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The Next Generation Of HR Leaders Depends On You

By Ron Thomas

“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia banking,” (Bruce) Whitehurst said. “For any industry, success lies in energizing the next generation.” Sometimes during our daily reading, we come across statements that give us pause. Those type of statements normally cause me to stop and lookout with a distant gaze, all in the realization that they nailed it with...

How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition

By Ben Eubanks

Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and guidance of our peers, executives, and staff. I’d even go so far as saying that the majority of what we are proud of as HR leaders comes from ...

New and Improved Performance Review Methods

By Sarah Landrum

The yearly performance review can be a stressful time for everyone. Employees don’t like to hear them and bosses don’t like to prepare them. They’re difficult to do, time consuming and don’t really allow both parties to walk away feeling like something good was accomplished. In some cases, it can be demoralizing and hurt the employee’s work performance instead of bols...

Are Your Leaders Still Practicing Command And Control?

By Ron Thomas

“They used to say in the industry: location, location, location. I say people, people, people; you invest in stores, you invest in events, but investment in people is the most important.” That strong statement is from Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Dior, speaking in a recent interview in the Financial Times. Sometimes, as we read articles or books, there are certain words or statements th...

Ways Smart Companies are Engaging Employees

By Sarah Landrum

Employee engagement plays an integral role in any company’s growth. When employees are motivated to excel and contribute to an organization’s success, it results in improved performance and productivity. However, engagement isn’t a one-way street. Employers must take action to engage employees, rather than expect them to be engaged with a mere list of tasks. Employee engagement r...

5 Ways to Make Your Company's Hiring Process More Fair

By Heather Huhman

Discrimination in the workplace is a hot topic. It is still prevalent and can be very costly to a company. What's more, the consequences of discrimination on the job can include fines and litigation costs, not to mention bad publicity. The answer to avoiding discrimination in the workplace? Hiring. Your goal should be to create a hiring process where you're focused on being non-discriminatory, and...

Take advantage of summer months to boost morale

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice outside. We were trying to think of some things that we could do that would be fun t...

Peer Accountability: Policing Yourselves So the Boss Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Stack

Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone expected the best of...

Making HR A True Strategic Partner: It’s Not As Easy As Some Make It Seem

By Ron Thomas

Nothing is easy today. When I lived in the U.S.—I currently work in Dubai—I would always marvel at late night TV commercials. My take was that whatever it is that ails you, just turn on late night TV and you would invariably find a product that could solve your problem. That same feeling comes over me as I browse the Internet. There are 5-6 or perhaps even 10 ways to increase engagemen...

Disruptive Behavior Should Not Be Tolerated in the Workplace

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan, I wanted to comment on a column you wrote recently about a regional director who was bright and competent but would have unchecked temper tantrums and screaming fits. There seems to be two mindsets concerning employees of this man's nature. Mindset #1: "Yes, he's a jerk, but he brings in over a million a year in revenue." We have this situation in the company I work for. Never mind that...

Outplacement Services: Why Companies Offer Them

By Laura Labovich

In the first 151 days of 2015, nearly 9 million people were either laid off or fired. So if you’re among them, rest assured you’re in good company. Sadly, company layoffs aren’t going away anytime soon. We’re barely into 2016, and a number of companies have already announced likely layoffs later this year. Below are just a few of them: BP—4,000 layoffs expected ...

The 6 Strategic Recruiting Metrics That Executives Want To See

By John Sullivan

During the many decades that I have been a metrics expert, I have found that the amount of time recruiting leaders devote to recruitment metrics adds little value to recruiting or to the business. Those frustrating failures can be attributed to three basic causes. The first is that the metrics that recruiting leaders use are mostly tactical or operational so that they omit any big-picture business...

Cure Poor Work Habits With Feedback

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am a manager in a small manufacturing firm. I would like to know your thoughts on how to address under-performing employees that have not been dealt with and have been tolerated for years. Answer: An employee whose poor performance has been tolerated for years is a festering sore in a work group. The infection is likely to spread to the rest of the area. Stopping the spread of ...

Secrets to creating an award-winning career site

By Molly Moseley

A company’s career website isn’t just for facilitating the application process – it’s one of the most important tools businesses can use to lure talent and educate them about the workplace culture and open opportunities. So how effective is your current career website? From the most minimalist, bare-bones career pages that embrace a utilitarian approach to elaborate multi-t...

Why Free is Best: The Employee Recognition Paradox

By Cindy Ventrice

People Say They Want Cash Awards While people say they want cash awards, studies have shown most meaningful recognition is free. Despite all the billions spent on recognition each year, the evidence seems clear: most meaningful recognition is free. You might be thinking, "Wait a minute, the people in my company have confirmed that they prefer recognition that is accompanied by cash awards." And yo...

Do your colleagues see you the same way you do?

By Dale Kurow

Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you?" You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’...

The Need of the Hour: Managing vs. Coaching

By Laura Stack

Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk in the park. In fact, the combination of mental work, social interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high pressure, responsibility and variability makes it among the more demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are terrible and the stress is inevitable. But if organizations expect to accomplish anyt...

Are You an Absentee Manager?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Something happened to me that I thought other readers could benefit from, especially managers. I took a new job about a year ago as an accountant for a small insurance company. There was a long-term employee who seemed to have it in for me and never let up. Because I was new, I didn't push it by telling our boss. Instead, I tried to do my work and get along with everyone, including her....

Gender Gaps

By Jeana Quigley

Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in college that long ago!) when I consider if it’s possible for a woman to “have it all.” I guess you could say I’m one o...

Butting Heads: How to Argue Productively

By Laura Stack

It’s been said that every person brings joy to others: some when they enter a room and some when they leave it. The latter disagrees just to be disagreeable. But no matter how good natured people are, if you bring any two human beings together, they’ll find something to disagree about eventually. The strong personalities inherent in any business endeavor can result in people butt...

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