When business software vendor Infor announced the acquisition of Lawson Software in July, many Lawson customers and analysts were concerned about the future of the company's product lines. Infor executives have dismissed the concerns. Read More
The deal signals more momentum for the cloud computing model, where customers rent applications over the Internet instead of paying for a software license and installing the programs on internal machines.Read More
Some employees are close to being fired for not meeting performance standards. But our company has never had a formalized system to counsel people about job expectations. How do we prevent the loss of potentially solid performers now that times are tight and our management is quietly considering making changes?
—Cart Before the Horse, HR professional, manufacturing, Battle Creek, Michigan
Hey edgy executives: Take a deep breath and stop hopping from one priority to another.Read More
We have no performance review or assessment procedure in place. How do I convince executives who think “that stuff” is unnecessary that it actually benefits our organization, particularly for staff who don't receive much recognition for a job well-done or guidance on a job not-so-well-done?
—Voice in the Wilderness, director of customer relations, mining/oil/gas, Georgia
Employers are demanding more while employees are engaging less, but there is one way to keep your best workers from checking out completely—recognizing who they are and rewarding them accordinglyRead More
Like Charlie Chaplin's character in the comedy Modern Times about an assembly-line worker who loses it after tightening one bolt too many, HR consultant Art Quinn says that when employees are pushed to their limits, the workplace can be a dehumanizing place.Read More
A promotion can do a lot to make up for the longer hours and extra duties that many workers have wrestled with in the past couple of years. But firms often fail to see where employees who are learning on the job might fit into new roles.Read More
How should we use performance appraisals to determine training and
development needs for staff?
—Performance Management Newbie, HR manager,
In the wake of shifts at the top for Apple, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, heirs in the pipeline can mean a stable transition both financially and in the workplace. Read More