May 21, 2012

Where Has All the Talent Gone? By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal

Where Has All the Talent Gone?

By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Or is the question, “Where has all of my talent gone?”

 

Matt Lynley, writing for the Business Insider on April 7th, reported that employees are jumping ship at Apple. Running a search on LinkedIn, a professional social media site, Lynley looked for individuals whose past employer was Apple. Lynley found 17 of those former Apple employees at Zynga, a social gaming leader.
Where did other Apple employees go? According to Lynley here is where a sizable group of former Apple employees landed.

Facebook, 73 VMWare, 118 IBM, 130
Adobe, 154 Dell, 157 Oracle, 163
Hewlett-Packard, 216 Microsoft, 300 Google, 315
Cisco Systems, 329

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September 26, 2011

Employee Coaching: Does it Work?

Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal

Employee Coaching: Does it Work?

By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Employee coaching takes on many faces and many roles: training and development, performance improvement, and advancement and additional responsibility. All of us are recipients and purveyors of coaching, often without realizing that it is even occurring. Although many organizations have formal coaching and development programs directed at a select group of high performers, coaching takes place every day with virtually every employee. Coaching should not be confused with a structured training program or a “command and control” management style, the latter being best described as check your brains at the door.

Consider something as simple as an exchange between an employee and their manager about the style of an upcoming presentation and its audience. Within that exchange are both explicit and implicit coaching cues and signals. While signals dealing with the topic, time, date, place, audience members, length, format, and roles may be very unambiguous; cues such as the tone of the manager’s speech and body language can and do send very subtle clues which the employee will implicitly recognize as directions. Both parties may be completely unaware of these faint cues; nevertheless, they are communicating desired and undesired behaviors. The analogy is similar to a baseball bat vs. a flyswatter, both may get the job done, but the bat is going to leave a lot more collateral damage than the flyswatter. (more…)

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February 7, 2011

Jobless Recovery: Human Capital Utilization

Jobless Recovery: Human Capital Utilization

Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal

By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

 

For some time now, indications are that the current economic recovery, which is slowly taking place, will be a “jobless” recovery. By that it is meant that jobs lost in the downturn will not reappear or will reappear in significantly less numbers than prior to the recession. If this is the case, the recession of 2009 will be the third such jobless recovery since 1990. The first and second jobless recoveries occurred in 1991 and 2001 respectively. Prior to 1991 recession-recovery cycles resulted in as many jobs being created as were lost and in some case, excess jobs were produced.  According to The Economist online, the current recovery is following the same path that the prior jobless recoveries of 1991 and 2001 took: a permanent loss of jobs.

To be perfectly clear, it is not the role of private business to create jobs. Jobs are created in the business sector only when a valid business need requires to be fulfilled. (more…)

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July 9, 2010

Wages and Salaries as the Economy Recovers — Or Not, by Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Wages and Salaries as the Economy Recovers — Or Not

Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal

by Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

As the economy begins to show signs of recovery you would expect to see a growth in wages and salaries, or maybe not.

In a May 19th article titled “Starting salaries drop with higher unemployment” published in the St. Joseph News-Press by Ryan Davis, it was reported that this year’s crop of new college graduate may need to adjust their salary expectations before heading out into today’s job market.

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