January, 2011

How School Screws Things Up For "Real Life"

The Bamboo Project Blog

My older daughter graduated from college in May and has been working at her new job since June. Last night we had a conversation that got me thinking about how school does a really terrible job of preparing our young people for "the real world" by setting up some seriously unrealistic expectations.

How Employee Engagement Really Drives Stock Price

Josh Bersin

One of the hottest issues in human resources is the need to develop high levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We all know that organizations with happy people have lower turnover, deliver. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Corporate Culture Innovation Learning Culture Talent Strategy adi amd bernstein research broadcomm glassdoor glassdoor.com Intel qualcomm

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7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

45 Things

Blogs such as The Cynical Girl (by Laurie Ruettimann) have generated some entertaining -- and informative -- discussions about what older applicants should wear to an interview.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (June): Just Add Spinach

David Zinger

Let’s create more robust employee engagement! This post originally appeared as a column in Employee Engagement Today. Employee engagement is too damn anaemic to give us the full results we hope for individuals, organisations and other stakeholders from shareholders to customers.

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.

January 5 Carnival of HR: Reflections, Resolutions, Predictions and Rants

Working Girl

Between you and me, I thought no one would have time for the Carnival of HR so soon after the holidays. Which is why I''m extremely pleased to present 35 fantastic posts to give 2011 a big HR welcome.

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"Stand Still When the Hippos Charge"

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday I read a wonderful Change This Manifesto on The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative by Matthew May. I'm currently in what I'm referring to as "creative recovery" (otherwise known as AA for creatives) so these habits really struck a chord with me.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Josh Bersin

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced plans to acquire GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems LMS, LCMS CornerstoneOnDemand GeoLearning Learn.com learning lms Plateau SumTotal

The 1 Word Every Successful Career Needs

45 Things

Here's my 2011 gift to you: I'm not going to write a list of new year's career resolutions. I'm not going to come down in favor -- or not -- of setting goals for yourself this year. (If If you'd like to read such a post, there are about 62 million out there floating around on the blogosphere.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (May) Zinger’s 5-Item APGAR Pulse Assessment

David Zinger

APGAR: Birthing A Playful New Employee Engagement Gage. Time for a new gage ? In my last post: Is Your Employee Engagement Gage Working I was critical of the over-reliance on surveys as our employee engagement gage.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

Project Social: How Do You Motivate Everyone Else?

Working Girl

I write a lot about motivating employees, both here at Working Girl and at Compensation Café , and for the most part I’ve been focused on how to motivate knowledge workers to higher levels of engagement and creativity.

Building Your Mission, Values and Goals for the Future Into Your Performance Management System


Performance management is not only about reviewing your employees, it is also an important tool that should be used to communicate your mission, values and goals to your employees and make sure they are being accomplished.

Podcast: Protecting Yourself When Social Media Tools Disappear

The Bamboo Project Blog

Allyson Kapin, co-founder of the Rad Campaign , and I had the opportunity to record a Social Good podcast with Allison Fine for the Chronicle of Philanthropy about the demise of Delicious and the issues that arise when free tools disappear.

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Talent Management Revisited: Where are we now?

Josh Bersin

Talent management has now become one of the most talked-about topics in business and HR. Companies around the world are reorganizing their human resources teams to create Chief Talent Officers, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Performance Management Sourcing and Recruiting Talent Management lockheed martin mastercard metlife philips skills

Protecting Organizational Culture and Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

Download Gallagher’s report to discover best practices for sustaining corporate culture, identify opportunities for building engagement, and understand the value of investing in your organization’s greatest asset — its people.

Are You Aware of Your Rude Workplace Behavior?

45 Things

Do you think other people in the workplace are rude? If you have a pulse, the answer is probably "yes," or "hell, yes." I've yet to talk to someone in the last 20 years who doesn't think workplace manners could be improved.

Declaration of the Disengaged: There is no I in Work

David Zinger

Employee Engagement

How to Make Use of Your Organization’s Collective Knowledge – Accessing the Knowledge of the Whole Organization - Part I

Conversation Matters

Collective knowledge is the next step beyond knowledge sharing for organizations. More than just making use of the existing knowledge employees have, collective knowledge makes use of the sensemaking capabilities of employees. Sensemaking is the very human act of creating meaning out of the incredible amount of data and input that continuously surrounds everyone within an organization. Sensemaking is a creative act, not an act of discovering or uncovering what is already there.

American Bar Association: Think Twice About Law School

Evil HR Lady

The American Bar Association has posted a warning about getting a law degree on their website. Far too many law students expect that earning a law degree will solve their financial problems for life. In reality, however, attending law school can become a financial burden for law students who fail to consider carefully the financial implications of their decision. Read more about why graduate school may not be the best choice


Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

Reflecting on Online Community Building

The Bamboo Project Blog

For one of my clients, I'm developing an online community of practitioners working for a variety of nonprofit, government and for-profit entitities in New Jersey. We wanted to treat the process of forming and nurturing this community as a learning project so we could share our "lessons learned" with others who are doing this kind of work. Our intent is to write an Issues Brief at the end of the project ot share with others.

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LinkedIn IPO – A Radical Transformation in Corporate Recruiting Begins

Josh Bersin

Today LinkedIn announced its long-awaited IPO. The numbers tell a story: this company is going to radically transform corporate recruiting. Here are a few of the important statistics to. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Sourcing and Recruiting accenture linkedin novartis talent acquisition

Is It Time to Prune Your Rosebush?

45 Things

I do not call myself a gardener, because that seems to intimate that I have some level of proficiency at planting and growing stuff. Based on the number of plants, trees and bushes I ripped out last fall because they were dead, dying or just looked like crap, I'd say P. Allen Smith's job is safe.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (Apr): 14 Lessons From 2 Boys and a Sewer

David Zinger

Full Employee Engagement is Sewer Power, Really! Notice what is in front of you. I was returning home from a jog when I encountered my neighbour and her two sons.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

Developing Your #1 Asset…Your Employees


Developing your employees is a task that takes proper thought and understanding. As a company, you want your employees to grow in their positions and in the organization. There are many options to do this, but here a few that can truly make a difference.

Project Social: Why Should HR Care About Sustainability?

Working Girl

As an HR professional, you might think sustainability isn’t a high priority for HR. And, given all that''s going on in the HR world right now you may be right… for now. However, the business climate is changing.

HR Challenges in 2011

Strategic HCM

I opened this short 17 question survey towards the end of last year and it temporarily closed last week. However I’ve not had time to do analyse the results, and having missed my deadline, thought I might as well keep it going for another week. The survey will now close on 29th January.

The Turnaround in L&D Spending: A Renaissance in Corporate Training

Josh Bersin

This week we introduced our 2011 Corporate Learning Factbook (a “must-read&# for any HR or training leader). This report, which we labor over each year, details spending on corporate. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Learning Programs Measurement

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.