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.

Successful Succession Planning Requires Training Employees at All Levels

To get a better handle on what’s new in succession planning, we turned to BLR’s newly-published Top 10 Best Practices in HR Management for 2012. We’re dealing with an aging workforce. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over one-third of the civilian employees working for the federal government are eligible for retirement. […]

Mentoring Agreements Make Meaningful Training

Successful mentoring relationships start with a clear agreement about goals, procedures, and limitations, says mentoring expert Lois Zachary. Too often mentors and mentees start off without doing enough preparation and end up with an unsatisfactory experience, she says. Zachary, author of The Mentor’s Guide and the recently published The Mentee’s Guide to Mentoring, provides guidelines […]

A New Mentoring Model for Training the Next Generation

The new mentoring depends on a reciprocal learning relationship, she says. Zachary, author of The Mentor’s Guide and The Mentee’s Guide to Mentoring, presents seven elements of successful mentoring programs. 1. Reciprocity In the new mentoring, there is equal engagement of both parties. Both have responsibilities, both have roles to play, and both have something […]

Train Your Managers with Warner’s Warnings to Avoid Lawsuits

Warner, who is SPHR certified, is the founding partner of Moody and Warner PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her tips came at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition. Train your managers with the following valuable information and practical warnings from Warner. High-Ranking Manager Is the Bad Actor “I like it when a high-ranking manager was […]

Do Your Managers Know the #1 Thing That Makes You a Lawsuit Magnet?

Warner, who is SPHR certified, is the founding partner of Moody and Warner PC in Albuquerque, New MEXICO. Her tips came at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition. Train your managers to avoid the following mistakes that Warner warns can trigger expensive and time-consuming lawsuits. No Reason Given for Termination Managers often say to employees […]

“No Mosquitoes Allowed!” More Training Tips to Control Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can carry a number of dangerous and deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue and yellow fevers, several variations of encephalitis, and West Nile Virus. So protect yourself and your workers from insect-borne diseases by training them to take these precautions from EPA for controlling mosquitoes in your area. Remove Their Habitat Eliminate standing water in […]

“Buzz Off!” Train Outdoor Workers to Battle Mosquitoes

Give workers these safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on using safety repellents: Always follow the instructions on the product label. Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label.) Do not use repellents under clothing. Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. […]

Hiring from Outside? Think Again

Here’s the bottom line. Management professor Matthew Bidwell, of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has researched the question for several years—from 2003 to 2009. The basics of his findings are these: External hires get significantly lower performance evaluations for their first 2 years on the job than do internal workers who are […]

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8 Steps to Conflict Resolution

Now that we’ve established how managing conflict is critical to the overall success of your business, today’s Advisor provides you with a simple eight-step conflict resolution process that you can train your employees to use for resolving any type of workplace conflict.

Warning Signs of Ethical Dilemmas

During ethics training, employees should gain a thorough understanding of company policy, as well as the importance of maintaining an ethical workplace. Here are some practical guidelines for ethics training: Introduce new employees to the organization’s ethics policies and standards during their orientation period. Make sure that all employees—old and new—get awareness training that introduces […]