Talent Management

Improve Your Hiring Quality With These 3 Measures

One of the most valuable performance metrics for recruitment is the quality of each hire made. However, most talent leaders believe they aren’t measuring quality of hire effectively. According to LinkedIn’s 2016 Global Recruiting survey, only 33% of respondents feel that their methodologies are strong, and an even smaller 5% felt it “best in…

Tailor Your Feedback to Make It Effective

Personality has a huge impact in the workplace: from a first impression during the interview stage, to everyday interactions, to giving and receiving performance feedback. Every workplace and most teams have a variety of personality types, which means not everyone is going to respond to feedback in the same way. How they receive…

What HR Will Be Dealing With In 2017

The end of 2016 is near, and for some of us, thank goodness! While we count down the seconds until the crystal ball drops, we can plan for the trends about to hit human resources departments. Keeping an eye on compliance will certainly be important over the next year. What happens with immigration,…

They Want to Hear the Bad More Even Than the Good

A magnetic manager is someone who easily attracts and retains STAR (self-motivated, talented, accountable, responsible, and stable) employees. One secret that separates them from other professionals is feedback (and not necessarily the glowing kind). In 2014, Harvard Business Review contributors surveyed 900 employees to get their opinions on feedback. What they found was pretty…

5 Tips For Giving Helpful Feedback

It’s not human nature to welcome negative feedback. At best, people accept the comments, make changes for the better, but feel disappointed that they didn’t perform better the first time around. At worst, they disregard the feedback, become disengaged, and dislike the person who took the time to comment. So it’s no wonder…

Ready to Change Your Performance Process? Here’s How

There has been a significant increase in articles about performance management in my inbox lately, so for the last month, I saved them all with the intention of seeing if there was anything I could add. I kind of consider performance management my niche, and have always believed there was value in the process….

What Are Doing About Your “Workplace Prisoners”?

Recognize This! – Motivating employees requires more than compensation, which can create “prisoners.” Instead, companies need to emphasize a richer employee experience. There is an interesting “iceberg” effect when it comes to employee motivation. Company leadership tends to focus on what is immediately visible, both for top talent and for severe underperformers for…

4 Steps HR Can Take to Improve Employee Feedback

Employees are hungry for clear feedback and they’re not getting it. This was one of the major findings from a study conducted by the authors of The 2020 Workplace. When employees were surveyed on the abilities they wanted most in their manager, getting “straight feedback” was the capability rated as the most lacking…

The Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Although it’s a proven best-practice, most employers do not use a structured, standardized question set to interview job applicants. This inevitably leads to a wild variance in the quality of new hires because no one is comparing apples to apples. The shame of this is that most employers do have a structured, standardized…

How to Start a Successful Mentoring Program

Across the business spectrum, all companies strive to improve employee onboarding and performance while achieving business goals. One way to achieve this is through implementing a mentorship program. These kinds of programs, when successful, can boost employee satisfaction, increase employee retention, and bolster development and growth in employees up and down the company….

Lessons I Learned the Hard Way About Being A Manager

Note: This is the fifth and last in a series of interviews with industry leaders on the subject of managing the modern workforce. The interviews were conducted by Rob Cahill, CEO of the management-training and education firm Jhana. Find week 1 here; week 2 here; week 3 here; week 4 here. When I…

Why We Ask These 5 Interview Questions and Why You Should Too

The best candidates have qualifications that are more than skills-deep. Discovering these qualities in the interview process is difficult. But moving past impression and into reality is crucial to hiring the right people — people who not only have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job, but also the abstract qualities…

How Much Pay Transparency Is Right For You?

These days, pay transparency is a hot topic among HR and compensation professionals. There’s also been some interesting developments from Buffer’s employer driven approach of sharing everyone’s pay with all employees to a Google employee taking it into her own hands. Yet, it’s still somewhat controversial to discuss pay strategy openly with employees…