From the Archive: The incredible importance of “Thank you”

I am taking some time off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. So I selected this post from earlier in the year.  My friend Paul Hebert and I frequently disagree on issues surrounding engagement and motivation. When Paul leaves a comment on a blog post I pay attention. He is one smart guy who has been specializing …

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One problem with measurement

As I flew to Texas over the weekend I read an article in Wired magazine about one of the problems with measurement. Of course we all know that measurement is a good thing. Why else would we say “If something doesn’t get measured it doesn’t get done?” But should we measure everything? Does something have …

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Metrics in HR: A Final Report from SHRM Atlanta

  The SHRM Atlanta 23rd Annual Conference ended with a session entitled HR Thinking Creatively: How All Lines of Business Affect Your Recruiting Strategy presented by Julie Moreland of PeopleClues and Dave Ryan of Melo-O-Cream Donuts International. To me their message was about developing metrics in HR. Metrics that matter. Metrics It is well known …

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Three Things to do to Improve HR Department Performance

  In October of 2012 KPMG published a study of 400 C-Suite executives. As you can tell from the title of this post, the news was not good. They think HR is ineffective. So here are three things HR can to to improve performance.Failure According to one quote HR departments “consistently fail to demonstrate any …

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Five Great Reads in HR for a Friday

Periodically I try to give you the benefit of all the reading I do so that you don’t have to search for everything. Well today is another installment of that. Here are five great reads in HR that will inform you, educate you and who knows what else you may get out of them. First …

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A Recruiting Scenario in the Near Future?

Based on some of the reading I have been doing I think this scenario may not be too far off in the future. This may be the future of talent acquisition and recruiting for some companies. The company is high tech and subsequently is experiencing the effects of the “talent shortage”. The talent acquisition pros in …

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SHRM Atlanta Conference Report 2

Much of the value of going to a conference is what you find in the marketplace in the Exhibition Hall. This one is no different. There is time saving technology, educational opportunities, benefit choices, compensation solutions and much, much more. I spent an hour talking to a number of vendors. Every visitor should. For further …

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