June, 2006

465 Men and 35 Women

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The Answer: 465 men and 35 women. The question: What are the numbers of men and women Chief Financial Officers in Fortune 500 companies. Just 35 women out of 500 top positions even though women make up the majority of graduates receiving accounting degrees and the majority of new hires at CPA firms. This from the June issue of CFO magazine by senior writer Alix Nyberg Stuart. In this well

Knowledge-at-work: Boundary objects revisted

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reading the recent discussions around km and ethnography hosted by richard cross at aok, i was reminded of the very useful role boundary objects often play when you are looking to understand roles, activities, tacit knowledge and

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Your employer is taking advantage of you

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That’s the conclusion from our most recent blog poll in which we asked “At your company, do employees who do a better job get paid more?” ” The results break down like this with the far larger group (58%) of respondents saying No. It’s not scientific, but it is interesting. Seems to me that the likelihood […

Brain Research Provides Clues to Best Management Approaches

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There is a fascinating article in Business + Strategy magazine that links neuroscience, psychology and business management practices. It points out that many standard business practices such as punishment and rewards and performance feedback run counter to the way our brains function.The articles gives a fairly scientific but very readable overview of various brain structures and how they

New Report Helps Attract, Retain and Reward Top Talent

The 2019 Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis explores what top employers are doing differently to stand out in healthcare cost control and HR management. Use these insights to build a better workplace and confidently position your organization for success.

Dear Abby - HR Style

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I thought I''d share some HR Q&A today. These are real questions from real HR people.Question: This is the first time I have worked for a start up company. I have asked for a mission statement (there is none). I have asked for more direction of where the company is going (it is still being talked about). Is this unusual? How can HR align if there is nothing to align to???Beth Beth C.: They don''t have

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Knowledge-at-work: An ecology behind the firewall

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how can business best use web2.0 tools? the trick in any community is maintaining that delicate balance between diversity, individual opinion (voicing) and collective, reflective insight, finding applicable content, having the freedom

The Power of Saying "NO"

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Some very practical business advice from Patti Danos, a business book publicist who specializes in workplace titles:Know and Understand the Power of NoFrom saying ''no'' to new business that doesn''t feel right to saying ''no'' to a client request that doesn''t gel strategically to saying ''no'' to timelines proposed by others that compromise my work-life balance, I''ve learned that there''s as much power

Should Recruiting Secede?

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Big discussion on an absurd question. Should Recruiting secede from HR?That''s That''s like asking, should accounting secede from the CFO''s area. Recruiting is about hiring the right people which is the centerpiece of HR''s job. I''d go as far as to say it''s the core competency of anyone in Human Resources.Now, when I was a third party recruiter and thought (mistakenly) that I knew something about HR, I

What's Hot in Motivational Rewards

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Are you up on the latest trends in incentive rewards? According to a recent survey 40% of people chose travel as their most desired incentive and 23% chose a shopping spree. Electronic gadgets were selected as a reward of choice by just 4% of people surveyed.Travel has always been a hot reward. When I was a recruiter in the mid to late 1980s, we had contests for travel to places such as Aruba

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.

Howz Yer Spelling?

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Great article called Fix Your Spelling over at HRWhatnot.It includes steps for fixing your spelling (keep a "cheat sheet"), spelling rules (prefixes never change the spelling of the root word), common mistakes (a lot and all right), misused words (ironic), bankrupt expressions (in point of fact) and a spot where you can add your own misspellings.I am sure I am going to refer back to this article

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Straight Talking Americans - But Not in the Workplace

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Have you ever noticed how Americans who are known for being opinionated and valuing straight talk are actually make-no-waves yes-men and women in the workplace?It''s It''s an interesting dichotomy that I hadn''t given much thought to until I read the excellent article in Across the Board magazine by intercultural expert Susan Davidson. In this article Davidson shares many European executives

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Knowledge-at-work: KM on-line discourse

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Finding places and spaces where knowledge management is the focus of on-line conversation is becoming very difficult. Act-KM discussion list, which has moved from Yahoo Groups to its own listserv, dominates current KM conversation

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Want to be an HR "Mover & Shaker?" Write a book!

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Who are the most influential "movers and shakers" in HR? According to Human Resources (UK) magazine, not HR people.I pulled together some statistics on the top 25 HR Influencers from a Top 100 list published this week.Those with the greatest influence in the HR profession are:80% male; 20% female56% published authors, most of muliple titles (one guy has written over 100 books)44% college or

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.

SaaS is about results

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My favorite SaaS blogger, Phil Wainewright, has a great post from last week about the real benefit of SaaS: It lets everyone focus on results. He puts it better than I could: Now, for the first time since that wrong turn the software vendors made all those years ago, on-demand applications are putting business results […]. Uncategorized SaaS Software as a Service

Headless Harvard

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If you’ve stayed current on Harvard’s leadership difficulties involving President Lawrence Summers’ rocky 5 year tenure, you know that he recently conducted his last commencement. (If If you haven’t stayed current, I don’t blame you. Not even a little.) One would think that Harvard might have seen the writing on the wall around January of last year, […

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Better to be passionate than smart

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Or so Seth Godin seems to say. Here, he advocates for hiring passionate people who may or may not be particularly efficient or effective. Truth be told, I tend to agree with him. I’m dealing with a situation now with my bank. It involves a lost wire transfer – they sent it, and no one […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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Do benefits matter?

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Of course they do? But why? Well, according to this McKinsey survey, everyone thinks they matter for reasons like employee attraction and retention, meeting responsibilities to employees and so on. But when asked whether in fact they actually do matter, in other words – whether the results of the benefits programs have ever been measured […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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.

HR wisdom

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Gautam reminds us of an old HR saying – “A players hire other A players B players hire C playersC players should never be hiring…” Any other HR wisdom anyone would like to share? That could be a fun project. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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systematicHR interviews SuccessFactors

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Wanted to point you to an interview that DubDubs at systematicHR did with our very own Rob Bernshteyn. He just published the article, but the interview was done a ways back. In any case, I think Dubs picks up one some important points about us (technology, analytics) in the context of the market, and I […]. Strategic HR SuccessFactors News Talent Management Thinking About HR

A sad, sad fable…

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About an American company. As told by Jason Corsello. It’s an entertaining tale, you should read it even if just for a laugh. But it make you take note of the fact that Performance management ain’t a cure for stupidity, – that’s for sure. It often occurs to me that some of the highly educated people […]. Strategic HR Talent Management Employee Performance Management Goal Alignment performance management Thinking About HR Workforce Performance Management

Why new employees fail

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According to this Fortune article, it’s because they don’t know what’s expected of them. “A big reason is that a huge percentage of new employees, including new managers, are not clearly told what they were hired to do or what their goals should be for the first six months and the first year.” ” Makes good […]. Strategic HR Talent Management Employee Performance Management Thinking About HR Workforce Performance Management

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.