March, 2006

Knowledge-at-work: KM awareness


a review of personal strategies to stay abreast of km developments. km has lost a lot of its glitter and status, slipped from the headlines and hot article lists, but it remains a key business strategy. just how do you get the news

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Performance Reviews most pressing HR issue


You may have noticed a poll in the left-hand column over the past couple of weeks. Though clearly not scientific in any way, the poll has provided some insight into what’s on the minds of our readers. We asked, “What is your most pressing HR issue?” ” We had 50 people respond to the poll, and the […].

Knowledge-at-work: Classification - does it work?


a key km competency is understanding and applying meta-data. assigning keywords and tags, extracting concepts, finding and making distinctions, displaying and working with categories are foundational information activities

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Knowledge-at-work: KM, decisons and problem solving


what is the relationship and role between km and problem solving or decision making? always ponder the nature of this connection. for some km is all about smarter problem solving, faster or better decisions. for me i'm not so sure

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.

What drives employee engagement?


Our new poll for the next couple of weeks is on the topic of employee engagement. Specifically, what, in your opinion, are the most important drivers of engagement? The responses are based on a 2003 report from Towers Perrin called “Understanding what drives employee engagement.” ” (PDF) Based on some statistical analysis, they arrived at 10 workplace […].

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Dear IT, fear not On-Demand


Often, we run into opposition from the IT departments at potential customers. A frequent refrains goes: “We should just go with our ERP vendor. It’s the safe bet.” ” Remember the old saying that went: “No one ever got fired for buying IBM?” ” Well in this industry, the corollary is that no one ever got fired for buying Peoplesoft […]. Uncategorized SaaS Software as a Service

Engagement is core to retention


A management issues article points out that employee engagement is THE KEY concept in retention: Rather than working on employee engagement in parallel with staff retention and talent management, a high quality strategic emphasis on employee engagement will as a matter of course positively influence both staff retention and talent management. Make employee engagement your ‘hub’ […].

Note to self: customer success matters most


As you might imagine, this article on one of our competitors made its way around the office like wildfire today. Well, for one reason it shows that good technology is hard to find and even harder to deploy. There are just a lot of vendors who over-promise and under-deliver. Its a solid and sobering reminder of the […]. Strategic HR SuccessFactors News Thinking About HR

Do less, think more


A Fortune Magazine article discusses the genesis of big ideas and concludes that they don’t come from working hard. We all know that when our bodies and brains are overworked, our ability to think creatively is substantively diminished. So why should you care? Mostly because as business shifts to a knowledge-based economy, it is just that sort of big thinking […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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.

Stop checking your BlackBerry when I’m talking to you!


Via Gautam, I came to this Time article about “microinequities” and “microgestures” – fancy talk for the horribly frustrating, inconsiderate, rude and otherwise small but rage-inducing behaviors like using your BlackBerry in the middle of a conversation or saying someone’s name incorrectly or talking on your cell phone during a meeting, etc. Besides the crass ignorance displayed by such […].

R2D2 is running late


So what if your first interview for a job wasn’t with HR, or the hiring manager, or even a human being? What if you got interviewed by a computer? Enter the Nemesysco HR1 Automated Integrity Profiling/Risk Assessment System. By analyzing the emotional content of a person’s speech, it purports to pick up on such key […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

New leadership trend #1: be yourself


An article at CLO magazine takes on the topic of leadership. It’s message: that authenticity is a crucial factor in successful leadership. The idea that a willingness to be openly human makes people better leaders resonates with me. The people I’ve worked with who attempt to control or hide their humanity usually do it out of lack of […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

New leadership trend #2: be scary


A financial times article on leadership (subscription required) argues that “Managers need the S-factor to set workers’ hearts a-flutter.” ” The s-factor you ask? S is for scary. Based on research done by a fellow named Roderick Kramer, a psychologist at Stanford, the article makes the case for leaders to use fear and intimidation as a key tenet […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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.

Managing people as they manage their picks


With March Madness upon us (college basketball’s NCAA tournament for those of us who could care less) there’s a lot of talk about lost productivity due to workday engagement with the games. This is especially true now that the games are being broadcast over the Internet -making it possible for employees to watch from their desktops. […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

Check out the new poll


I’m real excited about our new poll (see left column)– the first of many to come as we try to use the blog to gauge some of the trends in our world. This poll functionality is provided free by Vizu. It’s by far the cleanest and easiest to use of the polling services I researched […

Top 10 HR technology names


On the lighter side of things, I just came across this blog post from an HR consultancy listing the best company names in HR technology. We’re number 3. Since Recruitmax is now Vurv I think we should get to move up a slot. Uncategorized SuccessFactors News

Your job is getting outsourced


In the context of a conversation on outsourcing comes this piece on which HR employees have to be worried about their jobs (Via Gautam). According to the post, if you are… “in the area of liasoning with recruiting agencies, shortlisting bio-ds, co-ordinating interview schedules, ensuring people attend training, organising training schedules, ensure people comply to policies, ensuring performance forms […]. 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.

Nobody quantifies human capital


So says this AP article in the Chicago Tribune. Across a two year study done by Mercer, they found that only 20% of the 100 largest publicly traded American companies discussed the contribution of human capital in their annual reports. Conclusion: “Imagine a company spending one-third of its revenue on a capital investment or an […]. Uncategorized Talent Management

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Does HR get blogs?


Probably not says Regina. She goes on to make the argument for why HR execs need to understand blogs and RSS feeds. Not for their own benefit necessarily, but because it wont be very long before the employees they are responsible for are reading blogs and feeds en masse at work. What should the response be, she […]. Strategic HR Thinking About HR

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Go away “Why We Hate HR” guy


I’m just kidding, but this perspective is played-out already in my opinion. Anyway, Keith Hammonds, executive editor of Fast Company and the writer of the now infamous “ Why we hate HR” article participated in a podcast (audio program) at The most interesting part for me was when he related the vacation policy at […

Performance is fastest growing talent segment


According to this IDC brief, workforce performance management is the fastest growing segment of the talent management market – growing at over 16% yearly for the next 5 years. The report seems to be targeted at both buyers and vendors of performance management systems and offers these headlines: IDC offers the following key points for potential […]. Talent Management 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.

Good management comes from good talent management


Such is the conclusion of an extensive McKinsey study done at LSE and reported in this article at the McKinsey Quarterly. The findings are really interesting. To sum them up: it is now proven that for companies to succeed, they must have good managers at all levels of the company. According to the survey, managers are […]. Talent Management performance management

Ever felt underappreciated?


Turns out you were right. According to this survey outlined at Management Issues, nearly one third of the 555 senior executives interviewed rated HR as the lowest performing area of their businesses. Curiously, that bests (or worsts)even IT (22%). Curious as to your thoughts on where this comes from? Strategic HR Thinking About HR

Leveling the playing field and other tales of meritocracy


The Human Capitalist (known more properly as Jason Corsello of the Yankee Group) shares his views on Performance and Talent Management. Hint: he likes it. To wit: The solutions are not the “end-all-be-all” and will not solve all of the issues in the performance review process. They are though a huge enabler to level the […].

How to deal with a bad review


Some good advice on dealing with a bad performance review at Fortune/CNNMoney. The first bit: don’t be defensive. It’s everyone’s first instinct to try to prove why what we’ve done was the right thing, but often that response leads to a spiral of negativity. It’s a difficult response to control, but you’re better off seeing it as […]. Talent Management Performance Evaluations Performance Reviews

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The CFO Playbook: 10 Metrics to Transform Your HR Team

CFOs are losing faith in HR’s ability to solve problems with data. Discover the metrics your HR team needs to measure to become more data-driven.