August, 2004

HR Metrics Guru

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In the August issue of HR Executive Magazine, Jac Fitz-enz, HR metrics guru was asked what is the most underused or underappreciated HR metric. His answer: Turnover. As he explains it: "Most people know their turnover rate, but not how it is affecting them. It doesn''t make much difference how many people are leaving, per se. The issue is, who is leaving, at what point in their tenure, for

Does Birth Order Influence Acceptance of New Ideas?

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In the past I haven''t paid much attention to theories about birth order and personality, mainly because the things I have read haven''t matched with my own personal experiences. That is until I read recently about research by Frank Sulloway that was done back in 1996. Mr. Sulloway was examining the influences that affect people''s acceptance of new and radical ideas. He looked at variables such as

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Teenagers: Our Future Workforce

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I got a call today from a college campus political group. The young man that called -- well actually I think I''ll call him the "youth" instead of young man -- was frighteningly unprofessional. Here''s how the conversation went: Youth: Hey, Beth, This is X from Campus Political Party. How''s it going over there in Kaylooooooeee. How do you pronounce that? Beth: Kailua. Youth: Yah, how''s it going

Hiring Star Employees

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I re-read an article recently called The Risky Business of Hiring Stars. It''s in the May 2004 Harvard Business Review. The authors of the article followed 1052 of the very best investment banking stock analysts. These star analysts are very high profile in the industry and earn between $2-$5 million per year. The researchers found that when a star employee is hired by another firm, the star''s

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.

Where is Opportunity?

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On Sunday we went to hear a friend sing and play guitar at a private club. We were introduced to a very friendly gentleman who looked like he had been planted in the lounge for several weeks. After he bought us a couple drinks, he pulled out a slip a paper and said to me, "Dear, tell me what this says." The paper said OPPORTUNITY ISNOWHERE I wasn''t sure what the trick was so I read what I saw

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