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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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How Can Managers Be More Influential?

March 10, 2014
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How could we get managers to influence employees?

— Not Influential Enough, director of human resources, manufacturing, Kerala, India


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What Data Should We Use for Assessments?

March 10, 2014
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We are a big retail organization that is just starting to launch job evaluations for all our positions. Our ultimate goal is to make sure people have an opportunity to grow and are in jobs that best suit their interests/goals. We realize no system is perfect, but what are some solid methods or approaches to sort out the most relevant data to use when making our assessments?

 

— Shed Some Light, HR Manager, retailing, Illinois


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How Do We Apply an Organizationwide Leadership Model?

March 10, 2014
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Our executives have told us they want everyone here to “think like a leader.” The thrust is to get people to take ownership and hopefully boost engagement/morale and make us generally more productive and a better place to work. We have good leadership programs in place but have never applied a leadership model across the entire organization. Although this sounds like a great idea in theory, how do we put it into practice? Where do we start and what steps do we follow?

 — Aiming to Please, distribution, Gaithersburg, Maryland


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What Suits Today's Recruits?

February 25, 2014
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What do recruits want most today? Is money still the key factor or is professional development more important? It's sometimes hard to tell what we should tout.

Inquiring Mind, manager, consumer products, Sri Lanka


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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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Can Low-Potential Workers Become High-Potentials?

February 25, 2014
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I’m wondering about strategies to turn low-potential employees into high potentials. How often is this done and are there any best practices?

What About the Also-Rans? OD specialist, software/systems, Washington, D.C.


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How Do I Show Training Impact?

February 11, 2014
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I am searching for examples of measures that can show the “mission impact” of training for employees that provide administrative support. As an example, if the training is for finance managers at an organization that focuses on biomedical research, what metrics would likely demonstrate how the training received affects the organization’s research? 

— Mission Impossible or Not, Raleigh, North Carolina


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How Do We Develop a New Generation?

February 11, 2014
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Our company soon must replace a number of senior-level boomers nearing retirement. How do we develop younger high potentials to take over as senior executives? Does it take a different approach than we used in years past?

— Our Future Is Our Past, senior organizational development officer, financial services, Gaithersburg, Maryland


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How Do We Encourage Accountability for Development?

February 11, 2014
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How do I convince my supervisors why they need to be accountable for employee development? Some of them get it, but others seem to view this as an increased responsibility that belongs to the HR function. What training resources could I use to make the case? 

— Not Persuasive, staff coordinator, health care, Colorado Springs, Colorado


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