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The HR Software Dilemma: Best–of-Breed vs. Integrated Talent Management

Posted by Leah Groehler on Dec 5, 2017 9:15:00 AM

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Topics: HR Software

Are You A HR Software Virgin?

Posted by Karen Caruso, Ph.D. on May 3, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Small businesses have the same people and talent challenges that big companies do and can reap the same benefits from HR technology. The HR software available to HR leaders today makes managing people and performance easier and more effective. The bottom line is that HR software:

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Topics: HR Software, Performance Management, Performance Evaluation

Succession Planning in the Mad Men Cloud

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Mar 21, 2012 7:20:00 AM

The 1960's called; they want their Succession Planning binder back. When you think of bringing together all of the succession planning data collected on talent review forms does it make you want to fall from a building on Madison Avenue like Don Draper? Surely, Don would have looked quite favorably on a talent management system that gave him solid ground to promote Pete to Partner, and that would provide an eager Peggy with a specific career road map. Unfortunately, the vintage talent development process mostly consisted of discussions over cigarettes and martinis at the Old Boys' Club. If succession data even existed in hard copy, it certainly was not made readily accessible to leadership in the rigorous, networked, and easily digestible format it is today.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Talent Management, HR Software

Clouding Talent Assessment in the Succession Planning Process

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Mar 13, 2012 12:17:00 PM

Ban the Binder Series Part 2:

Clouding the Talent Assessment in Succession Planning

The moment you ditch the binder, you begin helping your organization to realize all of the potential and benefits of a well-built succession planning process. From cultivating talent through mentor driven development programs, to challenging high-potentials with stretch assignments so that they may assume more risk and reap more rewards, to securing resources to build new training models that maximize leadership growth – the perks of a well-planned succession planning process will make you wonder why it has (quite literally) been shelved for so long.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Talent Management, HR Software

Ban the Binder – Succession Planning Requires Technology

Posted by Karen N. Caruso, Ph.D. on Feb 16, 2012 10:53:00 AM

What seems like MANY years ago, while in my first corporate HR job, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the company’s succession planning process. In years past, succession planning had been a behind-the-scenes, secretive process but senior leaders were open to building a new process focused upon development.  Wow – I was excited.  What’s more, we created a powerful Microsoft Access tool to store the talent assessment data (albeit, I had to bring in temps to hand enter the assessment data that was collected on expensively printed surveys) and allowed us to search and track leaders across the company.  We were at the fore front!  I thought that I had at last seen the end of the Succession Planning Binder/s.  Oh, how I was wrong.

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Topics: Succession Planning, HR Software

5 Tips to Realize New Year's Resolutions and Performance Goals

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Jan 16, 2012 8:51:00 PM

It’s mid-January….. have you kept your New Year’s resolutions?

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Topics: HR Software, Performance Management, Goal Setting

The HR Guide to Ensuring Constructive Comments in Performance Appraisal

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Nov 4, 2011 8:30:00 AM

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Topics: HR Software, Performance Management, Performance Evaluation

HR Technology makes Employee Performance Management SMARTT

Posted by Jackie Caruso on Sep 15, 2011 9:24:00 AM

The classic research on goal setting and motivation theory states that individuals are more likely to be motivated to perform by creating their own specific goals and working toward those performance goals while receiving feedback on their progress. This theory is summarized using the anagram, SMART, which means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (also see our whitepaper: SMART Performance Goals).

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Topics: HR Software, Performance Management, Goal Setting

Control Performance With Feedback Loops: A 360 Degree Feedback View of Wired Magazine’s Mental Machine

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Aug 22, 2011 6:46:00 AM

Ah August, the time of year we don’t feel quite as guilty about taking a short respite from our usual caffeinated daily dash. Like many of you, I set aside some of that downtime to catch up on the stack of magazines piling up on my kitchen counter.  Obviously, if I choose to recycle them before at least giving them a quick scan, I will miss something earth-shatteringly important! Something like the July issue of Wired where the cover story – The Mental Machine by Thomas Goetz – discusses how technology is rekindling the use of feedback loops to change behavior. I was quite intrigued to read further as my long buried dissertation research explored how this very theory could explain behavioral change following 360 degree feedback.

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Topics: HR Software, 360 Degree Feedback, Social HR

The Evolution of Employee Performance Management Technology

Posted by Amanda Seidler on Aug 10, 2011 10:39:00 AM

An Interview with Lead Developer, Yuriy Shikhanovich on the evolution of employee performance management technology.

Once upon a time, in a dark corner cubicle, across from the fax machine and Goliath copier, sat a young bright-eyed intern sorting through stacks of paper and occasionally stopping to peck some data into Excel 3.1. She feverishly worked to enter the 360 degree feedback results into the spreadsheet so that she could begin analyzing the manager’s data.

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Topics: HR Software, Performance Management, SaaS