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How Do We Get Employees to Mentor?

June 30, 2014
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What do we do when experienced employees don't want to mentor fresh blood? Specializing in products for which experienced talent is hard to recruit, my company has to focus a lot on developing new talent and training them on the technical skills to build a critical talent pipeline. Because of the overall economic volatility, the employees feel insecure of losing what they have. We have found out through exit interviews that young talent is leaving us because they receive little help and training from their seniors. We suspect fear of losing their current position is the reason. What do we do?

— No One Cares Here, manufacturing/production, Lahore, India


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How Do We Set Improvement Priorities?

May 30, 2014
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In our recent employee opinion survey, staff in the finance department identified rewards, recognition and career advancement as their top three concerns. Which area should we focus on improving first?

— Priority Setter, Utilities, South Carolina


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A Quick Thought on Being Replaced By Machines

May 6, 2014
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While technology has been replacing humans in the workforce for hundreds of years, the fear of being replaced by machines still hangs heavy on society’s collective consciousness.
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People Moves, April 2014

April 7, 2014
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Ellyn Shook to CHRO at Accenture; Bridgette Cofield to chief talent officer at Chester Group; Russell Poole to EVP of HR at Intralinks Holdings.
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How Do We Prevent Turnover and Burnout?

March 28, 2014
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I am an HR generalist at a nonprofit social services agency that deals with domestic violence. Due to the nature of the work, we have always experienced a turnover rate between 30 and 40 percent. Is our turnover rate at or near average benchmarks for this line of work? And knowing we can’t change the stressful nature of the work, how do we keep our best people from burning out?

— Stress is Killing Us, HR/facilities manager, nonprofit, Phoenix, Arizona


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Vineet Nayar's Happy Feet

March 14, 2014
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A willingness to experiment with counterintuitive, radical approaches to managing people enabled Vineet Nayar to turn around HCL Technologies and make a splash.
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How Much Love Should We Show for Our Temporary Workers?

February 25, 2014
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We’re hearing more people talk about engagement for contractors and temporary staff, or contingency labor. While this sounds great in theory, how plausible is it? And does it carry the same weight as engaging our direct hires?

 — Enough Worries, project manager, architectural manufacturing, Memphis


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Action Tips for Values-Based Leaders

February 11, 2014
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Leaders' their vision begins with the organization’s overall mission and the values that will drive how team members work, treat one another and serve their markets or consumers year after year.


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The Last Word: HR's Road to GM's C-suite

February 10, 2014
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As I write this, Mary Barra has made few remarks regarding people plans for the world’s seventh-largest company.
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Stand by Your Employees: An Ode to Norah and the Troopers

January 21, 2014
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Stick with your employees, especially in times of difficulty and adversity. They might just surprise you, and may even do something amazing.
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