July, 2008

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Accept only the best: Management by Quotation

Transparent Office

"It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” Somerset Maugham. Today as I reflect on the coming week, this quote popped onto my radar, and I thought of my team. Counting my intern and I, we have a team of 9. And we have gone through some big challenges together the past 6 months: 2 people quit to take jobs at other firms. 1 person got promoted to fill a brand new, very unique role in the firm.

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Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

Josh Bersin

Whew. Earlier this year we embarked on a major research effort to understand the growing role of social networking in enterprise learning and talent management. The results are amazing. Let me give you a brief preview of some of our initial findings: Organizations are working mightily to figure out how to leverage social networking (blogs, Read more» The post Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

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15 tips for successful knowledge sharing

Knowledge Musings

Lucas McDonnell has a list of 15 tips for successful knowledge sharing. Reading through them, I couldn't help think of the Carnegie tips from How to Win Friends and Influence People. In both cases, the general principle is to listen more than you talk and let people have interesting ideas - no matter who really owns them. Here is Lucas' list (check the source for his comments): Share failures as well as successes.

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Public Service Announcement

Evil HR Lady

This is completely off topic, and I apologize for it. On Monday, one of my friends was killed in a car crash. Her parents, who were with her, are in critical condition and the doctors don't expect her mother to survive. My friend was 46. An 18 year old girl ran a stop sign and t-boned them. She walked away with minor injuries. She was also text messaging while driving.

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AI & DEI: With Great Opportunities Comes Great HR Responsibility

Speaker: Jen Kirkwood - Partner, Responsible HR & AI at IBM and World Economic Forum Executive Fellow

The promise of AI for today’s organizations is real, yet in a frenzied state of experimentation, many stumble to get to a full-scale enterprise. As companies race to discover what generative AI can do, HR must lead conversations about how to balance cutting-edge innovations with integrity, trust, and diversity. Globally, organizations are at a critical intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and AI acceleration.

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Business Problem: High Employee Turnover Quick Tip

Reviewsnap

'A common problem in many organizations. Employee turnover is very costly to any organization. Keep in mind that employee turnover is generally the result of more than one factor. Follow these steps in assessing and dealing with this problem: 1. Ask the employees how they feel about working for the organization. This can be accomplished in several ways, but anonymity is often important because employees often fear retaliation from superiors or peers.

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Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

I admit it, I am addicted to good blogs. Â . by David Zinger. We do not use an extensive blog-roll on Slacker Manager. I published the list of blogs I follow on my site: www.davidzinger.com. There was such a positive response with people finding new blogs or rediscovering old blogs that I decided there was good value to offer this list to you. Happy Reading!

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Why Do You Want This Job?

Evil HR Lady

I am a graduate looking for jobs. I frequently attend interviews and I am asked “ Why do you want to join this job?” I actually couldn’t reply anything. In the same way I got a interview call from another company in India. They have a opening for software engineer job. They have asked me to update my details and have to write “Reason why I am interested in this job” in 300 words.

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Unfair Discipline

Evil HR Lady

I was issued a written warning for failure to use the proper channels to report a complaint, referencing a policy from the handbook. This stems from a private conversation I had with another manager regarding how my boss/hostile environment is making me sick. The other manager was concerned and reported to HR (or as some would say "threw me under the bus").

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Get Psyched: 26 Life Lessons From Sports

Transparent Office

Get Psyched as a Manager. Â . by David Zinger. Sports is often used as a metaphor for leadership, management, and the workplace. What lessons have you learned from playing sports that helps you as a manager. My specific interest is the application of sports psychology to management performance. I taught Educational Psychology at the University of Manitoba for over 20 years and firmly believe many of the skills from sports psychology can transfer to the workplace.

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Early Tenure Turnover: Stop the Revolving Door of Hires

Speaker: Dr. Craig Ellis, Head of I-O Psychology, HighMatch

Are you facing a revolving door of hires, especially within their first 90 days of employment? In this webinar, Dr. Craig Ellis, a leading industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologist, offers insights and strategies to unravel the mystery behind early tenure turnover. Identify the root causes of early attrition to mitigate turnover’s impact in the first 12 months.

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Get Psyched: 26 Life Lessons From Sports

Transparent Office

Get Psyched as a Manager. Â . by David Zinger. Sports is often used as a metaphor for leadership, management, and the workplace. What lessons have you learned from playing sports that helps you as a manager. My specific interest is the application of sports psychology to management performance. I taught Educational Psychology at the University of Manitoba for over 20 years and firmly believe many of the skills from sports psychology can transfer to the workplace.

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Free Leadership Wallpapers

Transparent Office

Leadership Now's Leading Blog is one of my favorite sources of leadership inspiration. Recently, they created some free leadership wallpapers with pictures and quotes from great leaders like: Winston Churchill. Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln. and several others. I think this is a really great idea. Take some great quotes, add them to a nice picture of the quote, and then offer them as a free download for your readers.

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Free Leadership Wallpapers

Transparent Office

Leadership Now's Leading Blog is one of my favorite sources of leadership inspiration. Recently, they created some free leadership wallpapers with pictures and quotes from great leaders like: Winston Churchill. Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln. and several others. I think this is a really great idea. Take some great quotes, add them to a nice picture of the quote, and then offer them as a free download for your readers.

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Slacking May Be Harder and More Rewarding Than You Think

Transparent Office

Do you slack? Can you slack? Have you thought about slacking to create focus, turn off work, and get fit? Slacking may not be what you think. In fact, slacking may reduce thinking. . Are you ready to think differently about being a slacker? You slack when you wobble atop a one-inch-wide strand of nylon webbing suspended between two poles, trees, etc.

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Bridging the Gap: The Intersection of DEI Initiatives and Employee Benefits

Speaker: Jaye Johnson, CBP

Unlock the secrets to transforming your organization’s employee benefits into a strategic tool for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). During this informative session, we will discuss common pitfalls in traditional benefits and then delve into the essence of DEI in employee-centric benefit offerings. This involves not only defining DEI in the workplace but also understanding the pivotal role that employee benefits play in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

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Slacking May Be Harder and More Rewarding Than You Think

Transparent Office

Do you slack? Can you slack? Have you thought about slacking to create focus, turn off work, and get fit? Slacking may not be what you think. In fact, slacking may reduce thinking. . Are you ready to think differently about being a slacker? You slack when you wobble atop a one-inch-wide strand of nylon webbing suspended between two poles, trees, etc.

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Employee Awards That Don’t Cost a Lot of Money

Transparent Office

It shouldn't cost you a bunch of money to thank your team for a job well done. Some of the best awards I've received have cost the person giving it to me absolutely nothing, and I love those awards far more than any of the costly rewards I've gotten. As I've examined the rewards that have meant the most to me, I've come up with 4 things that all of the most meaningful awards had in common.

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Employee Awards That Don’t Cost a Lot of Money

Transparent Office

It shouldn't cost you a bunch of money to thank your team for a job well done. Some of the best awards I've received have cost the person giving it to me absolutely nothing, and I love those awards far more than any of the costly rewards I've gotten. As I've examined the rewards that have meant the most to me, I've come up with 4 things that all of the most meaningful awards had in common.

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Genie Power: I wish it was true

Transparent Office

What are your 3 management wishes?  . Slacker Manager Readers Respond. Here is a selection of responses from Slacker Manager readers on 3 wishes they would like a Genie to grant. The 3 types of wishes were: . The wish I would grant for the people I manage is…      . The wish I would grant for the organization is… The wish I would grant for myself is… I alternated the display of wishes between red and black: happiness, regardless of their choice to work for me or my comp

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Delivering DEI Training That Drives Real Change

Speaker: Jeffrey Hall, Chief Creative Office of WILL Interactive

Great DEI training improves engagement, retention, and teamwork. Poor training does little. What content areas are right for our organization? How can you construct training around empathy-building, relatable stories for a positive disposition to hard topics? We’ll cover the latest research on how to make training that actually delivers attitudinal and behavioral shifts.

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Genie Power: I wish it was true

Transparent Office

What are your 3 management wishes?  . Slacker Manager Readers Respond. Here is a selection of responses from Slacker Manager readers on 3 wishes they would like a Genie to grant. The 3 types of wishes were: . The wish I would grant for the people I manage is…      . The wish I would grant for the organization is… The wish I would grant for myself is… I alternated the display of wishes between red and black: happiness, regardless of their choice to work for me or my comp

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Embarrassed To Be In HR

Evil HR Lady

I got the following comment on my post on networking : Stop naming it networking, call it nepotism. Hiring people based on who they know is unprofessional. I work in HR and someone's recommendation means squat, I have enough of a brain to evaluate skills and not relationships. If you had to have life saving surgery would you pick the most qualified doctor or one that is funny at parties?

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Drug Screening

Evil HR Lady

We pre-employment drug screen all applicants. Manager started someone, against my better judgment, before we got drug screen results. Of course, came back positive for Marijuana. Manager told applicant to stay home today, but this manager is in love with this applicant and wants to make exception to policy to keep them on board. Our policy says that the applicant can have other half of their specimen tested at their own expense and if it comes back negative we reimburse them and they can start w

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Embarrassed To Be In HR

Evil HR Lady

I got the following comment on my post on networking : Stop naming it networking, call it nepotism. Hiring people based on who they know is unprofessional. I work in HR and someone's recommendation means squat, I have enough of a brain to evaluate skills and not relationships. If you had to have life saving surgery would you pick the most qualified doctor or one that is funny at parties?

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Are There Gaps in Your HR Policies?

Putting the right HR policies in place can help your organization grow smoothly and help your company culture thrive. Use this essential HR checklist to cover the basics and make sure there aren’t any gaps in your HR functions.

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Drug Screening

Evil HR Lady

We pre-employment drug screen all applicants. Manager started someone, against my better judgment, before we got drug screen results. Of course, came back positive for Marijuana. Manager told applicant to stay home today, but this manager is in love with this applicant and wants to make exception to policy to keep them on board. Our policy says that the applicant can have other half of their specimen tested at their own expense and if it comes back negative we reimburse them and they can start w

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Hiring Rockstars and Camping Buddies

Transparent Office

Sam Decker shared a fantastically helpful articled about the 5 stars of a Rockstar Employee. Initiative. Integrity. Execution. Strategic Agility. Communication. Here’s a bit of background on why Sam is qualified to write this list: In my career I've worked with hundreds of people, interviewed a few hundred, and hired over 100 people. A minority of these folks (say 10%) were rockstars, a minority I'd never hire or want to work with (another 10%), and the rest are in the middle.

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Hiring Rockstars and Camping Buddies

Transparent Office

Sam Decker shared a fantastically helpful articled about the 5 stars of a Rockstar Employee. Initiative. Integrity. Execution. Strategic Agility. Communication. Here’s a bit of background on why Sam is qualified to write this list: In my career I've worked with hundreds of people, interviewed a few hundred, and hired over 100 people. A minority of these folks (say 10%) were rockstars, a minority I'd never hire or want to work with (another 10%), and the rest are in the middle.

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Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

I admit it, I am addicted to good blogs. Â . by David Zinger. We do not use an extensive blog-roll on Slacker Manager. I published the list of blogs I follow on my site: www.davidzinger.com. There was such a positive response with people finding new blogs or rediscovering old blogs that I decided there was good value to offer this list to you. Happy Reading!

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Managing Your Recruitment Agency Spend in 2024

Feeling overwhelmed by a juggling act of internal recruiting, agency relationships, and direct hire spend? You’re not alone. In today’s competitive talent landscape, building a dream team requires strategic orchestration. Recruiting agencies and search firms provide invaluable services, but managing them effectively alongside your internal team can pose unique challenges.

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Automate Your Performance Review Process

Reviewsnap

'Evaluating employee performance is an important part of providing clear feedback, improving morale and productivity,increasing accountability, and enhancing communication between the manager and the employee. Using a web-based solution to automate the process is a growing trend among organizations of all sizes and types. ReviewSNAP™ provides an automated, web-based solution for conductingyour employee evaluations and for documenting performance on anongoing basis.

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Excessive Sick Time

Evil HR Lady

I have worked for a company in Northern California for over 5 years. We have a small inside sales force that is extremely busy and we are all exempt employees. We are paid on commission (after our salary is covered). The company policy does not have a sick time policy for exempt employees and everyone is good about it but one of our top sales people.

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Excessive Sick Time

Evil HR Lady

I have worked for a company in Northern California for over 5 years. We have a small inside sales force that is extremely busy and we are all exempt employees. We are paid on commission (after our salary is covered). The company policy does not have a sick time policy for exempt employees and everyone is good about it but one of our top sales people.