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Business is a Social Activity – A Business Anthropologist’s View

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Business is a Social Activity. Our brains naturally respond to change as though it’s dangerous, and shut down our ‘thinking centers’ rather than firing them up. For many, the insight that business ...
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Top 10 HR people you need to follow in Social HR!

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Top 10 HR people you need to follow in Social HR
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Throughout my blogging journey I have met a lot of amazing HR minds & experts and I have contributed my write ups to a few of them as well! And this is the first time I am honored to introduce a guest post from a friend of mine, who I met on Twitter, with interesting perspectives and views - Lexie Forman-Ortiz! So let us get ready for some interesting insights from her!

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Employee Turnover Infographic: The High Cost of New Hires

Employee Turnover Infographic: The High Cost of New Hires | Talented HR | Scoop.it
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Getting Managers to Execute Your Talent Management Strategy

Getting Managers to Execute Your Talent Management Strategy | Talented HR | Scoop.it

As HR professionals we often hear managers discuss their desire to develop their leadership skills, and take on more senior roles within the organization.

Yet many people managers fail to see or understand their responsibility in one of the most critical leadership areas – communicating the organization’s vision to employees. Or, conveying how the work of the team supports the strategic objectives of the organization. They get lost in the tactical execution versus seeing themselves as coaches mentoring their team to success.

So how can these managers expect to be the future leaders of your organization if they don’t recognize the importance of engaging and motivating employees to high performance – performance that helps the organization reach its goals?

While there are a number of skills an effective leader must possess, there are certain foundational skills that are absolute. For a manager to develop into a leader it requires a shift in his or her mindset and behavior, where activities such as motivating and engaging employees become innate. Almost like breathing.

These are the behaviors effective leaders don’t have to think about because they know these activities deliver results:

Giving effective feedback on an ongoing basis, all year round not just at performance review timeAligning and managing employee goalsFocusing on employee development to help build organizational bench strengthRecognizing individual motivators to leverage stronger relationships with people

This transition to innate effective leadership behaviors doesn’t happen overnight. And it requires support from HR leaders in helping managers to stop focusing on the functional, and instead focus on helping your organization achieve its vision.

Here are four ways HR can support people managers develop these core skills and understand their role in motivating and engaging their teams.

Teach managers how to give regular, ongoing feedback

Ensuring managers are giving employees feedback on their performance all year round not only encourages high performance, it also increases employee engagement and retention. To be effective, feedback should ongoing, specific, timely, honest and helpful. Managers should be scheduling frequent formal and informal meetings with employees to discuss performance, check in on goals and development plans, provide coaching, etc.

If you have managers who don’t work closely enough with their employees to be able to provide this kind of regular, ongoing feedback, solicit 360 degree feedback from those who do (such as customer, peers, partners).

If your organization leverages a performance management framework, then your managers should be educated on on how to properly conduct performance reviews. Make sure they understand how to use rating scales, and the various levels of mastery to provide real differentiation in ratings and identify areas for development.

Give managers and employees annual training on how to write effective goals

Managers need to be clear about goals and expectations in support of the overriding organizational objectives. With this kind of goal alignment everyone knows exactly how they are contributing to the strategic corporate goals, and are engaged and accountable for the organization’s success.

If you want to help managers do a better job of writing and managing goals, give them the tools and resources to do so. Employees should have access to these tools and resources as well since they should participate in writing their own goals. Train them on how to write SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) and, provide examples.

Also important: managers should regularly communicate to employees the progress and status for high level organizational goals. Effective goal management ensures employees know what is expected of them and helps them find meaning and value in the work they do.

Get managers to focus on employee development

By investing in your employees’ development you communicate to them that they are valued by the organization. So tell your managers that if they want a motivated and productive team, they need to keep the team learning. Are your managers aware of the programs your organization has in place to support employee development and career progression? You may be surprised by how many managers don’t know, and therefore don’t use the tools, resources and programs at their disposal for development.

Also teach your managers the difference between training and development. Development can take many forms: mentoring, job shadowing, volunteer work, lunch and learn sessions, reading books/journals/blogs, coaching, cross-functional team assignments, etc.

Support managers in making better compensation decisions

To effectively manage compensation and rewards so they motivate high performance, managers need training on how pay affects motivation and engagement and how to use data to make informed compensation decisions. They also need to know other ways to reward high-performance all year round, and how to communicate compensation philosophy and practices of your organization.

Employees need to feel that their company rewards performance fairly and equitably so make the process consistent and transparent. That said, sometimes the recognition an employee is looking for is simply a ‘thank you’ or ‘job well done’. Verbal praise is after all, a strong motivator.

Effective employee coaching is a cornerstone of high performance

Managers need to understand they are the stewards of your organization’s talent management strategy, which doesn’t equate to a once-a-year activity, dreaded and rushed through as quickly as possible.

To help your managers develop the skills foundational to effective leadership:

Provide access to leadership training to develop your managers’ coaching skills.Provide your managers with the prerequisite tools, systems, policies, and best practices for managing feedback, evaluating employee performance, identifying potential skill, competency, and behavioral gaps that can be addressed through development planning.Give your managers resources on the link between employee engagement and improved performance.You might be interested in the Employee Engagement Center of Excellence our team just put together on this topic.

Photo credit: Halogen Software

About the author: Dominique Jones is VP of Human Resources at Halogen Software and has over 15 years experience in the talent management industry both in Europe and North America. Dominique holds an M.A. Honours degree from St. Andrews University in Scotland, as well as the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD) certification from the United Kingdom. Through her writing, Dominique offers practical insights that help human resources professionals positively impact business performance.

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2000 Interview Questions by Topic

2000 Interview Questions by Topic | Talented HR | Scoop.it
2,000 Interview Questions Organized by the topics below •Achievement •Behaviors •Creativity •Disability •Education •Experience •Goals •Interests •Job Search •Knowledge of Company •Leadership •Money...
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SocialHRCamp Thought Leadership

SocialHRCamp Thought Leadership | Talented HR | Scoop.it

As Steve Jobs said, “You need to have a collaborative hiring process.” SmartRecruiters’ HireLoop gives employers real time updates on their recruiting activities to increase engagement in hiring and fit of hires. “There are two types of social. The social within the enterprise, where people talk with each other and collaborate. And then social media, where the good word of the company is spread far and wide.”

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Four Ways Leaders Ignite Engagement Culture

Four Ways Leaders Ignite Engagement Culture | Talented HR | Scoop.it

There are leaders who engage naturally with people, and leaders who are simply uncomfortable with engagement at a human level. The former have an advantage over the latter, clearly. Engaged leaders work with employees; those who shun engagement have employees who work for them, not necessarily with them. It’s a distinction with a difference.


Via Happy_Laurence, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Fabrice De Zanet, David Hain, Roger Francis, Janice Tomich
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Excel Spreadsheets Free To Download

Excel Spreadsheets Free To Download | Talented HR | Scoop.it
Over 110 Free Spreadsheets Simply Click  Link Capital Budgeting Analysis (xls) – Basic program for doing capital budgeting analysis with inclusion of opportunity costs, working capital requir...
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e-Learning Glossaries

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Leaning Circuits – ASTD Everyone has something to say about e-learning, but are we communicating in the same language? In the glossary you will find a collection of terms and their definition...
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Is there a Bully at my workplace?

Is there a Bully at my workplace? | Talented HR | Scoop.it
How do you know if there is a bully at your workplace? Here are 14 signs that will alert you to the typical behaviors associated with bullying at the workplace.  And further down in this post a who...
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Inside HR: Sarah White on the Top HR Technology Trends

Inside HR: Sarah White on the Top HR Technology Trends | Talented HR | Scoop.it

Enhancing the user experiences is among the top HR technology trends, says Sarah White. The move is toward consumerization, and for many HR departments this includes a design overhaul of their IT applications and Web sites to resemble their mobile counterparts. “Everything is looking a lot more like apps,” White says.

Additionally, White says that she sees changes in how companies are marketing themselves to potential employees in the same way vendors are now marketing themselves to potential buyers. “They’re really going to much more of a personal connection, versus being much more formal like they were in years past,” she says.

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An Idiot's Guide to Employee Engagement - Forbes

An Idiot's Guide to Employee Engagement - Forbes | Talented HR | Scoop.it
Surveys measuring employee engagement have become increasingly common. Most major corporations now regularly survey their workforces. There is no doubt that their surveys can yield useful information about employee attitudes and behavior.

Headlines:

Fallacy #1: Money does not motivate – it is only a “hygiene” factor

Fallacy #2: A happy worker is a productive worker.

Truth #1: People differ in what they value.

Truth #2: Expectations lead to motivation.

Truth #3: Satisfaction leads to membership, not performance.

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4 Ways To get First-Mover Advantage in the 2013 Talent War

4 Ways To get First-Mover Advantage in the 2013 Talent War | Talented HR | Scoop.it
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You don’t need me to tell you that January (especially) and the entire first quarter of 2013 can be the busiest period of the year for recruitment activity. There are many reasons for this, such as: reduced candidate supply in the festive December month, leading to pent up demand for talent in January

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visual education

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#INFOGRAPHIC: DOES LEADERSHIP QUALITY MATTER? (#INFOGRAPHIC: DOES LEADERSHIP QUALITY MATTER? http://t.co/AxdxbYzT via @pinterest)
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Quality Leadership: Infographic

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Getting Managers to Execute Your Talent Management Strategy

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As HR professionals we often hear managers discuss their desire to develop their leadership skills, and take on more senior roles within the organization. Yet many people managers fail to see or un...
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10 Things Not to Do When Interviewing

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Below are some “don’ts” to keep in mind when interviewing, many of which relate to the most common interviewing errors. This  summary comes from ERE 10 Things Not to Do When Interviewing (and 4 Bon...
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Planning Your Social Media Strategy? Take a Cue from GE - Forbes

Planning Your Social Media Strategy? Take a Cue from GE - Forbes | Talented HR | Scoop.it
You hear a lot about marketing with social media—including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and up-and-coming platforms. But how can you make these platforms work together, while staying true to your own brand, too?
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Even a Caveman Can Do it: Hiring Lessons From Our Ancient Ancestors

Even a Caveman Can Do it: Hiring Lessons From Our Ancient Ancestors | Talented HR | Scoop.it
When you think of a group of people with good recruiting practices, it’s likely your mind doesn’t go back to prehistoric times. Most cavemen probably did not draw stick figure resumes of their past hunting and gathering experience.
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List Of Values – 418 of them

List Of Values – 418 of them | Talented HR | Scoop.it
Ever wanted a comprehensive but not exhaustive list of Values that you could easily identify with or even reject. Continue Reading (Below)  are over 400 Values  terms.   Thinking of Developing...
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Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning | Talented HR | Scoop.it
The following list contains free and open source Web Conferencing tools and are not in any particular order. BigBluebutton* is built for Higher Education. It enables universities and colleges to de...
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Are Aggressive Workplace Cultures Enabling Bullies?

Are Aggressive Workplace Cultures Enabling Bullies? | Talented HR | Scoop.it
       “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci This is an article Published by Louise Altman Much has been written (thankfully) about the pervasive increase of bullyin...
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Linkedin’s New A-Game: Playing Engagement For Keeps

Linkedin’s New A-Game: Playing Engagement For Keeps | Talented HR | Scoop.it

Over the past few months, Linkedin has been rolling out changes to its site that reveal its ultimate A-Game: engage, engage, engage. And what’s to say that’s not a great strategy? This relatively (by social media standards) old-school social media platform has slowly and thoughtfully re-emerged as a real player in the social media space.

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