How to Develop (and Teach) a Smart ‘Raise Strategy’

Regardless of tough times, poor company results or average employee performance, most employees feel they are entitled to an annual raise. This is because most employees have not been shown the connection between pay increase and value created in the workplace. I am in management but I am also an employee. I know that the

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Tuition Assistance and Improved Performance

This case study in the December issue of Chief Learning Officer about Verizon Wireless’ tuition assistance program scratches me right where I itch. Verizon Wireless is nailing it, and the case study shows the results that are proving it. I won’t quote the results (you can read the article) but employees who participated in and

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The Problem With Praise

  As a training professional, you’ve probably seen plenty of examples of the positive effects of praise. Who doesn’t get a kick out of an employee or student’s face lighting up when they‘re told they’ve done well on a task or test? But according to the latest neuroscience, praise can have a dark sign if

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Infographic: ‘Tis The Seasonal Worker: A Glimpse At The Temporary Employee Workforce This Holiday Season

Each year businesses prepare for the holiday onslaught by calling in the reserves: seasonal employees. These temporary hired hands help companies get through the busy season without having to keep extra staff year-round. But finding the right employees takes considerable effort and training. We examine the world of seasonal employment: what other companies are doing

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3 Reasons Why Employee Performance Reviews are a Farce

Annual performance reviews should be buried without a eulogy. Goodbye and good riddance. What an alarming waste of management time and brainpower. Here are my three reasons why employee performance reviews are a farce: 1. They are too infrequent to make their content meaningful and actionable. 2. The process requires that all managers share the

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The One Thing You Must Do to Develop Leaders

If you want to ensure your leadership development programs are successful, you need to instill a single belief among aspiring leaders in your organization. This single belief trumps all other efforts you undertake in preparing your program. It is more important and more powerful than top leadership commitment. It will be more successful than selecting

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Gen Y and the Incredible Shrinking Office

As Boomers gradually retire and your organization hires more young workers, your office may change. The median age will drop, the average wardrobe alter and, with team-happy young people filling the cubicles, the place may be a bit chattier, but these are all relatively cosmetic shifts. Are there any more fundamental ways that Gen Y

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Work-Flex: Another New Workplace Term

Languages never remain static; they constantly evolve – adding and deleting words based on changing life and work attitudes, circumstances and events. Many times the words are cultural or social markers (bromance, helicopter parents, wedged, dash the cash); many times they can serve to explain new trends in a constantly changing business world (‘trep, digital

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