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“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia
(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...
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 ...
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...
“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
Sometimes, as we read articles or books, there are certain words
or statements th...
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
Employee engagement r...
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...
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
We were trying to think of some things that we could do that
would be fun t...
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...
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...
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.
"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
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
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
The first is that the metrics that recruiting leaders use are
mostly tactical or operational so that they omit any big-picture
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you
don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably
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’...
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...
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....
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...
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
The strong personalities inherent in any business endeavor can
result in people butt...