in consultants for the trickier stuff, some do it all themselves.

Are you ready for the Class of 2014? 5 Strategies to Motivate the Incoming Workforce


The Class of 2014 was born in the 90s, and likely doesn’t remember the world before the Internet. Most organizations are already using email and perhaps a message system; while this is a good start, there may be a way to engage Millennials through mobile or social channels as well. The Class of 2014 needs to understand and be aligned with the corporate mission, vision, and goals. Interested in learning more about engaging the Class of 2014?

Top 10 List for TotalConnection 2014


You can’t be in the HR business and not understand the importance of recognizing a job well done! The post Top 10 List for TotalConnection 2014 appeared first on SumTotal Blog. It’s the final countdown! In less than two weeks TotalConnection descends upon the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach. At TotalConnection (and in Miami in general!) you are never in danger of running out of things to do.

Weekly Must-Reads: An Academy for Government CIOs

Cornerstone On Demand

Companies that pay for enhanced profiles can polish their listings — a fact that doesn’t sit well with many employers. The top stories HR pros need to know this week. The University of Chicago launched the country's first master’s program that combines public policy education and IT skill development. The program’s founder says there’s a need to build a pipeline of public employees who understand information technology.

2014 Fall Hill Visit


On September 11th, 2014 ALSHRM Legislative Directors assembled to storm the Hill on topics that SHRM has highlighted as relevant to our profession. Companies that take care of their employees (pay them well, good benefits, non-hostile work environment, etc.) I also want to remind you that it is important to meet with your Representatives in your home district, but meeting with them in DC is well worth it too.

LA Tech: Our Time to Shine

Cornerstone On Demand

2014 has also seen successful IPOs from two LA startups — ad-tech firm Rubicon Project and car buying and selling platform TrueCar. Santa Monica, for instance, plays host to well-known and active incubators like Launchpad and MuckerLab, as well as vibrant co-working spaces like Coloft and Working Village. It’s been a full year since we hosted the inaugural LA Tech Summit.

Top 10: HR Daily Advisor 2014 Year in Review

HR Daily Advisor

As we reach the end of 2014, we take a look back at some of your favorite articles. 10 Sins of Well-Meaning Supervisors. We’ve distilled it down into 10 major sins you can talk to your supervisors about (and you might as well include your managers). Here’s a list of the top 10 posts on the HR Daily Advisor website this year. ‘My My Exempt Employee Has No PTO but Needs Time Off’. PTO banks can be a great way to simplify time off requests.

Leadership Development Carnival: June 2014 Edition


Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. Julie Winkle Giulioni asks “ How Well-Populated is Your Pipeline? ” Namaste! I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event - a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. It is always a great privilege to host a Leadership Development Carnival because it allows us to explore so many different facets of leadership at one go.

Employers Love Wellness Plans, But the Question is – Do They Even Work?

TLNT: The Business of HR

If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. The 2014 survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 98 percent of large employers and 73 percent of smaller employers offer at least one wellness program.

What Do Employees Want Most? Appreciation and Good Relationships at Work


Indeed, the top two key findings of our most recent Fall 2014 Workforce Mood Tracker report found that (1) peer relationships are critical to the modern work experience because of amount of time we invest at work, and (2) having friends at increases commitment to the company. Recognize This! Research from the Boston Consulting Group and The Network show employees around the world most need to know their work is valued and appreciated.

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Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

The People Equation

You can probably imagine how well that went over: not very. The reverse is true as well: if you learned early in your career from a manager who modeled mostly positive traits, you are more likely to carry those practices forward. Just because you see them behaving badly doesn’t mean you have to do so as well. . Nobody likes to be told what to do, but give them a positive example, and you might be surprised at the results.

How to Build Winning Wellness Plans

HR Daily Advisor

Building a great wellness program is the key to reducing healthcare costs, says Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness in Watertown, Massachusetts. Ryan, who recently shared her expertise in a webinar presented by BLR® and HR Hero®, is a certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant and has published articles on worksite health promotion in the American Journal of Health Promotion and Occupational Health and Safety Magazine. Why Have a Wellness Plan?

Trust in Leadership Affects Employee Retention #EWS2014

The People Equation

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study. This is the final in a series on Spherion’s research project, the Emerging Workforce Study 2014. Let’s assume that the HR managers that were interviewed were serving as proxy for their senior leadership management team, as well as providing their own opinions.

If You Can’t Be Sincere, Don’t Recognize at All


When we consult on social recognition , a common (and important) question is, “Yes, I understand and agree with the value and importance of recognition, but how do I recognize well? The Switch & Shift blog put it quite well: “Where compliments are concerned, the medium with which we must always start is sincerity. A half-hearted or even well-intentioned but uninformed moment of praise falls flat because the gratitude isn’t real. by Derek Irvine. Recognize This!

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How HealthNow New York shapes its wellness program to drive success


And, according to the Department of Labor, 52 percent of employers that offered wellness programs in 2012 believed they were effective in reducing the firm’s health care costs. In this webinar recap, you’ll find out how HealthNow New York utilizes the cloud-based Employee Success Platform™ to create successful employee wellness programs that engage, align and recognize employees. – Learn how to structure an effective wellness campaign.

Finding Your Hidden Influencers Is Easier Than You Think


I highly recommend a full read of the article as it summarizes quite well the fundamental challenge of most change efforts – they are led by the wrong people. They therefore have an outsized influence on what employees believe about the future, as well as on morale, how hard people work, and their willingness to support—or resist—change.”. Done well, your recognition program can become your snowball sampling mechanism for future change efforts. by Lynette Silva.

Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

The People Equation

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.”. ? At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders. As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of leadership. But it’s not always easy. I wrote a post for Smartblog on Leadership called The Six Saboteurs of Positive Role Models.