September, 2010

Conference Homophily is a Problem--Maybe Conference Mashups are the Solution

The Bamboo Project Blog

I'm back from a two-day conference and I think I've discovered one of the reasons conferences are becoming a big waste for me--the homophily problem , otherwise known as "birds of a feather, flock together."

Is It OK to Hug at Work?

45 Things

I got into a conversation recently about how "chummy" people should be with one another at work. I've written about this before, but it seems to be an issue that comes up again and again.

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SumTotal Acquires Softscape: The Gloves come Off in the Talent Management Market

Josh Bersin

Today SumTotal Systems, the largest provider of learning management systems, announced the acquisition of Softscape, the pioneering software vendor that started the market for integrated talent. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

How to Beat the Social Software Adoption Blues

Transparent Office

Does social software adoption have you singing the blues? If so, you're not alone. In the enterprise social software world, everyone's talking about adoption. There are breakouts on it at Enterprise 2.0. Lots of smart people are blogging about it. There's LinkedIn forum. There's even a whole Council dedicated to social software adoption. Why is adoption such an issue? The standard response is to blame organizational culture. Eavesdrop on adoption conversations and you'll hear things like this.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

How Social is Your Social Marketing Strategy?

Working Girl

When pioneer social media tools such as Facebook and LinkedIn first became available, they weren’t all that ''social'' by today’s standards. Early adopters were people who wanted to network with others like themselves and you could only connect with friends or colleagues who accepted you.

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More on Conferencing Mash-ups

The Bamboo Project Blog

Friday I wrote a post on conference homophily --conferences that bring together people who share the same worldview and conceptual frameworks--and proposed conference mash-ups as a solution. I got a lot of great comments that I think warranted another post. Conference Mashup Models and Options.

How to Find a Job Using Social Media

45 Things

I follow the jobless claims from week to week pretty closely. It's not near as much fun as say, watching to see if Lady Gaga will show up covered in raw eggs and bran cereal, but it's something I feel I need to do for my job.

Taleo Acquires A Shoe Drops in the LMS Market

Josh Bersin

Today a shoe dropped in the Learning Management Systems Market: Taleo announced plans to acquire Let me discuss this announcement from three perspectives: first, the impact on the. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Zinger’s WILD Vision of Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Isn’t it about time to get WILD about Employee Engagement? A WILD Vision. Here is the first iteration of a WILD 20/20 Vision I see for employee engagement. To foster a 20% global increase. in employee engagement. by the year 2020. Can you spell vision, W-I-L-D?

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Should I Stay or Go? 5 Ways to Improve Your Current Job

Evil HR Lady

So, here are the 5 way. If you want to read the details, you'll have to go read Should I Stay or Go? 5 Ways to Improve Your Current Job 1. Tell your boss you want a promotion. Pretend you've changed jobs every two years

Times Change

True Faith HR

Today we have a special guest post from my beloved father, Gary Stollak.

Poor Working Moms

Working Girl

Recently there’s been a fair amount of discussion around gender inequality when it comes to compensation. It turns out that on average, women earn as much as men with one notable exception: working moms, who on average earn less than men and childless women alike. Now they tell me.

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Workplace Anxiety Disorder Impacts.

45 Things

So, say someone refuses to return your phone calls. The reason? Well, obviously, she's not professional. What about the guy in the cubicle next to yours refusing to take off his headphones so you can ask him a question? What a moron

Scaling the Digitally-Ready Workforce

The digital future will require a new set of skills, behaviors, and ways of working, but most organizations have not defined the critical competencies needed to compete in an age of disruption and do not have a process in place to assess digital readiness in their own people, a new Aon study finds. For HR leaders, the continuous state of disruption requires a new, more flexible approach to workforce planning and development. Download the full report, which shares insights from 1,551 senior business executives, HR leaders, and employees from around the world, to learn the 5 key insights and the steps your organization can take to transform your approach to people, jobs, and rewards to thrive in an uncertain digital future.

Recruiting Collusion among Top Silicon Valley Companies

Josh Bersin

Yesterday the US Department of Justice announced a proposed settlement against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar for colluding not to “cold-call&# recruit employees from each. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Employee Engagement: Like Squared

David Zinger

Taking a liking to employee engagement. Let me tell you what this passenger was like. I was flying last week and across the aisle and one row behind me two woman talked with each other for the whole flight.

Should I Accept a Job I Don't Want?

Evil HR Lady

Dear Evil HR Lady, Do I stand any chance working a different job than the one I was offered and accepted? I interviewed for a position at a prestigious financial firm in a dream location with great people and did exceptionally well

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: September 2010

Future of Work

This is the September 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. Fall is in the air—at least here in North America. We’re all back from our summer vacations and gearing up to push that big economic rock back up the hill. At least that’s what we hope is going on.

Protecting Organizational Culture and Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

Download the Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights COVID-19 report for information, new survey results and resources to help you recognize opportunities, minimize risk and confidently navigate the challenging road ahead.

I thought of it first!

Working Girl

Recently I saw an add for a new phone application called '' Rescue Me '', which sends you an urgent text message to get you out of boring meetings.

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Is it Time to Break Out of Your.

45 Things

Anyone with a grandmother can probably remember this advice: You are known for the company you keep. My Italian grandmother-in-law had a favorite saying along the lines of: "You lie downa witha the dogs, you gonna getta da fleas


True Faith HR

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to sit in on the SHRM Membership Core Leadership Area webinar , " Social Media for Chapters and State Councils: The Rules of Engagement" (powerpoint here ; membership may be required), led by SHRM''s Manager of PR & Social Media Relations Curtis Midkiff. As described, Learn how to use social media tools like SHRMConnect, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to engage your members and recruit new members.

Employee Engagement: The successful launch of Zengage

David Zinger

Today is my 56th. birthday and I am celebrating the successful launch of Zengage. The book launch resulted in $2160 for flood relief and support of Ikwe-Widdjiitwin, a woman’s shelter in Winnipeg. I could not ask for a better birthday gift. Thank you.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

My Best Hate E-mail yet

Evil HR Lady

One of the problems of having a presence on the web with an easily accessible e-mail address is that you sometimes get creepy or weird e-mails. I'm not talking about all the Nigerian Princesses who need help getting their $10000000 or

5 Pointers For Effectively Dealing With Negative Feedback


In my career so far, I have seen number of confrontations arising out of a negative feedback that is shared honestly. Some people disagree (or take it personally) when a negative feedback is shared in performance appraisal

The Gleeful Workplace

Working Girl

Glee is a musical comedy about high school students, a clear departure from the shows about computer geniuses and spacetime anomolies I usually prefer. The kind of show where people burst out into song with syncronized choreography.

5 Tips for Impressing Employers With a Blog

45 Things

While out of work, many unemployed people have turned to blogging. It's become a great way to keep their writing skills sharp, and gives them an outlet for talking about what is going on in their lives. But here's the problem: An employer is going to read that blog.

100% Remote Onboarding: Group Demonstration

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Join WorkBright on Thursday, June 24th to get a first hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.