April, 2013

5 Limiting Beliefs About Our Careers We Need to Change

The Bamboo Project Blog

Video Blog 1--Limiting Beliefs - Computer from Michele Martin on Vimeo.

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Avoiding the 7 Big Team-Building Blunders

Effortless HR

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Everyone’s heard that expression. And we’re all familiar with what it means: An effective team can accomplish more as a whole than its individual members can accomplish on their own. The key word here is effective. Building an effective, high-performing team requires more than simply throwing a group of outstanding individuals into a room and telling them they can’t come out until they have a solution.

A Modest Proposal on Compensation

True Faith HR

Three charts have kept my interest for the past few months. Corporate profits are at an all-time high 2. Wages as a percent of the economy are at a low 3. CEO pay continues to grow 4.

The World is Local: A New Model for Human Resources

Bersin with Deloitte

The World is Local: A New Model for Human Resources Despite continued focus on globalization, new research by DHL shows that the world is not as "flat" as once believed. While low cost networking has made it easier than ever to communicate around the world, economic and cultural conditions from country to country are more different than […]. HR Strategy People Analytics Sourcing & Recruiting Talent & PM Providers Talent Acquisition Providers Talent Acquisition Strategy

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.

Employee Engagement: Creating the Best Workplaces on Earth (Goffee/Jones – May HBR)

David Zinger

Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones wrote a May 2013 article in the Harvard Business Review on Creating the Best Workplace on Earth. I appreciated their six imperatives for a best workplace.

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Creating Your Career Path: Career Resilience and Multiple Income Streams

The Bamboo Project Blog

. One aspect of career resilience it''s important for us to keep in mind is the need to have multiple options. This is particularly true when it comes to our finances, where we need to be far more entrepreneurial than we''ve been in the past.

What Gets Your Attention …?

Effortless HR

The other day I was talking with my mentor and he asked an interesting (I thought) question. What does EffortlessHR offer a CEO that would make them want to use your product ?”. I, of course, went through all the benefits and features of EffortlessHR (which I can also recite for you if you don’t know what they are), but it made me stop and think – what is it that the busy CEO/Owner of a company is looking for in any program or service?

The Fifth Business and Rating Employees

True Faith HR

One of my favorite books is the first installment in the Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies called "The Fifth Business." Davies tells the story of Dunstan Ramsay, a headmaster of a Canadian School for 45 years who has decided to retire.

Pre-Hire Assessment Science Revealed: Value for Employers, Value for Candidates

Bersin with Deloitte

These days there is a lot of talk about BigData in HR. And it's a good thing: there is a science to people management, and the more data we have about people the easier it becomes to make critical people decisions. Data helps us understand why some people perform better than others, why some people […]. Talent Acquisition Providers

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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.

Employee Engagement: Why are You Working Here?

David Zinger

When work isn’t working. There are a plethora of different questions used to survey for employee engagement. During the past few weeks I have been reviewing surveys and responses for various organizations.

Customizing Performance Reviews for Higher Education


Faculty and staff populations at universities are filled with people who have been doing the same thing for many years, as well as new employees trying to find the best ways to be productive on small budgets. The performance review can seem like an interruption when people have other priorities.

Laid Off? Don't Put Off That Job Search!

The Bamboo Project Blog

There are two labor markets nowadays. There''s the market for people who have been out of work for less than six months, and the market for people who have been out of work longer.-- The Terrifying Reality of Long-Term Unemployment. .

How to Be Successful Even When Under Stress

45 Things

Got stress? If you’re like 75% of other Americans, you’ve experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and often lie awake at night because of it. Trying to balance the demands of your work and family life can stretch even the strongest among us to the breaking point.

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.

On Hugh Howey's "Wool"

True Faith HR

Based on sterling recommendations from Laurie Ruettimann and Neil Morrison , I picked up the Omnibus edition of " Wool ," a series of science fiction novellas from author Hugh Howey.

Looking Forward to the Best Week of the Year

Bersin with Deloitte

It is hard to believe that our IMPACT conference is already upon us. Even though I have been a part of two-thirds of Bersin’s IMPACT conferences, I find myself more excited than ever. Here is why: Fantastic Keynote Sessions: We had a chance to preview Josh’s keynote session last week, which focuses on “How the […]. Performance Management Talent Strategy

Friday Factoid #29: Employee Engagement and Cost Reduction

David Zinger

What does cost reduction cost us? 47% of companies surveyed in a cost reduction and engagement survey by AON Hewitt reported a decline in employee trust as a result of the way in which they managed cost reductions. From page 19 of The Flat Army by Dan Pontefract. Commentary.

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I Win Every Meeting


Meetings are slanted to go in my favor. In most cases they are predestined to go my way even before I walk into the room. It''s not that I manipulate the process ahead of time so I can be more effective than the person sitting next to me.

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.

Reflections on Seth Godin and Career Resilience

The Bamboo Project Blog

. Knowing that I''ve been doing a lot of writing and thinking about career resilience , fellow career coach Scott Woodard recently pointed me to a Seth Godin post on the topic. A few things from Seth''s post stood out for me, further underscoring the points I''ve been trying to make here. .

What You Can and Can’t Do When Employees Discuss Wages


First, let’s settle a myth. Can employees legally discuss their salaries with other co-workers? Should they? That’s another story. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided that an engineering firm had unlawfully fired one of its employees for discussing salary information with co-workers. The firm was ordered to reinstate the fired employee and pay back wages and benefits.

360 Degree Reviews: Mixing Personal and Professional Feedback


If you’re lucky enough to work at a company where your co-workers are also your friends, it’s easy for the lines between personal and professional relationships to blur.

Join Us for a Panel Session on Emerging Learning Technologies

Bersin with Deloitte

If you’re interested in learning about the use of augmented reality, wearable computing, 3D printing, alternatives to virtual ILT, gamification and other emerging technologies to support learning, you’ll want to join us for a thought provoking panel session with Marc Ramos, Global Lead, PeopleDev Global Learning Design at Google, Mary Woolf, Director of Learning Technologies […]. Learning Providers

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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.

Employee Engagement Friday Factoid #26: Eight Elements for Change Work

David Zinger

8 is Enough for Change.

How To Be A Better Manager


Being a manager in today’s environment is not easy. The key is to find the right balance. Here’s how you can be a better manager: 1. Know what you’re doing Are you aware of each of your team member’s responsibilities? Do you know how to do their work if you had to? If you know […]. Self-Improvement Tips For Managers Good Manager How To Be a Better Manager

Career Resilience Success Story: A Guest Post

The Bamboo Project Blog

As I''ve been talking with people about the idea of career resilience, I''ve also started collecting stories of how these individuals have incorporated the patterns of resilience into their lives.

Love The Product, Hate(d) The Service


I am a big fan of Spotify. Wait, I may have understated that.I freakin'' love it. I use it every day in my office; I plug my iPhone into my car and listen on my commute, and I pop the headphones in when I''m going on a run. I''m a die-hard, premium subscriber, Spotify-guy.

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.