HR Management

Can You Enforce the Confidentiality of Employee Settlements?

A reader emailed me yesterday. “Hey Eric, Clients are wondering about value of settlement NDAs after ex-Fox News HWE victims go public despite contracts. Your reaction?” Wait! You mean employees actually violate confidentiality provisions? I know, right? By way of brief background, in late July, New York ran a story by Gabriel Sherman, suggesting a…

Without Consequences Managers Send the Wrong Message

Ryan Lochte certainly did realize severe consequences to his childish actions in Rio. They hit him where it really hurts – in the pocketbook. One hopes that Lochte learns from this experience, grows up and becomes a responsible adult.  Maybe. If, however, what happened to Lochte serves to influence other young athletes to…

How a Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

Research consistently shows that employees are the happiest and most likely to stay at companies that are innovative, align with personal values, offer opportunities for growth and development, cultivate and encourage collaboration and teamwork, and foster an environment where employees feel inspired and play an integral role in making a positive impact in…

What It Takes to Change An Organization’s Culture

Note: This is part two of an interview conducted by Tim Kuppler with organization culture pioneer Larry Senn. Part one published yesterday. You can find it here. One of the greatest business challenges is effectively changing a workplace culture. It’s one that Larry Senn has been taking on for nearly four decades. In…

How One Company Makes Lateral Moves A Win-Win

It is no surprise that job-hopping has become the new normal for millennials. A recent Gallup poll found that 21% of millennials report changing jobs within the last year, which is more than three times the number of non-millennials. According to millennials, the top consideration when applying for a job is the opportunity…

12 Insights About Culture Change From a Workplace Culture Pioneer

Note: Today, TLNT features the first part of an interview with Larry Senn, one of the pioneers in the field of organizational culture and culture change. His USC doctoral dissertation, “Organizational Character as a Tool in the Analysis of Business Organizations,” was the first field study of corporate culture in America. Part two…

What the Randstad-Monster Deal Tells Us About the Talent Industry

So, a little something happened in the industry recently. Something that, if it had happened, say, nine years ago, would have been yuuuuge, as some might say. Instead, the “what took them so long?” reaction was the most common theme of Randstad’s purchase of Monster. It seemed blasé. People told me their biggest surprise…

How to Ensure Your Shared Service Center Delivers On the Promise

It’s Sunday night in a dimly lit regional office. Major presentation is due Monday morning to senior management on the recent changes to corporate HR policies. The majority of the new initiatives are bound to create ripples among the local workforce, especially, in terms of shrinking career advancement opportunities on foreign postings and…

Get That Seat at the Table Using Metrics to Look Forward

Over the years, human resources has been bumped down lower and lower on the influencer list in organizations, and losing what seats professionals ever had at the executive table. This shift has been largely caused by HR’s increasing focus on operational tasks. Consequently, HR is seen as a support group rather than a…

How HR Can Help the Organization Learn To Learn

How about organizational learning? Today’s complex and changing world requires continuous learning within organizations in order to be competitive, and there is no better leader for learning than HR. Often though, HR professionals place the majority of their attention on administration rather than on learning. This is understandable given the huge risk associated with…

Building a Culture of Innovation Means Being Challenged, Taking Risks and Sometimes Failing

Does your company have a culture in which innovation thrives? Are people challenging the status quo and being encouraged by leaders to take risks in pursuit of innovation? Or is the opposite true?  Do you managers greet new ideas and suggestions with the comment, “But we tried that last year and it didn’t…