Future Friday: There is a future where robots don’t displace people

Everyone that ascribes to a dystopian future sees a world where people are removed from their jobs by robots. Quite a number of futurist writers, including myself (here and here), have envisioned a future where workers will be displaced from their current jobs by automation. Some have predicted wholesale unemployment, described as technological unemployment, with …

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Stress-relief Outing Ideas for Your Staff

According to the American Psychological Association, 65 percent of Americans cited work as a top source of stress. Meanwhile, only 37 percent surveyed said they were doing an excellent or very good job at managing stress. But stressed-out workers aren’t just grappling with it behind closed doors. Stressed workers tend to be fatigued, prone to …

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You can train them now or you can train them later but later may cost more

Teaching a class the other day, I was covering the subject of training, particularly supervisory training. I referenced a blog post I wrote in September entitled Lack of Supervisory Training costs a company $277,565. It is unfortunate that those cases are more frequent than they should be. I have come across yet another example. $750,000 …

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Lack of Supervisory Training costs a company $277,565

As an HR consultant I often find that companies often provide the least amount of training to the one group of employees who most need it, supervisors. I am not talking technical skills I am talking people skills. Most people are promoted into supervisory positions because they are often technically talented. By giving them the …

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So What? Improvement through questions

I try to improve myself all the time because, frankly, I need it. For this reason I am reading Think Smarter by Michael Kallet. The subtitle of the book is Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. It has been a thought-provoking exercise. Kallet talks about the value of asking questions. One question I …

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Corporate Climbing & Other Team-Building Adventures

Today’s post is brought to you by SocialMonsters.org.  When people have a personal connection with their co-workers it reduces conflict, improves productivity and creates a more stable work space for everyone. While team-building activities can be helpful, larger adventures get co-workers out of the office and out of the mindset of work activities. Suddenly people …

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Lessons HR could learn from Marketing: A Report from #DreamForce15

Last week I attended the #DreamForce15 conference in San Francisco. For those of you that are not aware of Dreamforce, it is the largest software conference, with 170,000 registered attendees. Yes, it does get hard to move around, especially early in the week. It however is a pretty amazing event. Off the campus however, a …

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A data breach is often an employee problem

According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report “phishing” is still a major source of data breaches. They found that 23% of recipients of phishing emails were opening them and 11% were clicking on the links in the email. Fifty percent of these people were opening and clicking within one hour of having receiving …

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Future Friday: The future of retirement is in danger!

A just released report indicates that the retirement life for a large part of the population, around the world, is going to be dire in ten to thirty years. The report indicates that people are not saving for a number of different reasons. The future of our employees lives are in danger. Should HR do …

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Future Friday: Neuroplasticity, Gaming and Employee Development

  As technology takes over our workplaces and progressively displaces workers we are left with the challenge of what to do with those workers. Some recent developments in the science of neuroplasticity may offer a solution in the future. Getting out of our “rut” Most human develop habits. It is how we adjust to our …

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