Category Archives: HR Operations

Talent Management Planning

After the last post on “What’s Up with Training,” a reader asked for more elaboration on talent management and the corresponding planning process.  Before answering his question, lets discuss talent management from a conceptual standpoint.  Like many popular business concepts, … Continue reading

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Second Generation HR Strategic Planning

I had a very rewarding opportunity on Friday to meet with a fantastic group of HR professionals and discuss the various facets of second generation HR strategic planning.  Most organizations developed their first HR strategic plan during the 1990s or … Continue reading

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Older Workers: The Resource

A few readers responded to the last post by commenting that older workers seem to be taking jobs typically filled by younger workers.  In the last year, the mainstream media appears to sympathize with this concern as the level of … Continue reading

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Young Workers and Labor Market Withdrawal

Although August showed an improvement in unemployment, part of the reduction in joblessness arose from people simply giving up on seeking employment.  After one of the longest downturns in most of our lives, some job seekers simply chose to not … Continue reading

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Attendance Challenges

Almost every situation possesses some unique factor or cause.  In the case of employee absenteeism, the axiom holds just as true.  Employees miss work for a variety reasons stretching between the completely justified to the absurd.  Nevertheless, most of the … Continue reading

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Right Sizing

Depending on the industry, the cost of salary and benefits absorb between 40 and 80 percent of total expenditures and holds the distinction of being the single largest annual expenditure.  As human resource professionals, we recognize that our greatest cost … Continue reading

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Defining Value

Most of us have dealt with the compensation and classification system in our organization in one capacity or another.  As managers, we use the system when we hire, promote, and evaluate while as human resource professionals the system provides the … Continue reading

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“I Just Don’t Have Time”

Most of us live in a rushed world where we seek to find balance.  In a world of meeting aggressive deadlines, fighting workplace fires, dealing with constantly changing challenges, and being ready for the next big thing, some things fall … Continue reading

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Importance of Job Worth

Most of us equate at least a portion of our personal value or identify to our job.  Two of the main reasons for the lack of autonomy between the spheres relates to the percentage of our lives we spending working … Continue reading

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360 Degree Feedback: Do We Want to Know

Performance appraisals generate mixed emotions in most employees.  For some, the appraisal offers a chance to be recognized and rewarded for a job well done.  However, the most common view equates the process as an unfair, misery that provides few … Continue reading

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