We’re in the middle of a substantial workforce gap. As Baby Boomers and Gen Xers proceed into retirement, Millennials are taking over as the largest portion of the U.S. workforce, according to Pew Research—leaving a huge gap to fill in terms of leadership.
To get the most out of your training and development programs, it is necessary to have an effective learning strategy. In part one of this article, we discussed the importance of conducting a training needs analysis as well as identifying the organization’s capabilities. Here, we’ll identify what effective training looks like and explore best practices […]
We live in a world that is changing rapidly. It’s a reality that we all recognize and must accept. Driven by rapid advances in technology, we’re living in a world in which information is at our fingertips 24/7, we’re constantly connected to the world around us, and a task that once took hours or days […]
Strategic focus is a business buzzword these days. Just Google the term. You will find that many top business publications have recent articles on the topic. I don’t think that is a new revelation, however. In business—indeed, in life—there is only so much time and energy available. There always are things that must be done—ordinary, […]
Inclusiveness, civility, respectful treatment: Those are all concepts getting a lot of attention as employers struggle to cope with what seems like an increasingly divisive culture often threatening to bleed over into the workplace. A changing legal landscape also must be considered as employers strive for productive and nondiscriminatory working environments. For example, a landmark […]
If you’re a poor soul who’s followed enough of my posts to spot patterns, you’ll spot one here. Maybe I’m a broken record, maybe I’m simple-minded, or maybe I really like baseball. Baseball speaks to me. The U.S. is still a blip in the long course of human history. We cobbled together our identity from […]
We tend to overcomplicate with scorecards and dashboards, says Shane Yount. If metrics don’t answer the question, “Are you winning or losing?” they don’t matter. You’re wasting your time, he says. Yount’s remarks came at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition, held recently in New Orleans. Yount is chief operating […]
When positions are tough to fill, it can be tempting to just hire any candidate simply to have someone doing the job. But we all know that hiring the wrong person can end up being more costly in the long run—especially if the new hire causes any problems.
Whether you agree with him or not, one thing’s for sure: With President Donald Trump, there is never a dull moment! This edition of HR Strange But True is not meant to be a one-sided political discussion. It’s simply an example of how costly employee turnover can be, and with the latest hiring and firing—at […]
Editor’s note: Many organizations want to improve diversity and inclusion, but they don’t know where to start. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is one such organization, and members of the organization’s in-house committee have provided this report on the first year of their program in the hope that other organizations can learn from their […]