Talent Management

What If Managers Didn’t Make Comp Decisions?

A common objective in redesigning performance management methods is to improve the quality of coaching between managers and employees. This objective is a reaction to traditional performance appraisal processes that focused more on evaluation with relatively little attention given to ongoing continuous performance management conversations. In fact, traditional review processes often made performance…

Here’s What HR Must Do to Have the Business Impact CEOs Want

A survey released early this year of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel honored to be at the top of the CEO’s watch list,…

What You Can Do About Shrinking Take Home Pay

Big companies. Small companies. Private. Public. For-profit. Nonprofit. Manufacturers. Tech shops. Banks. Hospitals. Retailers. You name it. They all want to do right by their employees. To be a place people want to work. To support work-life balance. To pay a fair, living wage wherever possible. As a provider of employee discount programs,…

How Recognition Reinforces Your Company’s Core Values

Recognize This! – A social recognition solution aligned to core values helps ensure that those values are lived by all employees and actively managed by leaders. Have you thought about where the core values at your company came from? In all probability, they were developed as a way to successfully drive a specific…

6 Steps to Building a Winning Team

(Based on a recent article written by Pat DiDomenico for Business Management Daily.) Put your players in the right positions, but don’t be afraid to shift them around. Play to your employees’ strengths, but recognize that shaking up the status quo and giving employees opportunities to shine in different capacities can yield big…

Build a Culture of Volunteered Accountability

Accountability is apparently a big problem. A 2013 survey of leaders by AMA Enterprise, a division of the American Management Association® reported that: 11% of survey respondents said more than 50% of their employees shirk responsibility. 21% of business leaders believed the percentage of unaccountable employees ranged from 30% to 50%. The strategies…

What Happens When Employees Bring Babies to Work?

At W.S. Badger, an organic skin-care company in Gilsum, New Hampshire, one employee’s idea turned into a benefit available to all. The company’s unique Babies at Work program encourages the parent/child bond at a critical time, while also providing business benefits to Badger: reduced turnover, increased employee engagement, and fewer new parents leaving the workplace….

Human Capital Is Their No. 1 Challenge, So CEOs Must Demand More From HR!

A recent survey of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge that they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel honored to be at the top of the CEO’s watch list, they should…

Lawsuits Claim Monster Officials Had Conflict of Interest

Two shareholder lawsuits have been filed against Monster, charging the deal to sell the company to the Dutch staffing giant Randstad “is the result of an unfair process and provides the Company’s stockholders with inadequate consideration,” in the words of one of the lawsuits. Both suits, which seek class-action status, make essentially the…

Don’t Give High Performers A Free Pass to Be Bad

Recognize This! – Failing to address disruptive behavior by high-performers can actually hurt overall productivity. Leaders should focus on creating a culture that encourages everyone to contribute instead. What should a leader do when one of their most productive employees is also the most disruptive? It’s a challenging question that gets at the…

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence to Good Leadership

Developing the ability to tune in to how a diverse group of people feel about a situation is one of the most important tools that a leader can develop, because all decision-making depends on having reliable information. The problem is that the definition of “reliable” can vary wildly from individual to individual. Despite…

Faster, Cheaper Is Taking A Toll On Your Workforce

Modern global business requires “faster, cheaper” as a way of thinking and working to drive top and bottom line results. Sadly, it’s become table stakes. But is that approach slowly killing your employees, while quietly driving up the costs related to absenteeism, turnover, injury and healthcare? As a former COO in public companies,…

Responsible Or Accountable: Does It Matter?

Although they are often used interchangeably, there is an important difference between responsibility and accountability. Responsibility is something you are given or that you assume. For example, while your employment makes you responsible for getting your job done, parents assume responsibility for the care of their children. Accountability, however, is an attitude. People who…