December, 2009

Discussions with our Research Members: Five Topics to Watch for 2010

Josh Bersin

I just finished a research member roundtable with some of our major clients and want to share five big issues we see emerging for 2010: 1. Diversity as a talent management strategy. Nearly all of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Des Moines Named Best City to do Business

Reviewsnap

Marketwatch''s annual survey named Des Moines the best city to do business. The survey included metro areas with more than 500,000 people and Des Moines beat out cities such as Washington D.C., Omaha, NE., and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. ReviewSNAP is proud to be part of this great business city.

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: December 2009

Future of Work

This is the December 2009 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link. The holidays are upon us – and we’re ringing out the old year, looking forward to the new one. 2009 has been tough year for just about everyone we know. We—all of us together—have had to face a multitude of tough challenges and even tougher decisions.

Face Up

True Faith HR

It is nearing the end of the semester here in Wisconsin. Since it is December, winter is inevitable, and the school has officially shut down due to the heavy snow storms and blizzard warning in effect. While it is a residential campus, and most students can get to class, it does pose a problem for professors trying to make it in. With that in mind, I posted an assignment for my statistics class on Monday afternoon that is due tomorrow at 9:00 a.m and 10:00 a.m. depending on the section.

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.

Is your employer clueless about your needs?

45 Things

As you can see from the previous post on Generation Y, anything to do with stereotypes in the workplace generates a lot of discussion. I decided to explore the issue further, really looking at what impacts us on the job -- is it our age

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Predictions for Corporate Learning and Talent Management in 2010

Josh Bersin

It’s here, our Corporate Learning and Talent Management Predictions for 2010. Each year for the last six years we have published an in-depth report on our predictions for the coming year. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Top five employee performance review tips businesses should consider when creating their 2010 News Year’s Resolutions according to ReviewSNAP

Reviewsnap

ReviewSNAP™ offers the following tips on how making maximizing employee performance a New Year’s resolution that will benefit both employees and the organization. Create realistic goals and expectations. Develop a method to measure success against each employee’s goal. Provide ongoing feedback and coaching throughout the year to employees. Track progress and areas of improvement for each employee throughout the year to ensure clear and thorough feedback to the employee.

The Peter Principle

Working Girl

First of all, thanks to Alex Drexel over at Talented Apps for posting about a recent NYT article Random Promotions positing that promoting people at random is better than promoting them for competence. It''s our old friend the Peter Principle in action, which states that a competent person will be promoted to his or her level of incompetence.

Enterprise 2.0?

SuccessFactors

In the very new future your company is going to have to shift to Enterprise 2.0 much like the internet shifted to Web 2.0.

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.

10 gifts to give your career

45 Things

As the gift-giving season draws to a close, it's time to remember that you still have one more gift left to bestow: The gift of a better career. No one can really predict what the several years will bring in the job market

Why we should put filters on our work computers

Evil HR Lady

I work for a small family-run company. Upper management is all related, middle management and lower is not. The owner is a porn addict. One of my employees, "Lisa", complained about his porn within her view on occasion and said she was offended. I tried several methods to resolve this issue without direct confrontation as I found out that another employee in the past was conveniently terminated shortly after voicing her complaint.

SuccessFactors vs. Taleo – The Gorillas for 2010

Josh Bersin

As we recap 2009 and look ahead to 2010 in the market for talent management software, two gorillas have emerged: Taleo and SuccessFactors. While together these companies make up less than 20% of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

ReviewSNAP Launches Cascading Goals in Performance Management System

Reviewsnap

Yesterday ReviewSNAP launched a cascading goals tool as part of our performance management system. This tool allows you to add goals for the entire company, a department and all employees of a particular job description at the same time. This will eliminate the need to add the same goal into the system a number of times. The addition of this tool also allows you to import your goals into the system all at once. You no longer have to add them in one at a time.

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.

Business is about community

Working Girl

Patti , a blogger friend of mine, was diagnosed with breast cancer and just completed her treatment. She lives in Denmark and works remotely as part of a global team. Recently she blogged about the supportiveness of her team mates, who took on some of her work and sent her regular supportive messages, cards and gifts. Here is what she said: ''I am thankful for my co-workers. Every few weeks over the past year, a new card would arrive from the states with little notes from all of them.

…but if I don’t know what to do?

SuccessFactors

Last week I was talking about instant feedback as a means to drive engagement and productivity. I just read this new piece of research from the UK where they YouGov surveyed 2100 employees and found that actually only 24 per cent said that their employer had clearly articulated their 2010 objectives to the workforce, while […

4 ways to "manage up"

45 Things

Many people feel "stuck" these days. They feel powerless as they struggle to do much more work with available resources, and wonder if their career has hit a dead end with this rough economy. I interviewed John Baldoni recently

Things I learned on vacation

Evil HR Lady

I just got home from a fabulous vacation in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. I'd never heard of it before we moved to Europe, but it's a very popular vacation spot. We went and it was wonderful. Plus, I learned a few things about business. Fancy isn't always better: We ate some really fancy desserts. They looked incredible. But, honestly, the brownies at a church potluck taste better. Before you go spend all that money on the high priced consultant, see if you've got any brownie bakers in your company.

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.

2010 Talent Management Systems Customer Satisfaction Released

Josh Bersin

After almost a year of effort we just released our first-ever Talent Management Systems Customer Satisfaction research. We will be publishing this annually, with next year’s results to. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Top 10 Project Management Mistakes You Should Avoid

QAspire

I was recently studying the anatomy of failed/troubled projects and following came out as a learning. Here are top 10 project management mistakes that should be avoided: Estimating project tasks based on poor inputs on scope and too

December Carnival of HR is Up

Working Girl

All the usual suspects and a few new ones, plus a poem! Check it out here. Thanks, PseudoHR! carnivals

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How am I doing?

SuccessFactors

There’s no shortage of reading and research married with opinions on how important it is to make sure your workforce is engaged in their job. It makes perfect sense so no real need to argue about its importance. Of course you do a better job if you care for what you do. What is more […

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.

Will This Tough Job Market Change Generation Y?

45 Things

When I graduated from college, my priorities were: getting a job doing something I loved, having opportunities for advancement and making enough money to pay the rent. Not so different from what Generation Y wants now, is it

Benefits Swap

Evil HR Lady

I have a single employee, currently enrolled in our group health plan, who is getting married to someone who does not work with us in April. He wants to drop our health insurance group plan in favor of joining his bride's group plan with her employer when he gets married. But he has asked our business owner if we would be willing to pay his new wife's monthly premium.

Benefits Swap

Evil HR Lady

I have a single employee, currently enrolled in our group health plan, who is getting married to someone who does not work with us in April. He wants to drop our health insurance group plan in favor of joining his bride's group plan with her employer when he gets married. But he has asked our business owner if we would be willing to pay his new wife's monthly premium.

Appreciation Rewards

Working Girl

These days it seems impossible to keep employees happy. About 60% of 900 employees surveyed by Right Management said they’re leaving once the economic situation eases up and 21% are ‘networking’. Derek Irvine from Globoforce makes a compelling case for lack of recognition and overwork as top reasons for leaving. According to Peter Cappelli on HRE , the reason people leave is because their rewards don’t match their expectations and are therefore perceived as ‘unfair’. (In

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