The Critical Drivers of Promotion for Women

I was recently delighted to support the Women’s Business Forum in a project that examined women’s career progression in seven leading UK companies. Using our three level, 11 factor model of women’s career progression, we collected data on the current state of talent management across UK plc in August and September 2013. We made some […]

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Investing in Training and Development Pays Off–Literally!

Organizational training and development can be the first budget cut when times are tough, but some new analysis shows that firms who do invest see higher financial returns. People want to be able to use and develop new skills and abilities.  The right training and development programs can meet this basic need and thus leverage […]

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Why You Should Survey After Layoffs

Should you survey after layoffs? After a mass layoff, many HR practitioners and organizational leaders are faced with a choice: Do we postpone or continue the annual employee opinion survey? Concerns about spending, or even fear of what the survey results might say, seem to recommend postponing the annual survey. But data from the High […]

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We Saw It, We Built It and Now We’re Here

It’s always good to be recognized for doing your job well. When you think about it, it provides validation that you’re providing a valuable service to your customers. And that you know what you’re doing. Recently, the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) team from IBM IBM was named a star performer in the 2013 Everest PEAK matrix. […]

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3 Tips for Fixing Your Sourcing Strategy

It doesn’t seem that hard: a position needs filled, so you hire someone to fill it. However, it never actually goes that smoothly, does it? What if you have, not one, but five positions that need filled? Fifty? By the end of the quarter? Or, by next week? Every company has their own level of […]

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Seeing the Wood and the Trees: the Psychology of Big Data

When we talk about Big Data the statistics are incomprehensibly huge. Since 1998, the number of Google searches daily has grown from 9,800 to 5.1 billion and there are now 4 billion YouTube uploads and 58 million tweets daily. Approximate 11% of the world is now on Facebook and they upload 70 billion new pieces […]

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How Free Are You at Work?

With the smell of Independence Day fireworks still hanging in the air, I was reminded of the importance of independence and freedom in other areas of our lives, like at work. This got me wondering, how important is freedom at work and who has the most freedom at work? To answer this question, I looked […]

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Mission Possible

A mission statement is a fairly ubiquitous feature across organizations. Internationally, 67% have published a statement of its mission, vision, values, or strategy. Not surprisingly, this number is even higher among non-profit organizations (72%). But does mission matter? Our data suggest it does. When asked why they joined their organization, employees globally reported 12% of […]

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Don’t Let a Good Grad Get Away

Finding employees is tough and expensive work, so you don’t want to let a good one get away.  Staffing.org estimate the average cost of recruiting an employee is 13.4 percent of that employee’s total first year compensation [1]. With a typical graduate position salary of $44,928*, that is a recruiting cost of $6,020.35 per position.  But […]

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