September 23 , 2018

Whitepapers

Drop the “Old Think”

What Is "Old Think" In HR? "Old think" is a form of thinking dominated by the capstone view of HR as an overhead function with no direct impact on productivity and profits.  It focuses on preserving antiquated processes, reporting about what has already happened, administering benefits few employees use and other non-strategic processes.  In “old think” HR departments each HR …

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Financial “Undercounting” in HR…What you Don’t Count Is Hurting You!

STOP COUNTING ONLY HALF OF THE REAL COSTS When times are tight, everyone is encouraged to reduce their budget, and budget cutting is not necessarily a bad thing.  Unfortunately, it can cause serious damage to an organization if the cuts reduce spending too far in one area and not enough in others. In the cases where HR budgets have been …

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HR People Are From Mars, CEO’s Are From Venus!

“Our #1 opportunity is to build a competitive advantage, not to build benefit plans for our organization” –VP of HR Cisco I’ve met/ worked for over 100 VP’s of HR and dozens of CEO’s over the last few years and although there are clearly exceptions, I’ve found that CEO’s and HR executives are like oil and water. And I see …

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Outsourcing

What Exactly Is A Metric? Metrics are measures of output or results.  While some managers use "words" to describe results, metrics require the use of numbers to more accurately "describe" output or performance. When they are correctly developed, metrics take away all doubt about what was and was not accomplished and whether the program actually met its goals.  The types …

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Is Your HR Department Unwittingly A “Socialist” Institution

HR as Supporters of "Equal Pay" vs “Differential Pay” Capitalists learn that you must differentiate rewards in order to improve performance.  What is needed is not "reward them all equally" or "reward each according to their need,” but rather reward those that produce the best results.  In contrast, most compensation departments act like socialists when it comes to pay.  They …

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HR Lessons to be Learned from Sports — It’s All About Performance

Same situation but different results – An example Let’s start with a basketball analogy. First compare two teams that play in the same league and the same city, the L.A. Lakers and the L.A. Clippers.  If you compare the two teams you will find that both are exactly the same in that they: Have the same number of players Recruit …

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Clarifying the Strategic Role of HR

HR “work” can be classified into five distinct levels from the basic to the most strategic. Those levels include:   Level One –Information Management and Basic Transactions Every HR department must provide basic information, answer employee and manager questions and complete operational level transactions. These most would agree are the oldest and most elementary of HR services and include: Processing …

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HR Must Eliminate “Innovation Killers” Within Their Firm

I) – Factors, activities and events that can harm innovation There are many "corporate events" or actions that can impact a company's culture, processes and ways of doing business.  If HR is to help improve innovation in a corporation, it must identify the corporate events that are likely to have a negative impact on risk-taking and innovation driving activities.  After …

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How Should HR React in the Aftermath of Terrorism Events?

Below is a list of potential business issues that may arise as a result of the events:  Potential employee fears and anxiety Employees may fear working in (or even near) tall buildings, especially landmark or symbolic buildings. Employees will likely fear taking commercial airline flights, especially out of major airports. Some may even refuse to fly. Employees in the New …

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An Action Plan For The Anniversary of September 11th

There is no catchall answer as to the exact actions corporations should take. Whatever you do, it must fit your culture and situation.  Individual managers and corporations need to allow their people the time and the flexibility they need to reflect, mourn, or just work through any anxiety that might occur on or around that day.  Managers can begin the …

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