HR Strategy

Are Layoffs Coming To Your Company?  Use This Checklist To Find Out (A comprehensive checklist of the warning signs of a pending layoff at your organization)

It’s better to be prepared than surprised, so track the warning signs of your upcoming layoff. It’s important to realize that in today’s volatile business environment, each week, large-scale layoffs are becoming increasingly common. And unfortunately, the current ones can occur with little formal notice to the impacted employees (Note: the recent “one day notice” to Twitter employees for a …

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Talent Hoarding – Can Reduce The Huge Hidden Costs Of Layoffs (A surgical approach for identifying those to be released)

Shareholders should be outraged when their execs use broad layoffs, which have a painfully low ROI. In fact, along with M&A actions, a large-scale layoff may have the most disruptive business impacts of all talent actions. So as an alternative, I recommend a “gradual and surgical release” alternative approach, which can reduce labor costs without disrupting workforce productivity. You might …

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Quiet Quitting Isn’t Harmless… Action Steps For Eliminating Toxic Employees Who Consciously Under-Work

“Silent team killers” who purposely reduce their workload hurt productivity, customers, and revenue. So they are far from harmless. In fact, I call these slackers “silent team killers.” Their selfish decision to reduce their workload will crush the morale of even the strongest teams. A recent Gallup survey indicates that these disengaged workers have accounted for at least 50% of …

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Smoothing Out VUCA – How HR Can Thrive In A Volatile Up-And-Down World

A think piece – for guiding you on how to successfully operate in a volatile whack-a-mole world.  What Exactly Is VUCA, And How Does It Impact HR?  Unfortunately, a majority of HR professionals that you ask about VUCA will have literally never heard of it, even though VUCA may be the most volatile and dynamic business environment in the last …

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Prioritize Your Keystone Positions – Learn A Valuable Lesson From Nature (Borrow position prioritization from natural ecosystems)

A Think Piece – that recommends the greatest extension of talent management thinking in your lifetime.  Most organizations already prioritize their key positions. But that group of prioritized positions usually only includes key executives and managers. However, nature teaches us that the less prominent “under the radar positions” often have an equal or stronger business impact on business results. Those …

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Small Business Should Win Most Recruiting Battles, Here’s Why They Don’t (Recruiting advantages at small businesses – a comprehensive guide) (Part 1 of 2)

Ask retirees what was the best job in your career? And often the answer is a job at a small business. And because so many respond positively that a job at a small business was the best one in their professional career, I literally laugh when small business managers complain they can’t recruit against elite firms like Google. Even though …

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Raise Your Credibility With Executives – Dealbreaker Phrases To Avoid (Part 2 of 2)

A Think Piece – a new language for HR, “Speaking With Dollars and Data” and avoiding turnoff phrases. The goal of this article is to provide direction to HR professionals who want to learn how to impress and build credibility with their executives. By making presentations that include more dollars, data, and numbers. And that completely avoids “dealbreaker words” like …

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The Untimely Death Of Workforce Planning – HR’s Most Costly Omission

HR mistake

HR’s almost nonexistent workforce planning has created our most costly business impact this century. And those billions in business damages have been created primarily over the last decade. We have had a constant mismatch between a company’s talent needs and its workforce capabilities. The primary reason for this talent mismatch is that over the last decade, HR has made developing …

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