Stretched Too Thin: Consequences of "Doing More with Less"

Layoffs.  10-hour work days.  Increased expectations.  Tight deadlines.  These factors and more have created the perfect storm when it comes to worker stress, fatigue and burnout.  In fact, according to the December, 2010 Workforce Management article “The Yawning of a New Era,” over 80% of HR managers agree that employee fatigue is a larger problem now […]

Emerging Media: Changing the Face of Recruiting

Still placing “Help Wanted” ads?  Posting to job boards? You may be missing out on the best candidates. Job seekers have changed their search strategies tremendously in the past few years.  To attract the best and brightest, your recruiting strategies need to keep pace. In today’s competitive market for talent, you need to make your […]

Create a Sound Succession Plan – Before Talent Needs Become Talent Crises

If a key manager or executive left you without warning, how well would your company handle the change? Change – in market conditions, technology or key leadership – is an inevitable part of business.  Whether that change is gradual or sudden, every organization must be able to manage it successfully to thrive.  Succession planning is […]

Beyond Burnout: Fostering a Work Environment that Drives Performance

Is employee burnout an issue in your organization?  Not sure?  Ask yourself the following questions: Have employees’ workloads increased substantially? Are employees complaining about minor things more than usual? Has productivity been declining? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, your employees may be experiencing job burnout.  True, most people are thankful just […]

Boost Your Personal Productivity – Eliminate Unproductive Meetings!

Have you ever stopped to consider how much “marathon meetings” and “it’ll just take a minute – really” impromptu discussions really cost your company?  Consider this example: A weekly meeting with 6 people, making an average of $20 per hour, costs your business $120 per hour.  If you waste just 15 minutes of that time […]

10 Workplace Personalities – and How to Handle Them

The skeptic.  The complainer.  The perfectionist. Every company has them, but how should you handle them? Variety may be the spice of life, but the wide range of difficult workplace personalities you have to manage can make your job even more challenging – because what works to motivate one type of employee will not necessarily […]

How to Handle Losing a Key Employee

Ever lose one of your top performers?  Then you know how difficult it is.  Whether he storms out, or submits an eloquent letter of resignation, the void he leaves behind can be massive. A key employee is someone who is not easily replaced – because he has years of experience with you, because he has […]

Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

The economy has presented hiring managers with an interesting challenge – namely, how to properly handle all the overqualified candidates coming through their doors. On the surface, this may seem like a great problem to have.  Who wouldn’t want to hire a candidate with more talent and experience than the position requires?  But when you […]

Using Social Networks as an Employment Screening Tool?

You’re not alone.  In fact, a survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers showed the number of employers using social media in their recruiting and hiring efforts has more than doubled in the past two years.  The reasons employers using social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) for pre-employment screening are fairly obvious:  obtaining […]

Is Your Company an Employer of Choice?

The employment pendulum is swinging.  Gen Y’ers want to know, “What can you do for me?” While it’s tempting to think that there are “plenty of fish in the sea,” the truth is that top talent is becoming harder to attract and retain. So how do you know if yours is a company that talented […]