Culture

Why HR Can’t Lead Cultural Change

Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from its recently released  fifth edition during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture…

How Innovations Revolutionize Talent Acquisition

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Spring SourceCon event in Anaheim, CA. It was chock full of ideas, information, and enthusiasm. One of the highlights of the trip for me was a presentation by Kerstin Wagner. Wagner is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Deutsche Bahn. The theme of…

A Few Words About Hiring, Managing and Training

Short takes on hiring, managing and training from the Humetrics blog: Cultural fit Want to know what that job applicant’s life philosophy and values are? Try this interview question: “You have just agreed to give the commencement address to your local high school graduating class. What would your message be?” Job posting advice…

Your Guide to the More Popular Pre-Hire Assessments

Personality tests are a growing industry. Though recruiters have differing opinions on personality tests as an indicator of  fit, according to a 2011 report, the use of personality assessments was then increasing by as much as 20% per year. Part of the reason pre-employment personality tests are on the rise is because of…

What Uber Has to Teach Us About Company Culture

It’s been a challenging few weeks for Uber to say the least. Uber is receiving criticism and close internal and public scrutiny after a former engineer, Susan Fowler, recounted her negative experience working at Uber. To make matters worse, just last week an Uber driver released a dashcam video of a hostile exchange with…

5 Unique Ways to Pump Up Employee Recognition

When you think of NBCUniversal employees, who do you think of? Most people tend to think of the people in front of the camera. But Jayzen Patria, executive director of talent development for NBCUniversal, sought to change that image with the creation of the Talent Lab, a program that recognizes all employees and…

The Case For Junking 9 Box Assessments

The “9 box” is one of the most popular assessment methods in talent management. I first encountered the 9 box in the 1990s when it was a key part of GE’s highly influential Session C performance management method. Since then I have seen 9 boxes used by many organizations with varying degrees of…

Your Comp Plan Is a Reflection of Your Culture

These days, it seems like more and more companies are thinking about their corporate culture. A good culture is viewed as a solid strategy for driving job satisfaction and – ultimately – attracting and retaining the best and brightest employees in our increasingly competitive talent market. So what does culture have to do…

There Are Differences In What the Generations Want From Work

I was doing some research for a client and came across this report from Monster:  Monster Multi-Generational Survey, published in 2016. The underlying survey was concluded in January 2016 and surveyed more than 2,000 across the Boomer, X, Y and Z generations. I’m actually not a big fan of reports that show how…

What Is HR’s Role In the Future of Work?

Alexandra Levit has glimpsed the future of work, and it looks much like what we’ve been hearing: More automation, a growing contractor workforce, and a premium on creativity. How she sees HR fitting into the future is different from what you may have thought. In her “Three C’s Of The Future Of Work,”…

How One Growing Company Is Changing Its Culture

Over the past two years, my company, Sterling Talent Solutions, has acquired four companies. As a result, we more than doubled in size. With this kind of growth comes change. We’ve added hundreds of new colleagues, ramped up our technology stack and have rethought our internal processes to ensure customers are getting the…

Why Leaders Struggle With Accountability

The ‘us vs. them’ mentality in most organizations is almost cliché — and it’s certainly unproductive. Every single day, leaders complain about employees’ behavior or lack of accountability, but the problem is much more likely due to the leader’s lack of responsibility. 65% of managers aren’t engaged in their work and frequently avoid…

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

Recruiting, Branding, Culture and a 7-Year-Old

The story of how an intrepid 7-year-old from the agricultural city of Hereford in the U.K. boldly wrote Google for a job has been told around the world. In case you missed it, Chloe Bridgewater addressed a letter to “google boss” asking for a job when she grows up and gets “bigger.” She…