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How Do We Know if Employees Are Motivated to Work Remotely?

November 13, 2015

About one-third of our 650 employees work remotely from home offices. As a result, hiring people who are self-starters is important. What is the best way to assess whether a candidate has the initiative to work with minimal supervision? Are there any tools that could help us?

—Unmotivated Need Not Apply, quality control specialist, software/services, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Should Development and Merit Raise Processes Be Split?

February 24, 2015

We want to separate two processes: performance management with a focus on developing people, and merit raises based on an employee’s contributions to our business success. How do I proceed? And what are the benefits of doing so?

—New and Improved, nonprofit, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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How Do We Develop Specialized Competencies?

August 29, 2014

How do we develop competencies for lenders? We thought about doing it around loan origination, but that seems too volatile. Plus, we don't want people pushing loans just to meet performance objectives. Any hints on how we can tackle specialized competencies such as this?

— Competencies on Loan, Polokane, South Africa

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Can a Development Plan Reduce Turnover?

July 10, 2014

Our company is coping with average turnover of 40 percent. Could HR make a development plan that effectively reverses this trend?

— Failure to Communicate, telecommunications, Santiago, Chile

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How Do We Develop a New Generation?

February 11, 2014

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

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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