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How to Manage Highly Skilled Employees

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Managing a skilled workforce takes a special type of mindset. In today’s workplace, many managers of software engineers don’t have the same level of experience or knowledge as the people they are managing. In order to keep employee turnover low and morale high, you need to provide a certain level of leadership to carry the team to the next level. Leading a team in this type of scenario can be challenging for those who don’t have the right kind of soft skills.  It’s not so much the years of experience as the type of experience you’ve gained that counts. Some leadership skills are harder to come by and more valuable in these situations. Here is a list of skills an effective manager should have, especially if you don’t have [...]
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Make Performance Appraisals Work for You

Posted by Eric Friedman

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How to turn the annual review into an effective process to drive employee success A recent poll by the San Francisco-based consulting firm Achievers revealed that 98% of employees thought that annual performance appraisals were unnecessary. This sentiment was found in many different industries, in the private and public sectors, and among managers and junior staff alike. Despite the general dissatisfaction with performance appraisals, they can in fact be useful when done right. They offer insight into an employee’s productivity, motivation, achievement, and potential. They can also act as guidelines—not just for a particular employee, but for the department as a whole, for charting goals and achievements. The key is to make perf [...]
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Human Resources: Friend or Foe? How to get employees to trust you

Posted by Andreea Hrab

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As a Human Resources professional it’s hard to ignore the level of animosity and mistrust the average employee holds towards the HR department. A 2012 poll conducted on CareerBliss.com showed that 72% of people thought HR is just management’s pawn, while only 21% thought HR supports what’s right and barely 7% though HR actually looks out for employees. The road to turning this negative stigma around can be long and arduous, but there are ways to impart trust and goodwill among employees. The first and most important step is to clarify your role in the company. Most of the ill will towards HR comes from employees’ realizing their notion that the department exists solely to protect and advocate for them is not actually the case. [...]
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How to Deal with Workplace Harassment

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder stated that 35% of workers felt they were bullied at work—an increase from 27% a year prior. One of the biggest challenges faced by human resources staff is dealing with harassment in various forms in the workplace. Creating a workplace environment that’s free of harassment can be a daunting task for any human resources professional. Harassment in any form should not be tolerated, but sometimes it can be hard to prevent. For example, an eccentric dresser might be teased for his or her fashion taste. While we’re no longer in the 5th grade, this type of harassment is not necessarily illegal. Workplace harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or a [...]
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Providing Employees with the Right Training and Knowledge

Posted by Eric Friedman

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A recent survey conducted by the global talent management company Lumesse found that over 40% of HR leaders admitted to not being able to provide effective training to ensure that employees have the right skillset. As an HR professional, one of your most critical tasks is to provide training to employees—not only to keep them around, but also to elevate your company to the next level. When a human resources department is stretched thin, it’s not easy to provide the necessary training for all employees. We’ve created a list of things that’ll help boost your training program, and maybe even take some of the responsibilities off your HR department. Mentorship: One of the biggest ways to provide real and personal training is to [...]
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Tips on Building Workplace Morale

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Office morale is one of the biggest factors that directly affect productivity in your office, as well as employee retention. I’ve come up with five different ways that employers can build morale in the office and create a better sense of ownership in the company. Be innovative. People love working for companies that are innovative and use technologies and ideas unmatched by their competitors. In the war for talent, keeping good employees entertained and happy is directly related to their personal growth within the company. If you’re fostering an environment of innovation and encouraging new ideas and growth, employees will be more loyal to the company because they want to be on the front line of new technologies. Be fun. Your [...]
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Well-Known Pitfalls of Tying Compensation to Performance

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Tying compensation to performance can be a tricky and slippery slope for employers to travel down. Companies that want to enact a program like this need to be aware of the common pitfalls and do their best to build a program that helps avoid them. If you’re considering doing this, take into account the following dangers. It Hurts Team Collaboration Team members anxious to improve their performance may avoid working with others they perceive to be less able, which ultimately will exclude many employees from the more rewarding projects. Keen competition for limited rewards can create a hostile environment, in which trust and cooperation are sacrificed in the interest of self-promotion. There must be a good balance between individual com [...]
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Make Your HR Department a Stronger Unit

Posted by Andreea Hrab

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The Human Resources department is an indispensable cog in any company’s engine. It is a unit that deals with every single employee on a consistent basis, listening to employees’ needs, drafting policies, and improving the workplace. As such, the Human Resources team needs to be a strong, cohesive unit that works together to ensure healthy and happy work conditions, as well as boost employee morale. To strengthen your HR department, it’s useful to keep in mind a few things. Remember that you also once held a junior position when assigning tasks and offering opportunities to your junior employees. Maintain open communication with your team about the department’s direction and priorities, always encouraging new ideas and ways to [...]
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