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Why Good People Can't Find Jobs -- What You're Up Against - Vault: Blog

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There's a serous disconnect between companies and potential employees in the United States—one that may be holding our entire economy back. And, contrary to the conventional wisdom, it's a problem that has been caused—and can only be cured by—companies. So says Peter Cappelli in his 2012 book Why Good People Can't Get Jobs. 

 

In Cappelli's view of the state of the modern employment landscape, there are several issues preventing companies from finding the talent they need—and none of them are related to the conventional cries from businesses and the media about a lack of talent in the pool, or the failure of the American education system to turn out people with appropriate skills. 


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Jacob Maddox's comment, May 11, 2013 7:35 PM
Cappelli's view is right on. The HR systems of most US companies, which could be also said of global international businesses is riding the fast train to failure. Computers will not allow a fantastic potential employee to get in front of the decision makers of the position, if their resume does not match the computers screening process. In my opinion we need to get back to old fashioned screening of meeting either in person or through live web session to analyze and determine the capacity and skill sets that matter to the company.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 12, 2013 2:07 AM
Jacob, your opinion is the same as many people in the world. Maybe someone will hear you ;-)
Veenaga Bhushan's curator insight, June 5, 2013 6:39 PM

Good people never go merry go round to make their immediate destiny, they wait for the person, who identifies the diamond when it is in the core.

 

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Wasting talent reduces profits!

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Mathematicians and other rational people will ask if this produces any extra profit.

 

Van der Lee: “Willliam A. Schiemann (2009) has established a number of hard number observations based on very wide research. These findings are described in his book Reinventing Talent Management, How to Maximize performance in the new marketplace.

 

Schiemann demonstrates among other things that in organizations in which Strategy, Culture and Talent are aligned to each other (so called Highly Aligned Organizations) profit can double with respect to the competition.”


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 3, 2013 4:41 AM

Richard van der Lee writes a compelling article on the value of maximizing staff member talent:

 

Enough of excuses such as ‘it takes time,’ ‘it is unprofitable,’ ‘it is the responsibility of HR,’ ‘we already pay enough staff expenses.’ “By utilizing talents that are relevant at that moment for market developments, organizations can align with the market more dynamically.


It is kicking at an open door when you conclude that utilizing talent, on the basis of the previously formulated definition, results in both customer satisfaction and an increase of satisfaction amongst employees, allowing organizations to take a lead over the competition with consequent improvement in (financial) results” Van der Lee states.

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HR Strange But True - Study Identifies 12 Characteristics of Really Bad Bosses

HR Strange But True - Study Identifies 12 Characteristics of Really Bad Bosses | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

“When people were asked to chronicle their worst boss, they either cited lack of character or competency,” said Longenecker. “When we teach leadership, we now focus on character and competency. The list of bad traits leans very heavily towards character issues.”


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 4, 2013 7:00 PM

from the article:

 

Here are Longenecker’s 12 characteristics of really bad bosses:

~Are arrogant, prideful, inflexible, and always right.

~Are unprincipled, untrustworthy, misrepresent the truth, and lie.

~Fail to create clear direction and clarify performance expectations.

~Are ineffective at providing effective performance feedback and recognition.

~Are really bad communicators.

~Are erratic and have unpredictable behavior and moods.

~Take credit and avoid blame.

~Do not plan effectively and are crisis driven.

~Do not develop their people or help them get ahead.

~Do not solve problems or improve processes.

~Are technically incompetent and lack talent.

~Make unwise, ill-informed, and ineffective decisions.

David Hain's curator insight, March 4, 2013 10:58 PM

Good list - easy to do a self-evaluation (honest of course) or even better, a 360.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:05 PM

We've all got a list, what's on yours?

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Bullying at the workplace: Statistics on bullying

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Bullying at the workplace: Statistics on bullying - Human resources News on Violence in the Workplace

 

"...between 35 and 50 percent of workers have been bullied or otherwise abused in their workplaces at some point during their careers." Duffy told us.

 

"And for those of you in HR, you might be very interested to learn of the frequency statistics that were reported in a very recent study – 31 percent of human resources personnel had been bullied and over half of that bullied group believed it was because of their role in human resources and their associated responsibilities."

 

 

As if the personal implications weren’t enough, there is also a financial aspect to this situation.

 

"In the United States, the actual cost . . . $250 million annually in expenditures related to health care, litigation, staff turnover, and retraining from workplace bullying and mobbing." Duffy explained.

 

This figure may be low given a lot of these types of costs are not always attributed to bullying when in fact they could be.


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Great scoops Al on bullying! Leaders/bullying just do not mix. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 31, 2012 8:04 AM

It's time to take a close look at the quality of leadership in organizations!  Leadership is not a license to bully or condone it! The problem is that many of us don't know we are actually doing it!