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Editor’s top 5: Remuneration and reward

Editor’s top 5: Remuneration and reward

Employee recognition and reward isn’t a new concept, but it is a changing one both in terms of importance and what it consists of. The blog posts below reinforce the ever-growing need to acknowledge hard work and loyalty, plus are a collection of different ways of looking at how to find what works best for whom; and no two employees are the same. Expert Q&A: How to motivate employees when money is tight By SBOC Team on Small Business This blog post discusses what recognition and reward are, how they function within the workplace, tangible and intangible remuneration, plus why it’s important for employees to recognise where they fit into the organisation. The story of Ajax: Fairness in rewarding employee behaviours By Thomas Fox on Corporate Compliance Travelling back to ancient Greece, this blog post looks at why it is so important to be fair and just when rewarding employees and how destructive it can be for the company if it is not. Long service awards: Why they still matter Posted on Inconnection Recognising long service in a company is still an important way to reward staff, but not in the traditional form. Both what’s considered ‘long’ plus what constitutes typical rewards have revolutionised along with the way we work. The right way to reward your employees for innovation By Jeffrey Phillips on A blog about Creative What’s the right way of encouraging innovation through reward systems? Employee rewards that work By Anita Agers-Brooks on Fresh Faith@Work Getting to know your employees to tailor rewards specific to their personality is one of the most powerful tools of acknowledgement at your...

posted on: Mar 23, 2012 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5: HR technology

Editor’s top 5: HR technology

HR technology is an ever-growing space and below are some blog posts looking at what to consider when purchasing or upgrading your systems; where HR technology could be heading and some exciting new prospects; plus how your company’s culture can influence the effectiveness of your HR systems. Although process efficiency and time management are important, does technology have the potential to go too far in taking the “human” out of human resources? You decide…. 5 things to consider when choosing HRMs Published on Acent Solutions This post discusses what you need to consider when looking to purchase new HR technology. iPad for business: 13 great apps for you and your employees By the HR Specialist With the increase of mobile business using tools such as iPads and iPhones, this blog post looks at specific apps that can help make both you and your employees more efficient. HR technology and culture By John Ingham on HR Tech Europe Organisational culture has a huge impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of HR technology, and how the information available is used. Multimedia  and the 21st century resume By Kyle Lagunas on Software Advice The automation of the CV selection process has taken out the human element of what makes a good candidate. It has also opened up the possibility of great candidates being overlooked because they didn’t have the right “key words” in their application. This blog post looks at the future of job applications and how technology can be used in a more efficient and influential way. The future of hiring: Human resources without the humans Published on Laser Page Some food for thought. This blog post looks at taking the human out of human resourcing, and the pros and cons of both sides of the argument. What do you...

posted on: Feb 20, 2012 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5: Performance management

Editor’s top 5: Performance management

At the most basic level, performance management/reviews are like any other business tool – necessary to gauge how your company is performing. The difference is, however, that dealing with people and all their complexities is not quite the same as crunching numbers in a spreadsheet. Below are five blog posts containing some very relevant and intuitive information on how to manage not only annual reviews, but how to integrate and encourage performance and commitment every day. Performance management can’t be seen as a mere tool for business, but a tool for enabling your staff to reach their full potential. Top 4 New Year’s resolutions to breathe life into performance appraisal systems By admin on Bullseye Evaluation Do you truly believe in your performance review system? If not, change it! This post highlights areas that HR need to pay attention to, including challenging the traditional attitudes towards ‘performance review processes’ rather than seeing them as a valuable tool for success. Performance management process checklist By Susan M. Heathfield on About.com Performance management is all about being hands-on; managers need to be proactive in encouraging, assessing and garnering feedback on employee performance all the time, not just when it comes to ‘review time’. This blog post discusses how to do that, plus has some great information on how to structure reviews. The ideal employee evaluation from my manager By Pat Bell on Bullseye Evaluation This post is a first-hand account from an employee who valued and appreciated her manager’s style, technique and overall attitude to her performance review. How do you stack up? Managing employee performance By Sean Conrad on Employee Performance Solutions This post talks about motivation – what it is and the importance of even the greatest managers needing to find new ways of motivating their staff, and the...

posted on: Jan 17, 2012 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5: Talent management

Editor’s top 5: Talent management

Talent management is all about retaining and developing valuable employees. It is also about developing current and future leadership, which is vital in the retention of top talent. Culture comes from the top – meaning it is even more important to have engaged, authentic leadership to retain and grow effective teams. These blog posts look at how commitment to people’s development and acknowledging feedback and input are crucial to talent management. There is also a post looking at 2012 and some issues that could face recruitment and talent management over the next year. Innovation is everyone’s job By Ron Ashkenas on HBR How to create a culture of innovation and build a strong, cohesive team in the process. How to align hands-on learning with business objectives By Amit Bhagria on Young HR Manager How you can streamline employee development while also focusing on the bigger picture of overall business objectives. This post has some interesting examples of companies that have done just that in terms of executive training. Where’s the first place to start? The commitment to developing people. Manage through culture: Inspiring performance in the Chinese workforce By Heather Daigleon on DDI Managers and leaders must be genuinely committed to the culture they are trying to implement into their teams and businesses. They must also be aware of people’s personal ambitions and that if culture is left up to chance, those personal ambitions can threaten team and business success. To grow, leave what you know behind By John Coleman on HBR The world needs greater problem-solvers – and more question-askers in its leaders. 10 predictions for 2012: The top trends in talent management and recruiting By John Sullivan on ere.net Companies can no longer stroll to keep up with a changing world, but must break into a steady,...

posted on: Dec 16, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5: Recruitment

Editor’s top 5: Recruitment

Recruitment is an ever-changing beast and it is important to stay up with the play. We can thank daily updates on apps, new technologies and where people go to find their information – be it on a new job, or the latest music. Below are some blog posts that are, hopefully, looking slightly outside the box in terms of recruiting. There are some fantastic resources out there and it is a topic that many people seem to be keen to share their thoughts on. So the more reading and information you can gather, the more you can stay ahead of the pack – and snap up that talent before the competition! Strategic market research: What you don’t know can kill your recruiting By John Sullivan, on ere.net Part 1 Why is recruiting like sales and marketing? This post looks at how important it is to know your target market – i.e the top talent, regardless of whether they are currently job hunting or not. Part 2 The second part of this post goes through the steps of how to address the need for more information, plus examples of what you can implement to make it work. It also pin-points the most important areas to focus on. Recruitment evolution, not revolution By Richard Long on jobblog.co.nz The recruitment landscape is changing and once again it reinforces the importance of communicating your company’s culture to the outside world. We did something about the candidate experience By Chad Godhard for ere.net ‘First impressions’ is a two-way street. This post details what one US company did when they realised many good candidates were falling through the recruitment cracks into the ‘black hole’. Why companies aren’t getting the employees they need By Peter Cappelli on The Wall Street Journal This post looks at the...

posted on: Nov 14, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Employee engagement

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Employee engagement

Success in business ultimately comes down to employee engagement and how willing staff are to work hard for you. In the current economic environment, there has been a shift from focusing on bottom line profits to focusing on the people aspects of business. But how do you encourage employee engagement? Below are some interesting blog posts looking at just that – and basically, it comes down to pure human nature: everyone wants to be acknowledged and valued for their contribution. Top 10 ways to make employee empowerment fail By Susan M Heathfield on About.com Susan looks at why strategies for empowering employees often fail and how much of it comes down to leaders needing to walk the talk (and understanding what they’re talking about in the first place!). To increase employee engagement, consciously build relationships By Dan Saint on Innovation Partners International This blog post by Dan demonstrates the importance of building personal relationships in order to encourage engagement and how effective it is as a strategy. Even making an effort learn people’s names has a huge impact on employees. Increasing employee engagement through workplace communication By SkedX on The SkedCast A recent survey shows that more and more companies are focusing on employee engagement rather than productivity in the current economic environment. Of course, both relate to the other, but with a people-focused approach rather than looking directly at the bottom line, success is far more likely. This post also reinforces the idea that communication is king and suggests social media as a powerful tool to encourage internal communication. Wellbeing critical to employee engagement By Devon Shane on UpMo This post discusses the fact that psychological wellbeing has a lot to do with employee engagement. In order to encourage healthy engagement in the workplace, employers need to look...

posted on: Jun 29, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Social media recruitment

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Social media recruitment

Social media is taking over many of the traditional ways of communication and it is no different for the art of recruitment. But recruiting through social media is a delicate business, not one that can be learnt overnight or launched without careful strategies and objectives in place. Below are five of the many blog posts on this particular topic, including a post on the reality of how social media is used in New Zealand – not well, to put it plainly. There are a huge range of issues to be aware of, many of them legal, but the potential for ‘social’ is huge and one well worth the investment it needs. Using social media to redefine recruitment By Nick Dean for Bristol Editor This is blog post is information straight from a social recruitment master. Nick looks at how social media has changed the way we recruit and also how we measure its success. Is your social media recruitment letting you down? By Justin Flitter on Justinflitter.co.nz Justin’s blog is a very interesting post about his thoughts on social media and how well (or not-so-well) it is being utilised in New Zealand. He believes most companies are going about it the wrong way and to really make the most of the social medium, companies need to recruit specialist social media staff. Tips for recruitment using social media By Naina on Buzzom.com Advice on how to easily and effectively filter job listings through social networking sites. Social networks a hotbed for hiring discrimination By Meridith Levinson for CIO.com This blog post looks at some of the legal pitfalls that can come from learning about candidates’ personal lives on social networking sites, plus what information hiring managers can use in the hiring process. Top 5 myths about social recruitment Although this...

posted on: Jun 9, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Workplace culture

Editor’s top 5 HR articles: Workplace culture

Workplace culture is often hard to describe, because it means something different in every organisation and many times employees feel it’s ‘just the way things are’. But so often it can define a company and when it’s not working well, everyone knows about it. Below are some blog posts on what culture in the workplace is and how to positively cultivate it throughout your business. The happier an employee is at work, the more productive they are. It’s never too late to make improvements. Culture: Your environment for people at work By Susan M Heathfield on About.com Susan explains what organisational culture is and why it is a lot like a personality. She also talks about the different cultural concepts you will find and how each is manifested within a company. Cultural fit interview questions By Susan M Heathfield on About.com In another blog post by Susan, she runs through some interview questions you can ask potential employees to help you assess how they will fit into your company’s workplace  culture. When recruiting, it is just as important to gauge whether a job applicant will fit into your company’s culture, as it is to gauge their fit for the specific role. Focus on your employees, the key to marketing success By William Powell on TalentCulture Perceived workplace culture is part of your brand. Your biggest target market for getting it right? Your employees. William’s blog post talks about why marketing a healthy, positive culture to employees is vital to a healthy business and where the best place to start is. Workplace branding: Four ways to use culture to recruit and retain By Meghan M Biro on Glassdoor.com This blog post follows on from Susan’s on the importance of defining a job candidate’s fit within an organisation. Meghan explains why...

posted on: May 26, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 articles: Disaster management

Editor’s top 5 articles: Disaster management

It shouldn’t take a catastrophic event to initiate a review of disaster protocols, but unfortunately that is often the case. In the wake of the local and global events of the past year or so, it is imperative that your company employees know exactly what to do in a disaster situation and know what to do after the event, when access to work may not be possible. Do you have a central communication hub for employees to externally access information on the status of their job and company? Do you pay your employees through a disaster when working is not possible? Below are some blog posts that have tips and information for planning for the un-planned, including a first-hand description of a business going through and surviving the Christchurch earthquakes, plus why social media should be part of your survival strategy. Small business – how to prepare for disaster recovery By Dan Weedin on Weedin360 In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Dan shares five points every business – big or small – should do to avoid downtime and disaster. Some of it is as simple as getting back to regularly practicing emergency drills, like most of us did at primary school. Strategic synergy: HR, social media and business continuity By Kit Jeffrey for the Portland HR Management Association Kit explains why social media is important to include in your continuity plans, one reason being it is an effective way to get information to those who need it when other communication systems may be affected by a disaster. She also points out that HR is even more important when disasters strike. The Christchurch earthquake – How we survived By SpaceBug for The Ezypay Lounge This is a fantastic post from the front-line. Read about one business who...

posted on: May 10, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s Top 5 posts: Remuneration and compensation

Editor’s Top 5 posts: Remuneration and compensation

In the June issue of the HumanResources magazine we focused on remuneration and compensation. To follow on, below are some interesting blog posts with tips and information on non-salary remuneration and also a very interesting post about how important it is that management show respect for their employees, rather than it just being the other way around. Five tips for effective employee recognition By Susan M Heathfield on About.com Employee recognition is a powerful communication tool, because when you recognise people effectively, you reinforce the standards of behaviours, actions and outcomes you want other staff to adhere to. This blog post looks at tips for effectively recognising staff and the positive effects it can have on morale and company success. Communicating compensation, total rewards and meaning By Derek Irvine on Compensation Cafe It is well documented (and blogged about) that many employees seek meaning over money. But, many employees also don’t instantly know what benefits they are receiving. Make sure employees understand the compensation they receive, as it will help them to realise how valuable to the company they are. Some employees only see what is written on their paychecks. Engaging employees with RESPECT By Paul Marciano on SmartBlog on Leadership Ever thought about how perks don’t necessarily encourage employee engagement for the long term? In this blog post, Paul has some fantastic tips to help engage staff and it all comes down to R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to your employees and your business. Heighten employee morale and loyalty By Op_biz_communicator for Orange Point This blog post recounts why one specific employee left his company and reinforces how important recognition and remuneration are in keeping talented staff engaged and happy. 7 wellness benefits employees want most By Christian Schappel on HR Morning Wellness benefits are valued by...

posted on: Apr 18, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 posts: global HR

Editor’s top 5 posts: global HR

In the global and technologically advanced world we live in, knowing how to deal with international HR issues – and what is expected of HR teams – is imperative. And with so many potential employees, especially Kiwis, looking to work and travel, how companies harness that experience either at home or abroad can be a huge competitive advantage. The blog posts below cover just some of the issues that arise when working on an international scale and also contain advice for HR professionals wanting to stay ahead of the times. Employing women expatriates By Nicole Le Maire on Human Resources Global Expatriate workers are often thought of as “commercial glue” – they help pollinate ideas across countries and establish consistency of standards. But women looking to work and live in a foreign country often don’t get the same opportunities as men. In her latest blog Nicole Le Maire looks at companies’ attitudes towards women expatriates, who are in fact increasing in number, as more women look to improve their international career prospects. International companies are also starting to realise that actively drawing these types of women into employment gives them a distinct competitive advantage. Giving international mobility a home By Andrew Chapman on PwC Switzerland Blog Talent liquidity is becoming more important in this day and age, making it easy for people to go to the right role anywhere – either at home or overseas. This is even more important for the new generation of workforce, according to Andrew Chapman, who he calls the millennials. These workers see overseas work as a right of passage both personally and professionally, even more so here in New Zealand because we are so far away from the rest of the world. As a result, Andrew believes that international mobility is likely to...

posted on: Apr 4, 2011 | author: Editor

Top 22 HR Tweeters in New Zealand and Australia

Top 22 HR Tweeters in New Zealand and Australia

We were asked for a list of the top Tweeters in the HR and recruitment scenes ‘down under’ here in New Zealand and Australia… and here it is. Check out the HR and recruitment tweeters who are ahead of the pack when it comes to sharing information, news and views – and who you should be following! The list was compiled using a formula that incorporates the number of tweets and number of followers to gauge influence and activity and is in no particular order below. HRINZ HRINZ Team, New Zealand BIO: The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand is the professional organisation for people who are interested or involved in the management and development of HR. NZHRGuy Richard Westney, New Zealand BIO: Experienced HR generalist with one of the world’s leading organisations. Value add, strategic, talent attraction and leadership focus. Bluedotnz Blue Dot, New Zealand BIO: Blue Dot offers HR expertise and support to New Zealand start-ups and small businesses. Get the most out of your employees and achieve your business goals. HRClubSyd HR Club Sydney, Australia BIO: This is a community for human resources professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field. AHRIevents AHRI events, Australia BIO: Australian Human Resources Institute.  Australia’s national association representing human resource and people management professionals. Recblogs Recruitment Blogs, Australia BIO: Stay informed about the latest news in recruitment and HR. Sign up to receive free daily email snippets from leading industry news sources and bloggers. ThomasShaw Thomas Shaw, Australia BIO: Online recruitment, job boards, web 2.0, social recruiting, HR, recruiter, recruitment, marketing, mobile recruitment. mspecht Michael Specht, Australia BIO: Working in HR, recruiting and technology, I also do a bit of speaking. Hop on and enjoy the ride, tweeting since 2006 hrdaily HR Daily, Australia BIO: Check out our website for daily HR news – subscriptions are free. PhillipTusing Phillip Tusing, Australia BIO: HR, recruitment, talent acquisition, marketing,...

posted on: Mar 14, 2011 | author: Editor

Top HR articles: Creating the perfect productive work space

Top HR articles: Creating the perfect productive work space

Striking the balance between a productive workplace and an enjoyable work environment for staff  is an ongoing challenge most companies face. A work space needs to reflect who the individual is and what they’re all about. It needs colour and life and also needs to be enjoyed. One blog post we feature below even goes so far as to say work spaces should be one of a person’s favourite places to be – and considering we spend at least eight hours a day in that space, that makes sense. We have some fantastic blog posts below that will help you to establish whether your work space is right for your team and how you can go about changing it. Create a positive, productive work space Written by Tina Fukuchi on Public Spark Getting rid of clutter in the office is the first and most obvious way to create a good work space, as it allows you to find things easily. But it also helps to breed a non-stressful environment, as mess can take away focus from the task at hand and make concentration hard. Tina also recommends not being afraid to get creative when decorating and organising your work space. She also says personal items such as photos and pictures can make all the difference – although there is a line of too much ‘personal’, so be aware of where that line is. How to enhance your productivity by creating a productive work space Written by Steve Pavlina on The best of Steve Pavlina How you feel sitting at your desk will impact on how productive you are. Even the smallest of changes can create a significantly different feel. If you’re not sure what messages your work space sends out, get work colleagues to give you their opinion. But...

posted on: Feb 28, 2011 | author: Editor

Top HR articles: Getting social

Top HR articles: Getting social

In a world where most things are Tweeted, Facebooked, YouTubed, blogged or otherwise, it is important companies keep up with the game in terms of how they reach their audiences. Whether it be reaching potential clients, or potential employees, the principles are the same. Below are some interesting reads on just how social media is affecting HR practices and how HR can drive this change and make the chance of success even greater for companies diving into the social pool. 38 questions to assess your company’s cultural readiness for social media By Jay Baer and Amber Naslund for Smartblog on Workforce Is your company ready to jump online and get social? First, you need to establish the culture within your business, including staff attitudes. Jay and Amber discuss what business culture consists of and explain how, through modern technology, more windows than ever exist into your company’s culture. A trusting, open-minded culture is one of the key factors in successfully embracing social media. Recruiters rethink online playbook By Joe Light, for The Wall Street Journal With the economy and job market tightening throughout the past couple of years, many recruiters have found themselves trawling through hundreds of applications for minimal jobs – and it is clear quantity does not equal quality. Joe Light talks about how to avoid becoming bogged down with applications that aren’t relevant to job listings and the new trends that are emerging for recruiting that are harnessing the power of social media. Find out how to get smarter about recruiting and how to use existing technology to help. Social Media and HR By Gautam Ghosh for People Matters Companies and their employees need to embrace open and transparent communication if social media is to be a successful business tool and Gautam believes HR is uniquely...

posted on: Feb 2, 2011 | author: Editor

Top HR articles: Getting motivated for 2011

Top HR articles: Getting motivated for 2011

As it is the start of a new year, many people predict what is likely to happen over the coming months. We have chosen five top articles on predictions and trends for 2011 and as is shown below, anything could happen and the best way to be prepared is to prepare for the unexpected. Taking it up a Notch – What Does 2011 Hold in Store for HR? Written by Amit Bhagria on Young HR Manager Amit’s blog post addresses some of the topics he thinks are due for a shake-up this year in the HR space, such as keeping up with technology and the need for social media presence to attract younger blood into businesses. He also highlights the greater need to create a sought-after work environment this year, as with the economy in recovery mode, more jobs will surface and employees aren’t just looking for cash benefits – they want more. He also mentions that the “clean and green” trend will hit more businesses over the coming months and the HR industry needs to be prepared to help factor change. How light is your department’s carbon footprint? 10 talent management trends for 2011 Written by Drew Stevens for Human Resources IQ This is the year of frugality, according to Drew. He says the “desperate times call for desperate measures” notion will continue on this year, despite things slowly starting to improve. As a result of frugality and in opposition to Amit’s blog post above, Drew believes firms will start hiring temporary staff rather than diving back into full employment and companies will do less to encourage talent to stay due to the hiring pool being so large. He also points out that staff who have survived the multiple rounds of redundancies seen throughout the recession will look...

posted on: Jan 17, 2011 | author: Editor

Editor’s top 5 HR articles – wellness, Twitter for HR, your Linkedin Profile and writing job postings...

Editor’s top 5 HR articles – wellness, Twitter for HR, your Linkedin Profile and writing job postings

Our latest issue of the HumanResources magazine included a focus on workplace well-being and to follow on, here are two related posts; Is your employees’ health their private matter? This post is from Fran Melmed, on the blog Freerange communication (about HR and well-being). Fran says… “if I decide to stuff my face, never get off the couch, and chew tobacco until the cows come home, whose business is that but mine and maybe my family’s?” She asks “Do companies have a place in their employees’ health? Or is employee health a private matter?” (Her answer; it depends). Heartbreak at Work A study shows long hours are leading to employee heart disease and heart attacks. Lin says even though most organisations won’t be able to hire more staff to take some of their workload, there are actions HR leaders can take to alleviate some of the problem, including allowing employees to work to schedules that fit their needs . And other interesting HR blog posts: Twitter 101 for HR Mark Stelzner is a fan of twitter and is convincing HR professionals it isn’t a waste of their time and resource. He has written a starting-up guide for HR professionals who would like to ‘jump into the fray’. The guide includes setting up your account and ideas on ways to actually use Twitter as an HR professional. Upgrade your bare-bones LinkedIn profile Louise Fletcher shares seven tips to get your Linkedin profile noticed by an employer or recruiter. Her tips include expressing your personal brand, getting recommendations and joining Linkedin groups. How to write dynamite job postings Take the meaningless buzzwords out of your job postings and you’ll get a better response, says Kris Dunn. Writing a more creative, authentic-sounding job description is good way to reach out to reach...

posted on: Jun 9, 2010 | author: Editor

Social media and employees

Social media and employees

Does your organisation need a social media policy? Should you block social media access? Maybe you don’t need a policy says publisher Michael Hyatt in this post on five reasons why your company doesn’t need a social media policy. But if you do, here’s a round-up of useful blog posts to help you out. 10 must-haves for your social media policy This post by Sharlyn Lauby outlines 10 things you should consider in your social media policy; 1. Introduce the purpose of social media 2. Be responsible for what you write 3. Be authentic 4. Consider your audience 5. Exercise good judgment 6. Understand the concept of community 7. Respect copyrights and fair use 8. Remember to protect confidential & proprietary info 9. Bring value 10. Productivity matters Should Your Company Have a Social Media Policy? Here Sharlyn Lauby covers the need for a social media policy and how to begin. 1. WHY have such a policy? 2. WHAT can social media do for my organization? 3. WHO should the policy cover? 4. WHERE should you let employees know about this policy? 5. WHEN is the right time to implement a policy? Social Media Policy: Now is the Time Five more things to consider when developing a social media policy from Paige Fleury at Logical Juice. 1. Start with what employees CAN do versus what they can’t do. 2. Include rules around use of social media during work hours. 3. Remind employees that they are responsible for what they write 4. Start with what you know. Social Media Policy Examples This post includes over 123 social media policies examples compiled by Chris Boudreaux. AND there’s a free report to download – “Analysis of Social Media policies – lessons and best practices.” And here are some interesting points if you’re...

posted on: Apr 6, 2010 | author: Editor