September, 2004

No Thanks to Knowledge Nomads

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An article called, High Turnover, Should you Care?, was recently referenced in a Yahoo Group for Training Professionals. The article talks about "knowledge nomads" who although they switch jobs frequently are committed to their organizations for the time period that they are there. The article also suggests reframing the issue of turnover and retention. The author writes, "Rather than focus on

Why People Follow the Leader

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For the past few years I have been noticing that it''s getting harder and harder for leaders to motivate their staff. Back in my day, (don''t you hate when people say, "back in my day.?"), most of us were easily swept into a cause, corporate or otherwise, by a charismatic leader. I''ve been struggling with why the change and I think at last I might have found the answer. An article by Michael

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Love 'Em or Lose "Em

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If you haven''t already read Love ''Em Or Lose ''Em: Getting Good People To Stay, go to your library or bookstore today. I had a chance to speak with one of the co-authors, Sharon Jordan-Evans. Sharon and I found that we have a lot of common beliefs and philosophies when it comes to creating the kind of work environment that fosters employee retention. The book, co-authored with Beverly Kaye, is

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Who Is Outsourcing Jobs Overseas?

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Curious about which companies in your area have outsourced jobs overseas? Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO has put together a searchable database. If you are an HR exec, it might be a good idea to see if your company is listed and if the information is accurate. They also have a Paywatch section for each company that shows the compensation of the top executives.

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The Nouse - An Unusual Accommodation of the Future

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What''s a Nouse? It''s a system that replaces your computer mouse with movements of your nose. It''s completely hands free. You move the cursor on your screen by moving your nose. Any guesses on how you left click and right click with the nouse? Answer: Blink your left eye twice for left click and your right eye twice for right click. The inventor, Dmitry Gorodnichy of the Institute of

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Thinking Strategically

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There''s been a lot of talk about Strategic HR over the last several years. There has also been a lot of confusion. Let''s see if we can clear things up a little. Strategic HR doesn''t mean strategic planning. Strategic planning is important, but that''s not what we are talking about when we say HR needs to act more strategically. It is also not about performing HR metrics although measurement is

Addicting, Intriguing and a Little Bit Scary

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I was doing some research on the use of social networking technology in Human Resources when I came across this shocker: "Compared to sites that require users to map their own social networks, Weddle says, Eliyon Technologies'' site is much more robust--they''ve used their spider to compile dossiers on over 19 million Americans. For free, he says, users can type in the name of a company and get a

Business Lessons from The Apprentice

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The Apprentice season has just begun and the talk around the water coolers has already started. Who is the most outrageous? Who has the best chance of winning? Who is the best looking? It''s the good, the bad and the ugly. I don''t want to talk about that though. I''m more interested in some of the organizational behavior and business issues. Two things struck me. One has to do with the dynamics

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Eleven Tips For Getting More Efficiency Out Of Women Employees - Circa 1943

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I was reminded of this "oldie but goodie" today from a discussion on the SHRM Bulletin Board. The following is an actual article that was published in 1943 in the Mass Transportation Magazine. You can check out the details including scanned images of the actual article here. ELEVEN TIPS ON GETTING MORE EFFICIENCY OUT OF WOMEN EMPLOYEES. From: L.H. Sanders, Mass Transportation Magazine, 1943

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Are We Condoning Discrimination Through Outsourcing?

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I hate to even mention outsourcing since it''s been discussed and debated ad nauseum. However I did come across an aspect of outsourcing that I haven''t heard before that warrants attention. This comes from the unlikely place of a letter to the editor in CFO magazine. The letter writer, a corporate controller, writes: "As a female accountant, it has been many years since I have been exposed to

Joel on HR

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Who thought that Human Resources practitioners could learn a thing or two about HR from a software developer? Joel Spolsky, who writes a popular blog for engineers called Joel on Software has a few things to say to which we should listen up. Two things caught my interest. 1) Joel does a good job of reminding us about reducing the irritations. 2) Joel warns how incentive programs can actually