Category: Talent

Employee feedback, compliance, government forms, leave policies, recruiting: the list of tasks that an HR professional have to perform is nearly endless. Just as important as any one task is how professionals put them all together into a united front. Welcome to the Strategic HR topic.

Do You Train Managers to Watch Their Words?

  Isolated remarks related to an employee’s national origin may not be enough to support a claim of discrimination, but they can lead to costly lawsuits. During training, be sure that managers and supervisors understand the negative consequences of making “politically incorrect” comments. What Happened “Akila,” an Egyptian dentist, enrolled in a 2-year dentistry program […]

Consider Community Colleges to Help You Continuously Improve Your Workforce

  Best-selling business book author Patrick Lencioni says in his latest book, The Advantage that, “The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.” He goes on to explain that organizational health encompasses both being smart (clarity about direction, strategy, marketing, finance, and technology) and being healthy. He describes “healthy” as creating a […]

Have You Considered How Community Colleges Can Assist Your Training Program?

  Back in 2006, we started working with a highly successful company that was doing very well with sales of almost $2 billion and net income of $139 million. For the sake of this article, we’ll call it “Healthy Products.” It appeared to be doing well. Its products were viewed very positively in the marketplace. […]

Train Project Managers to Not Let Efficient Communication Damage Projects

    This may sound difficult to believe, but it can be true! In the definition of efficient, we find the following: “achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.” While this is great for busy executives and companies, it is terrible for projects, especially when it comes to communicating about the project with […]

Do You Train Managers on These 7 ‘Pain Points’ of Project Management?

  Managing a project is a multidisciplinary undertaking. At any given moment, a manager will have a multitude of activities to oversee, each requiring a unique skill set that enables them to get things done in an effective and timely manner. The issues faced by managers are typically universal and can be categorized as the […]

Training Supervisors to Make Good Decisions Can Help You Win Lawsuits

  To recap: A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa shows how far some former employees will reach to stretch their termination into some legal claim against their employer. More important, though, it underscores the importance training and supervisor/manager competence can play in protecting employers from spurious legal claims. Joshua […]

Do You Train Supervisors to Make Good Decisions?

  A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa shows how far some former employees will reach to stretch their termination into some legal claim against their employer. More important, though, it underscores the importance that training and supervisor/manager competence can play in protecting employers from spurious legal claims. Background […]

Train Managers on these 23 Motivational Tips

Train your managers to use these motivational tips for their personal motivation as well as passing them on to employees. No matter what you do for a living, the key to success is motivating yourself, each and every day, according to Geoffrey James. “Most people don’t realize that motivation mostly emerges from minor changes in […]

Do Your Managers Know How to Reward and Motivate Employees?

Many companies do not provide training to managers and supervisors on their recognition and reward programs, says Kimberly Abel, vice president of Employee Solutions for Maritz Motivation Solutions. In fact, only 25 percent of employers formally train their managers and leaders on workforce recognition and practices, she says, citing research from WorldatWork. “Unfortunately, it’s still […]

Case Studies Bring the Real World into Your Training

Managers who supervise telecommuters need to know whether their employees are putting in the required hours and/or getting their work done at home. However, managers also need to be aware of whether telecommuters are taking enough breaks from their sedentary work. A recent court case demonstrates some of the important implications that must be considered […]