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.

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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.

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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Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

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.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

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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How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

Don't Make Pricing Concessions Too Quickly

Reviewsnap

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

On a recent post about 5 skills for hiring , frequent reader and commenter Chain Smoking Blue Monkey had the following comment that really challenged my thinking: In defense of “Mopey Murphy&# : That very well might be the result of a bad manager that someone has had to toil underneath for years. Additionally, a realistic point of view (mind you, not necessarily a pessimistic one) can often come across like this as well. Yes, ideally we see challenges like budget crunches and shortage of staff as opportunities to try and make things better with limited resources, but you can’t always put a smile one when the world has been telling you you can’t dance for a long time. (see [link] for the reference). I have often wondered where the balancing fine line between being realistic and being pessimistic or optimistic lies. The constant “EVERYTHING IS GREAT! WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS! WE HAVE GREAT CUSTOMERS! YOU ARE ALL EQUALLY WONDERFUL!&# cheery attitude that I see in a lot of managers comes across as painfully insincere, and worse, obviously insincere. It is done in the service of not wanting to appear negative or biased or whatever, but the end result is often the opposite on employees. I admit that I question a lot of the catch-phrasism I see here on Slacker Manager. You guys do a great job at looking at a lot of different ways to be good managers and on how to motivate employees you are supervising, but there are certainly times when I see something here that strikes me as a little less than genuine and a little more pie in the sky everything is wonderful optimism. That brings up some very important questions about how you remain who you are and remain sincere to not only your employees but yourself. How do you remain realistic without being saccharine? How do you acknowledge the darker side of things while also keeping a positive but not delusional attitude? Great questions! How do I remain a realistic manager without being saccharine? How do I acknowledge the darker side of things while keeping a positive but not delusional attitude? I’ve had to ask myself this a LOT this year. This has been my toughest year as a manager and as a person for a number of reasons I won’t get into here. I think that gives me some interesting perspective to share. First , I let my team know things are tough right now. Admitting we have a problem has been absolutely critical to not seeming fake or saccharine. Second , I focus on solutions and provide status updates. HOW are we going to make things better? Right now, the answer is time, so that doesn’t help right now, but that we will get through it, little by little, and though some days may be worse than others (like the day only 3 of my 7 people showed up to work), for the most part, if we focus on what we CAN do, and not on what we can’t, we can “keep it real&# and still move forward. Third , but most importantly, is I ask the team how they feel we can make it better. I even invited in our HR partner in to get a more objective feedback mechanism so folks could speak freely without fear of retribution if I found out Sally said I was a bad manager or whatever. Sure we got some complaining. But we not only heard what they had to say, but I am actively working on an action plan to address their needs, which we will present back to them as soon as it’s done (2-3 weeks for a complete plan, 3 or 4 days for the first part). Lastly , I find ways to celebrate our successes, one client at a time. While not everyone is their usual elated self when they complete an interaction with my team, my team still manages to occasionally find ways to wow their clients, and wow each other, and we celebrate those successes in a very public way. We celebrate them in front of the entire IT team when possible, or at least our department, and that public pat on the back works for many folks. Some get it in email to me, my manager, and my manager’s manager, and I always make sure to say thanks to both the associate for recognizing my team, and to the associate for providing outstanding service. So those are 4 ways right now I can provide realism to my team, to provide optimism to my team, and to not come off as delusional. Perfect solutions? Heck no, and I’m sure everyone reading this has some even better suggestions. Dear readers: How do you remain a realistic manager without being saccharine? How do you acknowledge the darker side of things while keeping a positive but not delusional attitude? Original photo found on Flickr, credit to lonely radio. Share This.

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

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.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

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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Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.