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How Do We Use Data to Identify Quality Candidates?

January 7, 2014

We've completed our skills gap analysis and competency profile - but we can't find enough good candidates in the job market who have the right skills. Now that we have all this information, where do we go from here?

— Only Half the Problem, HR consultant, Nairobi


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Holy Crap(s)

November 12, 2013
I’d never played craps before. But at a recent conference at the Mandalay Bay resort I gave it a try. Almost immediately, the employees manning the tables earned my respect.
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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?

June 19, 2013
We want to conduct cross-training sessions to help some employees acquire new skills. We also have employees that already perform these tasks and don't want them thinking our cross-training is a reflection on their performance. How should we handle this to make sure everyone's on the same page? Is there a better alternative? —Don't Want Hurt Feelings, HR manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Grand Cayman
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How Do I Respond to Employee Concerns About SWOT Analysis?

June 19, 2013
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
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