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The 10 Most Costly Management Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them


"Attorney Aaron Zandy, SPHR, uses essentially this opening statement at the beginning of every trial. But, he says, “sometimes it’s easier than others.” Here’s the statement:"

“It’s a case of perception vs. reality. The plaintiff perceives he (she) was disciplined, retaliated against, and harassed.  The reality is different. He (she) was terminated for a legitimate, non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory reason by a professional, well-trained manager with supportive documentation.”

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The 4 Leadership Lessons I Learned from ‘Dead Poets Society’


"With the recent tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, my family and I decided to watch one of his many great films over the weekend, Dead Poets Society. The movie is about a group of boys at a private prep school. It’s there that they meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who is played by Williams."

Keating encourages the boys to embrace their individualism, think independently, and pursue their passions. This leads them on a path of self-discovery that clashes with the rigid culture of the conservative institution they attend. Keating’s methods ultimately cost him his job, but they win him the respect and affection of his students.

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Matching Your Total Rewards to Your Talent


"In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered Consultant Jennifer Barton, SPHR’s tips for maximizing your total rewards program. Today, we discuss what you can do to make it more effective."

Start by taking a talent inventory, says Barton, who is chief operating officer of Willis North America Human Capital Practice. She made her suggestions at the recent SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. You might start by populating a chart such as this, she says:

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Is Your Total Rewards Package Making a Difference?


"Your total rewards package affects your company’s ability to attract, motivate, and retain top talent. Is your program doing all that it could be doing? Consultant Jennifer Barton shows how to evaluate and improve your program."

Barton, chief operating officer, Willis North America Human Capital Practice, made her suggestions at the recent SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. She offers the following chart to help you classify your various reward elements.

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Do You Know the ‘Secret of Motivation’?


"A colleague shared with me an article published recently in The New York Times Sunday Review. In addition to the fact that the article had been recommended, its title, “The Secret of Effective Motivation,” was certainly enough to get me to read it. Who in management doesn’t want to know the “secret” of effective motivation?"

Dear Readers,

The article’s authors—Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior, and Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology—had conducted a study about motivation. According to them, there are two types of motivation: internal and instrumental. Internal motivation, as you would guess, comes from within. People are motivated to do something based on the feeling of satisfaction they derive simply from doing it. They’re the employees who come to work every day because they simply love what they do.

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HR Timewasters—Let’s Find Out What’s Destroying HR Productivity!


"If you’re like most of our subscribers, you've got so many daily tasks that it’s hard to get to the really important things. This survey will help us find out which are the really important tasks and which are the time-robbing tasks."

Dear Readers,

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and help us (and you) find out what’s happening in the real world of HR management.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.

Complete the Survey Now

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Variable Pay—What’s Working? What’s Not?


"Variable pay. Pay for performance. Simple concepts but difficult in practice. What’s happening in the real world? What are your competitors up to? Help us find out!"

Please participate in our brief survey and see how what you are doing stacks up against what other successful companies are doing.

We’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Who’s providing what incentive pay types for which employee groups?
  • How effective is each type of variable pay at motivating employees?
  • What are the three most important objectives of the plans?
  • How important is variable pay for recruiting and retention of employees?
  • How could your program be improved?
  • And much more.

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What Overtime Violations Are Lurking in Your Timekeeping System?


"SPECIAL from SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando An audit “is the cheapest insurance policy you will ever buy,” says Attorney Tammy D. McCutchen, former administrator of the wage and hour division at the Department of Labor and principal at the Littler Mendelson law firm in Washington, D.C."

Compliance ROI—The Cost of Noncompliance

Last year was a record year for federal court lawsuits, says McCutchen. We broke the 8,000 mark.

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CEO: Here’s What I Wish HR Would Do!


"What’s the CEO’s view of HR? asks consultant Tim Sackett. “If I had a gun with two bullets, and I were in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice!” Michael Scott (The Office). It’s about like that, Sackett says."

How did we get to this point? Sackett (www.timsackett.com) asks. He says, “Check out the graphics below. Don’t try to read them, just glance and ask whether your CEO wants to look at them.” (Sackett offered his tips during the recent SHRM annual Conference and Expo in Orlando.)

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‘I am appalled’ by SHRM/HRCI Brouhaha (Talk-Back)


"We got a large number of comments responding to last week’s epinion concerning the brouhaha brewing over SHRM’s decision to start offering its own certifications, in competition with HRCI. [See the original post here.] None of the comments is positive and most of the negativity is directed toward SHRM."

Two readers cleverly turned the sample question against SHRM. (See “Back at You” below.) Here are the responses:

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I am appalled at these two are having such a dispute. They should find common ground for the benefit of Advancing the Profession. Grow Up!

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