March, 2010

Learning From Failure - It's Possible

Conversation Matters

Organizations may think they have taken care of the problem of learning from failure once they’ve put in a lessons learned database. But the research of Cannon and Edmondson indicates that managers greatly underestimate the difficulties that are involved in learning from failure.

The Coming Talent War: Young, Global, Diverse

Josh Bersin

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its occupational outlook for 2018 (the next 10 years) and it is well worth reading. This data, coupled with a number of meetings I&# ve had. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: How to Know What Your Boss is Thinking

45 Things

I remember watching an episode of "Gilligan's Island" where the hapless castaways ate some kind of seed or berry, and it turned them into mind readers. They quickly discovered that it wasn't always such a good idea to be able to know



ReviewSNAP™ , a leading Web-based performance management system supplier , announced today a new study that shows employees do not feel they receive adequate communication about their performance on an ongoing basis.

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.

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: March 2010

Future of Work

This is the March 2010 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. Here in North America the harbingers of spring (birds, flowers, earlier sunrises) are becoming more and more evident. And we even saw a picture last week of crocuses popping up in London. Winter isn’t over by any stretch, but now with Daylight Savings Time in place again here in the U.S.,

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Collective Intelligence: The Eradication of Smallpox

Conversation Matters

All of the recent talk about collective intelligence has reminded me of one of the best examples of making use of collective intelligence – an example which occurred without benefit of social media or even the internet.

Workday 10: Talent Management Suites become Mainstream

Josh Bersin

Over the last five years, one of the fastest markets for enterprise software has been “talent management.&# Talent Management Suites, now offered by more than 30 different providers, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

6 Ways to Show Your Worth

45 Things

When you invest money, you want that investment to grow, right? You certainly don't want it to LOSE money, nor do you want it to just sit there, never earning an extra dime. That's why it's an investment, right

Moving Toward a Pay-For-Performance Culture


Have you ever had a job where you see someone rise to the top meteorically and wonder what they are doing to get there? Have you had to watch someone kiss so much you-know-what that they got all the opportunities in the world from their manager? If you feel like a victim for having to witness this, don''t. Sadly this happens all around us every day and you are among many who have to endure this kind of unfair distribution of attention, money and personal growth.

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.

Angel Dust

True Faith HR

The calendar has turned to March, which means, as a SHRM student chapter advisor, it is time for the HRGames. Tonight, for example, 20 teams from around the state of Wisconsin descend onto Oshkosh to test their knowledge of human resources. What are the HRGames? The HRGames consist of a one- or two-day series of Jeopardy-style matches, between teams of up to three undergraduate students from various colleges and universities.

Collaboration Donuts

Working Girl



Public Perception of HR

Evil HR Lady

I got the following in a comment from Twitchh: And a good HR manager recognizes that employees are assets, not liabilities, but we all know that the general perception of HR is not one of sunshine, sweetness, and light. Perhaps that's because most people's experience (as you're seeing here), either direct or vicarious, is that if/once HR gets involved with *any* situation concerning you, things are *not* going to be resolved in your favor.

Getting SaaS and Onsite Software To Coexist


Both the software and the media industries love a good David vs. Goliath story, which is why SaaS is often cast as the spunky new alternative to on-premises software. You know, Workday vs. SAP, vs. Oracle, Google vs. Microsoft, and so on

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 the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Do You Know What Other People are.

45 Things

9 Comments: Anonymous Bret Simmons said. Great stuff, Anita! I STRONGLY agree with this statement: Goldsmith says one of the biggest blows to a career reputation can be made online, especially through social media sites such as

ReviewSNAP Has Launched Our Compensation Dashboard


We''ve got great news! As of this morning, ReviewSNAP™ has launched our new Compensation Dashboard. Like our 360 Degree Feedback module, the Compensation Dashboard will be bundled with the other applications into one solution all at one flat rate. If you are planning on subscribing to ReviewSNAP™, you will have access to our Performance Review , 360 Degree Feedback , and Compensation Dashboard under one affordable annual subscription rate.

Quick Thoughts on Differentiation


Fin 093 Fin 041. How are you different?” – an important question that your prospective customer will first ask. Your prospective employer too. Your boss will. So will your team members. Here are some quick thoughts on differentiation

Just One Teeny Weeny Criticism.

Working Girl

I recently read a blog post at employersweb about keeping employees in the loop in order to build trust. It was a good post that highlighted the following questions as the ones that employees are most interested in: 1. How is the company doing?

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.

Exit Interviews

Evil HR Lady

I had someone send me an e-mail asking for recommendations for vendors to do exit interviews. I've never worked with a vendor for that, so I have no idea. I'm sure he'd appreciate your input, though, so comment away!) But, he also asked: 2) What is the best method (direct contact with term'd employee, websurvey or paper survey)? Excellent question. First, let me tell you about my love/hate relationship with exit interviews. I'm a data girl, through and through.

Knowledge Is Power In The Cloud


I’ve been a journalist for 20 years and have been writing about cloud computing for several years, so I was delighted when Workday asked me to get involved with an exciting new editorial project that would shed light on cloud computing. After two decades I’ve developed a pretty good nose for major industry shifts, and I think this cloud thing is here to stay

Do You Have What it Takes to Work in a Non-Profit?

45 Things

As I've watched the disasters in Haiti and Chile, I've been inspired by the hundreds of non-profit organizations that have poured into those areas, ready and willing to help. At the same time, I'm aware enough of my limitations to know

ReviewSNAP Forges Partnership with NonProfit HR Solutions


ReviewSNAP™, a leading Web-based performance management systems provider, announced today they have formed a strategic partnership with Nonprofit HR Solutions, a Washington, DC based firm specializing in human resources consulting and staffing for the nonprofit sector. This alliance was formed to enhance the delivery and support of performance management solutions to nonprofit organizations across the nation.

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.

Brevity: The New Courtesy?

Working Girl

My German father-in-law handed me a book from the 70s called (translated from the German) : ''Shorter, More to the Point, More Precise: The New Communication Style of the Modern Leader.'' (Kind of a longish title for a book on communication brevity but it''s shorter in German.)

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: This blog has moved

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My Employers are Racists!

Evil HR Lady

Okay, not my employers. Rather, my question writer's employers. And for the record, I'm not anybody's employee. I'm an independent contractor. Feel free to offer me projects for large sums of money.) I work for a small family business where HR functions are handled by accounting and the department manager. I manage a very small workforce that contributes a great deal to the bottom line. I have recently conducted interviews for a position that is soon to be available.

5 Ways Women Can Take Control of Their Careers

Evil HR Lady

Studies show women make less money than men do. So, take control of your career. I'll tell you how over at BNET

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