Category Archives: Guest Post

If you want happy workers, stop treating them like children

employee-perksRecently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on short-term solutions that tend to treat employees more like children than adults who add real value to an organization. Continue reading

Bad Hiring Decisions

Hiring the wrong person increases training costs, recruitment costs and severance costs (to name a few).  Inc.com says that turnover costs about 1.5 times the salary of the employee who needs to be replaced while the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the individual’s first-year potential earnings. Those costs increase the higher up in the organization the turnover occurs. Continue reading

3 HR mistakes that ruin tech companies

 

HR success is arguably the most important factor for fast-growing, high-tech companies. “It’s about the team that grows with the company,” writes Ron Miller. “If that’s not right, the nascent company probably won’t succeed.” Indeed, it is about the team, but it is also about more than that. With such rapid growth, the team’s constitution and makeup will change quickly and considerably. Continue reading

They’re Not Employees, They’re People

unknownTwo extraordinary changes have crept up on the business world without most of us paying much attention to them. First, a staggering number of people who work for organizations are no longer traditional employees of those organizations. And second, a growing number of businesses have outsourced employee relations; they no longer manage major aspects of their relationships with the people who are their formal employees. These trends are unlikely to reverse themselves anytime soon. In fact, they’ll probably accelerate. And they’re happening for some very good reasons, as we’ll see. Continue reading

13 Signs That Someone Is About to Quit

sorry-i-quit-1Despite a century of speculation by managers and scholars, we know very little about whether certain cues or signs exhibited by employees can predict whether they’re about to quit. To help managers and companies identify employees at risk of quitting, they investigated this very question and uncovered a set of behavioral changes exhibited by employees—what we dub pre-quitting behaviors—that are strong predictors of voluntary quits in the 12 months after they are observed by managers.  Continue reading

 Building Trust In The Workplace

unknownHow many people trust their managers? A recent study by Edelman found that one in three employees don’t trust their employer. Another study by EY found that number to be even lower, with only 46% having trust in their organization, and 49% in their boss/team. Trust is one of the most important things you need in the workplace. Without it you won’t have the environment you need for an effective feedback culture to grow. So how can you help close the trust gap between employees and managers? Continue reading

Things Great Managers Do

2f42869Front line managers have a tremendous impact on the performance of companies. They often times find themselves in complex situations with high expectations placed upon them by company executives. Regardless of how a manager is chosen or promoted, their choices on how to spend their time will have the biggest impact on the performance of the staff that report to them. Let’s explore seven of the most important focus areas. Continue reading