It’s an exciting time to be a Human Resources professional with lots of social tools to assist in all areas of the employee lifecycle.
For people who live and breathe People and Culture there’s much more to Social Business than online recruitment. As a Social Business advocate, you may need to take the lead and take some risks… But hey, that’s where we live!…Continue
Added by Nathalie Lynton on July 31, 2013 at 13:08 — No Comments
First, let's look at the traditional view. The long standing view is this: If we can increase the individual output of employees, we will consequently increase organisational output. For example, if I can get Fred to do 10 per cent more work…Continue
In my experience there are 25 primers that make for that wonderful, outstanding workplace (WOW) Here ‘workplace’ means the total organization as you see it, not just the place or the unit in which you work.
Take the test; there are only two options – either Yes or No. You have found WOW if you answer Yes to each of the 25 primers.
1 A sense of excitement and accomplishment pervades my workplace
2 Quality people management is universal
3 All of us are…Continue
Added by wayne faulkner on July 31, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments
Earlier this year Australia was faced with the rather unpalatable news that the Australian swimming team, or more specifically certain male members of the team, had been behaving with less-than Olympic standards during the team's underwhelming performance at the 2012 London Olympics.
This revelation came hot on the…Continue
It was great to hear a case study presented by Sam Marchetta (High Potential Learning Leader, EY) for our webinar on “Putting Talent on the Business Agenda” earlier this week (view the recording here). This was a good opportunity to hear about how EY has developed targeted programs and…Continue
Added by Nicole Russom on July 26, 2013 at 13:39 — No Comments
The ability to rapidly learn and apply new ways of working is the key to business success, especially in our knowledge-based economy. The dramatic changes in technology are leaving some senior people stranded as they struggle to manage the vast amounts of information required to run a successful business. But there is also something else that can inhibit your ability to learn.
Developing strategies to sort the wheat from the chaff is a whole new skill that needs to be acquired. We…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on July 25, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments
Time is often wasted negotiating semantics and organisational values, and extrapolating possible business results to customised outcomes. However, the market, organisation culture and skill-set of leaders have created a…Continue
Added by Kate Boorer on July 23, 2013 at 11:49 — No Comments
Added by Susan Rochester on July 19, 2013 at 12:42 — No Comments
The effectiveness or not of some leaders' Interpersonal skills often seem to be intrinsically linked to their personality or character. I often wonder if it’s because people think these skills are an unchangeable character trait that they aren’t given the priority they should in organisations. A question I see again and again is: Are soft skills really hard…
Added by Christina Lattimer on July 18, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments
Dealing With Increasing Complexity
In a world of ever-increasing complexity it is becoming very difficult to maintain high standards and control mistakes, especially the silly ones that seem to be repeated, even by competent people. There is a surprisingly simple answer to this fundamental problem that many businesses suffer from. But very few people want to implement it because it offends their ego.
On the 30th October…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on July 17, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments
Staff Happiness Makes Good Commercial Sense
By Karen Galasso
Happy staff are productive staff and less likely to leave, and that in turn makes the company happy. Or it should! The cost of replacing staff is not only measured in recruitment fees, but in the billable time of line managers, loss of company IP, retraining and general company culture.…Continue
Added by Karen Galasso on July 15, 2013 at 15:17 — No Comments
Professional development should be viewed as process, not an event. Anybody who thinks that by simply going to the occasional professional development event (eg workshop, conference, etc.) that they will develop their capability to any significant extent, is kidding themselves.
Maximising professional development is all about what you do with what you have learned. Knowledge, just sitting inside your head, very quickly dissipates, as the research proves.
The research on…Continue
Added by ross clennett on July 15, 2013 at 11:22 — No Comments
The problem of stereotyping has been brought to my attention a couple of times this week. Firstly, I’ve been doing assessor training for Graduate assessment centres, and one of the key topics we cover is the various biases that can impact how you rate candidates’ behaviours. One of these is stereotyping. We looked at this through the example of how you might (unconsciously)…Continue
Added by Nicole Russom on July 12, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments
Recognising employees through a structured, well managed reward and recognition program is a great way to boost staff morale and motivation.
It is well known that highly engaged employees are those who find meaning in their work and whose efforts are recognised and rewarded with meaningful gifts. However, it’s important to value the power of a simple ‘thank you‘.
Whether it’s a smile,…Continue
Added by Mark Robinson on July 12, 2013 at 10:52 — No Comments
This week we spoke to Claire Boulton, Director of Threads and Style, an Australian online shopping and styling website for women. Last year Claire took the plunge by leaving her full time job behind to start researching and planning her dream online shopping site. Since its launch, Threads and Style has been hugely successful and has even made a profit in its first year of…Continue
Added by Ben Thompson on July 12, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments
This article draws to a close my short theme about the most difficult situations managers have to face. In week one I wrote about How to make Managing Poor Performance Easy, week two was about tackling those Difficult conversations and week three about …Continue
Added by Christina Lattimer on July 12, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments
No one really likes to be challenged but it is sometimes very dangerous to have everyone around you agree with you. If you don’t encourage your people to challenge you the results can be fatal . . .
Take for example the following exchange taken from the flight recorder of Air Florida flight 90 just before it fell into the icy Potomac River near Washington DC, in 1982.
Co-Pilot: Let’s check the ice on those tops [wings] again since we’ve been sitting here a…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on July 11, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments
Protect commercially sensitive information and intellectual property
With increasing demands being placed on employee's time and productivity levels in recent years, there is also a growing trend for employees to be using their own personal electronic devices (such as smart phones, iPads and so on) as well as other electronic storage devices to enable them to juggle work commitments outside of the office - whether it be whilst working…
Added by Amanda Harvey on July 11, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments
At the age of twelve my mother was a school drop-out.
The war in Greece had interrupted my mother’s education leaving her with the equivalent of a grade three education. During the war schools were closed and when the time came for her to resume her education she had commenced puberty. She was placed in a classroom of eight year olds and the children teased her about her maturing body. She refused to go back to school.
As an adult my mother lamented not having…Continue
Added by Tania Horozides on July 10, 2013 at 17:31 — No Comments
It use to be that instead of talking to people, we would call them on the telephone. Then we faxed them. Then we emailed them. Now we text them or 'talk' to people through social media. Conversing one-on-one with people seems to be an old fashioned thing to…Continue