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How Not to Implement a Balanced Score Card

by Ashok Grover

There are many turnaround and success stories floating around as a result of successful implementation of Balanced Score Card. However, these critical issues need to be taken care of to write your own success story.

Seven Qualities of Rock Star Employees

by Lisa Ryan

With only thirteen to thirty percent of your employees being engaged (depending on where you are in the world), how can you determine who your top performers are? In this article, you'll learn the seven traits of your ROCK STAR talent.

Myths of the Rating Scale

by Marnie Green

If your organization's performance evaluation system uses a rating scale, you have inevitably heard some crazy ideas about performance evaluations. Here are some myths that prevent us from using the performance evaluation ratings to improve employee performance.

Is 360 Degree Feedback Enough or There Is a Reason for 720 Degrees?

by Ashok Grover

You have heard of 360 Degree Feedback. With its extension to external customers and sometimes, even Family Members, some experts start adding more 'degrees' and prefer to call it 540, 720 DF etc. Is it logical, and what really is meant by 720 degree feedback, is the discussion here!

Talent Acquisition Via Recruitment Marketing

by Dolletta Mitchell

Recruitment inbound marketing is magic you can practice to zoom your recruitment marketing power and employer branding to another level.Work smarter to hire stars! Start by exploring strategies, tools, and various technologies... right now!

Ten Strategies to Attract and Retain Millennial and Gen Z Employees

by Lisa Ryan

With five generations in the workplace right now, it is a challenge to relate to each and create a positive environment and spur productivity. Since each generation is "wired" differently, here are some strategies to attract and retain Millennial and Gen Z employees.

Why Companies Hire Bad Employees - The Solution

by Richard Kercz

The solution to why companies hire bad employees, is no more a secret. Assessments can quickly and accuratley assess candidate traits, motivations, and ability to perform and fit within a new organization. Find out more about it in this article. 

Why Employee Engagement Is in Decline and What to Do About It

by Gareth L Shackleton

Employee engagement are at an all time low and falling further. It is possible to influence employee engagement levels positively with good leadership. Why then, is overall employee engagement declining even though it is not a new concept in leadership?

Beyond Replacement Planning - Towards Succession Planning

by Ashok Grover

Ever wondered what is the difference between Succession Planning and Replacement Planning? Or is there a difference between the two at all? This article explains point by point how do they differ and what is their importance in the corporate world.

5 Steps to Better Performance: Achieving Business Results Through People

by John Arul

In the VUCA environment, the managers and team leaders are under constant pressure to keep their survival mode alive by fighting the fire on a regular basis. It is time for them to work on better options than regular firefighting!

The Art of Asking Questions - Humanology for You

by Jessica J Lockhart

Interacting with human beings requires not only knowing how to ask questions; but asking the right questions depending on the goal and the person being asked. This applies to interactions with friends and family as well as working relationships.

Five Solid Tips to Make Variable Pay Work

by Ashok Grover

Do you find it difficult retaining performers? Are you skeptical about this variable pay thing? Does it work? Will it increase or reduce your wage bill? Here are answers to all your doubts!

How to Plan Effective Training - It's More Than Just Content

by Leigh-Ann Zaharewich

Planning for training takes more than pulling information together to create content. There is much more beyond that. Having conversations with constituents will ensure that the training is effective.

Laying Off? Communicate Early and Often

by Marnie Green

It's important to communicate clear and consistent messages to those who will be losing their jobs and those who will survive the cuts. Here are a few tips for managing the messages that employees receive during this time.

Negative Side of Competency Mapping

by Ashok Grover

Competency mapping is a very effective tool for improving performance of employees and in turn that of the organization. But is it really a safe bet? Not necessarily, unless handled with care!

A Different Approach to Workforce Management

by Gayla Hodges

Many organizations struggle with workforce management due to the difficulty in getting needed information from line management. Here is an alternative that can really work and streamline workforce management.

Focusing on Attrition Reduction? Retain What You Want!

by Ashok Grover

Are you happy with low attrition rate in your orgnization? What else do you want? Perhaps, it is the time to pause for a while and think! Think that as an organization, what are you developing and retaining, rather than from the standpoint of curbing high attrition.

Performance Management or Performance Punishment

by Jan Sky

The performance appraisals are aimed at continuous improvement. However, poor performance managers 'performance punish' their staff and create situations such as overlooking achievements and focussing on what staff are doing wrong... thus instiling 'fear' in staff members.

4 Tips For Motivating Employees to Complete Surveys

by Colleen Welch

Implementing an internal employee survey is a great way to measure your employees level of engagement, loyalty and contentment with their job and the company. But how do you get employees to complete the survey and take it seriously?

Why, What and What Not of Effective HR Outsourcing

by Ashok Grover

The routine activities of HR may guzzle up to 40 percent of the management’s precious day. Is it possible to outsource your HR activities and relax? How to ensure that the employees do not get wrong message instead of feeling valued and remain productive?

9 Steps to Succession Planning for Gen X and Y

by Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran, CSP is a Gen X/Zoomer cusper and expert in leadership and generations in the workplace. Her latest book "101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y & Zoomers Happy at Work" was released in May 2010. As a consultant Cheryl works with high performing organizations to help organizations become a workplace of choice that is attractive to all of the generations.

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Succession planning is not a top-down activity involving management and seasoned professionals. It must involve Gen X and Y as well so that they can help create a vision that involves all of the generations in a company.

Succession planning is not a top-down activity involving management and seasoned professionals. It must involve Gen X and Y as well so that they can help create a vision that involves all of the generations in a company.

Firing With Dignity - Making Job Termination As Amicable As Possible

by Elizabeth Repchuck

Your goal as an employer is to make the separation as amicable as possible, allowing your employee to walk out the door with their dignity. Here are some basic, simple rules to ensure the same.

3 Ways to Know if Training is Effective

by Leigh-Ann Zaharevich

Have you ever been in a training, on either side of the podium, and realized that the participants are not getting what the trainer is talking about? It can be uncomfortable for both sides, and make for an ineffective presentation.

Employee Morale, Employee Retention and Common Civility

by Helen Wilkie

The author has shared the case of a major law firm, where the morale among employees was low, and employee retention was beginning to be an issue. It could be a story with any other organization! What is the solution?

What Are You Looking For? Best Candidates Or The Best Employees?

by Ashok Grover

If you are wondering why in spite of your rigorous selection process, the new employees are not able to come up to your expectations, you will probably find the answer here... and certainly the solution!

Clear ways to communicate to your workforce your health and safety policy

by Innes Donaldson

To be effective, the management commitment should not only come in the sahpe of well written down policies, these must be clearly communicated to the target group - by words, action as well as example!

Future Use of Technology in Talent Acquisition

by Supriya Nigam

In this fast-paced world, rules of the game have changed and staying up-to-date with the latest technology in talent acquisition is vital to becoming effective in recruitment. Have a look at the options available.

What is the Secret of a Great HR Manual?

by Ashok Grover

With ready-made drafts available for HR manuals, isn't it extremely easy to prepare one? That's what one thinks... only later, to start wondering why such an exhaustive HR policy manual has created more problems than it solved!

HR Strategic Planning: Meeting The Workforce Planning Needs

by Kristy M Lopez

Developing an HR strategic plan is becoming more common, as it should. Reviewing the current workforce, revamping trainings, planning the workforce needs in the future, or implementing the plan - all areas are important to creating a plan that works for the organization.

Employee Satisfaction or Employee Engagement?

by Ashok Grover

Are you measuring the Employee Satisfaction or Employee Engagement? What is the difference between the two? Or was Shakespeare right when he said, "What is in a name?"

The Importance of Employee Feedback Surveys

by Claire A Morgan

How critical is the regular pulse check of employee satisfaction and engagement? Research shows that satisfied, motivated employees will create higher customer satisfaction and in turn positively influence organizational performance.

Business Leadership Training and Succession Planning

by Andre Boykin

All businesses need to have great leadership; but does it mean great leadership only in the top management of the company? What is the importance of business leadership training?

Eight Ways to increase Trust in the Workplace

by Beth Armknecht Miller

Studies show that a trusting workplace increases employees' level of happiness, work effort, productivity, and engagement. It also provides an environment that encourages open communication and promotes people to share their ideas.

Have Exit Interviews Lost to Stay Interviews ?

by Ashok Grover

In corporate world, exit interviews have been in vogue for a long time. Can the relatively new concept of Stay Interviews that provides a lot of value, replace exit interviews? Are exit interviews no more relevant? Read here.

Human Resource Policies

by Artur Victoria

Formulation of Human Resource policies is a complex process. One needs to consider many angles, such as social forces, political environment, legal environment, local labor market, company's as well as external economic environment et cetera, et cetera.

Conducting Effective Exit Interviews

by Tim Connor

Do you have an exit strategy in your organization? Do you conduct exit interviews regularly? Do you take what you have learned from them and apply it to your organization's policies, procedures or philosophy? Is the process working?

Human Resource Planning - How to Go About It!

by Shyamala Sankaranarayanan

The rule of supply and demand is applicable universally. Careful methodical planning, little ahead of time can provide a breather to think about the pros and cons of human resource management.

Putting Succession Planning in Practice

by Ashok Grover

Succession planning is not just putting a couple of names against identified positions in the organization.  But, do not try to look for the best practices in this area. Rather, address these questions!

The Convenient, Disposable Employee

by Dr. Ben A Carlsen

Human Resources decisions are seldom easy. We may live in a "throwaway society" but this norm is based on convenience and low cost. Does the same norm apply when it comes to people?

Employee Surveys: a Strategic Tool for Positive Change

by Marcia Zidle

Employee surveys can be efficient and low cost methods to connect to your people, to show them that their opinions count, and to act as lightning rods for change. Did you know if you can measure it you can manage it better?

Improve Recruitment Decisions Through DISC Psychometrics

by Ashok Grover

Have you come across the statement “We hire people for their technical skills… and fire them for behavioral faults?” An effective solution lies with psychometric tools like DISC, which is quite simple, yet powerful one.

Getting Rid of Performance Evaluations Is a Bad Idea

by Marnie Green

Thinking about Eliminating Performance Evaluations? Is it in fashion now-a-days? Beware! This article discusses what will happen if your organization gets rid of the performance evaluation.

Recipe for Making a Good Trainer

by Ashok Grover

Going with the spirit of ROI, any HR training must focus on business through improved competencies hence performance, reduction in costs and a congenial working environment. How to become a trainer to ensure this!

Talent Management: The Line of Attack for Employee Retention

by Aumaima A

Employee retention can prove to be very expensive to manage. Organizations can make a big difference by doing simple things and can create a win-win situation for both themselves and their employees.

How Big is the Challenge of Manpower Planning?

by Ashok Grover

Many  organizations are not able to conduct this important exercise, because the task of manpower planning is too complex and yet not error proof. Let us have a look at the complexities of this continuous, dynamic exercise!

Succession Development Planning

by Melissa Jain

Should the term "Succession planning" be eliminated from your vocabulary? Should you focus only on the development of leaders? Or do they go hand in hand? The focus need to be clear!

The Top 9 Policies That Should Be Part Of Every Employee Handbook

by Dianne Shaddock

Why to have an employee handbook? How to ensure that it highlights your expectations for the workplace, puts in writing any legal requirements and sets employee guidelines for workplace practices and behavior in black and white.

Staff Development Options

by Deborah Laurel

Organizations that invest in staff development have found that it improves efficiency, productivity, employee morale and job satisfaction while ensuring the continuation of institutional knowledge and reduction in employee turnover and costs.

Practices That Will Surely Improve Employee Retention in Your Office

by Ashok Grover

Employee retention is an issue with practically every organization. The good news is that you can really retain your people by following a few rules and practices. All of those secrets are revealed here!

Why to Discuss a Manpower Review?

by Artur Victoria

Do you know that more productive and constructive man-manager appraisal discussions result from the use of a performance appraisal form prepared by the subordinate as contrasted with the usual form prepared by the manager? Interesting (and useful!)

Building a Virtual Team: 4 Tips for Hiring Remote Workers

by Richard Lepsinger

While self-motivation, trustworthiness and functional skills are essential requirements for any employee, these qualities are even more critical for someone who is going to be working from a distance. How to ensure these while choosing for a virtual team!

How to Extract Superior Performance from Your People

by Ashok Grover

What do you do when your team does not appear to be performing in spite of your pushing it to the limits? What are the options available to you? What is the right approach?

Training OR Development ?

by Ashok Grover

The term “Training & Development” is used quite often; but have you ever pondered what is the difference between “training” and “development”?  Do they mean the same thing? If yes, then why use two terms instead of one? If not, why not?

Catch Them Doing Something Right

by DP Sabharwal

Everybody yearns for recognition, more so because most of the time, they are hearing words of negation and criticism. Small gestures like noticing your subordinate doing some good work and compliment him then and there, can do wonders.

Hiring Managers Are Utilizing Social Media

by Darwin Redshield

With so much information about you available on the social media, do you think that it affects hiring decisions of recruiters? Here are some useful tips for stakeholders on both the sides!

4 Tips to Streamline Your Company's Hiring Process

by Dave Dart

Hiring is a time consuming and expensive affair. An effective hiring process can not only save time and money, it can also help the organization to attract the right talent. Here are some golden tips on how to go about it.

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