You Work for Me — Do Better Recruiting!

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, HR Technology, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Steve Gifford

Public sector recruiting isn't keeping up with the business, and it hurts us all. I've been actively looking for work the last few weeks, and so I've been looking at the front end of a lot of Applicant Tracking Systems.  I can navigate the majority, but the whole world changes when I set foot onto a government site.  If I …

Enforcing Bereavement Time

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Benefits, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Policies, Steve Gifford

My Kindergartener announced Monday evening that, in addition to gym class and centers, they had done “lockdown practice” at school that day.  It was simply another activity in his day. I live in Connecticut.  I have two kids who go to elementary school here.  And my office is less than twenty minutes from Newtown.  No one I work with was …

Improving HR by Fixing IT

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Change, Communication, Driving Productivity, HR Tech, Influence, Organizational Development, Steve Gifford, Web/Tech

How many logins do your employees have? I sat down to think about it, and came up with the following list for a field supervisor: A Windows login A login to get into their Outlook email A login to access their sales SharePoint A login for the HR intranet (yes, a different system) A login to EZ Labor to approve …

You are a Pawn in your CEO's Game

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Communication, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Labor, Steve Gifford

Companies have a number of resources at their disposal: patent resources, real estate resources, IT resources, and of course, human resources.  Any CEO has at least mouthed words to the effect that “people are our most important resource.” But, every so often, a momentary lapse that some executives regard their employees as being on the same level as their furniture. …

Steve Gifford takes you Inside the Echo Chamber: The Cult-ure of CEO Pay

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The top executives of companies are different than regular employees.  They should be; they can drive profitability and performance more than anyone else in the company, and the stakes of their decisions are much higher.  When it comes to the compensation of CEOs, though, there is a disconnect buy cialis from the rest of the organization that isn’t supported by …

When do you hire someone? Microeconomics for HR Professionals

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Business Development, Good HR, Labor, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, War for Talent, Workforce Management Articles

“When the hiring manager says so”, right?  And sure, you want to provide customer service to the humans that you support.  The larger question, though, is when does your organization hire someone? The economics concept to understand here is “margin”.  When an economist talks about margin, they’re talking about one additional item.  That is to say, the “marginal cost” of …

The Management Auditors are Here!

Steve Gifford Culture, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Steve Gifford

Your organizational development case study of the day is this: You have offices in nearly every country in the world, ranging from a staff of a few dozen to over a thousand.  Few people last at a given office for more than three or four years, although there is substantial rotation between offices.  The person in charge of the office …

Ignoring it Doesn’t Make it Go Away: What Non-Union Employers need to know about the NLRA

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Employee Communications, Steve Gifford

Union membership accounts for less than 20% of the current American workforce, with less than 10% of the private workforce.  HR professionals tend to divide into a small group of generalists who eat, breathe, and live collective bargaining, and a much larger portion of us who simply thank our lucky stars that we don’t have to deal with that level …