August, 2014

Leadership Improv: Effective Behaviors for Employee Engagement

ATD Human Capital

As we develop our current and emerging leaders, it''s critical to introduce the ideas of flexibility, thinking on your feet, collaboration, and acceptance. Author Karen Hough introduces such principles that allow improvisers to be brilliant in the moment. Click here to read full version

Why We Hate HR: It’s Often A Problem of Professional Development

Josh Bersin

Over the years I’ve read article after article about what’s wrong with Human Resources. The most famous was “Why I Hate HR” published in 2005 in Fast Company, followed by. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Human Resources

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Recognizing the Difficult Dual Role Managers Play—Coach and Mentor


“All leaders do some coaching. If nothing else, they offer input through performance reviews. But providing feedback once a year just doesn’t cut it. Quarterly formal evaluations work better, but you’ll have greater success with even more frequent feedback, assessment, and mentoring." -- Laura Stack , “ The 7 Keys to Great Coaching – and Boosting Employee Productivity; ” 6/6/14; We agree wholeheartedly, Ms. Stack!

3 Reasons You Need to Start Sharing Your Dreams

The Bamboo Project Blog

I''m thinking a lot lately about how we get in our own way. It''s easy to look around at this economy and to just want to give up. So many barriers and challenges--makes you want to stay in bed with the covers over your head. I get it. But even in the midst of challenge there is opportunity. We have to go after it though, creating possibilities where others only see the barriers. . One way we keep ourselves stuck is by keeping our dreams and ideas to ourselves.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Peculiar, MO: A Recruiting Roadtrip

Snark Attack

They say you can’t go home again, and that’s only a little true. Truth is, I’m not even sure where home is, anymore, other than maybe that familiar, recurring HR conference circuit road I’ve already done a half dozen laps on. I’ve got a hell of a name badge collection, by the way, and likely […]. OpEd #moshrm hiring job search muckfizzou rant Recruiting self-indulgent shrm

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Purposeful Discomfort: How Leaders Encourage Growth Through Discomfort

ATD Human Capital

Your job as a leader is to make people uncomfortable. Pursuing ambitious goals, confronting significant challenges, and moving into uncharted territories require people to embrace discomfort. Click here to read full version


Simplify! The Decluttering of Human Resources

Josh Bersin

I recently read a wonderful article in The Economist entitled Decluttering the Companyand it reminded me of the tremendouslyimportant job we have to simplify business at all levels. Well we in HR. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Human Resources learning investment model simplification simplify

Phoning In Your Performance Reviews? Here’s How To Add Real Meaning


You’ve heard of actors “phoning in” a performance—just going through the motions without making much of an effort. The result is usually pretty dismal: a performance that lacks meaning or merit. Well, performance reviews are no different. In the business world, when managers and employees simply go through the motions of a review, it usually produces pretty dismal results.

That Single Source of HR Data Truth


Monday, August 25, 2014 :00am. That Single Source of HR Data Truth By Kevin Grossman. Only a few years ago, Gartner stated that enterprise data would grow 650% over the ensuing five years, while IDC stated in 2011 we created 1.8 zettabytes (or 1.8 trillion GBs) of data, in 2012 it reached 2.8 zettabytes and now they forecast that we will generate 40 zettabytes (ZB) by 2020. Read More » read more

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Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Communicative Diseases: Why We Suck At Engagement

Snark Attack

The direct connection between disengaged workers and a disengaged recruiting process, where applicants continue to get sucked into the “black hole” of communication and even candidates in process are often left wondering where they stand in the search, should be obvious. So too should the fact that improving the candidate experience is inextricably intertwined with […]. Social Media candidate experience communications employee engagement employer branding engagement Recruiting

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5 Ways to Build Employee-Focused Core Values


Take a look at your top five company core values. How do they match up with your efforts to engage and retain your top talent in the office? Honest: are people and their happiness actually aligned with your company core values? Now that we’re being real with one another, it’s safe to say: Companies who include efforts for employee happiness in their company core values are in business for the long-haul.

Head Shift: How Leaders Help Others See Beyond the Obvious

ATD Human Capital

Effective leaders help others to think in more imaginative ways. Click here to read full version


Video Predictions for HR in the Coming Year: #1-5

Josh Bersin

These predictions were recorded in the summer of 2014 and discuss our top 10 predictions for HR, talent, and learning in the coming year. For more details please download our 2014 Predictions Report. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Employee Engagement Enterprise Learning Performance Management hr predictions

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Revisiting Employee Motivation … and the Power of a Single Word


Part of the challenge of managing people is learning how to motivate them. In a previous post, we asked, “ Is Employee Motivation Increasingly Beyond Our Control ?,” citing research that claims employees are less motivated by traditional extrinsic rewards (raises, bonuses, promotions, etc.) and increasingly motivated by intrinsic rewards (an internal sense of achievement and satisfaction) that can’t be handed out by employers.

Design Your Career: Brainstorming/Ideation

The Bamboo Project Blog

Over the course of several weeks, I''m showing you how to apply design thinking and principles to your career planning and development. The series of posts so far is here. . We''ve gone through the Discovery and Intereprepation phases, gathering information about your career challenge, looking for themes and framing possibilities. Now we enter into the Ideation phase, where you are generating ideas that you could experiment with in the next phase. .

Are You Ready for this Huge Workforce Shift?


Monday, August 4, 2014 :00am. Are You Ready for this Huge Workforce Shift? By Maren Hogan. Today’s guest blog post is from Maren Hogan, marketer and community builder in the HR and Recruiting space.]. I’m talking about the Millennial take-over. Okay, that might sound a little dramatic, but to be fair, we are facing a pretty dramatic change. Read More » read more

How To Manage A Virtual Team


Similar to a conventional team, a virtual team consists of a group of people who interact to complete interdependent tasks and work towards a common goal, however instead of meeting in the same office, the team members work in different places, often at home, and in different time zones, They may never meet their coworkers […].

Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

Mentoring Versus Coaching: What’s the Difference?

ATD Human Capital

Mentoring and coaching are distinct processes used to achieve individual and organization goals. Click here to read full version

The Red Hot Market for Learning Management Systems

Josh Bersin

We just released our newest research on the corporate Learning Management Systems market and the numbers are astounding. The market is well over $2.5 billion and grew by over 21% this year. These. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. LMS, LCMS lms

The Importance of Discretionary Effort—and How To Inspire It


We sparked some interesting conversation when we mentioned Aubrey Daniels in a recent post about the need for more frequent performance reviews. You might recall that Daniels was among the first individuals to champion the notion of applying behavioral science to the workplace. As a result, he’s widely known as “the father of performance management.” In discussing our post, some people told us that they’re fans of Daniels’ work.

In Chinese: Crisis Does NOT Mean Danger and Opportunity

Workplace Psychology

JFK was wrong. On, a website about the Chinese language, Victor H. Mair, a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, firmly corrects an American linguistic blunder that interprets the word “crisis” in Chinese as meaning both “danger” and “opportunity.”.

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

Meeting Employee Expectations from the Desk Chair to the Beach Chair


Monday, August 18, 2014 :00am. Meeting Employee Expectations from the Desk Chair to the Beach Chair By Joe Sansone. August has arrived and it may feel like back-to-school is right around the corner, but summer isn’t over quite yet. There’s still time for us to put those vacation days to good use and sit on the beach with family, have backyard barbeques with friends and play games in the park. Read More » read more

The 14 Top HR stats for 2014


What’s the best way to handle intra-office dating? How should you manage pay raises for employees? When should you institute efforts to reduce employee turnover? These aren’t easy questions to answer, but human resource managers can get a head start on them by looking at what other companies in their industry are doing.

The 5 Cs of Acknowledgment for Grateful Leaders: An Introduction

ATD Human Capital

Author Judith Umlas shares an introduction to the 5 Cs of acknowledgement for grateful leaders. Click here to read full version


The Alliance: A Manifesto For 21st Century Talent Management

Josh Bersin

I probably read more than one hundred human resources, leadership, and business books a year (e-readers are amazing) and I rarely have time to review them. Most are great books in many ways. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Enterprise Learning Human Resources Talent Management Books linkedin Reid Hoffman The Alliance

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

FMLA – Not Just Coverage for Pregnancy

Effortless HR

Many business owners think of FMLA only when an employee is ready to go out on maternity leave or if an employee is facing a catastrophic illness such as cancer. FMLA also covers migraine headaches, back pain, influenza – and other illnesses that are considered to be “chronic or a serious health condition”. Employers and their supervisors and managers need to know the “red flags” on what to consider to be a FMLA occurrence and how to manage it.

4 Tips to Making Employee Benefits a Family Affair


Planning Family Benefits. Companies can stay competitive in today’s job market by helping employees achieve the proverbial work/life balance, which means providing a robust benefits package that serves the family. Spousal and dependent coverage, particularly for health insurance, is no longer something people can take for granted in this era of high benefit costs.

Naomi Bloom’s 4 Foundations of Real SaaS, No. 4: In Memory


In the final segment of our four-part video series with Naomi Bloom, she talks about a relatively new technology approach in the enterprise software industry that lets organizations make decisions using analytics, delivered at the “speed of thought” and at the point of decision. It’s called in memory, and Naomi says it’s a fundamental capability of great SaaS