One of the most challenging questions I receive is about changing an organization. Individuals who want to change the company for the better and just don’t know how to do it. It’s not easy – both creating change or answering questions about creating change. I do know one thing, change gets easier when you create buy-in.
Posts Tagged Innovation
HR embraces gaming as way to inspire, motivate and train employees
More companies are choosing “serious” games and simulations over traditional training methods for their ability to mimic real-world work challenges and keep employees engaged in learning.
When it comes to using social media websites for recruiting - what we call social recruiting - how far is too far? Beyond learning the hard way what works and what doesn’t, there are some best practices emerging to help recruiters know when they’ve pushed the proverbial envelope too far. And hiring professionals are discovering a new line of recruiting applications and tools built into applicant tracking software to help them rise above the same old hashtag to better identify, connect with and place viable candidates.
3 Lessons Learned from the Trenches
Late November, I had the privilege of delivering the luncheon keynote address to the 1,000 volunteer leaders gathering in Washington, D.C., for the annual Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Leadership Conference.
Workplace flexibility initiatives are moving more workers out of cubicles and into home offices. This can represent meaningful cost savings for companies, reduced stress for employees and higher productivity. The challenge for management is to keep these isolated employees working well together.
How are you devising ways to make isolated employees feel connected?
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At Motorola, Inc., designers, engineers, and manufacturing experts are linked in a single production function that spans Chicago, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Beijing. This work takes advantage of the most qualified talent in the world and continues literally around the clock. In terms of innovation and accelerated speed-to-market, the old ways of working simply cannot compete.
The growth of mobile technology is simply staggering. According to mobiThinking, there are 5.3 billion mobile subscribers (that translates to 77% of the world's population.) By 2014, it's expected that mobile will overtake the PC as the most popular way to access the web. People are using mobile technologies for commerce, entertainment, and productivity.
I’m captivated by infographics. They, in my mind are the preferred alternative to boring reports and bullet-filled craptastic powerpoint presentations. For me an infographic is a great way to explain a point of view or organize a group of interesting facts and data points designed to please the eye. Kind of like how social media is the new alternative to email.
Lost in all the buzzwords and best practices about social media recruiting is a simple fact: it’s supposed to be fun. In the olden days of faxed resumes, form cover letters and cold calling, engaging talent could be a chore. But new methodologies have developed along with new mediums. As more and more employers are finding out, the business of work doesn’t have to feel like, well, work at all.
Flight Attendant vs. Consultant
“They paid some consultant millions of dollars to figure out how to load this plane. They should have just asked me. I’ve been a flight attendant for 22 years.” I overheard this on a recent flight when the boarding process caused a traffic jam of people.
Office Managers vs. Corporate Headquarters
The world of Human Resources is a weird place filled with contradictions, confusion, and cognitive dissonance. We tell our CHROs and SVPs to be more strategic and create a department of thought leadership and entrepreneurialism; however, we still ask our HR department to oversee personnel management, payroll, and compliance issues.
Good luck working in Human Resources in 2011. You have your work cut out for you.
From last time…in the next post, we’ll talk more about what we tried on our team:
The emergence of the four-generation workforce has changed the way we interact and do business on a daily basis. While new technologies have changed when and where we work best, the adoption of social media has changed the way we communicate and recruit top talent. To say that innovation is an important component for companies to succeed today is an understatement. Innovation is a business imperative for today’s executives if they want their organizations to remain competitive, drive bottom-line results and ensure success.
Jay Forte is a former financial executive and corporate educator, turned performance consultant, speaker and author, and is a nationally ranked Thought Leader and President of Humanetrics. Jay teaches organizations how to maximize manager performance, ignite employee performance and advance women’s performance. He has helped organizations and individuals become more performance-driven, more successful and more capable in work and life.
Follow the lead of 3M’s HR managers and strive to strengthen employees’ trust. It need not be an elusive quality.
What do innovation, employee engagement and trust have in common? If you are a 3M executive, everything. The company’s record of bringing new products to market has helped 3M earn its place in the Fortune 500 and make appearances on many lists of admired companies.
Social media allows businesses and individuals to capitalize on the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Social media has forced an evolution of how businesses recruit talent and how job seekers look for their next opportunity. From Monster and CareerBuilder to LinkedIn and BranchOut, social media is enabling businesses and individuals to connect in ways never imagined.
From masking tape to Post-its, 3M is well known for its innovative culture. 3M has an annual goal that 30 percent of its annual profits come from products and businesses that are less than four years old. Wired Magazine describes how 3M tackles that goal with their “15 percent solution.”
Hiring managers as well as human resource leaders at Burger King Corp. had grown increasingly frustrated with the fast food company’s paper-based job application process. Paperwork was unwieldy to manage, restaurant managers too often spent valuable time screening candidates who didn’t pan out, and there were significant cost and time inefficiencies in processing I-9 and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) forms.