retention

Could You Fire a Family Member? Family Business Challenges.

March 25, 2015   

Could You Fire a Family Member? How to Handle Difficult Talent Management Challenges in Today’s Family Business Family business in America can’t be underestimated—these enterprises account for 50 percent of America’s GDP, 60 percent of employment in the U.S. and 78 percent of all new job creation. (Clark, 2014). It’s not just the U.S. where […]

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5 Talent Acquisition Ideas – Talent Acquisition Ideas For 2015

December 31, 2014   

The trees have been taken down, the presents unwrapped and now it’s that time when most of us start making those New Year’s resolutions. As the New Year begins, professionals and corporate leaders may be thinking about how they can acquire the best possible talent, strengthen their workforce, eliminate skills gaps and become more competitive. […]

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Best and Worst Mentoring Practices

December 27, 2014   

In this third and final installment of what can be learned about mentoring programs from Sun Microsystems, it’s time to summarize nearly two decades of the company’s mentoring experience into a handy best-worst practices table. This was created by Katy Dickinson, who headed up Sun’s SEED (Sun Engineering Enrichment & Development) mentoring program for many […]

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Selection and Matching in Mentoring Programs

December 23, 2014   

This article continues an exploration of what can be learned from the Sun Microsystems extensive experience with robust mentoring programs that began with Masterful Mentoring at Sun Microsystems. While that article dealt with some key decisions around mentoring such as formal vs. informal, what metrics will be used to measure progress and success, and the […]

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Masterful Mentoring at Sun Microsystems

December 23, 2014   

In our series about the Secrets of Retention, article #2 was about mentoring, and we mentioned how Sun Microsystems evaluated 13 years worth of data on its mentoring programs from 1996-2009, concluding that the return on investment (ROI) exceeded 1,000%. Meanwhile, another study of its mentoring programs over a seven-year span found the following more […]

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Culture Assessments for Mergers and Acquisitions

December 18, 2014   

Assessing an organization’s culture is important for any company, but there are few times when it is more critical than when a merger or acquisition (M&A) is on the horizon. If your company is acquiring another organization, don’t short-change an assessment of the new acquisition. It’s absolutely essential to get this right, and worth paying […]

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Assessing Your Organization’s Culture

December 18, 2014   

You want to attract, retain and engage the best talent that your company needs to excel. Besides being a tall order in and of itself, one thing that can stymie the entire process is when your organizational has a less than stellar organizational culture. This can be a hard thing for candidates to assess without […]

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If You’re a Boss Who Does These Things, Your Employees Are Probably Eyeing the Exit

November 26, 2014   

The bad boss perception…the number one factor that drives away great employees. Unfortunately, many of the business leaders who have earned this negative perception don’t even know they’re seen in this light by their employees. Being a bad boss doesn’t necessarily mean you’re throwing things across the office and inflicting fear in employees – it […]

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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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