February, 2011

Working Overtime

True Faith HR

I am the son of teachers. My dad was a professor of psychology for 35+ years at Michigan State University. My mom was a Grammy-award winning choir director who taught at all levels of education. Growing up, I never was deprived of much. As public sector employees, they earned a reasonable salary and received reasonable benefits. They were home when I went to school, and they were home when I returned. Plus, they had summers off (though dad often taught summer courses).

A Model Lessons Learned System – The US Army

Conversation Matters

The US Army Lessons Learned system has evolved over 40 years to become a model lesson learned system. What began as an AAR process in the 1970s has become a robust system of identifying, collecting, analyzing, transferring, and moving lessons learned at all levels of command.

Carnival of HR: Food Edition

Evil HR Lady

Welcome to the Carnival of Human Resources. It's a good thing it isn't performance appraisal time because none of you sent me brownies. Or any food, for that matter. But, the truly high achievers managed to incorporate food into this carnival, which makes me happy and hungry.

Today’s New Models for Leadership Development

Josh Bersin

One of the biggest investment areas in Human Resources and Talent Management is Leadership Development. We like to think about it as one of the bedrock roles of the HR or L&D team, since in many. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Leadership Development achieveglobal cisco ddi harvard pdi skillsoft sony

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.

L&D Professionals: Look Who's Hiring

Bersin with Deloitte

Training professionals have had a tough time during the recession, facing budget cuts, layoffs, salary freezes, furloughs, and more. But there are signs that the worst may be over. The most positive sign of a turnaround is that many training groups began to hire again in 2010. Staffing increased 6%, on average, within U.S. learning & development organizations during the year. This increase comes on the heels of two consecutive years of training headcount reductions.

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True Faith HR

In my efforts as professor, I have always been interested in the effect altering class policies and changing incentives has on student behavior.

Deepak Chopra: "Get Outside Yourself"

45 Things

Anyone who has read a leadership book in the last decade or even watched television after Michael Jackson died probably knows of Deepak Chopra. Even though I've been covering the workplace for long time, I finally had a chance to interview him. As he answered his phone, I heard a dinging noise.

Companies aren't communities

Transparent Office

Companies aren't communities. They aren't forums. Companies are companies. Of course company life has a community aspect, but a lot of social software folks seem to forget that there's a lot more to a company than community. They treat companies as if they were consumer communities or forums that all just happen to have their paychecks signed by the same person. Why does the difference matter? The answer is in the numbers.

Getting the Most from Your HR Outsourcing Company


Take time to visit the company’s website and see what services it provides. Read your contract. You may be surprised to learn that your PEO can identify ways to incentivize your employees at no cost through flexible hours and performance appraisals, for example. Small business owners often focus on the liabilities that HR outsourcing companies can remove from their operations and tasks that they can absorb instead of services they can provide, he adds.

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.

Modern Workforce: Managing Remote Workers

Working Girl

As an HR executive, my project social partner Dave Ryan ponders how to manage remote employees , which he wrote about over at HR Official. And as a remote employee, my challenge is to stay engaged. So as our next tandem blog topic we decided to tackle remote workers from these different perspectives.

6 Fantastic Free E-Books on Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Leading Employee Engagement Resources. 6 books. Here is a short slide presentation on 6 terrific e-books the employee engagement network produced. Over 200 members from the Employee Engagement Network were involved in their creation. They are informative, collaborative, colorful, and helpful.

Waiting for the Siren's Call

True Faith HR

These are heady times in our little hamlet called Green Bay. The excitement is palpable as our football team is playing in Super Bowl XLV. Everywhere you turn, people are dressed in green and gold and conversation inevitably turns to what will happen in this weekend''s game.

5 Ways to Cope With Criticism at Work

45 Things

Anyone who says they like criticism is lying.

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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.

Hay Group: Engagement Matters

Strategic HCM

I’m pleased to introduce an additional new sponsor for my blog: Hay Group. I’ve been looking through some of the firm’s recent research and wanted to comment on one study in particular: Engagement Matters.

5 HR Responsibilities You Didn’t Get to Today


Business owners are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to fit it all in, you’re forced to prioritize and cut the fat off your to-do list. As a result, many of your HR responsibilities are forced to take a backseat to more pressing matters. Putting off HR tasks can become so habitual that you don’t even notice when it’s happening or how it’s affecting your business.

The Correlation Between Employee Satisfaction & Company Success


You probably already know this, but sometimes it is nice to have a simple reminder on why employee satisfaction really matters. A key area for any company is the level of customer service being delivered by its employees. Generally speaking, satisfied employees make for satisfied customers.

Employee Engagement: Management Moxie Through Subtraction

David Zinger

What do you need to subtract to increase full employee engagement?

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.

Modern Workforce: Maternity Leave

Working Girl

As a working mother of three, I consider myself something of a maternity leave connoisseur. So, in honor of the latest addition to my working mom emporium, I’ve decided to kick off my Modern Workforce series with a post on maternity leave.

Trash Talking the Boss

45 Things

If you use Facebook, you're going to think the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is your new best friend. The NLRB has reached a settlement with an ambulance company that fired an employee after she posted snippy comments about her boss on Facebook from her home computer.

HR Challenges 2011 – Survey Results

Strategic HCM

As may know, I’ve been running a short survey over the last few months. This is now closed and I’ve been through the results.

5 Signs You Need Recruiting Help


While you may be the captain of your business, your employees are the sails, pushing you from one great opportunity to another. Hiring a weak or reckless employee can hinder your company’s journey and make work difficult for the whole team. If you don’t have the time to recruit or you’re considering hiring a recruiting service, you first want to assess how bad your situation really is. Here are a few telltale signs that your current method of recruiting isn’t making the cut.

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.

What To Do When There Is Nothing Positive To Say On A Performance Review


Once in a while, you start a performance review on an employee and realize you do not have anything good to say. When this happens, be honest on the review but do not tear down the employee for their poor performance. If you do they will leave your office looking like the guy in the picture.

Unlocking the Mystery of Employee Engagement with 3 Thai Phrases

David Zinger

Standing up to the Elephant of Employee Engagement: jai yen – mai pen rai – sanuk. Playing with elephants. I spent 3 weeks in Thailand recently. The picture above shows me trying to bathe an elephant but mostly engaging in a lot of playfulness and fun.

I Think This Qualifies as a Life Event.

Working Girl

The day he was born he looked right at me and got a very doubtful expression on his face, as if he wanted to say: " You are not my mother. You are a snort!" That''s when I fell in love. human capital management working moms

How to Recover From a Blow to Your Reputation

45 Things

Do you care what other people say about you? Maybe you're one of those people who shrugs and could care less. Maybe you're someone who loses sleep over the thought of anyone saying anything negative or unflattering about you.

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.