June, 2009

Your HR and L&D Career in 2009: The Career Factbook

Josh Bersin

How has the Human Resources and Training and Development profession changed in the last few years? What are the real motivations and career paths for people in our profession? How do people move. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Do You Know How to Ask the Right Questions?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Looking at tools like Google Squared , Google Trends and Wolfram Alpha , it's becoming increasingly clear to me that one of the key challenges we have before us is learning how to ask questions. And not just any question, but the RIGHT questions.

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What Grandaddy Taught me about Information Flow

Transparent Office

My grandfather never used computers, and he died when "wiki" was still just a word in Hawaiian. But in a single comment he taught me all about Enterprise 2.0.

Iran is All A-Twitter

Future of Work

We’re all caught up this week in the eruption of demonstrations in Iran. While I don’t usually comment here on political activities, it’s important that we all pay attention not just to the unrest itself, but to the way technology is not only enabling but even intensifying the “revolution&# that is unfolding before our eyes. The mainstream media has already picked up on this theme: “The revolution won’t be televised; it will be Twittered.&#

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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.

What Are ReviewSNAP Clients Saying?


Take a look below at some of the recent feedback that ReviewSNAP has received about our performance management system. After scrutinizing over at least six Web-based systems for performance appraisals, we are very happy that we selected the ReviewSNAP application to support our performance management process. The system''s design is simple and efficient and has taken the "fuss" out of the performance management process.

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You Cut Costs: Now Build a Long Term Roadmap

Josh Bersin

This week we met with the head of L&D from a large financial services institution. This company, like many others, has just completed a wrenching reorganization and redesign of its global. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Do You Know How to Ask the Right Questions?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Looking at tools like Google Squared, Google Trends and Wolfram Alpha, it's becoming increasingly clear to me that one of the key challenges we have before us is learning how to ask questions. And not just any question, but the

Twitter is the new CNN

Transparent Office

CNN thought its biggest threat was FOX News. It was wrong. The competition is Twitter , and the competition is winning. In 1980, CNN went live as America's first all-news TV network. It raised a fundamental question: Is there enough news worth watching to justify an all-news network? For years, CNN trudged along as an interesting experiment, more observed than watched. Then came the first Gulf War. The first President Bush sent U.S.

Register Today for a Free Webinar on Managing Distributed Teams

Future of Work

Please join me and my partner in crime Charlie Grantham , along with Eric Bensley of Citrix Online , and James Hilliard of BNet next Wednesday, June 24 , for a free one-hour webinar called “ Keeping Your Team Connected in a Distributed Workplace. &#. The webinar is sponsored by our friends and long-term clients at Citrix Online We’re very grateful for their continuing support of our research and ideas. Again, the webinar will be on June 24, at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern.

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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.

Follow Up on Open Ended Questions


This post is a follow up to the announcement that we were in the process of adding the ability to use open-ended questions in your performance appraisals. This post is to let you know that this function has been completed and is now implemented in the ReviewSNAP Performance Management System. Employee Evaluations On-demand software Performance Appraisals Performance Management Performance Management System Performance Reviews

Need a Shove?

45 Things

One of the common threads I've found when interviewing people who have lost their jobs over the last year is the optimism most of them feel when they're first laid off. That lasts for about four or five months

Globalization: Now Core to Enterprise Learning

Josh Bersin

As we read and hear about the tumultuous news in Iran and North Korea, it occurs to me that so much of our daily life, news, and time is now spent on global issues. This trend impacts the corporate. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

The Big Question: How Do You Spend Your Time?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last night I had a quick IM chat with Christine Martell , who asked me when I planned to re-join the online community--her way of pointing out that I've had my G-talk status on "invisible" for several weeks now, haven't done a Twitter update in 16 days and have clearly been remiss in posting here. So it was serendipitous to find that the Learning Circuits Big Question this month is "how do you spend your time?" And more specifically: What's a typical day like?

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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.

CIOs: It's Strategy Time

Transparent Office

Most CIOs I talk to want to spend more time on strategy--not platform strategy or application strategy, but business strategy. The fun part of their job isn't about keeping the lights on or the servers cooled. It's about using technology to fundamentally improve the way their companies do business. Strategic relevance can be a sore spot for CIOs. Although most line managers agree in principle that IT is strategically important, CIOs still struggle for a seat at the strategy table.

The June Issue of Future of Work Agenda

Future of Work

[This newsletter was emailed to registered subscribers on Sunday evening, June 7. We are reproducing it here for your convenience. The newsletter is also available through our website at this link. You can subscribe to the newsletter here ; we produce 11 issues a year, every month except August. The newsletter is free and will remain so as long as possible.]. From Jim and Charlie.

Cosmetic Changes to ReviewSNAP


Have you been to ReviewSNAP lately and wondered if you were at the right site? No need to worry.you were at the right place. Recently we made a few cosmetic changes to our site giving it more of a dynamic, fresh look. The site was simplified with more image links and buttons. We''ve added the new buttons below and you can feel free to sign up for a free trial , watch the demo or request a live demo.

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Social networking or stand up?

Working Girl

In the early days I assumed that social applications like Facebook and Twitter were all about networking because, well, that''s what everyone said. But then I got confused because there didn''t seem to be all that much networking going on.

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.

Are You Afraid to Take a Vacation This Year?

45 Things

Are you afraid to take a vacation this year? The answer may depend on how secure you feel with your job right now. But if a recent study is any indication, the answer may be that instead of hauling your butt to the beach, you're going

Who's in the Market for Learning: Individuals or Organizations?

The Bamboo Project Blog

As part of the ongoing conversation on the future business models for learning with Tony Karrer, I mentioned in both my blog post and in a comment on Tony's blog that I think we're going to see a move away from companies and organizations to individuals as the consumers of learning products and services. Tony followed up by asking if I had anything to back up my thinking. Good question, so here's my train of thought.

And You Think You Have Problems

Evil HR Lady

Since we moved to Switzerland, my husband keeps making us listen to this


SCAN Health Wins IFMA Orange County Award for Excellence

Future of Work

Congratulations to Diane Cole and her colleagues at SCAN Health Plan in Long Beach, California. SCAN has just won the IFMA Orange County Award for Excellence in recognition of the innovative AWESOME project that Diane formulated and led over the past three years. The award was announced last night, June 5, at the annual Awards Banquet. It is well-deserved.

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.

Low Employee Morale


Employee morale is a fuzzy issue at best. Measuring morale can be difficult and inconclusive since employees will often not reveal their true feelings. But make no mistake about it. Employee morale has a major impact on productivity and ultimately profitability. Most of the time, we will have a sense about the level of morale within a work unit or company as a whole. It is not hard to see when morale is generally high or when it is generally low.

Back to the Basics

Working Girl

I work in Munich. Not surprisingly, my colleagues are German. We''re a small group so we often have lunch together in our favorite local restaurant, which happens to be Italian.

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Procrastination Thriving in.

45 Things

I'm always impressed when I watch a movie like "Apollo 13" where people under enormous stress perform really well. That doesn't usually happen for me. There have been a lot of frantic, stressful days in my life, and sometimes by the end

Accessibility and Learning

The Bamboo Project Blog

As I've mentioned previously , I'm working with a couple of clients right now who work with individuals with disabilities on some social media projects and it continues to be a learning experience. For the past week I've been hard at work pulling together a wiki for a 2.5 day workshop we're doing in August on using social media in Centers for Independent Living.

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.