January, 2011

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Hey Now What You Doing

True Faith HR

'If its early-January, it means that many college professors and students are on winter break. It also means that it is the heart of tenure and promotion season. Untenured faculty are busy preparing to submit their application in the hopes of gaining that next step in their academic career. For most schools, the tenure and promotion is one and the same.

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How Employee Engagement Really Drives Stock Price

Josh Bersin

One of the hottest issues in human resources is the need to develop high levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We all know that organizations with happy people have lower turnover, deliver. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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How School Screws Things Up For "Real Life"

The Bamboo Project Blog

My older daughter graduated from college in May and has been working at her new job since June. Last night we had a conversation that got me thinking about how school does a really terrible job of preparing our young people for "the real world" by setting up some seriously unrealistic expectations. In school, we teach kids that: Life happens in a series of connected, time-delineated steps (courses, semesters) so there's always "light at the end of the tunnel" and its clear what the next step wil

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The 1 Word Every Successful Career Needs

45 Things

Here's my 2011 gift to you: I'm not going to write a list of new year's career resolutions. I'm not going to come down in favor -- or not -- of setting goals for yourself this year. (If you'd like to read such a post, there are about 62 million out there floating around on the blogosphere. Take your pick.) Instead, I'm going to offer you a simple way to know if you're doing what you should be doing this year for your career.

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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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American Bar Association: Think Twice About Law School

Evil HR Lady

The American Bar Association has posted a warning about getting a law degree on their website. Far too many law students expect that earning a law degree will solve their financial problems for life. In reality, however, attending law school can become a financial burden for law students who fail to consider carefully the financial implications of their decision.

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January 5 Carnival of HR: Reflections, Resolutions, Predictions and Rants

Working Girl

'Between you and me, I thought no one would have time for the Carnival of HR so soon after the holidays. Which is why I''m extremely pleased to present 35 fantastic posts to give 2011 a big HR welcome. I''ve divided the Carnival posts into 4 categories: Reflections critically examines the previous year. Resolutions looks at what we should do differently next year.

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SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Josh Bersin

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced plans to acquire GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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"Stand Still When the Hippos Charge"

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday I read a wonderful Change This Manifesto on The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative by Matthew May. I'm currently in what I'm referring to as "creative recovery" (otherwise known as AA for creatives) so these habits really struck a chord with me. One of my favorites on the list is the habit of "Seijaku" or stillness, solitude, quietude.

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7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

45 Things

Blogs such as The Cynical Girl (by Laurie Ruettimann) have generated some entertaining -- and informative -- discussions about what older applicants should wear to an interview. The consensus seems to be that hair dye is a no-no (only professionally-applied highlights, please) and turtlenecks only call attention to your slacking neck skin, not hide it.

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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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Creating a Learning Organization: 10 Actions For a Leader

QAspire

Jack Welch said, “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the greatest competitive advantage.” Continuous learning and its respective implementation to generate desired business outcomes is at the core of successful organizations. Peter Senge defined a learning organization as the one “where people continually expand their capacity to create the [.

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Employee Engagement and 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

David Zinger

Are you mistaken? Standford University Persuasive Tech Lab offers the follow short slide presentation on 10 common errors in behavioral change. Ensure that you don’t make these errors in your employee engagement efforts. Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change. View more presentations from Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford.

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Project Social: How Do You Motivate Everyone Else?

Working Girl

'I write a lot about motivating employees, both here at Working Girl and at Compensation Café , and for the most part I’ve been focused on how to motivate knowledge workers to higher levels of engagement and creativity. Recently my project social partner Dave Ryan reminded me that a large portion of the workforce is made up of workers who are employed to perform manual rather than creative tasks.

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Talent Management Revisited: Where are we now?

Josh Bersin

Talent management has now become one of the most talked-about topics in business and HR. Companies around the world are reorganizing their human resources teams to create Chief Talent Officers, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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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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Reflecting on Online Community Building

The Bamboo Project Blog

For one of my clients, I'm developing an online community of practitioners working for a variety of nonprofit, government and for-profit entitities in New Jersey. We wanted to treat the process of forming and nurturing this community as a learning project so we could share our "lessons learned" with others who are doing this kind of work. Our intent is to write an Issues Brief at the end of the project ot share with others.

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Are You Aware of Your Rude Workplace Behavior?

45 Things

Do you think other people in the workplace are rude? If you have a pulse, the answer is probably "yes," or "hell, yes." I've yet to talk to someone in the last 20 years who doesn't think workplace manners could be improved. A recent story said that some concerned parents -- and even embarrassed employers -- are paying up to $400 an hour because young workers are committing so many social blunders in professional settings.

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If a document falls in Sharepoint.

Transparent Office

If a document falls in Sharepoint, and nobody hears it.does it make a sound? 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.

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Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (May) Zinger’s 5-Item APGAR Pulse Assessment

David Zinger

APGAR: Birthing A Playful New Employee Engagement Gage. Time for a new gage ? In my last post: Is Your Employee Engagement Gage Working I was critical of the over-reliance on surveys as our employee engagement gage. I recently presented at a woman and child healthcare conference and I decided to get playful with the participants and create an employee engagement gage they could relate to.

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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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Winter Snow Storms: Should You Make Your Employees Come to Work?

Evil HR Lady

It's a snowy mess outside and you're the boss. Should you require everyone to come into the office? Here are 5 things to help you make that decisions. Winter Snow Storms: Should You Make Your Employees Come to Work?

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SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Josh Bersin

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). In our LMS 2011 research we show that before this acquisition SumTotal had.

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Project Social: Why Should HR Care About Sustainability?

Working Girl

'As an HR professional, you might think sustainability isn’t a high priority for HR. And, given all that''s going on in the HR world right now you may be right… for now. However, the business climate is changing. Increasingly, customers and investors want to know what kinds of companies they’re doing business with and they’re starting to ask for evidence of sustainable business practices.

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Is It Time to Prune Your Rosebush?

45 Things

I do not call myself a gardener, because that seems to intimate that I have some level of proficiency at planting and growing stuff. Based on the number of plants, trees and bushes I ripped out last fall because they were dead, dying or just looked like crap, I'd say P. Allen Smith's job is safe. But in the story I did recently for Gannett/USAToday, I realize that sometimes I may need to use more of my "dump it and start anew" strategy for other areas of my life.

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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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How to Make Use of Your Organization’s Collective Knowledge – Accessing the Knowledge of the Whole Organization - Part I

Conversation Matters

Collective knowledge is the next step beyond knowledge sharing for organizations. More than just making use of the existing knowledge employees have, collective knowledge makes use of the sensemaking capabilities of employees. Sensemaking is the very human act of creating meaning out of the incredible amount of data and input that continuously surrounds everyone within an organization.

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Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (Apr): 14 Lessons From 2 Boys and a Sewer

David Zinger

Full Employee Engagement is Sewer Power, Really! Notice what is in front of you. I was returning home from a jog when I encountered my neighbour and her two sons. The boys, ages 2 and 4, were bounding ahead of their mom straight to the cover of the sewer on our street (see the picture of the actual sewer above). Down the Sewer and Into Engagement. They didn’t hesitate to plunk themselves down on the manhole and engage fully with the sewer.

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American Bar Association: Think Twice About Law School

Evil HR Lady

The American Bar Association has posted a warning about getting a law degree on their website. Far too many law students expect that earning a law degree will solve their financial problems for life. In reality, however, attending law school can become a financial burden for law students who fail to consider carefully the financial implications of their decision.

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LinkedIn IPO – A Radical Transformation in Corporate Recruiting Begins

Josh Bersin

Today LinkedIn announced its long-awaited IPO. The numbers tell a story: this company is going to radically transform corporate recruiting. Here are a few of the important statistics to. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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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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Podcast: Protecting Yourself When Social Media Tools Disappear

The Bamboo Project Blog

Allyson Kapin, co-founder of the Rad Campaign , and I had the opportunity to record a Social Good podcast with Allison Fine for the Chronicle of Philanthropy about the demise of Delicious and the issues that arise when free tools disappear. In the podcast, Allyson Kapin makes some excellent points about the need to not put all your eggs in one social media basket and makes a plug for open source options, which are probably the most sustainable way to maintain free tools--unless you're Google.

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4 ways to Boost Your Standing at Work

45 Things

I can't tell you the number of people in the last two years who recommended to me that workers should just "hunker down" or "keep their heads down" while the job market was in such turmoil. The thousands of people who were left shaking in their cubicles -- wondering if they'd receive the next pink slip -- reminded me of the old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes.

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HR Challenges in 2011

Strategic HCM

'I opened this short 17 question survey towards the end of last year and it temporarily closed last week. However I’ve not had time to do analyse the results, and having missed my deadline, thought I might as well keep it going for another week. The survey will now close on 29th January. Internal HR practitioners who are in or can get to the UK this Summer have the opportunity to win a free ticket to the Economist’s Talent Management Summit in London on 9th June.