Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we have traveled far and wide to be here today for an exclusive one-day event. So exclusive that it will never be seen again – at least not until April 1 at Fistful of Talent
. Yes, folks, come on in and enjoy the Carnival of HR, full of bearded women, snake-skinned men and the occasional HR professional.
We've set up camp at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Out of respect for our host, this carnival rings with the theme of productivity – an increasingly important subject in these days of recession, even for nomadic carnies. Because improved productivity leads to more money for corn dogs
Can March Madness be used to bolster morale without destroying productivity? Chris Young at Maximize Possibility
gives the answer.
Nina Simosko at Nina Nets It Out
talks about how to assess the needs of each situation and decide what is most important to maximize your productivity.
Frank Mulligan at Talent in China
suggests that companies can and should take advantage of affordable (read: cheap) recent grads to increase engagement and create more cost-effective products.
Mark McGuinness at Lateral Action
talks about his encounter with repetitive strain injury (RSI) and how that made him more productive.
Stacy Chapman at Strategic Workforce Planning
asks in dramatic fashion: "Why, oh, why do most organizations do their workforce plans based on headcount calculations?" Social media for carnival folk
Steve Boese at Steve Boese's HR Technology Blog
looks at Yammer and discusses the implementation and lessons learned from the introduction of a new piece of software to improve collaboration and productivity.
Justin Field at TalentedApps
looks at research from MIT that shows strong social networking can lead to improved productivity.
Gautam Ghosh at Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources
explains how "HR2.0 social media can be a key tool to propagate a different mindset and culture."
Laurie Ruettimann at Punk Rock HR
talks about the dangers of using social media to conduct assessments of recruitment candidates.
Lou Burrows at People Management
talks about how the fear of social networking is holding HR back. Nice carnies don't make good carnies
Because good leadership can lead to improved productivity, Sharlyn Lauby at HR Bartender
serves up why being the best manager doesn't mean being the nicest manager.
Alison Green of Ask a Manager
explains why overly nice can be exactly what you don't want in a manager. The house of horrors!
Gireesh Sharma from Talent Junction
presents a "Ray of Hope in Recession for Human Resources."
John Agno at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
looks at how companies are [unsuccessfully] implementing their talent management strategies.
Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership
comments that Patrick Lencioni's piece in the Journal about the things executives do to botch layoffs is good, but only about tactics. Wally outlines five strategic errors companies make when it comes to layoffs.
Upgrade your talent, says Amit Avasthi at HR Bytes
– and keep them motivated in this downturn.
What are takeovers really
about? Rick at Flip Chart Fairy Tales
has the answer.
Jon Ingham at Strategic HCM Blog
looks at engagement and other issues in banks, specifically at RBS.
Susan Heathfield at About.com
suggests that company traditions become even more important when chaos is everywhere around employees.
Eva Rykr at iOrgPsych
asks why the war for talent has been replaced by hiring freezes. Carnival folk unite!
In her latest EFCA related posting, Jessica Lee at jessica lee writes
discusses her first labor negotiation experience ... and the strange, but effective, tactics her HR leaders used to get the job done.
Mike Moore at the Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Blog
focuses on the implication that the Stimulus Bill will pump massive amounts of money into public works projects, which may be performed exclusively by union laborers. Even carnies must deal with performance management
Standardized processes give you a baseline – but you can't standardize human behavior. Deb at 8 Hours & A Lunch
discusses how managers get confused by this notion.
Nick Jefferson at Nick Jefferson's Blog
explores performance management in response to the UK's decision to fast track unemployed bankers and lawyers into teaching positions.
Dan McCarthy at Great Leadership
swears he has a "no bull- #$%! performance review process." Did you say inbreeding?
Ryan Johnson at WorldatWork
asks: Do referral bonuses create corporate inbreeding? The fortune teller dishes out advice
Mike Haberman at HR Observations
thinking about your actions and the HR problem it may cause.
Can you remember just two words that can increase your "influence factor"? Steve Roesler focuses on the what and why at All Things Workplace
Anna of The Engaging Brand
asks: When was the last time you ___? And last, but certainly not least...
Wayne Turmel at Management-Issues
talks about how agile project management, typically associated with software development, can relate to teamwork in general.
Ann Bares at Compensation Force
predicts the coming era of the CFO and addresses the battle between HR and Finance.
Also relating to CFOs, Alice Snell at Taleo Research
responds to the headline: "Memo to CFOs: Don't Trust HR."
Ladies and gents, dogs and cats, reptiles and amphibians; time to tear down the tents and conclude this Carnival of HR. We hope you've had your fill of corn dogs, cotton candy and overly sweet strawberry shortcake – oh, and elephant ears –until the Carnival settles in and sets up at its next exciting stop.