November, 2011

The Anxiety Wars

The Bamboo Project Blog

When I was a junior in college, we were hit by a severe outbreak of salmonella , a result of undercooked eggs in some stuffing. It was so bad, people were literally collapsing in the quad.

The Employee Engagement Pyramid

David Zinger

Workshop/Presentation/Course. If you would like to arrange for a keynote or a workshop for your company, conference or organization on The Employee Engagement Pyramid and The 10 Things Managers Must Do to Increase Employee Engagement contact David Zinger at or phone 204 254 2130.

Talent Management in the Nordics: Globalization on the Front Burner

Josh Bersin

This week I had the opportunity to speak about next-generation talent management at two events in Stockholm. In this post I’d like to highlight some of the big talent challenges facing global. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends nordics stockholm sweden

Future of Work Survey Findings: Focussing on the Future?

Future of Work

How much time do you spend thinking about, and talking about, the shape of the future that your own organization will experience? We asked some very simple questions like that in our October Future of Work Quick Poll.

New Report Helps Attract, Retain and Reward Top Talent

The 2019 Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis explores what top employers are doing differently to stand out in healthcare cost control and HR management. Use these insights to build a better workplace and confidently position your organization for success.

#CRSS2011 CERN social recruiting: social not just social media

Strategic HCM

I’m at CERN today for a session that their head of recruitment, James Purvis (in the picture, sitting in the middle) has put together. The session is on recruitment and sourcing, not just on social recruiting, but that’s been the main focus this morning.

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Learning, Careers and Social Artistry

The Bamboo Project Blog

For a social artist, their in-breath is observing, allowing, listening, and understanding and their out-breath is connecting, enriching, inspiring, and enlivening.

Employee Engagement: 33 Keys for Engaged Wellbeing

David Zinger

Employee Engagement and Engaged Wellbeing with Attitiude. A Heretic’s Manifesto of Engaged Wellbeing: Let’s think (and act) differently just for the health of it. A new view of wellbeing.

Talent Management Software – Yes, It’s Still Hard to Select the Right Solution

Josh Bersin

The talent management software marketplace is now more than ten years old, yet it is still a daunting task to select the right solution. This market is both consolidating and expanding at the same. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems Learning On-Demand LMS, LCMS

How Long

True Faith HR

In today''s wonderful edition of The Cynical Girl , Laurie Ruettimann cites that 82% of recruiters find evidence of discrimination against the employed. This brings up the following conundrum: 1.

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.

Jack Dee on HR (or, “the comedian and the HR practitioner walked into a bar and…”)

Strategic HCM

As a judge of the Personnel Today Awards, I get invited to their swanky black tie event on Park Lane. Last night’s ceremony was another excellent event, unaffected by snow as was last year’s do, and only let down, from my perspective, by the failure of my iphone’s batteries meaning I couldn’t tweet.

Networking Key for Vets to Find a Job

45 Things

I just have one question for you today: What have you done to help a vet find a job? Read this story I did for Gannett/USAToday and promise yourself that you'll spend some time this Thanksgiving holiday giving thanks for our military and their families. And then help one of them find a job.

Stepping Back to Move Forward

The Bamboo Project Blog

Fifteen years ago, after a weekend career retreat I ran for myself, I walked into my full-time job and quit. I realized that for a variety of reasons, the position was no longer working for me and I wanted to move into something else.

12 Keys to Achieve Results with Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Achieve Results (Part 1 of a 10 part series on the Employee Engagement Pyramid for Managers). Top of the pyramid. Based on extensive work in employee engagement, I constructed a pyramid of employee engagement actions for managers.

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.

Talent Acquisition in Turmoil: The Facts and Figures

Josh Bersin

Today we released our first ever Talent Acquisition Factbook®, a comprehensive study of trends, benchmarks, and spending data in the US (and UK) recruiting market. It points out the tectonic shifts. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends Sourcing and Recruiting

Out of My League

True Faith HR

I admit it. I am not a Google + user. Yes, I have an account, and I dabbled with it when it was first released. However, I never found the value added above and beyond what I get with Twitter and Facebook. As a result, I rarely look at it and haven''t posted on it in ages.

Indispensible Email Skills For Job Seekers And Employees


If you are about to apply for a job via email, the quality of your emailed covering letter to the potential employer is extremely important. After all, you are marketing yourself. This means that the employer’s HR department will first judge your capabilities by how you introduce and portray yourself. If clothes make the man […].

Does College Make Sense Anymore?

45 Things

Do you think it's necessary to go to college to be a success and find a good job? College dropouts like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates would say differently, of course, but not everyone is cut out to be a whiz-bang entrepreneur. If you just want to be employed by a good employer earning a decent paycheck and have some job security, do you have to go to college? I think this often depends on who you ask.

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.

On Passion

The Bamboo Project Blog

I am writing this on a MacBook Pro, listening to music on my iPod, which seems fitting, given that I am posting about Mona Simpson's eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs. . Certainly in the days following his death, there was much attention paid to Jobs' business acumen and success.

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A Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement and the Virtual Team

David Zinger

Employee engagement guidance for managers of virtual teams. Informative Webinar with Yael Zofi Monday November 14. . The managers guide. I completed reading Yael Zofi’s wonderful book, A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams.

Social Training for Social Tools

Transparent Office

Socialtext product adoption is way, way--over 300% YTD. There are many reasons for the phenomenal growth, but in this post I'll focus on one specific factor: our training approach.

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#HRTechEurope – iTalent competition (and congratulations to MIIAtech)

Strategic HCM

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.

How To Do A Good Performance Review


The ingredients of a bad performance review are haste, lack of focus, a non-empathic attitude and a mechanical approach to the process. A good performance review obviously calls for a diametrically opposite approach. Here are some tips for managers whose duties include conducting performance reviews of their team members. Be Prepared: The intention behind a […].

Should Women Give Up the C-Suite for More Flexibility?

45 Things

This week for USA Today I wrote about a new survey by More magazine showing that three-out-of-four women say they would not apply for their boss' job, partly because of the pressures that go along with it.

Getting Comfortable with Incompetence

The Bamboo Project Blog

A tweet from Stephen Downes that's been hanging in my head for a few weeks: This may be the biggest challenge to ongoing innovation. Most humans are not good at feeling perpetually incompetent. It is frighening and a blow to our egos to think that we may not have a firm grip on our work. .

6 Ways Managers Can Maximize Performance through Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Maximize Performance (Part 2 of a 10 part series on how managers can improve employee engagement). According to Aon Hewitt’s most recent report Trends in Global Employee Engagement , the largest drop in engagement this year is employees’ perception of how companies manage performance.

The CFO Playbook: 10 Metrics to Transform Your HR Team

CFOs are losing faith in HR’s ability to solve problems with data. Discover the metrics your HR team needs to measure to become more data-driven.