Working Now and In the Future

Optimizing Employee Communication Skills

Businesses today have a problem on their hands and it is about to get worse! I hear about this issue often. Employees are getting less and less comfortable with direct person to person communication without the use of technology. Direct feedback, real time communication, and conflict resolution are being replaced by smiley faces, texts and passive aggressive memes. These communication challenges can…
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Effective and Ineffective Uses of Anonymous Feedback

Performance appraisals, performance management, and feedback has been evolving in one form or another for over 50 years. When it comes to feedback, everyone has an opinion on how feedback should be given and received. Recently, there have been a number of discussions about anonymous performance feedback. Advocates of this type of feedback believe employees are hesitant to speak honestly because of…
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Role Models are Everywhere

Role models are everywhere and for everyone. The best lessons I have learned are not from books and not in school. The most valuable lessons are from people I know (some only virtually). You are never too old to have a role model. Almost every person in your life can teach you something worthwhile. You can learn from people’s success and from…
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Why HR Professionals Should Start Learning about Artificial Intelligence Now

“I think we need to start teaching people how to use this internet thing.” Thats what I said to my senior manager when I was in charge of technology training many years ago. There was lots of both excitement and fear about this new “Information Super-highway” we kept hearing about. “No need Ann, it’s a flash in the pan. Don’t listen to…
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Optimizing Recruiting by Sourcing Passive Candidates

Many people who are not actively looking for a new job are willing to change jobs for the right offer and opportunity. Yet, many companies are still only recruiting actively looking candidates while passive candidates represent a large and relatively untapped pool of potential employees.  In today’s competitive market it is important to find the right candidate quickly and sourcing passive candidates…
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Storytelling as an Alternative or Addition to PowerPoint

What time is it? How much longer? That’s what I used to think when I would have to go to those 3-day planning meetings at a former company. Sitting there, watching one PowerPoint presentation after another I would struggle to stay awake. The worst were the ones with terrible presenters who used slides with the teeny tiny bullet points, loaded with facts…
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Just Because We Can Doesn’t Mean We Always Will

Just because we can doesn’t mean we always will… We can often drive or get a ride, yet sometimes we choose to walk. We can often buy pre-made food, yet sometimes we choose to cook. We can converse by email and text, yet sometimes we choose to meet. In the future…. Technology is evolving every day and every day we see many…
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