Category Archives: Workforce Optimization

7 Free Ways to Boost Employee Morale for the New Year

December 23, 2014   

Employee morale and engagement may wane throughout the year, but perhaps one time of year employees seem to be most uninspired is right after the New Year. Employees have enjoyed the excitement surrounding the holidays, and as they head into a new year the winter slump tends to take over. So how do you start […]

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Give the People What They Want: Creating a Culture of Honesty

December 23, 2014   

Employees want honesty in the workplace. There’s no simpler way to state it. Employees of all generations are increasingly and overwhelmingly pointing to a culture of honesty as one of the number one things they seek in an employer. Gone are the days of closed door meetings, whispers and an environment shrouded in secrecy. For […]

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How to Look Beyond the Resume and Hire For Cultural Fit

December 16, 2014   

Corporate culture and cultural fit: two big buzzwords anticipated to make waves in terms of how companies recruit and hire employees in 2015 and well beyond. Innovators like Zappos and Quicken Loans already have a recruitment and hiring strategy not primarily focused on skills or experience, but instead personality. These companies look beyond the resume […]

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What’s On the Workplace Horizon for 2015

December 16, 2014   

The workplace, and more specifically talent management, are realms that rapidly change. As we look forward to 2015, many industry professionals are already thinking ahead and incorporating new trends and ideas into their talent management strategies for the New Year and beyond. A few of the trends expected to make a significant impact include: A […]

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Ditch the Workplace Drama: How to Curb Conflict Between Employees

December 10, 2014   

Does it really matter if your employees hate one another? In short, yes.

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The Process of Performance Appraisal

November 26, 2014   

It almost goes without saying that the annual or semi-annual performance appraisal is one of the most maligned events in modern organizations. All you have to do is take a look at the titles of stories from various sources such as the following: Time to Scrap Performance Appraisals? (Forbes) Is it Time to Give Up […]

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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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A New Approach to Performance Management

September 25, 2014   

In this current series of articles on performance management (PM), we’ve presented what we think is a very convincing case that far too many PM systems in organizations today are broken and fail to deliver the kind of bottom-line business impact that they should provide. The dreaded ritual of the annual performance review or appraisal […]

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Increase Your Employer Brand Through Your Employee Value Proposition

September 24, 2014   

You need the best talent. You want the best talent. These facts are understood, but how do you go about attracting them to your company. While there still may be a big problem with unemployment both in the U.S. as well as globally right now, there’s simultaneously a shortage of good talent. Companies everywhere are […]

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Thinking of Offering Telecommuting Options? Make It Work with These Tips While Avoiding Some Common Mistakes

September 24, 2014   

Telecommuting is one of those terms that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now, from employees to employers. In our technologically-advanced world, telecommuting is bolstered by the availability of so many offerings from smartphones to Skype, and it’s a great talent management strategy, because it provides employees with a flexible work schedule, often a […]

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