Opinion Archives

How Managers Can Set Up Employees For Victory

Do your managers set up your employees for the “Thrill of Victory” or the “Agony of Defeat?” If you don’t remember the commercial those phrases come from — and the image of the poor skier tumbling down the slope, personifying The Agony of Defeat — I’ll ask the question in a more standard…

Competency Modeling Is As Dated As A Jeans Jacket

What do competency models and jean jackets have in common? They both belong in the nineties, says Christy Panico. She’s assessment manager at Pinsight, a Colorado company that provides online job simulations. In her presentation at DisruptHr Denver in 2015, she challenged the use of competency models as “static and inflexible.” “Does your…

HR Roundtable: How HR Can Engage Executives

The December HR Roundtable (in Cincinnati) discussed a topic that is often overlooked in general, but gossiped about often. We don’t know how to communicate effectively with the executive leadership of our companies. In the hallways conversations occur with little context and extreme bravado assured that “we know” what they talk about. The…

Job Boards Aren’t Dead, Just Changing

No doubt you have heard doomsayers predicting the death of job boards. You also likely realize that the boards are still an important part of a diversified recruitment strategy. However, while the boards may not be dying, the landscape definitely is changing. If you are responsible for recruitment strategy ROI, it’s important to…

Do You Remember Everything You Did In 2016?

Recognize This! – Technology can help us look back at all we have done over the year, celebrating accomplishments and increasing our sense of meaning and belonging through work. The year’s end offers an excellent opportunity to look back at all of one’s accomplishments. Not merely for the sake of nostalgia, taking time…

How Changing the Compensation Conversation in Interviews Solves More than the Pay Gap

A few months ago, Massachusetts pushed pay transparency forward when Governor Charlie Baker signed a law prohibiting employers from asking candidates about their salary history. The law, which also forbids companies from telling employees not to discuss their salaries, is designed to support equal pay for equal work — specifically targeting the pay gap between…

The Recruiting Times They Are A-Changin’ (How to Stop Worrying and Love AI)

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’. –Bob…

The Top 5 Dumb Things That Hiring Managers Do That Hurt Their Recruiting Results

The talent management practice with the highest business impact, by far, is recruiting. But, a significant part of that impact will be reduced if your hiring managers do dumb things. Yes, hiring managers are the No. 1 contributing factor to hiring success, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Unfortunately, most hiring managers continue to…

Smaller Companies Are Just Better At Performance Management

Although my professional experience is in very large organizations, we now work with smaller clients. This work has helped to change my paradigm about those processes that organizations put in place to engage their workforce, and measure the progress of engagement. This revelation – that big companies try to mandate relationships between leaders…

A 5-Hour Day Works For This Company, Can It Work For You?

The American workforce has become lazy. I estimate, conservatively, that knowledge workers are four times as efficient as they were 20 years ago. That’s why I moved my company to a five-hour workday about a year-and-a-half ago. We work 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no lunch; then, we leave. For a beach…

What a Trump Presidency Means for Recruiting and HR Professionals

The election of Donald Trump, to serve as the 45th President of the United States (as well as Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House) is likely to substantially shift federal workplace law, regulation, and enforcement priorities. At this point, it is impossible to predict exactly how particular laws will be…