For Higher Morale, Think Maslow
by David Lee - Feb, 2010
More specifically, if you want higher employee morale and greater employee engagement, think of Maslow's "other hierarchy." Awhile back, I heard Gary Hirschberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm, refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of…Grumbles. I laughed, thinking he had put an amusing spin on Dr. Maslow’s famous hierarchy. To my surprise, when I returned home and scanned The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, I discovered he actually wrote ab...
How Employers Behave When There Are More Workers Than Jobs
by Ford R. Myers - Feb, 2010
When there are many more workers than job openings, employers behave differently than they do in a healthy employment market. This is largely because the locus of control shifts from candidates to employers, and employers will have the sense that they can “call the shots.” These dynamics can pose serious challenges for job seekers. Under these circumstances, here are some of the typical challenges job seekers will face at many...
Career Management In The New Workplace
by Leslie B. Prager - Feb, 2010
The work world of today is dramatically different than the workplace was when I began my HR career back in 1980. Those were the days before the social media phenomenon, blackberries, the internet, virtual meetings, etc. The issues facing professionals today include the “new workplace”; fast-paced, on-demand staffing; a multi-generational, cross-cultural workforce; demographic trends such as the aging workforce and baby boomer...
Like Trump: We All Get To Hire and Fire - Your Life Is Your Business
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2010
There’s a lot of grousing out there about hiring. So when it’s our turn to hire, you’d think we’d be really good at it. After all, we’re hiring people all the time. Yes, hiring people to work for us. Our life is our business, remember? From the time we start living on our own, we’re hiring. Mostly, we hire temps or independent contractors. So, who are we hiring? • Personal service providers — hair stylists, manicur...
Maximize the Time You Spend in THE ZONE - Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Day
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
Feel cheated by disappearing time at work? Not getting to the really important things at work and at home? Do you feel like you're constantly "fighting fires?" Establishing and maintaining control over how you spend your time and what you spend your time on is an important element of career success. Staying in "THE ZONE" of highest impact, as illustrated below, is definitely where you want to spend the predominance of you...
Time Management 101: Lessons Learned The Hard Way
by Wendy Enelow - Jan, 2010
As I sat down to write this article, I thought to myself, “How odd!” For years and years, I have struggled to better manage my time, but never felt as though I was very successful. I’m always juggling my time constantly sweating as I look at all the piles and papers scattered throughout my two offices, getting up earlier and earlier to get a jump on things, and telling my son to hold on one more minute. I haven’t had the feeli...
Do You Foster Helplessness or a
by David Lee - Jan, 2010
In these rather challenging times, you need ALL of your employees thinking and acting like winners, not throwing up their hands in defeat or metaphorically curling up in the fetal position. How you communicate with them plays a huge role in which kind of workforce you get. Just recently, I heard two examples that illustrated opposite approaches to communication by senior management. One approach virtually guaranteeing wh...
Are You Risking Your Team's Success in 2010?
by Dee McCrorey - Jan, 2010
I was asked to "shadow coach" a junior program manager in his new role. His first big challenge was assessing the skills of a team who had been together for months, but who were behind schedule in launching their product. This new PM was now responsible for figuring out who would remain with the team and who would be replaced. My role was to walk him through the process of asking the required questions and reviewing the res...
'Fair' Compensation of Employees: A 10-Point Inspection
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Dec, 2009
The issue of fairness is a dominant theme in today's employment environment. Employers and employees alike are concerned about equity in all areas of employment, from hiring decisions to promotion opportunities, to compensation and benefits. How does an employer know whether its employes are being 'fairly' compensated? Examining the compensation structure is best done through a comprehensive self-audit. This self-audit is t...
Communication is a Leading Indicator of Financial Performance
by Suzanne Bates - Dec, 2009
I’m often asked how you measure the impact of better communication on your company’s success. Watson Wyatt recently published a 2009-2010 survey that shows communication is a leading indicator of financial performance and a driver of employee engagement. According to the survey, companies that have highly effecctive communicators had 47% higher total returns to shareholders over the last five years compared to firms that are t...
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