July 22, 2013
“Big Data”: A Tool for Talent Management?
By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP
The most modest organization has large amounts of information, i.e., “Big Data”, on its operations, suppliers, customers, and especially on its employees. Even knowing as little as length of service, hours worked, job function, performance data, and location can be telling as to which employees are likely to succeed or not. The basis for Big Data decision making is founded in that class that most students ignored or only took the one mandatory course. That course usually covered the statistical foundation concepts of data collection & presentation, variability, central tendency, sampling theory, inference & hypotheses testing, regression & correlation, indexes & time series, and seasonal & cyclical analysis. While an employer with a few dozen employees can manage them with no more of a sophisticated tool than a good memory or paper notebook, even a middle sized organization of a workforce of few hundred needs to look deeper. (more…)
November 12, 2012
The Top 100 Web Resources for Managers
Managers are asked to fulfill numerous duties in order to keep an organization well balanced and working efficiently. Whether they’re overseeing specific projects, meeting with employees or assisting hands-on with daily functions, a manager’s role is to make sound business decisions that keep the company ahead of the competition.
The following list recognizes some of the top websites and blogs in multiple categories including Management, Human Resources, Operations Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Finance, and IT Management.
There were many factors that went into the selection of these sites including web presence, number of visitors, content quality and peer recommendations. Each site offers a unique perspective on the subject of management and leadership in a business setting. In order to navigate to each management category, click on the section you wish to go to at the top of the page. Please note: websites are not listed in order of rank. (more…)
January 11, 2011
– part 2
In December we looked at some tips for people to achieve work-life balance and put forth our own survey. Click to view the results of the Redfish survey. This month we focus on various approaches companies are taking to address work-life balance, and reap benefits from the mobility and flexibility that technology facilitates and more and more employees desire.
What Are Employers Doing About Work-Life Balance? And What are the Employer Benefits?
This month, there are several articles on strategies that companies are employing to not only help their employees achieve better work-life balance, but also impact the company’s bottom line. BestBuy, Citrix, Microsoft, Google, and more companies than you think have programs to address work/life balance and employee satisfaction, many include some form of telework (a.k.a. telecommuting, workshifting, remote work, location-neutral work, and doubtlessly some other terms). (more…)
April 16, 2010
34 million Americans are working from home at least part time. Virtual companies are deriving many advantages, and face new issues, when going virtual. Advantages include infrastructure cost savings and the ability to draw from a larger talent pool; challenges include client perception.
The article The Case, and the Plan, for the Virtual Company: How smart entrepreneurs are finding money and happiness in an office-free life by Max Chafkin, Inc.’s senior writer, discusses Inc. Magazine’s experiment in going virtual and various issues to consider. (more…)
April 1, 2010
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Is now the right time to hire? from the Redfish Build Your Top Team Newsletter, April 2010
Hiring Projections 2010
According to a survey by CareerBuilders, twenty percent of employers anticipate increasing fulltime, permanent employers, which is up 14% over 2009. Positive economic indicators include the decrease in the jobs lost each month over the last several months. The main industries to be effected by the planned hiring increase are information technology, manufacturing, health care, transportation, financial services, professional and business services, and sales. While companies continue to watch their expenses, there are salary increases planned for existing staff according to the survey. However, the 2010 Salary Guide by Robert Half reports a small decline in the base compensation for many IT positions is slightly declining by an average of 1.3 percent next year. (more…)