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It is no secret that company culture and performance are related. But as it turns out, the relationship is one-sided. A recent study shows that, although positive culture has an effect on performance, peak performance isn’t enough to ensure positive culture.  With that said, it is important to realize that it is detrimental to focus solely on performance. And that’s not the only benefit of a healthy company culture. In fact, there are several benefits that will convince you to invest in company culture improvements: Identity – A company culture provides your organization with a unique identity that highlights the

If your HR operations are seeming a little lackluster, it could be time to reevaluate common practices. A Bersin study evaluated and produced a list of best HR practices so you can work on rebuilding your flaky HR operations. Starting from the smallest to the largest impact on the organization, here are the top 10 most rewarding practices for your HR department. Outsourcing HR services strategically – 10 percent impact Improving line manager capabilities – 10 percent impact Developing internal HR skills – 13 percent impact Measuring both HR operations and business metrics – 19 percent impact Improving employee-facing HR

The employee selection process has many components that make it complete and effective. Lacking one component can negatively affect other components, and can thereby affect the whole process. It is important to have an understanding of, and plan for, each part of the process. The parts are as follows, almost always in this order: Recruitment Reviewing Screening Interviewing Selection Testing The process starts with recruiting possible candidates. This can vary by organization, but as a rule of thumb, social media is one of the most viable ways to make your business visible to those you want to attract. Next is

Employee performance reviews are essential for both manager and employee. They give the manager a look into the employee’s improvements and detriments while simultaneously giving the employee an idea of how they are perceived by the workers and managers around them. The importance of employee performance reviews is unwavering; however, the methods vary from organization to organization. Luckily, there are some core principles that can apply to any employee performance review process. Remember, performance reviews are a time to discuss and work on positive or negative performance. Introducing a performance critique for the first time in one of these meetings

Every year, 10 to 15 percent of organizations have to go through the process of obtaining and training a new CEO, due to retirement, dismissal, illness, or any other unexpected reason. Despite the number of companies going through this process each year, only 54 percent of companies surveyed are actually grooming a possible successor, and 39 percent of organizations have no viable candidates readily available. When it comes to inside vs. outside hires, 20 to 30 percent of organizations surveyed choose an outside hire over someone inside the company. Whether inside promotion or outside hire, the desirable traits in a

The process of training employees can be tedious and demotivating. However, it absolutely needs to be done. Although the positives vastly outweigh the negatives, it may still take some encouragement to get the ball rolling. Here are several inspirational quotes from business professionals that will encourage the training process. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” –Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO “It is play that makes people unafraid to fail and confident to try new things. It is play that helps us do serious things better because we enjoy

Your employees may be trained to see to customers and clients, but is your organization prepared to do the same for those employees? Many organizations focus so heavily on customer relations that they forget about employee relations. It is the responsibility of the employee relations manager to look out for the employees’ best interests and assist them with departmental processes that accompany their positions. Here are some other main purposes of employee relations managers to be aware of, as well as tips for effective employee relations management. Some important roles of employee relations managers include: Consulting on new and existing

Have you ever heard the phrase, “people leave managers, not companies”? That’s usually the situation more often than you would think. This is a quick answer to the question, “why is training management necessary”? This question can be answered in much more depth than the simple quote above. In fact, there are numerous reasons why training your managers is definitely something

Leadership training and leadership development are both essential to the growth and success of leadership. However, oftentimes the processes get mixed up, and this confusion leads to ineffective results. It is important to distinguish between the two processes in order to fulfill each one as successfully as possible. Here are some differences between the two, including aspects of each to pay attention to. Leadership training focuses more on the technique and curriculum; leadership development focuses on people. Training focuses on the present; development focuses on the future. Training adheres to standards; development tries to maximize potential. Training’s purpose is maintenance;

Team engagement is just as important as individual engagement. A majority of individual engagement techniques can translate effectively to team engagement, but there are some methods that are tailored specifically for teams that can’t be ignored. Making the extra effort is worth it, because an engaged team is an effective team.