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Bridging the credibility gap
Human Resource Executive    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the economy begins to show signs of life, companies across the board report a new challenge: Top talent is becoming slippery. Top-tier employees are suddenly finding notes in their in-boxes and LinkedIn profiles from headhunters. For many companies, this problem of a rebounding job market is compounded by a lack of revenue, leaving few financial incentives available to induce these employees to stay put. So if you're sweating over the possibility of losing the very employees that top management made a point not to let go during workforce cuts, you're not alone. More

What next after human capital, infrastructure and good governance?
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Over the past two decades, a thin consensus has been emerging on what countries should do to foster economic development and growth. The consensus revolves around a three-pillar formula representing the lowest common denominator among development economists. The first pillar is about the importance of developing a country's human capital. More

How to address the cultural aspects of HPT interventions
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The HPT process allows us to identify potential interventions in international environments. However, sometimes performance issues might be related to — or exacerbated by — cultural differences. In addition, whether the performance issue is related to cultural differences or not, you might need a culturally appropriate intervention to address the issue. For example, is mentoring a good intervention in Malaysia? Is your manager in Japan not a decision-maker or are her cultural ways of communicating sending you the wrong message? More

Top 10 project management trends for 2011: Leadership skills tops the list
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ESI International, the world's leading project management learning company, recently revealed its Top 10 Global Project Management Trends for 2011. Key themes include building the project manager's influence, accelerating new leadership and communication skills, and increased use of informal learning approaches such as social media and experiential training. A global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by ESI identified the trends. More

Technology: The e-learning solution to skills gaps?
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A recent survey of more than 1,000 HR Derectors, carried out by the consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers, revealed fears of a return to pre-recession skills shortages. Respondents said they expected to find it increasingly difficult to hire people with the right skillset, with 53 percent rating skills shortages as the greatest challenge in 2011. A skilled workforce is necessary to stimulate the private-sector growth that will bring new jobs and prosperity for people. With the current economic challenges, there is increasing emphasis on business identifying training solutions that are not only relevant but cost-effective. More

The 10 accelerators of Lean Six Sigma results
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There are more global opportunities for improvement and competitive success now than at any other time in history, says Terence T. Burton, President of the Center for Excellence in Operations. In the second of a series of articles, Burton examines the 10 accelerators you can use to get best results from your improvement programs. He wrote in Process Excellence Network, "There are two certainties about waste. First, waste is dynamic and everywhere and the growth rate of waste is proportional to executive behaviors and strategic choices about improvement. As the world accelerates, so too must the 'process of improvement.' Second, when waste is left unattended, it spreads like a cancer through organizations. When people have the perception that improvement is not a priority and follow suit with reactionary behaviors, the organization fails to recognize the obvious: The only way to get better is to improve the current state." More

Be the boss, not a friend
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Why is it that so many managers fail to live up to their full potential? After making it to management, many end up losing steam along the way, drowning in endless meetings and emails while trying to manage up, down and influence their peers. Feeling discouraged, most grow complacent. The following excerpt from Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback addresses the all too common problem when managers become friends with their direct reports. More

Should employees be paid to stay healthy? Companies look to incentives to control benefit costs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
These days, being the "biggest loser" at work is a good thing, at least when it comes to weight. With employers increasingly offering financial incentives to boost participation in programs that improve health and control benefit costs, workers who drop a few pounds could gain extra cash or lower health care premiums. Employers have long used pay raises and bonuses to boost employees' work performance, and a recent survey shows 27 percent of large employers with increasingly popular health management programs are now offering more substantial incentives to workers who participate in them. More

Federal retirees shouldn't be getting workers' compensation, Senator says
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To ensure that people too old to work aren't cheating the system, Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine wants the Government Accountability Office to study the program that provides income to injured federal workers. About 49,000 people get benefits from the Federal Employee Compensation Act, some of them well into retirement age, according to Collins. "I am increasingly concerned that individuals with no intention of returning to work continue to receive these benefits," she said. "At the U.S. Postal Service, for example, 1,000 employees currently receiving federal workers' compensation benefits are 80 years or older. Incredibly, 132 of these individuals are 90 and older and there are three who are 98. More

The dream team of the future
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Teamwork has become the safe and default way of working in organizations. In fact most of us have a long-lasting romance with teams. Yet managers rarely stop and question the assumptions behind team mania. Like breathing, we just do it. Is teamwork still a safe bet or is it last century? More
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