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
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.
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
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
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
Our leadership team is looking at several managers for potential promotion. All the candidates are good, but we can only promote one. There isn’t a great deal to separate them — each person has assets and deficits. Since the margin of difference is small, what can we do to make sure we make the right choice? — Talent Scout, director of development, electronics, Scottsdale, Arizona
The average age of our workforce is 48 years. We'd like to develop a strategy to prepare for the aging of our workforce, but what's really the most effective thing we should do? Who should be involved or giving input? We know we need to do something, but we aren't sure what's going to be effective. And we don't think we can “hire” our way out of it.
—Not Getting Any Younger, manager human resources, financial services, Amsterdam, New York
How does management style affect someone’s ability to lead? We’re wondering if we should promote people with certain styles of leadership (autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire).
—Always in Style, office coordinator, government, Washington, D.C.