Best Practices in Internship Programs – Cosmo Kramer…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Sourcing

As a general rule, internships aren’t my strongest area.  I’m a HR person at a software firm, before that a field HR generalist (manager, director and VP level) with a couple of Fortune 500 entities.  Lots to do in all the jobs and even though internships have value, they never got the priority I would have liked to place on …

Talent Watch – What to Expect When Gen Y Comes to Work…

Kris Dunn Generations

Best summary I have read on Gen Y in the workplace exists at Fortune Magazine – Read it here… One of the sidebars in the magazine listed the visual cues you’ll need to spot a Gen Yster.  Just for kicks I’ve compared myself visually to the guy at the right.  I didn’t fare too bad on the hipster chart…. How …

The Best Way to Lose Good Talent – Be Slow

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Interviewing

Ran into a joint study commissioned by DDI/Monster entitled (brace for cliche) Slugging Through the War for Talent.  The primary topic I was drawn to in the study?  Easy choice – "Interviewer Habits That Most Annoy Job Seekers" (see chart to the right for the top choices of the abused…) While most of the poll results aren’t surprising (hiring manager …

Talent Primer – Are you Uncoachable?

Kris Dunn Performance

We’ve talked a lot about coaching for performance at The HR Capitalist (here, here and here for starters) and riffed about how employees will try to derail the process with sidetracks.  Although the tools I pitch are relatively simple and flexible to most situations, managers have to think on their feet to deploy them effectively.  Are you uncoachable?  Know anyone …

Talent Primer – The Cost of Reinventing Yourself

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Salary Caps

Earlier this week I profiled the recent research concluding that today’s American men have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility Project.  My conclusion?  That globalization has turned many jobs into commodities, which means those jobs likely get shut down and performed somewhere else over time.   As …

Talent Economics – Our Parents (on average) Made More Than Us, and It’s Complicated…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Salary Caps

Are we all destined to be George Costanza?  Offspring who never deliver on the dreams our parents envisioned for us?  There’s some hand wringing going on about the viability of the American Dream, as today’s American men are reported have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility …

Performance Management – Can You Put Employees in Control of the “Meets vs. Exceeds” Equation?

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Last week I broke off a couple of riffs (this one and that one) regarding the difference between a Meets vs. Exceeds when evaluating employees via your Performance Management process.  I’ve probably said enough on the topic for at least a week – so I’ll give everyone a break – from my thoughts on the topic anyway… How about someone …

Talent Watch – “Meets” vs. “Exceeds” from the Employee’s Point of View

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance

A couple of days ago, I commented on Performance Differentiators that compared/contrasted the difference between a employee who "Meets’ expectations and one who "Exceeds" expectations.  Lots of quality comments followed, most tweaking the logic based on their experiences and perspective – which is good! One item I’ve been thinking about is how the normal employee views the Meets vs. Exceeds …

Talent Watch – What’s The Difference Between an Employee Who “Meets” and One Who “Exceeds”?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance

One word – "Innovate" Two words – "Innovate" and "Create"  (I always think of the old "Think Different" campaign by Apple when I see these words). One of the hardest things to do related to getting a robust Performance Management system in place is develop the right kind of evaluation culture.   How do your managers rate employees?  Are they soft …