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Manage, don’t measure. Thank, don’t rank

Posted by Eric Morello on Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Among most of other popular HR practices, ‘Performance Management’ ranks as one of the most mature and essential practices. Coincidently, that’s where the ranking ends. Ranking employees and providing a comparative measure of their performances are considered somewhat ancient now. Instead, the employees want to feel valued through more qualitative performance management methods. Offering the employees with honest regular coaching and feedback has seen to be a trendsetter of an effective performance culture. As predicted, the difference is telling between the top performing firms and rest of the global organisations once again. This difference is mostly if not wholly the consequences of adoption of different performance management strategies. 
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Topics: Performance Management

Remember, your employees are not psychic!

Posted by Billy Elliott on Fri, Mar 17, 2017
The best laid organisational plans will come to nothing if the people in the organisation don’t know about them. Successful companies pull out all the stops to make sure that top level strategy is properly cascaded and communicated.
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Topics: Performance Management

Every HR analytics success has its story

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Mar 9, 2017
Discounting the ones born with a golden spoon in their mouths, there is no success or the successful ones without a story behind it. Success that is seen in modern day greats and front runners is sort of the old “tip of the iceberg”. It is usually a result of a perfect harmony of solid philosophy & strategy, hard work and dedication of able men & women. A successful HR discipline within an organisation is not exempt from it either. Most of the leading global companies are using their data and analytics to contribute to its success in organising the people within effectively. But what are they exactly doing is what has interested most of the other global companies and the leaders alike.
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Topics: HR analytics

Leaders are bred not born

Posted by Eric Morello on Thu, Mar 2, 2017
It is safe to say that HR practices have majorly evolved in recent times. The focus has also shifted to this greater collective objective rather than what is beneficial for the company alone. In the process, the sense of responsibility in people has triumphed over just “attitudes” for their development. Not only the processes that makes a leader are evolving with collaborative technology but the way we define leaders are changing as well.
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Topics: Leadership Development

Case history: HERA Group - Coaching, Counselling, Mentoring: from exclusive practices to popular culture

Posted by Emanuela Dini on Thu, Feb 2, 2017
Often in a company people rely on external professionals to embark on a path of personal growth. Those external professionals, thanks to Coaching initiatives, help to raise awareness of the abilities, to unleash the power and achieve better goals. In the Hera Group we have built a dedicated team and our competency model, defining the tools and the processes that every internal or external coach must follow.
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Topics: Career & Succession management

Talent and Technology: the future is already here

Posted by Irene Martínez on Thu, Jan 26, 2017
Yes, expectations have been exceeded. A few years ago it was glimpsed that technology was going to be important in talent managing, but that sight is short: technology is revolutionising the social and organised environment, and, as it couldn’t be any other way, this revolution has exploded too in the managing and development of the talent, and it’s already a reality in the best practices of the most advanced companies. 
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Topics: On-boarding

Talent on movement: betting for the development of professional career

Posted by Irene Martínez on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The rules of the game have changed in the labor market, and the best companies have known how to take advantage of it and are prepared to offer to the people – all their own talent- what the talent needs. The most advanced organisations develop their attractive capital, that besides attracting to the best professionals, it offers them an environment in which they can develop their potential and their careers, so they can give the best of themselves, maximising the engagement, with a prepared talent ready to assume new challenges. 

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To learn by playing

Posted by Irene Martínez on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

The gamification, the game as a strategy of learning and development, is sinking deep into the establishments, achieving one of the most pursued goals by the enterprises: that knowledge and skills get truly acquired and not diluted after stepping out of the classroom door. 

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Until recently Human Resources studies yielded only suggestions that specific factors could impact the bottom line

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Jan 5, 2017

To date, most of the research-based exploration into the impact of human resource management methods has focused on measures that HR professionals can directly influence. These studies have given us a good sense of what HR can specifically do to create internal value, what factors predict individual employee performance, and how to increase workplace satisfaction:

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Can something as unpredictable as human behavior be managed systematically to optimize effectiveness?

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Dec 22, 2016

The need for consistently outstanding human resource management is self-evident, but best practices don’t work the same way for every company, and, inexpertly applied, can constrict innovation.



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The best HR solutions in the future will result from talented leaders who re-apply or re-engineer best practices

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Dec 15, 2016

While certification by its very nature validates that an individual – or in the case of Top Employers’ certification – the organization, is capable of knowing and applying best practices in their field, it has not been as widely used in HR as in functions such as finance. The discipline of identifying and applying “best practices” to commercial enterprise is well established.


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HRCI Certification Correlates To Revenue Growth And Stronger Stock Performance

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Dec 8, 2016

Multiple studies already provide strong evidence that HRCI certified individuals are more successful in their careers compared to non-certified employees. They tend to get promoted more quickly, see quicker and greater salary increases, and populate more senior positions. Now data analysis suggests that having HRCI certified professionals on staff is correlated to stronger business performance. Companies with more than five HR professionals certified by HRCI are – like the Top Employers certified companies – not only more highly rated by current employees, they also are more likely to show stronger stock performance and revenue growth rates.

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Good Bye Monocrat

Posted by Steffen Neefe on Thu, Dec 1, 2016
The requirement profile is clear: Nowadays managers have to act on their own responsibility as well as in a team-oriented manner. But to ensure that “good leadership” are not just empty words, companies must ensure the right environment.
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Topics: Leadership Development

HRCI certification is a key indicator that an individual possesses knowledge of the most important best practices

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Professional certifications in general are continuing to grow in cultural relevance, as the number of new applicants and certifications across industries has increased steadily since 2009. While certifications have long been common in occupations requiring technical skill, and/or with high degrees of associated liability, more are emerging in professional services. Basic Human Resources certification options have been around for forty years but continue to grow in both HR specialty areas and scope of responsibility.

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A model for every situation

Posted by Steffen Neefe on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

EXPERIENCE. WORKPLACE HEALTH MANAGEMENT is more than health promotion: Abbvie Germany has working models that orient themselves on life phases and created a flexible compensation system.

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Topics: Compensation & Benefits

Digital helpers simplify the first steps into the job

Posted by Steffen Neefe on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

The integration of new colleagues is one of the most important tasks of the HR-work. Outstanding employers use more and more intelligent software solutions for smooth on-boarding.

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Topics: On-boarding

HR best practices that companies can adopt that may improve business performance

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Nov 3, 2016

Top Employers has developed a rigorous process of evaluating, benchmarking and certifying companies. They have identified best practices in nine key HR topics.

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There is evidence for HR practices driving financial results

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Consultancies have identified specific HR capabilities and initiatives that correlate to business performance. In 2015, Boston Consulting Group released study results that correlated overall excellence in talent management capabilities with increases in company revenue and profits.

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Emerging evidence: business performance and the validation of HR best practices

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

By the time the second industrial revolution ended in 1914, we as a society had begun to harness the power of machines to drive productivity. Steel had replaced iron, automobiles and trains had replaced horses, and the telephone and radio had changed the way we communicate. Now, more than 60 years into the digital revolution, the engine that drives our society and our businesses is not coal-fired, nor is it plugged into the electric grid; it is increasingly the human brain. Optimizing the effectiveness of today’s human assets is a top concern for business leaders, but many organizations are unsure how to select or deploy talent practices that will drive business performance. 

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Key trend in Leadership Development: Innovation in methods

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Oct 13, 2016
The collective leadership that will be needed to meet the increasing complexities and
challenges around the future of business is unlikely to be sufficiently served by many existing models or programmes. We are about to enter an era of rapid innovation in which organisations will experiment with diverse ideas and new approaches.
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Topics: Leadership Development