Category Archives: Talent Management

10 Statistics About Performance Management That Will Blow Your Mind

November 22, 2014   

Few things in life produce more moans and groans in the workplace than the mind-numbing, fear-inducing ritual of annual performance reviews. In recent years, there have been calls for companies to free themselves from this burdensome practice. Download the free whitepaper on how Autodesk overcame this problem. 1.    45% of HR leaders do not think […]

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Workforce Optimization Versus Workforce Planning

November 20, 2014   

For decades, the talk in HR and talent management was all about workforce planning. With the arrival of Big Data and analytics in the 21st century, however, that talk has shifted to workforce optimization. They sound similar, but in reality they’re substantially different, serve different purposes, and result in different outcomes. Both are needed, but […]

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Intelligent risk-taking. How to make good risk decisions.

November 20, 2014   

Whether it’s you as an individual employee, your department or your entire organization, your success is affected by your ability to take risks. In this sense, it’s important to understand the risk-taking profile of your company, your team and yourself. What you’re aiming for is intelligent risk-taking, which means having a process for making good […]

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Avoiding Common Workplace Investigation Mistakes

November 20, 2014   

In a previous article, I laid out 9 steps that should be taken when conducting a workplace investigation. Every step of the process contains inherent risks and the opportunity to do something wrong that can have major legal repercussions. It’s important to get things right when conducting an investigation. If a lawsuit does occur, the […]

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Workplace Investigation Basics

November 20, 2014   

When someone makes a complaint to your department, it’s vital that it be handled swiftly and carefully. After all, no one wants to let a problem fester until it blows up into a costly lawsuit. A workplace investigation is your best chance to sort out what happened and give you the information you need to […]

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Emulating High-Performing Organizations Through the Use of HR Analytics

November 19, 2014   

HR analytics is a phrase that just immediately conjures ideas of massive amounts of data, boring details, and a mundane process. We’re not going to argue that some of those notions may be accurate, but at the same time effective. Detailed and comprehensive HR analysis can provide you with the framework for a talent management […]

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Retention Secret #10: Employee Engagement and Climate Assessments

November 18, 2014   

I’ve written in previous articles about how important it is that employees feel like they are valued members of tight-knit team. This can be accomplished through such practices as participatory decision-making that not only solicits input from employees, but actively engages them in taking that input from the divergent thinking phase into the convergent decision-point […]

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Retention Secret #9: Promoting from Within

November 18, 2014   

It happens over and over again in organizations everywhere. You need to hire a key position in the company and you conduct the usual search, get a ton of external applications, sort through them with all due diligence and select who you think will do the best job. Then several months into the new hire, […]

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Retention Secret #7: Open Book Management

November 17, 2014   

It was in 1989 in an Inc. magazine article called “The Open-Book Managers” that the phrase open-book management was used for the first time. It was a startling idea back then. In the early 1990s then-president Bill Clinton was presiding over a national labor relations conference at which one of the early advocates of open-book […]

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Performance Management System Overhaul: Autodesk Case Study

November 13, 2014   

If you’re considering making significant changes to your company’s PM system, it’s very useful to hear from someone who’s gone through the process, which is why I’m capping off my series of articles about performance management with a case study of a company that’s done it. Autodesk first made a name for itself with AutoCAD, […]

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