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HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals

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HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

It was getting close to lunch time and the people seated around the table - the CEO and seven of his direct reports - were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn't because they were hungry. In fact, they'd been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Turn Talent Data Into Real Information

Big data is all the rage in HR recently. But more immediately promising is the talk of small data - of more effectively managing the data we already have before we start thinking about analyzing more complex datasets. And nowhere is this more pertinent than with talent assessment data.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Steve Ballmer's Big Lesson for the Rest of Us

The business media lit up over the weekend with the news that Steve Ballmer, the college friend who worked alongside Bill Gates to build Microsoft and was heir to the CEO job, will step down within a year.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Employee Retention Now a Big Issue: Why the Tide has Turned

I can tell the economy is recovering: we're suddenly seeing companies tell us that "employee retention" has become a critical issue. Let me give you some research-based perspectives on this critically important topic. What does Retention Mean? Nearly all companies measure turnover.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Becoming a Better Judge of People

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Big Data: Questions Still Matter Most | HR Examiner

This is a post from 18 months ago. As fast as technology is changing, it is still essential to ask the right questions. Big Data is as hard to imagine as the web was 20 years ago.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Why Performance Documentation is Crucial

This blog was originally posted by Sarah Williams on the Peformance I Create blog. Twice a month Blogging4Jobs will feature a guest post from the up-and-coming multi-contributor blog, Performance I Create. Documenting the progression of our employees' training, performance and development is critical for managers because documentation provides independent and objective evidence of what happened or what didn't happen.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Mature quickly in the HR Analytics journey

Analytics is a hot topic and HR analytics is no different. New books are constantly being published. Being " insight driven " is at the core of the CIPD HR practices. New software products and visualisations tools are being launched.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | You won't believe the latest thing that's killing productivity

Open collaborative workspaces are the future of the work environment. But are they good for your employees and productivity? If your company's still operating out of a cube-and-office work environment, you're a dying breed: Nearly 80% of companies already have or are planning to set up an open-office design, according to a 2011 survey.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Why Performance Documentation is Crucial

Documenting the progression of our employees' training, performance and development is critical for managers because documentation provides independent and objective evidence of what happened or what didn't happen.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | How Google Became the #3 Most Valuable Firm by Using People Analytics to Reinvent HR

Excellent read on the differentiating edge Google People Operations has over the thousands of HR departments out there.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | High-Impact Talent Acquisition: European Edition

Thursday, June 27, 2013 I just finished two weeks in Europe and attended the iRecruit Conference in Amsterdam. In addition to talking with many talent acquisition leaders and vendors, we previewed the findings of our upcoming High-Impact Talent Acquisition research which is highlighted below. 1. Social tools and "talent networks" are a hot topic.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | The Datafication of HR: What Does it Mean to You?

Monday, August 12, 2013 A new buzzword has hit the business world: Datafication - turning an existing business into a "data business." Think about it this way: Facebook has "datafied" our friend network. Google has "datafied" our search and information retrieval. Twitter is "datafying" news and real time information.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | The Performance Review Problem: Maybe More Frequency Is the Answer

By now, regular readers know my position on the traditional annual performance review - it serves a function to provide formal, documented performance feedback on a regular basis. But its challenges are built into its delivery model - too infrequent (annual), too focused on feedback from just one person (the manager), and too fraught with angst on both the part of the manager and the employee.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Why Best Practices Suck | HR Examiner

Shouldn't we learn from others and determine the most effective way to reach our goals, benchmark our progress, and achieve success? Best practices are only best if you're just practicing. And I have no clue what a benchmark really is, or what you do with one.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Online Hiring Tools are Changing Recruiting Techniques

It can seem improbable given the still-sluggish monthly unemployment reports, but in some sectors small businesses are desperate to find qualified candidates to fill jobs. Opower, a 354-person software company that helps utility customers save on energy bills, is one of those businesses.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Using Extended Boolean to Achieve Semantic Search in Sourcing

When it comes to sourcing and recruiting, semantic search is perhaps the most powerful way to quickly find people who have experience you're looking for. Now, I am not talking about black box semantic search (e.g., Google, Monster's 6Sense, etc.).

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | The Holy Grail I | HR Examiner

The search for the thing that makes HR relevant is generations old. An avalanche of platitudes about the importance of people didn't get us there. The rest of the organization knows that relevance means financial performance and little else. Walk into a room full of HR pros and say, "HR is meaningless unless it makes money."

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Are You Really Winning the War For Talent Retention?

Losing hurts - especially when it's the other person who decides to move on. " Regretted turnover " is a metric that some companies now use to track how many employees choose on their own to leave. Turnover is costly in general, but losing top talent can also cause significant, even irreparable damage to your business.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Google Answer to Filling Jobs Is an Algorithm

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Have you ever made a profit from a catering business or dog walking? Do you prefer to work alone or in groups? Have you ever set a world record in anything? The right answers could help get you a job at Google.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Is There Value in Corporate Values? HR, Recruiting, Social Media Policies, Human Resources, HR Technology Blogging4Jobs

Corporate Values. I bet your organization has some. Are they on a wall in a frame, in your employee handbook, displayed in reception, on your careers site, or even on the side of a mug or a pen? Do they have a whole section to themselves on the intranet?

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Beyond the hype: 5 ways that big companies are using gamification

For sure, gamification - or the use of game mechanics in non-entertainment contexts - is one of the most overhyped and misunderstood subjects in enterprise today. Yet from humble beginnings in 2010, M2 Research projects that companies will spend upwards of $2 billion on gamification services by 2015.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | Google's 8-Point Plan to Help Managers Improve

Mountain View, Calif. IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen. Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app. They wanted to build better bosses.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | How Google Became the #3 Most Valuable Firm by Using People Analytics to Reinvent HR

If you haven't seen it in the news, after its stock price broke the $800 barrier, Google moved into the No. 3 position among the most valuable firms in the world. Google is clearly the youngest firm among the leaders; it has surprisingly been less than a decade since Google's IPO.

HR Articles That Matter to HR Professionals | In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

This interview with Laszlo Bock , senior vice president of people operations at Google , was conducted and condensed by Q. How is Big Data being used more in the leadership and management field? A.