July, 2008

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.Â

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. Don’t oversell your own work. Ask questions about others’ work.

Business Problem: High Employee Turnover Quick Tip

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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.

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. Please don't do that.

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Compliance Continuity: Monthly Guidance to Sustain Your Organization's Wellbeing

Natural disasters can result in evacuations, work stoppages, and other disruptions for your employees. With advanced planning, employee benefits can help sustain the overall wellbeing of your workforce before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Putting the Focus on People

Workday

Now, some of you out there may say that enterprise software solves complex problems and therefore it must be hard to use in order to accomplish its mission. But as Robert X. Cringely noted in a recent post, big enterprise software companies regularly made their software harder to use than it needs to be

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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.Â

Xobni reverses your Inbox

Knowledge Musings

I've had Xobni running on my new work computer since I started in December. It is an Outlook plugin that lets you "find people, email & attachments instantly." Essentially, it is a fast search algorithm for your email. Here are some thoughts about how Xobni fits into my worklife.

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.

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. Could you please help me out in this. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but no. I can't help you.

Implementing Technology in TA for the Win: An Agile Approach

Speaker: Denise Dresler, Director of Talent Acquisition, Avature

What was once traditionally used only in the software industry is making its way to the recruiting and talent acquisition space: agile methodologies. Join Denise Dresler, Talent Acquisition Director at Avature, where she will be discussing how to take this nontraditional approach of agile talent acquisition and effectively incorporate it into your hiring processes.

ERP: Outside In

Workday

So this is how it starts. Here you have a guy with absolutely no ERP or application experience, co-writing a blog about ERP applications. s great

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A Great Place to Work

SuccessFactors

Not long ago SuccessFactors Research and thought leader Amy Lyman hosted the webinar The Business Benefits of Being a Great Place to Work. People who love their jobs work harder and do better. It follows then that creating a “great place to work” should be a top priority for all businesses. Of course, this is […]. SuccessFactors Research Engagement Great Place to Work

Heart felt loyalty: Management by Quotation

Transparent Office

“You can buy a person’s hands, but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.&# - Stephen Covey. I love this quote! The more loyal my team is, the harder they work. The more loyal I am, the harder I work too.

Weasels and Bloodmobiles

Knowledge Musings

To prove that I haven't vanished into complete thin air, I provide two items of entertainment. Oh, and I've moved to Boston, for those that haven't been following me on Twitter. I just finished Scott Adams' Dilbert and The Way of the Weasel.

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Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

Don't Make Pricing Concessions Too Quickly

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If your business is one where sales reps or others have latitude in negotiating price with customers, establish floors for gross profit and train them to negotiate effectively. The problem with leaving pricing decisions to sales people is the fact that they want the sale. Unfortunately, their exuberance for making the sale often leads to unacceptable gross profits. The idea of "leaving money on the table" for no good reason should be alarming to any business.

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").

Change Can be a Good Thing - Annrai O'Toole and Workday the opposite of ERP

Workday

A lot of the debate about “change” in ERP gets focused on the database. For a whole set of very obvious reasons, the relational database, has a crucial role in any business software system. Upon first encountering ERP, many of my smart friends would tell me that that the big source of system complexity is the thousands of database tables. Indeed, a colleague of mine from a very large bank told me they spent $50m a year to keep a global, single instance of a traditional ERP system running.

Keeping it Real, even when it sucks

Transparent Office

Wage Growth: The Last Employer Holdout to Attract Candidates

You get a job perk! And You get a job perk! Everyone gets job perks! While these perks may have helped get that stellar candidate’s foot in the door, this dynamic of severely low unemployment combined with a historically high job open rate continues with no immediate end in sight. Employers will do well to zero in on one lever many have been avoiding pulling: the almighty salary increase.

People Love Change (No Really, They Do!)

Transparent Office

Occasional Slacker Manager guest author Mike Kanazawa recently published a Change This manifesto called People Don't Hate Change, They Hate How You're Trying to Change Them. In the manifesto, Mike dispels some of the more common corporate myths around change.

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5 Must Have Skills - Mopey Murphys Need Not Apply

Transparent Office

I’ve been doing a LOT of hiring lately, and folks have asked me what I look for when I hire folks for my IT Help Desk. I find that the best folks have these 5 qualities in abundance, with number 0 being non-negotiables.

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.

Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

I admit it, I am addicted to good blogs. 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! AAA Employee Engagement Network. Absotively Integration Blog. acidlabs. Adam Salamon. Alex Shalman. All Things Workplace. Author Blog.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Get Psyched: 26 Life Lessons From Sports

Transparent Office

Get Psyched as a Manager. 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.

Get Psyched: 26 Life Lessons From Sports

Transparent Office

Get Psyched as a Manager. 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.

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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Insight into Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Discover how more than 4,100 employers are addressing benefits and workforce challenges, and how you can take competitive action to attract and retain talent, boost employee engagement, and promote organizational wellbeing.