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Networking with your colleagues is a good resource to help solve your HR dilemmas -- networking with the experts is a GREAT resource. Learn from the input of the experts on issues and topics in this complete archive of questions and answers. Do you have an HR question? Just ask by emailing editors@workforce.com.

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How Do We Build Culture?

February 24, 2015

Would it help us build camaraderie and culture to create an inclusive “get-to-know-you sheet” to encourage our employees to develop stronger relationships? Honestly, our focus on culture is newfound. We know it’s important and want to develop tools that nurture it, yet some of our managers don’t fully appreciate how culture ties back to their responsibilities. Suggestions?

—Nervous Newbie, project manager, financial services, Cleveland, Ohio


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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 Recruiting and Succession Strategy Fit Together?

February 24, 2015

How do we tie recruiting to fill new positions to development of a comprehensive succession strategy? People tend to talk about succession as a separate event from recruiting, but isn't there a connection between the two? We aren't far enough along on succession and the question has arisen in the context of our ongoing internal discussions.

—We Have Needs, services/software, Amherst, Massachusetts


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What Is the Next Step for Retention?

February 9, 2015

What ought to be our next probable step for retention as employees reach the maximum salary on our pay scale? Would advancing them into the next job grade be considered a promotion? How can we ensure that our pay reflects going rates but also satisfies our employees?

Unhappy and Over Budget, vice president of compensation, manufacturing, Detroit


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How Can We Analyze Corporate’s Effect on Employees?

February 9, 2015

What is the best way to assess the impact our corporate culture has on employee behaviors? This analysis is part of a larger change management initiative.

—Measuring Stick, people & culture specialist, retailing, Calgary, Alberta


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Should We Adopt a Training Policy?

February 9, 2015

There is some inclination by our execs to want to enshrine a training policy to make sure training of employees takes place/gets done. I'm not necessarily opposed, but I also am not convinced it's going to help much. We want to boost participation rates, but I feel like forcing employees to seek out training could backfire.

Development Dilemma, agriculture/forestry, Lagos, Nigeria


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How Do We Engage Different Age Groups?

January 26, 2015

We have people of vastly different age groups in our workforce. What's the key to tailoring engagement to individual groups by age? What can we do to appeal to the varied and different interest among these groups?

One Size Doesn't Fit, talent management specialist, services, Singapore


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How Do We Jump Start Our Recruiting Strategy?

January 22, 2015

Our recruiting methods are getting stale. We aren’t getting great results and it seems to be taking our recruiters more time to find qualified candidates. We rely on all the usual and time-tested methods to recruit, including traditional print ads and online job boards. It seems that the more options we have to post résumés, though, the harder it is to find standout candidates — people who genuinely jump off a résumé and say ‘Hire me.’ Makes me wonder if we are missing somewhere. Am I just venting or might we have a real problem with our recruiting strategy?

—Stuffy in Here, vice president of recruiting, services company, Union, New Jersey


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How Can Leaders Be Assertive Without Being Abrupt?

January 22, 2015

How do we teach our leaders to be assertive decision-makers with their people without coming across as abrupt? It's a fine line to walk and we want to put in place some training and/or guidelines as a primer.

—High-Wire Act, manager, health care, Middletown, Connecticut


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How Do We Put Logic Behind Talent Management?

December 18, 2014

Is there any logical grouping or hierarchical order to the factors that impact talent management? For example, gaps include: A) imprecise career paths, B) engagement, C) skills development, D) subjective performance assessments, etc. Are there rules about which is foundational and which is built on the foundation?

More than Theory, training and development leader, telecommunications, Quebec


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