Performance Management - why do we do it? The term performance management has been with us for some time, developed out of "appraisals", Performance Management remains one of the consistently used phrases in the human resources and management field. Recently the CIPD has conducted some research into performance management recently and the responses from 507 people are interesting. This short article looks at three of the outputs from that research and explores the potential meaning for HR, … [Read more...] about What is Performance Management? CIPD Research
Bullying at work on the increase Or so the reports and surveys tell us. What we do know is that where bullying exists, trust does not. We also know that innovation requires openness and trust. So what do we really have in our organisations - innovation OR bullying? Are you being bullied at work – or are you a work place bully? As employers we have a responsibility to our employees, customers and suppliers for them to be respected and not bullied in any way. To deliver on that … [Read more...] about Bullying at work, recognising it & its impact on innovation
Are our managers leaking talent, or retaining it? While responding to a question on a network group I belong to about employee motivation and engagement, I recalled some research about the fact that people left bosses not their jobs. Then I came across a recently published piece of research carried out by a the Florida State University that clearly suggests employees leave their bosses not their jobs. Matching employees to managers is an element of recruitment which is rarely done (except at … [Read more...] about Employees leave their boss not their job!
Writing the perfect resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) At a time when vacancies are hard to come by and there is increasing pressure in us to secure that all important role. But how often do we get the 'dear john' letter and fail to get an interview? The 'perfect CV' is the one that gets you the interview. Never underestimate the power of a good resume or CV. Your resume is part of marketing yourself to the recruiter, so it needs to demonstrate who you are and what you stand for. It needs to … [Read more...] about The Perfect Resume (CV) to get you through to interview
A guide to job hunting and why you should never appear desperate for a job When you are under time pressure to secure a role its easy to accept the wrong one and give the wrong message to the 'right' role for you. Ever wondered how a person got a job that you didn't, even though you have more experience and skills? I have seen an increasing number of professionals asking for guidance as to what they should do to gain employment after redundancy. Whether you are looking for a job because of … [Read more...] about Job search a guide for professionals
Starting change from the bottom - or without support from the top On a change management forum recently I come across this interesting post: Does anyone have any comments or experience about how it is possible to change the culture within a department without support from the top? In fact the very top may actually be part, in no way all of, the cultural problem. Cultural issues have been identified such as fear of top, lack of innovation, mistrust, low motivation, negativity … [Read more...] about Starting change from the bottom – or without support from the top
Content on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) covered: Introduction to KPI's Benefits of KPI's KPI -v- CSF Critical Success Factors (CSFs) Setting KPIs and CSFs Visual KPIs Example KPIs Example HR KPIs More example KPIs Sample KPI page Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - An Introduction What is a Key Performance Indicator? A key performance indicator is a financial and non-financial measure used to help an organization measure progress towards a stated organizational goal or objective. The … [Read more...] about Writing Key Performance Indicators KPI's
A High Performance Culture is something many organizations strive to achieve. Many have achieved it in their own unique and distinctive ways. However, certain fundamental common factors need to exist without which a "High Performance Culture" will not be created. In difficult economic time this can be difficult to justify - however now is the time to prepare the organization for the future. Organizational development strategies take time to formulate, develop and deploy - and that is before … [Read more...] about Creating and maintaining a high performance culture
HRZone - a long running forum and community for professionals in Human Resources has just completed a re-brand - and more than that, it is now much more than just a forum. With the ability for members to comment on a collective blog, ask questions (any questions) and seek the experience of others, as well as excellent up to the minute news on what is hot in HR. A list of world class writers are often found with interesting and engaging pieces of thought leadership for readers to consider and … [Read more...] about HRZone – delivering topical, practical content to HR professionals in business
Nine Step Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Plan Conducting a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) can be a daunting task, TNAs get easier with experience, however it can be a straightforward process. An effective Training Needs Analysis needs to be a good fit with your existing (and future desired) business and culture. Nine steps to producing a TNA: Identify the business need (gap in performance/ capability) for the training Strategically align the training need with your objectives … [Read more...] about Nine Step Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Plan #hrblog
How to develop a marketing plan for your training company What is a marketing plan? A Marketing Plan is sometimes called a marketing strategy, in essence it is an action plan of what it is you are going to do to promote your business. Like any SMART goal it is a written plan that states the marketing goals and the objectives to be achieved over a specified period of time. So if you are currently in business or looking to set up a training company or starting out in freelance training, the … [Read more...] about Marketing plan for a training company
New CIPD qualifications for Learning and Development Late in 2009 the CIPD have announced some new qualifications that will supersede the CTP, Certificate in Training Practice. There will be two new qualifications for this market - a level 3 and a level 5 programme. There are not much in the way of details at the time of writing this however the information given below is provided in good faith and as-is. The announcement of these two programmes is a first for the CIPD, in that for the first … [Read more...] about CIPD qualifications for Learning & Development (New – CDP)
CPM -v- CPD The phrase CPD - continuous professional development has been around for a long time but do many organizations actually do it or do they practice CPM - Continuous professional maintenance - only doing enough to keep people at the same level, sure it may involve some learning but it is not about developing the person.In some professions practitioners have to take annual or bi-annual assessments - not to show progress but to show that they have stayed still. Now in some areas I can … [Read more...] about CPM -v- CPD Is there a future in business led professional development?
As the business world gets tough - so does the working environment for HR professionals. In a recent poll (CIPD April 09) members of the institute answered questions regarding the competencies believed to be most important to establishing the effectiveness and credibility of the HR function in the organisation. The following results were identified as the priorities for HR professionals: Skill/ Competence: Result Effective management of change 46 Strategic … [Read more...] about Skills and competencies needs in HR to survive in tough economic climates