You could also argue that telecommuting originated with Yahoo’s Silicon Valley neighbor Hewlett-Packard. In 1967, the pioneering computer-maker allowed its plant in Germany to offer flextime—a truly radical concept at the time. HP then implemented large-scale telecommuting in the mid-1990s as technology advanced.Read More
More than two-thirds of telecommuters say they shop online while on the clock when working from home, according to a recent survey published by CouponCabin. Those that do tend to shop online more frequently and for longer periods of time. Read More
How do we make our managers better at having difficult conversations with our employees? Sometimes it seems easier for them to gloss over tough topics rather than engage employees in discussion and uncover problem area. How do we convince them to probe below the surface without interrogating employees? We'd prefer to avoid mandating it as part of a manager's performance reviews.
—Touchy Subject, executive assistant, health care, Sydney, Australia
We want to boost our retention of new hires. What we most want to know is what it will take for new employees to commit to staying with us long term. Are there any secrets to learning this in advance of hiring?
—Missing the Link, HR generalist, architectural/engineering, Miami
How should we divvy up responsibilities for talent management? Our feeling is that if it resides solely with HR, how could we hold managers accountable for execution? On the other hand, managers aren't really cut out to develop strategies for talent acquisition, workforce planning. I guess what I'm asking is: Is there a dividing line in talent management and, if so, which responsibilities do our managers have for helping us catch the vision?
—Too Many Chiefs, Director of strategy, technology, Cincinnati
How to build a robust succession planning program that aligns current talent development with future leadership needs.Read More
Now in its sixth year, Deloitte's alternative spring-break event initiates college students in the company's culture and commitment to causes.Read More
We are a sales-driven organization with approximately 50 employees. What would be the ideal type of performance appraisal for us to use?
—The Cost of Money, construction, Pune, India
Companies are implementing biometric time clocks using facial recognition, fingerprint tracking or vein-pattern scanning to make it harder for hourly workers to steal company time. Still, some question whether Big Brother might be watching a little too closely.Read More
Women make up about a quarter of the manufacturing industry's workforce, according to a recent report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. The same report suggests the industry should actively focus on recruiting women to fill hundreds of thousands of empty positions. Read More