September, 2008

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Time to Reduce Costs in Corporate Learning & Development

Josh Bersin

Our soon to be published research on corporate L&D spending in 2008 shows a definite slowdown in spending on corporate training. (An 11% drop!) This is certainly not a surprise – in August our research panel shows that today’s corporate talent managers cite “a need to reduce costs” as their #1 business challenge (54% of.

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Social Bookmarking in the Enterprise at MITRE

Knowledge Musings

The Boston KM Forum topic this evening was Tag Me! Social Bookmarking in the Enterprise , a talk by Laurie Damianos of MITRE ( an interview with her at CMU ). Going into the talk, the most interesting thing to me is Laurie's title: she's a Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer - Can I get that job? Why social bookmarking in the enterprise? MITRE started this project in 2005, when the concept was just blooming from the public web.

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How Sending My Child to School Taught Me About Why People Hate HR

Evil HR Lady

Me? I'm a fan of transparency, efficiency and as little paperwork as possible. It seems the school system tries to be opaque, mind-numbingly slow and filled with paper. As I navigated the system, I started to think "this is why people hate HR," because as much as I love letting people know what's going on, I know not all HR departments are like that.

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Go Paperless and Automate Your Reviews

Reviewsnap

'If you are looking for the simplest answer to transitioning from manual paper reviews to an automated system then ReviewSNAP is your answer. There is no software implementation or implementation costs and you will have access to the system as soon as you have subscribed to ReviewSNAP. With ReviewSNAP''s recent implementation of our new eSignature and comment suggestion functions you can fully automate your performance review process and go paperless as well.

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Future-proof your I-9 compliance for 2024

Speaker: Join I-9 Experts:

Got I-9 compliance on your mind? Spending endless amounts of time ensuring you stay compliant? Get your questions answered with an expert panel from WorkBright. During this one-hour webinar, Workbright will dive deep into I-9 best practices, navigate the nuances of the new 2023 'alternative procedure,' and learn actionable ways to ensure your audit trail is squeaky clean.

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Performance Management: How do You do It?

Transparent Office

I am very curious about how you handle performance management issues. I would love to read your comments on any of the following 6 questions: How do you make sure your employees receive feedback? How do you feel about giving feedback? What challenges do you have with feedback? When was the last time you received a formal performance review? Was it helpful?

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Where is the Market for HR Software?

Josh Bersin

One of the things we regularly do as an analyst firm is estimate the size and growth rate of various corporate software markets. Without giving away our proprietary methodology, I’d like to point out something which should make software providers think twice about their business strategy. In the United States, only 38% of all employees. Read more» The post Where is the Market for HR Software?

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Eating for today or fishing for tomorrow

Knowledge Musings

Sigurd Rinde has a piece on the purpose of information technology that rings a bell for me. A quote from the close of Teaching how to fish - IT's ultimate purpose should do the trick: IT today is mostly built so as to satisfy your craving for yesteryear's menu, don't get caught by the lure of that. Request that IT shall open new doors and new ways - IT should allow you to learn to fish.

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An Ethical Question

Evil HR Lady

I've been tapped to choose an important service provider for our small business. In taking bids, I've discovered that one of the bidders may have run afoul of the law in another state, but likely settled without any criminal charges (a white collar crime). I learned this from a competing bidder, but believe it to be true. I know this person, and have worked with them before in another business (the incident was a few years before that, evidently).

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Don't Rationalize Poor Performance

Reviewsnap

'Some managers and owners make excuses when their businesses or operating units don''t perform as expected. While there are extenuating circumstances that can affect bottom line results, the reasons for underperforming generally lie in ineffective management. Too often we hear managers rationalizing poor decisions or inaction. In cases where the expectations were unreasonable or a crucual and unforeseen event occurred, a manager has a valid argument as to why performance fell short of expectatio

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Get a Look Inside The Ultimate Recruiter Planning Kit

As recruiting teams work harder than ever to find, hire, and onboard qualified candidates in this highly competitive market, it’s essential to find ways to optimize your recruiting function. The Ultimate Recruiter Planning Kit includes eight worksheets filled with labor market insights, actionable recruiting strategies, and worksheets to plan your strategy for hiring top talent.

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How to talk like a leader!

Transparent Office

I am re-publishing this post. It was a special post because it had an impact. This post was very important to me as Galba Bright, who died this year in March, and was one of the most wonderful bloggers really enjoyed the “belly laugh&# he got from this article. It is not always what we write as bloggers it is the impact we have on others. Galba, I will miss your blogging and I hope you are laughing wherever you are!

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Public intellectuals and the source of ideas

Knowledge Musings

I haven't linked to Lilia Efimova in a while, but she continues to write about her PhD process and say things that I think have to do with the larger questions of how people work together (one element being knowledge management). In her recent blog post, Bloggers as public intellectuals and writing about them in a research report , she talks about the situation of doing research with people who are vested in the research topic themselves.

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Event: The Push and Pull of Knowledge Management in R&D

Knowledge Musings

InnovationWell are doing another event at Bryn Mawr (Philadelphia) on 13 October The Push and Pull of Knowledge Management in R&D : Knowledge Management in the pharmaceutical industry has been undergoing a transition over the past 5-10 years. With recent changes occurring in the industry, shifts in the research focus at both large pharmaceuticals and small-mid size pharmaceuticals and biotechs are becoming more common.

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Another call for human IT project management

Knowledge Musings

Brad Hinton has an item On customer experience for information and knowledge projects. This is a telling example of the opposite of what we'd like to see: I was talking yesterday afternoon with a professional colleague lamenting the difficulties of information management implementations. He was asking (rhetorically) why it was so difficult to get implementations to work when the project plan and methodology had been so carefully worked out.

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2024 Payroll Calendar Templates

These calendars provide pay period dates and paydays for biweekly, semi-monthly, and monthly payroll in 2024. Use them as a reminder or share with employees so they can celebrate payday.

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A study of KM bloggers

Knowledge Musings

Pumacy Technologies AG are doing a study of Knowledge Management Blogs. It's not completely clear what all they are doing. This particular report provides a ranking of 50+ blogs in the KM arena for the month of August 2008. Interesting to see the combination of activity and Google PageRank / Alexa ranking. There are some blogs in the top rankings with little activity in August.

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Connected - Why is it so hard to get smart people to share?

Knowledge Musings

I came across Why is it so hard to get smart people to share? from Gia Lyons via a mention on the actKM mailing list. She covers some of the common downsides to attempting brain dumps from experts. Her notes reflect many of the conversations on this topic. There is a brigade charge underway to capture the wisdom (knowledge + experience) of the retiring corporate crowd.

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Hiring for Attitude or Experience: The Answer is Clear

Transparent Office

After nearly 2 weeks, and 25 comments, and asking all you smart people what you would hire for, Attitude or Experience , here’s what I learned from you: Experience wins…. If you’re hiring for a specific skill set, like a doctor, or a computer programmer. If you’re hiring for something short term (though this can and often is contracted out).

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The 4F’s of Life: Farting, Fumbling, Falling and Failing

Transparent Office

David at 54, Where Are You? by David Zinger. I turned 54 yesterday. I know that is old for a blogger but blogging is part of what keeps me young. Here are a few random things that I have learned: If it is to be it is up to we…community and connection are keys. You can have gray hair but a “green&# (growing) mind. Nothing lasts, long live the Buddhist concept of impermanence.

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How Can Your HR Team Help Build a Positive Workplace Culture?

Read Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights magazine – out now – and find out how organizations can build a positive workplace culture and retain talent by prioritizing financial wellbeing programs and employee mental health.

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KM professorship at Kent State

Knowledge Musings

The Kent State University program on Information Architecture and Knowledge Management has announced a new professorship, sponsored by Goodyear: IAKM Accepting Applications for Goodyear Professor Position. The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University is pleased to announce the creation of the distinguished Goodyear Professorship in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.

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Structure and Corporate Communities

Transparent Office

Dawn Foster of Fast Wonder Consulting recently posted a really useful, practical discussion of different types of structures for corporate communities. She puts corporate communities into three categories: emergent, highly structured, and adaptive. Emergent Approach: Community has little or no structure at launch, and a structure emerges over time. Highly Structured Approach: Communities have a detailed, thought-through taxonomy at time of launch.

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How much structure do you carry

Knowledge Musings

Seth Grimes talks about the claim that "80% of business-related information resides in unstructured form, primarily text." I remember this being an important element of discussions of information management (and into knowledge management) as I was getting into the topic. BridgePoint Experts' Corner: Unstructured Data and the 80 Percent Rule. [snip] It does seem obvious that a very high proportion of data is unstructured: How much of your workday is spent reading or writing e-mails, reports, or a

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5 Ways to Ruin Employee Morale

Transparent Office

Frequent commenter CK shared a response to 5 Ways to Improve Employee Morale that gave me pause. As a manager, I hope I don’t fall into the pit of despair CK’s management team has fallen into. Job Fit - Get the person management wants (or recommended by the buddy system) and train them how to do the job they are hired to do. And if that doesn’t work out, hire a contractor to do the job and the employee to boss the contractor around.

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Navigating Recruitment Agencies: A TA Leader Strategy Guide

Navigating the realm of recruitment agencies isn’t always easy. As talent acquisition has evolved, so have the challenges in managing agency relationships and spend. If you've ever felt in the dark about rogue hires, elusive budget spends, or questioned which agencies truly deliver, this guide is your beacon. Dive into our exploration of the most common agency-related challenges and strategies tailored for 2024's hiring landscape.

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Planning for a change

Knowledge Musings

That title has several interpretations, depending on punctuation and tone of voice. Will I finally be discussing planning instead of something else? Or maybe I am planning to do something new? Or. This time it has to do with an article I came across (via Twitter?) that provides Jay Deragon and socialutions ' perspective on preparing for implementing social networks.

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Important Carnival of HR Update!

Evil HR Lady

The Carnival of HR has a new home ! Yeah! All the updates and info you need is over there. Ask A Manager has taken over the responsibility of tracking and guiding the carnival. She's awesome. Party on!

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Important Carnival of HR Update!

Evil HR Lady

The Carnival of HR has a new home ! Yeah! All the updates and info you need is over there. Ask A Manager has taken over the responsibility of tracking and guiding the carnival. She's awesome. Party on!

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In-the-Flow with Acumen Fund

Transparent Office

I blog a lot about the importance of in-the-flow collaboration: the idea that organizations adopt collaborative tools only when those tools are integrated into the flow of daily work. That idea resonates with a lot of readers, but so far I haven't said very much about how to do it. The other day, I saw a really great example of an in-the-flow collaborative tool at Acumen Fund.

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Combatting the Effects of Inflation: Keeping Benefits Competitive While Cutting Cost

Speaker: Jaye Johnson, CBP - Employee Benefits and Total Rewards Leader, World at Work Content Author, and Speaker

After years of facing the global pandemic, we are now struggling with a new problem: inflation. No one could have predicted the impact of inflation on employee benefits and how it affects both employees and employers. Employers are now trying to maintain or lower the cost of benefits while competing for talent in a competitive and tight labor market, but the rising costs of consumer goods and healthcare make it extremely difficult to consider increasing their benefit offerings.

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Attempt The One Word Management Challenge

Transparent Office

Management =. by David Zinger. Management is complex yet it helps to get a short handle of what we mean by management. Management seems to mean different things to different people. Here is your challenge. Write the one word that you believe is the best synonym for management. Management = _. I await your one word comment. No need to explain or elaborate.

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The Power of [Passive Aggressive] Suggestion

Evil HR Lady

This week, I had an employee come to me and complain about other employees not washing their hands after using the bathroom. They wanted me to put up signs telling people they need to wash their hands before returning to work. Needless to say, I do NOT work at a McDonald's. My (rhetorical) question is this: does putting up a sign telling people to do something or not do something actually work??

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The Power of [Passive Aggressive] Suggestion

Evil HR Lady

This week, I had an employee come to me and complain about other employees not washing their hands after using the bathroom. They wanted me to put up signs telling people they need to wash their hands before returning to work. Needless to say, I do NOT work at a McDonald's. My (rhetorical) question is this: does putting up a sign telling people to do something or not do something actually work??

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