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Employee Engagement? A Dry Hole? Who Knows?

As part of a series on why employee engagement efforts are failing badly, this article focuses on the difficulty, or even impossibility of accurately measuring employee engagement return on investment, and how companies are continuing to fail at engagement efforts. At the bottom of the article you will find a number of other articles that […]

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Getting The Most From Training (Free to Distribute)

Going To Training? Some Hints by Robert Bacal Editor’s Note: In this article Robert Bacal provides some practical hints, tips and steps that learners and training participants can take before, during and after training seminars to get the most from attending training and training seminars. This article is free to distribute to your staff, or […]

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When Your Best Career Theory Is Wrong. Dead Wrong!

As a research-based consultant, I’m used to getting my ideas tweaked by new research. After all, I think of myself as a fairly flexible, open guy, so a small adjustment to my theories and ideas is usually illuminating. But unknown to Harvard’s Rosabeth Kanter, she took a Shillelagh, a big club to one of my big […]

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Weighing In On The Future of Human Resources (HR)

Is Human Resources In A State Of Transition? Human resource departments have always been in a difficult position in organizations. They are charged with responsibility for designing and enforcing various policies (.e.g. performance management, sexual harrassment, etc. ) but lack the LINE AUTHORITY over those who’s cooperation they need to make those policies work. Human resource […]

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Why How We Fight Matters Most

Analysis of business conversations inevitably reveals that they are chock full of misunderstanding, differences of opinion and inherent disagreement. Yet, it has been more than a dozen years since anything significant on managing conflict has been created. But in a recent and highly awarded study UVA’s Kristin Behfar and her colleagues have provided a new, […]

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Do Stingy Benefits Matter?

No question but what America’s labor market really boomed in 2014. In fact there were 3 million more people in work than a year earlier. According to a recent study reported in The Economist, the ratio of job seekers to actual job openings fell “from a peak of seven to one in 2009 to two […]

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Gossip Isn’t Just for the Tabloids

I’m not at all certain why gossip has acquired such a decidedly shady reputation. But before you send me off to Dante’s 8th Inferno, reserved solely for management and executive development consultants, let me explain my thinking. Two-thirds of all conversations, whether in business or otherwise, are about social relations. Most of which can be […]

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Employee Engagement: “There is no there there.”

There is a terrific amount of opinion, written and otherwise, about employee engagement. But it looks as though what Gertrude Stein said about her home town of Oakland, California, is also true of employee engagement: “there is no there there.” If you can deal with the challenge, you’ll want to go through Rob Briner’s thought […]

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Exit Interview Mini-Guide By Robert Bacal

If you are NOT doing exit interviews for staff who are leaving, you are missing out on a wealth of important information about how you can improve your company. While this article is written primarily for managers, HR folks will find it useful in both justifying the time it takes do do exist interviews, and the questions and information you should be using and soliciting. It appeared originally at: http://work911.com/articles/exit.htm

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