Jacque Vilet

About the Author

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.

How One Executive Rewards Trip Damaged Employee Trust

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…