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Six strategies to recruit a Veteran workforce of 240,000

This week the US recognizes and thanks veterans for their sacrifice and service to the United States. It is a great time to assess your own veteran recruiting program, or if you don’t have one, to start one up. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the unemployment rate for veterans in October 2018 was… Read More

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Digitizing Your Company? Success Depends Largely on One Factor…

Empirical evidence has long shown that transparent, collaborative and adaptive cultures empower business and financial success by enabling innovation.[i] Now companies are learning that if they do not have innovative cultures their digitization strategies languish. According to McKinsey’s 2018 Global Survey on digital transformation, 80% of the nearly 1800 respondents have launched digitization efforts in… Read More

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10 Talent Strategies to Support Cultures of Innovation

Companies large and small are racing to digitize their operations and to find the new technology in their domain that will allow them to disrupt their competition and find new markets. The companies that succeed in this race are agile ones that also spend the time nurturing and developing transparent, collaborative and aligned cultures. Human… Read More

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Time to tap 70 million forgotten workers

Shelley Winner had an extraordinary and courageous story to tell about herself in her five minutes of speaking at DisruptHR San Francisco Bay Area last May 31. Shelley is a lovely, tall, slender, young, white woman who had the air of confidence and invincibility I find among many young women in Silicon Valley, but with… Read More

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Talent Strategies Needed to Support Cultures of Innovation

I was honored to present and be part of a panel discussion at one of Silicon Valley’s legacy innovation centers, PARC, a Xerox Company in Palo Alto, July 26, 2018. I began my presentation by asking if everyone believes that culture can be measured and managed? Not everyone understands this, despite overwhelming evidence from InnovationOne… Read More

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Don’t manage to an employee engagement score. Instead, drive business value.

The $74 billion employment engagement industry has a serious problem. After nearly 18 years, it is not driving sufficient business value to justify its costs. Instead, values, business purpose, organizational learning, and culture are the true factors that drive business value. Employee engagement is an outdated idea that needs to be overhauled. Gallup’s State of… Read More

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Why it doesn’t matter that the gig workforce may be shrinking…

The percentage of Americans working in alternative work arrangements — such as independent contractors, on-call workers, and those who contract through a third party — has shrunk 0.6% since 2005.  According to a US Labor Department report, the total of people working in such alternative arrangements now is 10.1% According to the survey, this change… Read More

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Seven Steps to Improve Employee Retention

Concern over employee retention has increased sharply in the US — where unemployment is now below 4% — but, also, around the world. A 2017 study by Towers Watson uncovered that more than 50% of all organizations globally struggle to retain their most valuable employees.[i]  More than 80% of HR leaders believe improving retention is… Read More

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California Supreme Court’s New Legal Standard Makes It Difficult to Classify Workers as Contractors

Yesterday the California Supreme Court adopted a new legal standard that will make it much more difficult for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, drastically changing the legal landscape across the golden state. The misclassification of workers can result in significant legal exposure concerning wage and hour compliance and fines. Although the court case… Read More

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Eliminating Performance Ratings? Managers Ability to Deliver Feedback Is Essential!

When we removed performance rankings from our performance review process at Medtronic Coronary and Peripheral in 2012, some executive leaders and managers warned that employees would lose the competitive edge to perform. They didn’t. Our changes included holding weekly or biweekly meetings between managers and employees as well as formal quarterly updates to goals and… Read More