You Want to Be a Great Workplace. So Now What?

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You Want to Be a Great Workplace. So Now What?

It is true that becoming a “great workplace” doesn’t happen overnight. But instead of getting overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of programs and offerings (and money...being “great” must cost so much money!) that so called “great workplaces” should all have, let’s take a look at what it means really to be “great”—with a few practical bite-sized pieces that you might be able to tackle at your organization right now sprinkled in for good measure.
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7 Considerations When Developing Your Training Budget

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7 Considerations When Developing Your Training Budget

Developing a budget for training or professional development for your employees can be a daunting task for many HR professionals. The average direct learning expenditure per employee is $1,273 according to the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) 2017 State of the Industry report. This report also found that the average amount of formal learning hours per employee is 34.1, not including informal learning such as on-the-job learning. Both of these figures are increases from previous years which reveals organizations are putting more effort and money into developing their workforce. Being clear about specific training needs and associated costs is critical for budget planning purposes. However, there are so many unknowns that occur during the year that trigger the need for a specific training that could throw off an entire budget.
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Back to Basics: Performance Management

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Back to Basics: Performance Management

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines performance management as “the systematic process by which an agency involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organization effectiveness in the accomplishment of agency mission and goals.” In short, performance management is simply the way an organization defines, monitors, and rewards the performance of employees and their contributions to the organization.
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Terminating for Undocumented Poor Performance: What Are Your Options?

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Terminating for Undocumented Poor Performance: What Are Your Options?

There are many situations in which an employer would like an employee to be relieved of their duties but the situations do not necessarily present a well-documented, policy-violated, fireable offense. These situations, if acted upon incorrectly, could make the organization vulnerable to a lawsuit. This is probably a situation that many HR professionals would like to avoid at any and all costs.
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Performance Improvement Plan Checklist

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Performance Improvement Plan Checklist

The idea of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) can be a daunting one for both the employee being put on the plan as well as for the individual (in the majority of cases, the immediate supervisor) being asked to design and implement the plan. Often used as the last step in a progressive disciplinary process, for the employee, a PIP can feel like it’s just a long winded way to get rid of them.
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3 Keys to Closing Your Organization’s Skills Gap

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3 Keys to Closing Your  Organization’s Skills Gap

According Adecco’s State of the Economy and Employment research, the skills gap is a very real thing. Of the senior executives surveyed, 92% feel that there is a skills gap in the U.S. workforce. The study also reports that “senior executives believe the skills gap has less to do with complacency on the part of American workers and more to do with the U.S. education system and costs associated with in-house training programs.
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3 Ways to Turn Workplace Conflict Into Results

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3 Ways to Turn Workplace Conflict into Results

American essayist, Hamilton Mabie once said “don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind.” Think of this quote as a way of setting the tone when dealing with conflict.

Conflict, in it’s truest sense, is not a negative despite the connotation. Conflict is simply any situation in which two or more people appear to have opposing needs or wants of the outcome. Instead of letting the conflict in your organization get the best of you and your employees, here’s 3 ways to turn workplace conflict into results:
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