Research by a cadre of scientists during the past decade points to a troubling fact: Eliminating bias is far more difficult than once thought.Read More
It’s okay to fire someone, as long as you’re not motivated by an illegal reason. Don’t feel bad for the poor employee who has’t worked out.
Among many storylines during Mayer’s first year of running Yahoo, two have captured the attention of HR leaders: eliminate remote workers and deploy forced ranking in performance management.Read More
I lead the HR department of a company with between 30 and 40 employees. Due to our size, we in HR are generalists whose job duties include training, compensation and recruitment. We don't have specialized roles, but I have been asked to develop key performance indicators, or KPIs, for our employees in sales and accounting. This is the first time I've tackled this subject. Any advice on how I should start?
—Lost in Limbo, finance/insurance/real estate, Cairo, Egypt
Here is our issue in a nutshell: we have a close-knit office and some employees have questioned the fairness of 360 feedback, since there is no way of knowing who says what about whom. What should we do?
—Stuck in the Middle, HR manager, health care services, Boise, Idaho
Some ideas have been presented by management to help employees identify areas of essential skills. One idea is to have employees complete a SWOT analysis. But employees have expressed a range of concerns about SWOT, including:
• Since I'm already doing more with less, when do I find time to complete the SWOT worksheet?
• If I identify threats, how will I be perceived by management?
• Since we have limited funds and can't give raises, how could we capitalize on opportunities that emerge from the analysis?
• Will I be considered a narcissist by management if I list things I do well?
• How do I list my strengths when I'm not even sure what they are?
—Can't Swat These Worries Away, OD director, government, Panama City, Florida
As Hillary Clinton chatted about whatever she chatted about, other SHRM attendees opted to spend their time in pursuit of their profession.Read More
With growing numbers of high performers ready to leave their organizations, employers need to realize that those departures can be extremely costly for organizations in the resources it takes to recruit, hire and train new employees.Read More
If 360-degree reviews aren't working, which other methods could we use to get honest feedback on how our leaders perform?
—360-Degree Turn, recruitment adviser, healthcare, Salem, Oregon
Companies such as LinkedIn, Mars and Marriott International are using branding to market themselves to prospective employees.Read More