Half way through the year: How successful is your talent management plan?

I will be the first to tell you there has never been a better time to be in human resources.  Never has there been better and more widely available research, predictive models, and--during this economic expansion--the need for companies to…

Six exciting seminars for H R leaders this summer

I am leading six exciting Seminars this summer with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Learn more about SHRM Professional Development credits and HCRI Recertification credits--and sign up!--at http://www.nchra.org/events/event_list.asp. Strategic Thinking--Conquering the Traditional H R Paradigms. NCHRA H R Business Leader Series. July 7.…

Use of contingent workers hits a speed bump!

During the past several days, we have seen headlines about two companies that employ drivers and, according to the courts or regulators, violated laws on contingent workers and the definition of technical platforms. FedEx disclosed a $228 million settlement for…

Will using emotional intelligence improve your ability to select good managers?

I sometimes receive inquiries on how to improve their success rate for selecting good managers. Their inquiry often includes this question, “Is emotional intelligence a reliable predictor of manager success?”  The short answer is, “Yes.” Not only is emotional intelligence…

Most companies do a poor job of recognizing employees. How does yours stack up?

Despite all of the research on employee motivation and the importance of recognition, most companies do a poor job of it. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association[i] found that, “Only about half of the U.S. workforce (51%) say…

Should your employees complete self-assessments? Here’s a better approach.

Many organizations believe that self-assessments are effective because they allow employees to inform management of their accomplishments and developmental needs. Unfortunately, self-assessments do not meet those expectations. The research on self-assessments[i] shows that they have low validity and high variability.…

Forced Ranking: The good, the bad, the ugly, and what to do about it!

Forced ranking is one of the most contentious practices used in performance management today. It is based on the premise that rigorous evaluation and ranking of employees by their immediate supervisors on agreed-upon abilities, skills and attitudes is not only…

Should you overhaul your performance management system?

Although it has obvious benefits for aligning, motivating and developing an organization’s workforce, performance management is the most hated of human resource processes. Performance management is often bureaucratic and time consuming, with long forms to complete, 360-degree feedback, rankings, forced…

Struggling to attract more women leaders? Try flexible work arrangements

Companies today are still struggling to attract and develop more female leaders. Although women make up more than half of the U.S. labor force, according to the U.S. Census of 2010, they are underrepresented in leadership roles at all levels.[i]…