HR Insights

Build a Greenhouse Where Innovation Can Flourish

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I recently sat through a conference presentation that included many slides on building a culture of innovation. As I glanced around the room, I noticed another attendee with that “Yea, right” look. I chuckled to myself because at that moment I was thinking the same thing. Innovation is not about a product or…

The Hidden Consequences of Making A Bad Hire

Mishires, top performers

The world’s innovators are calling for reinvention and transformation of HR departments. Given that the majority of hiring responsibilities fall within HR and it is, in most cases, the entry into companies, reinventing HR must start with transforming the way leaders think about and behave about hiring. Many innovative leaders and early adopters…

Why We’re So Afraid Of Feedback

Why We’re So Afraid Of Feedback

Mary considers herself to be a good manager. Whenever one of her employee’s is struggling with an assignment she swoops in to help them put things into order and give pointers. Her company is now introducing a new 360-degree performance management system based on continuous feedback and, as a manager, she’s been encouraged…

HR’s Role In Technology Disruption

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It’s a modern business reality that if you’re not the disruptor, you’re at risk to be disrupted. The last thing any company wants is to replicate the demise of the once-venerable Blockbuster at the hands of Netflix’s subscription entertainment business model. The good news is that HR (or employee experience) departments have a role to…

Are You Wasting Your Talent?

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Chazz Palminteri wrote the wonderful screenplay, a favorite of mine, A Bronx Tale. The film is set in the 1960s and chronicles several life events of a young boy, Cologero, who is faced with the choice of listening to the advice his bus driver father, Lorenzo, or following in the footsteps of the neighborhood gangster, Sonny. Throughout the…

Hiring Wisdom: Why Look For Experience?

Hiring Wisdom: Why Look For Experience?

Skim through online job ads and you’ll find about 95% of them have one word in common: “Starting wages based on experience…” “Looking for experienced, energetic servers and kitchen staff…” “We are currently seeking an experienced office assistant…” Why is it that experience is so often our No. 1 criteria? Because we assume…

No Performance Ratings? Or Is It Just HR Doublespeak?

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Rating performance involves placing employees in different categories based on their perceived value to the organization. If your company believes that not everyone performs at the same level, and that employees who contribute more to the company should be rewarded with greater resources and opportunities, then your company rates employee performance in some…