We’ve Never Done It That Way

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For many, this phrase is a defense mechanism against change. For others this phrase is the spark that leads to change. Truthfully, change, even the best change, can create chaos and stress. Yes, change can be hard, but without it you simply cannot improve.


June: The 10 best Change Management articles, podcasts, and videos

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I post the best change management articles, podcasts and videos each month. Because although our discipline is maturing, we need to share our knowledge and experience with each other so change management becomes a must-have in all organisations.


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Around the Bonfyre: Talking Change Management Strategy with EY’s Eric Biegansky


The disruptive nature of change is now a constant. Ernst & Young (EY), a multinational professional services firm, specializes in managing and advising for these transformations, helping to mitigate risk and maximize adoption of desired change systems, processes, and behaviors. In this installment of Around the Bonfyre, we talked to Biegansky about the future of change management strategy and the skills leaders need to spearhead organizational change.

If You Don't Give Raises This Year

Compensation Cafe

Some of you will be able to replace the raise with a bonus, so you'll have it easier. Your trade-off program(s) should probably fall under categories like professional growth, career opportunities, work breaks, medium-term incentives and so on.

Cafe Classic: Are Employees "Costs" or "Assets"?

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Such statements are usually a prelude to large executive bonuses, layoffs or plant closings. . It simply shows that initially most employees are a "cost” and that over time, with the right talent management, they become more and more valuable. If so, then someone needs to change management’s mindset. Second, Compensation needs to prepare for the monumental task of convincing management that employees are an asset.

Don't Do That! Bad Habits and Compensation

Compensation Cafe

Change management should be the foundation of 90% of compensation communications. Why is change such a big part of it? Employees need to change their priorities and the work habits they've formed to achieve them. New incentive coming up next year? Performance measures are changing, that means employees' current behaviors/habits need to be readjusted, or even rejected, for the new goals to be met or exceeded. Here are three basics of our work.

When Virtual Reality Meets Plan Design

Compensation Cafe

Whether it is to achieve new goals, measure progress or handle collaboration better, compensation plan design is as much about change management as it is about numbers, so our Compensation Cafe simulations are especially valuable. Can you explain how the new plan will equip employees and managers to deal with the future today? What can you see the managers and employees doing? Does VR show that managers can't or won't pull off what your design has in mind for them?

The Immutable Laws of Compensation (Part 2)

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Third Corollary: Managers and employees will always believe that low pay (especially their own) is the direct result of the compensation team not properly understanding the “real” market. Fourth Corollary: Managers and employees will always believe that Glassdoor.com, PayScale.com, or their “cousin’s-buddy-who-knows-a-guy-that-works-at-this-other-company,” always have a much better grasp on the “real” market rates then the compensation team.

The Immutable Laws of Compensation (Part 1)

Compensation Cafe

Third Corollary: Some managers always want to pay their employees more in order to motivate them, to make them more productive, and to improve the quality of the work they perform. Base Salaries Compensation Philosophy Incentives/Bonuses Pay for Performance Total RewardsEditor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Joe Thompson. Because of the breadth of his topic matter, we've decided to feature his post across two days.

SHRM ’15: Global Shift, High Performers and More


Crowds and the heat index aside, I did notice at least one refreshing change at this year’s event: a lot more practitioner speakers. Titled “Managing a Global Workforce During Times of Change: M&A, Organic Growth and Spin Offs,” Fussell’s talk recounted Abbott’s dramatic and impressive transformation in the aftermath of spinning off its research-based pharma arm, AbbVie, in 2012. benefits change management performance management wellness initiatives

Implementation Matters

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Pay for performance is a form of change management if we do it right. Other employees have to be reminded of this and schooled by their managers -- through performance planning and feedback -- on the role they play in implementing the strategy. Here is the minimum that you, your leadership and your managers need to invest in pay-for-performance each year if you really want it to influence your company''s financial returns.

How to Choose the Best Employee Recognition Program for Your Company


You need to change or improve your company culture. But it has the benefit of amplifying everyone’s feedback, not just managers’. It’s a more traditional system, where a supervisor or manager appraises and recognizes the contributions of a direct report.

Tax Law Fueling Changes to Employer Benefits and Compensation Programs

HR Daily Advisor

The new tax reform law is fueling changes to corporate America’s employee benefits, compensation, total rewards, and executive pay programs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions company. The survey of 333 large and midsize employers reveals nearly half (49%) of the respondents are considering making a change to at least one of these programs this year or next.

Leading a Successful Cultural Transformation at Your Organization

Digital HR Tech

How can you recognize the need for cultural transformation and make this change a success? Change management in cultural transformation 9 steps to a successful cultural transformation. Individuals must first have the conviction (heart) to change their behavior.

Principles for Managing Organizational Change


Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ” To remain competitive and up-to-date, companies must change; sometimes more than once. Regardless of the purpose, every employee feels the effects of your company’s change. Often, members from the C-suite get caught up in the end game; the purpose of the change; the final solution. Successful companies approach change with an employee-centric model.

Which Job Perks Do Employees Value?

HR Digest

job market the tightest it has been in half a century, human resources managers are struggling to attract and retain top talent. Some value tangible rewards such as bonus, and some value intangibles such as mentoring. The HR Digest: How has the concept of employee benefits and perks changed over the years? Kate Savage: Investing in your talent – beyond salary and performance bonus is key. With the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6

3 Must-Read Digital HR and HR Tech Articles of November 2018

Digital HR Tech

An incentive (in $$$) always helps. Team meetings: Managers constantly promote the referral program and openly discuss needing referrals. In Burns’ company, they offer a $500 or $1000 referral bonus based on the specific role. The bonus is paid in two installments: the first half after 30 days of the referral’s hire and the second half after six months of successful employment. Getting the administrative team to embrace the change.

The Best Way to Process Payroll [Updated for 2020]


Using a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) protects employers from payroll compliance violations. If your employee changes their form, keep the old one and the new one. You want detailed payroll records to manage employee costs. Can Employees Change Their W-4?

Whitnie Wiley of ‘Shifting Into Action’: “The real key?—?this starts before hiring”

Thrive Global

Absent that, all the programs and incentives in the world will fail because the underlying commitment is not there. As a part of our series about the five things you need to successfully manage a large team, I had the pleasure of interviewing Whitnie Wiley. The real key?—?this

Employee Recognition: Picking Up The Pieces

Dave's Weekly Thought

As I enter my 10th year in the Human Capital Management space, I figured it would be beneficial to my readers to reflect on how our industry has (and has not) evolved over the last decade's time. * The names have been changed to protect the innocent. his company had announced the end of the annual performance review process to be replaced with a high touch performance management system (even large corporations cannot refute common sense). He did not receive his bonus.