HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 7

The Art and Science of Coaching

People at Google love data. They measure everything. A few years back, they launched a research initiative called Project Oxygen in order to measure and improve key management behaviors at Google. This initiative is highlighted in a 2013 Harvard Business Review piece by David A. Garvin, professor at Harvard Business School.

Garvin writes, “Compared with leadership, managing remains understudied and undertaught–largely because it’s so difficult to describe, precisely and concretely, what managers actually do. We often say that they get things done through other people, yet we don’t usually spell out how in any detail.”

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 6

Facts and Fiction of the New FLSA Final Rule

"Millions to Earn More in Overtime!" That is what the newspaper headline read on the front page of the morning paper. Yes, as many of you are aware, the Department of Labor has finally released the final regulations regarding the new wage standard for exempt level employees. There was both good news and bad news in the notice published by the Department of Labor.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 5

Unleashing Employee Potential Through Lean Principles

Lean principles can transform company culture and revolutionize the way you run your business. Becoming lean–being more efficient with time, resources, and energy–will not just make your processes smoother, your delivery times faster, and your productivity greater. If you implement them correctly, lean principles will also empower your people to deliver a greater difference than ever before. And that will not just increase innovation throughout your teams, but also drive real, bottom-line results for your customers.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 4

13 Best HR & Workforce Metrics

I’ve written before about HR Metrics being the key to HR’s seat at the executive table. Given the fact that the HR and recruiting departments are non-income generating, having solid metrics are key to demonstrating to senior leaders and executives how strategic HR initiatives can help affect an organization’s bottom line. But HR is more than just cost per hire, so I thought it would only be fair to share with you some of my favorite human resources measurement examples, metrics, and formulas to demonstrate and capture the value that your team brings to the table.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 3

The Pros and Cons of Developing Talent Internally

Balancing between training current employees to fill future positions and investing in staffing processes to land top-tier external candidates is tricky. Even if you’ve already found (and hired) your next top performer, it’s important to know the pros and cons of developing talent within your company.

According to recent research on employee training, the answer is not so cut and dry.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 2

Attracting Better Talent Can Start with a Simple "Thank You"

Remember the good old days when it was HR who expected a thank you note from a candidate after the interview? Well a convergence of events has flipped the tables and now some companies have found that sending thank you notes to candidates is a good way to acquire top talent.

With highly skilled employees in short supply and open positions increasingly difficult to fill, smart companies are paying attention to what their employment brand means to potential candidates. That means the candidate experience is getting long overdue, but well-deserved attention.

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HR Insights: Vol 4, Issue 1

5 Powerful Human Resources Trends in 2016

In 2016, the biggest barrier to business success will be the subject of talent and, specifically, how we as business leaders will hire, retain, and train not just our future organizational leaders, but also the average employee. This simple fact is the reason that human resources and recruiting are forever linked; HR is responsible for the entire...

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HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 12

A Year Looking at the Bright Side

We all have the best intentions on January 1st–making resolutions to eat healthier or workout more or get more sleep. What if you made a resolution to live more gratefully? That’s the goal Janice Kaplan set for herself in her New York Times bestselling book, “The Gratitude Diaries.”

She writes in the first chapter, “I knew that how I felt about the 12 months ahead would probably have less to do with what actually happened than with the mood, spirit, and attitude I brought to each day.”

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HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 11

What's in a Name? 5 New Titles to Replace HR

Job titles are having a moment. Business analysts call themselves “data wranglers." Marketers are “brand defenders" and “growth hackers." Salespeople are “customer success managers,” and the list goes on. Human resources professions are no exception to this new-title takeover – and for good reason. HR roles are drastically different from what they were even 10 years ago, thanks to remote workforces, digitally savvy job applicants, and constant connectivity. Maybe it's time we sunset the term "HR" altogether. Read More: HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 11


HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 10

Perks Attract Employees - They Don't Keep Them

We have moved into a new era of employee benefits. While traditional employee benefits such as healthcare, PTO, and retirement matching are expected, perks like on-site free food, gyms, and massages are becoming increasingly attractive to job seekers. It’s typical of emerging startups to use these perks to entice competitive talent to join their organization, with companies like Google offering an entire campus of free cafés, haircuts, and other extravagances. But while these perks seem to be appealing to fresh young talent, are they actually proving a real return on investment? Read More: HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 10