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2017 Oct. 23rd 4:16pm

Making Culture Your Competitive Advantage: How to Attract, Retain and Activate the Best Talent

Making Culture Your Competitive Advantage: How to Attract, Retain and Activate the Best Talent

What if the public sector set the standard for having a workplace culture that attracts the best talent, thrives in the face of challenges, and drives fearless innovation?

Culture provides a competitive advantage. Consider: A friend of mine spent more than 40 years working at the post office, fantasizing about retirement and bonding with his colleagues by lamenting the government job. When the time came to retire, however, he committed to another five years of service and has never been happier. His work had grown so meaningful to him and become so deeply connected to who he was that when the choice to remain with the post office was finally his, he chose to stay. Continue reading.

HR News - August 2017
2017 Oct. 23rd 4:03pm

Leveraging Predictive Analytics for Workforce Planning

Leveraging Predictive Analytics for Workforce Planning

Have you been avoiding predictive analytics? If so, does one or more of these statements sounds familiar?

  • I’m a human resources practitioner, not a data person.
  • Our data is not clean enough.
  • Our organization isn’t big enough to benefit from statistics.

Excuses for putting off your organization’s embrace of predictive analytics seem endless, but did you know that applying predictive analytics enables you to upgrade workforce planning (WFP) to the more-impactful strategic workforce planning (SWP)? Engaging in SWP allows organizations to forecast more accurately and to plan more effectively and completely for varying scenarios, which, in turn, helps them ensure they have the right workforce with the right skills at the right time to meet a new or evolved mission. Continue reading.

HR News - May 2017
2017 Apr. 27th 4:40pm

Boundary Spanning and Developing Your Critical Networks

Boundary Spanning and Developing Your Critical Networks

Boundary spanning and expanding your strategic network has never been more essential. Ever-evolving operational environments, coupled with growing interdependence, innovation, and diversity, compel leaders at all levels of the organization to strive to stay productive to reach across boundaries. Imperatives include

  • Boosting organizational performance by making novel formal and informal contacts.
  • Addressing dynamic and complex challenges as they emerge.
  • Channeling information to the functional areas that most need it quickly and efficiently instead of relying on overly broad distribution and traditional leadership hierarchies.
  • Developing strategy with input from across all parts of the organization being impacted by rapidly changing events in the external environment.

This final need for boundary spanning is particularly acute because few people in a single organization can adequately interpret every outside factor sufficiently. Making strategy-setting an organizational function -  rather than a C-suite function - is possible when critical networks are expansive and inclusive. Continue reading.

HR News - May 2017
2017 Apr. 4th 10:27am

🏠 Engaging Senior Leadership in Driving Culture Improvement

🏠 Engaging Senior Leadership in Driving Culture Improvement

In the IPMA-HR report, HR2020: Shifting Perspectives—A Vision for Public Sector HR, culture was identified as one of the five essential focus areas for human resources professionals who are committed to leading and influencing transformational change. Along with the areas of leadership, talent, technology and communication, culture was highlighted because improvements in this area can have significant and long-lasting impact.

HR News - April 2017
2017 Feb. 28th 3:40pm

Action Learning: Developing Leaders to Harness Change

Action Learning: Developing Leaders to Harness Change

Nothing within an organization is as inevitable as change itself and 2017 will be no exception.  Many in the federal and private sectors believe change is good, though managing and navigating change is often harder as there are questions that must be answered to include:

HR News - March 2017
2017 Feb. 1st 9:55am

3 Ways to Clear Barriers to Development for Women Leaders

3 Ways to Clear Barriers to Development for Women Leaders

Women bring different experiences, perspectives and competencies to leadership roles. Providing targeted leadership programs for women is not just a diversity initiative, it is a business imperative. Still, women often fight an uphill battle when trying to qualify for leadership positions in male-dominated industries. While many workplaces have committed to fostering equality of opportunity, barriers to advancement remain.

HR News - February 2017
2017 Jan. 11th 6:32pm

🏠 IPMA-HR 2016 Benchmarking Survey Results Suggest Ways to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce

🏠 IPMA-HR 2016 Benchmarking Survey Results Suggest Ways to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce

The long-forecast silver tsunami may never hit. Baby boomers, unable to afford retirement, are holding on to their jobs for ever-greater lengths, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This has placed some tension on government human resources professionals, as they are pulled in several opposing directions by having to manage the needs of employees of wide- ranging ages. This is the topic that IPMA-HR 2016 Benchmarking Survey tackled, and this article presents a few of the most actionable findings.

HR News - November 2016
2016 Dec. 1st 12:12pm

🏠 Should Appreciation Be Performance-Based?

🏠 Should Appreciation Be Performance-Based?

One of the questions I get asked most frequently when I conduct training for a business is “Should you show appreciation to someone who isn't performing well?”

HR News - December 2016