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Seeking Out “Next Practices,” the Next Generation of Best Practices

Next Practice Development Is More Common in Other Business Functions Next practice development isn't about making something more efficient; instead, it is about a fundamental transformation of the core business activity. For example, Apple has long been a participant in the computer industry, in which the core best practices are predominately focused on refinement of manufacturing technologies that enable computers …

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Contest Recruiting: There’s No Better Way to Find Elite Talent, Part 1

You may not have realized it, but a growing number of functional excellence awards programs are promoted, sponsored, and, in some cases, even organized by corporations. From math challenges to contests aimed at identifying the best customer service associate in a local geography, these events are quickly becoming a powerful tool used by organizations to build a who's who database …

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Narrowcast Sourcing for Specific Skills and Attributes

What's the Difference? Sourcing activities, like any form of activity, can easily be grouped into categories that define scope, applicability/relevance, cost, cycle time, or any other distinguishing attribute. Narrowcasting is one such category that relates to scope of target audience addressed by the activity. It is positioned between broadcasting and microcasting. Broadcast Sourcing Broadcast sourcing activities are those that focus …

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Performance Turnover

The Cost of Turnover may be higher than you think Performance Turnover Try using “Performance Turnover”, a measure I developed in our retention work, in lieu of the traditional turnover calculation. We have used it in a variety of configurations but it works something like this. Start with the assumption that losing a “Hi-Per’s” (High Performing Employees) is three times as bad as …

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Cost of Vacancy Formulas for Recruiting and Retention Managers

Calculating the cost of a vacancy (COV) is a critical activity, one that’s necessary to determine the actual business impact of talent shortages that result from a gap between the time talent is needed and the time required by the recruiting function to supply such talent. As a metric, it can be configured to measure the dollar impact of voluntary …

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ERE Expo Spring 2010

Join us in sunny San Diego for ERE Expo! ERE Expo Spring 2010 is just around the corner.  To view the agenda and register to attend, click here. Print Friendly

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Improving Sourcing: Techniques for Identifying Which Sources Work and Which Don’t

Recruiting is a relatively simple four-step process, the first two steps of which are called “sourcing”: First you make potential candidates aware of your firm and its job opportunities. Second, you convince candidates to actually apply for the job. Third, you assess them. And last, you try to “sell” the final candidate on your job. When you prioritize each of …

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The Worldwide War for Talent II Is Coming: Are You Prepared?

Do you remember the war for talent in the late 1990s? Well get ready, because it’s about to return with a vengeance. If you read my articles and books, you are aware that I do a good deal of forecasting. In the past, I’ve forecasted the beginning and the end to the last hiring boom and the hiring turnaround that …

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