Rather than enabling our employees to innovate, our management tends to stand in their way. They would rather exert tight-fisted control over employees. This makes for a work environment that isn't conducive for strategic innovation; we are unable to keep enthusiastic and talented people. How could I persuade management to drop its hierarchical approach so that employees are encouraged to initiate projects that help the company?Read More
What is the No. 1 HR metric we should be reporting to our CEO?
—The Most Important Thing, product manager, software/services, Quebec
My employer wants to embark on an employer branding exercise to attract potential employees. How do I go about doing this and what does it entail?
—In the Dark, senior manager, human resources, manufacturing, Pahang, Malaysia
For its commitment to career training in an unglamorous, high-turnover industry not known for employee enrichment, Planned Cos. is the recipient of the 2010 Optimas Award for Vision.Read More
As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction that HR has with business units. Another concern: If HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition? Read More
The Conference Board’s U.S. employment trends index rose in February to a reading of 101.7, its fifth straight increase.Read More
For creating an outreach program that will help the recruitment efforts of the entire organization, the U.S. Navy is the winner of the 2010 Optimas Award in the Service category.Read More
How can our public-sector organization help its non-HR managers improve their hiring skills? They are often asked to handle personnel-related issues, such as determining whether candidates have the competencies necessary to perform the job. However, most have little (if any) formal training on how to do this. And our organization does not have a centralized approach or expertise in delivering this type of training.
April brings a single-digit jobless rate to the city—9.8 percent, compared with 10 percent in March. Recovery might finally be kicking in, economists say.Read More
Illinois reports improvement in the jobs picture for the first time in three years, with 19,100 new jobs added in April and 51,500 hires for the year to date. But the unemployment rate remains at high levels.Read More