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How Do We Know When Is the Right Time to Use an Assessment Center?

December 4, 2013
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We've been hearing about this idea for a while, but as I understand it, assessment centers can be pretty pricey. Given that we have a tight budget, is there a good way to assess whether the ROI is there for us? We're a medium-sized company and putting a premium on strong leadership.

—Assessing Our Options, senior HR consultant, legal/consulting, Zagreb, Croatia


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What’s the Business Case for Diversity?

December 3, 2013
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We're making a big push to focus on multiculturalism, but want to avoid it becoming “just another thing.” Is there a way to demonstrate the practical business value of having a diverse workforce?


—Melting Pot, project manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Cleveland, Ohio


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How Do I Develop a System for Employees Accruing Personal Time?

October 25, 2013
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Dear Workforce:

 

I am a new HR coordinator and have been asked to develop a system for employees accruing vacation/sick/personal time. I would appreciate any ideas. We are a very small company of eight employees. Our small company has never had a system for accrual of employee vacation/sick/personal time. Where do we begin?

 

— No Starting Point, HR coordinator, health care, Illinois


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How Do I Find a Recruiter Specializing in Engineers?

October 25, 2013
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How do I search for, and select, a recruiting firm to help us find engineers? Specifically, my customer group has about 15 very specific, hard-to-fill engineering openings. We're already using social media and have considered advertising in trade publications, but we also need a more targeted approach.

 

Dear Recruiting a Recruiter, manufacturing, Dearborn, Michigan


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What Do I Do if the Boss and a Colleague Hook Up?

October 25, 2013
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There’s a ticklish situation I don't know how to handle. I strongly believe my boss and a co-worker are having a sexual relationship. She seems to get special privileges that aren't available to others. What should I do, if anything?

Too Close for Comfort, manufacturing/production, Newport News, Virginia


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What Are the Pitfalls of Job Rotation Programs?

October 15, 2013
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What are some "caution items" before we launch into job rotation? We aren't sure whether it should start at our home office or across departments, and also aren't sure what percentage of our employees should be rotated.

Cautious but Curious, manufacturing/production, Bangkok, Thailand


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Team Coaching for Highly Motivated Employees

October 15, 2013
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Our employees often work in teams, executing projects or drumming up innovation. How valuable is it for us to implement coaching for these folks who are already highly motivated? We were considering some type of "team coaching," although we don't really know if such an animal exists.

—Pleased with Our Employees, but not Complacent, engineering/architectural, Washington, D.C.


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Stoking Performance Management Leadership

October 15, 2013
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We are currently engaged in the process of training all of our managers in the principles of exemplary leadership. To support this effort, we want to move away from a "control and compliance" approach to performance management. How do we redesign our tools to promote employee ownership, accountability, and commitment through a set of shared values and goals?

Culture Warrior, senior vice president human resources, financial/insurance/real estate, Sarasota, Florida


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The (In)effectiveness of Criticism as a Motivator

October 2, 2013
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We have a manager who feels that “motivation” should be in the form of criticism – to encourage the employee to “work harder.”  If indeed this is his style, what is the best approach to giving constructive criticism to employees as a motivator? 

—Providing Constructive Feedback


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A Smarter Way to Measure Turnover

October 2, 2013
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Do you know if there is any kind of normal attrition or resignation numbers for industries or size of companies? What is considered normal?

—Not Sure When to Worry, automotive, Auburn Hills, Michigan


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