Ram Charan, author and management consultant, has a heady warning for U.S. companies expecting business as usual to continue.Read More
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.Read More
Vice president/chief talent officer, McCann Regan Campbell Ward, New YorkRead More
In the past five years, behavior-motivating plans have become an increasingly popular aspect of employee recognition programs, according to a new survey. Read More
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
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
Millennial workers admit to ignoring BYOD rules in the workplace.Read More
Boston Consulting Group ranked No. 4 on Fortune's Best Companies list for its emphasis on a positive culture and the development of the firm's most important asset: its employees. Read More
Infusing comedy into workplace culture has the potential to improve employee communication skills, build a tight-knit team of employees and lower turnover rate.Read More
Next time an employee communicates an issue with you, think about whether it is worth the risk to let the concern go unaddressed.Read More