Jacque Vilet

About the Author

Vilet

Jacque Vilet, president of Vilet International, has more than 20 years’ experience in international human resources with major multinationals such as Intel, National Semiconductor, and Seagate Technology. She has managed both local/ in-country national and expatriate programs and has been an expat twice during her career. She has also been a speaker in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and is a regular contributor to various HR and talent management publications. Contact her at jvilet@viletinternational.com.

Pay Transparency Is Coming, Whether You Like It or Not

A move toward pay transparency is inevitable. Who’s willing to argue with Ed Lawler? Let’s review why: We’ve all heard about how transparency builds a more productive workforce, a healthier company culture, greater trust in company management, and better business outcomes. As the late Yul Brenner would say “et cetera, et cetera, et…

How One Executive Rewards Trip Damaged Employee Trust

This story isn’t new, but the lessons to be learned, sadly, still plague us. Benjamin Moore, one of the companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s stable, made headlines for something that could have very easily been avoided. Berkshire Hathaway officials came to Benjamin Moore’s headquarters, gave the CEO Denis Abrams his walking papers, and escorted…

The Myth of Best Practices: They Lead to Conformity, or Worse

“Imitation is the sincerest form of collective stupidity.” — W. Carroll (Bill) Munro, former marketing director, Pepsico I recently wrote an article about “best practices” recently for Compensation Café. It’s a hot button with me. Just what is “best practice”? Wikipedia provides a definition: A best practice is a method or technique that has…

Controlling Employee Burnout: It Starts With Limiting Email After Work

In the age before laptops, email, and smartphones, employees typically didn’t bring work home with them except for a little paperwork. Wow! Have times changed! According to a recent survey by Neverfail, a software company specializing in data protection, 83 percent of professional workers say they check email after work. Two-thirds say they…

Why It’s So Difficult to Really Change a Company Culture

When a company culture is dysfunctional, it can affect business success. HR or Organizational Development (OD) may try to change it. And sometimes they do — for about a day. But most blanket attempts to change the culture of a whole company are wasted efforts. Why is culture so difficult to change? Because…

5 Steps to Help Keep Perks & Benefits Fresh and Employees Happy

Dr. John Sullivan’s recent TLNT posts about Facebook that included a discussion of their fabulous perks were pretty impressive: An extended six-week boot camp onboarding with the employee’s choice of a job at the end; Internal job transfers chosen by the employee at end of one year; Free food; Happy Hour every Friday;

Pay For Performance: How It Is Viewed Around the World

Pay for performance is a new concept in many countries. Unlike the United States, some cultures consider it unacceptable to tell employees they are performing poorly. In these countries there is little variance in ratings, salary increases and bonuses. Performance ratings (if they exist at all), pay increases and bonuses are all pretty…

“A Fool with a Tool is Still a Fool” – 5 Guidelines to Make Big Data Work

There’s a lot of talk about Big Data these days and many HR people are either excited or intimidated by it. Maybe both. Regardless, there seems to be more talk about “it” than on how to use it in solving problems or how HR can benefit from it. So the question is how…

4 Good Reasons You Should Re-Think HR Outsourcing

As far as the new trend of outsourcing professional work goes, I’m not a big fan. I don’t believe HR should outsource strategic work such as compensation/benefits design, learning/development, succession planning, sourcing/recruitment of key talent (not core or support talent), branding, workforce planning, etc. These are key responsibilities of HR to insure all…

5 Great Things You Can Learn by Working For Bad Bosses

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher Most articles about bad bosses say that the best thing you can learn from them is how not to manage employees. Can’t disagree with that! But aside from that, there are some other things you can learn from a…

The Recruiting Dilemma: Do You Look for Cultural Fit, or for Innovation?

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” — Charles Kettering There’s been a lot written lately about “cultural fit.” In fact, you could say that cultural fit is the latest rage in talent acquisition. In an article in the American Sociological Review, Northwestern Professor Lauren Rivera…

10 Tips to Help Deliver Successful Training Programs Overseas

Do people learn differently around the world? Does culture affect learning style? The answer to both questions is “yes.” If so, how do global companies deliver the same training program and consistent message on a worldwide basis while taking into account these differences? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

The Gen Y Workforce: What Causes Differences Around the Globe?

There has been a lot written recently on Generation Y (or Millkennials) in the U.S, but today I’m focusing on Gen Y globally. You may not realize it, but Gen Y actually exists in other countries. It is not unique to the U.S. They may not be called Gen Y or Millennials in…

3 Lessons for Workplace Happiness – From One Forward-Thinking Country

Recently, Jennifer Vecchi wrote an article here at TLNT on employee happiness/engagement. In it she wrote, “… employers believe that a happy workforce is a more productive workforce …” I want to take that up a notch and talk about “happiness” at the country level —- notably one country wanting to create happiness…

Why Are Companies Hiring Overseas? They’re Going Where Revenues Are

So, your company is hiring overseas — who, where, why, and so what? Let’s look at each of these and see if we can’t come up with answers. Why are companies so focused on overseas? There is a major reason companies needs to hire overseas. I’m not talking about “offshoring” because of cost…