What are your toughest jobs to fill? More importantly, are you looking in the right places to fill them? You might be surprised.
For adult learners, higher education has a different purpose than it had when they were younger, with a focus on new and very specific goals. As a result, it’s simply not possible to adequately assess a school or program based solely on the qualifications important to an 18-year-old incoming freshman.
If gamification is turning up in every corner of the business world, it shouldn’t be a surprise. People have been learning through games since they started counting by playing Chutes and Ladders. What might be a surprise is how well games work.
Today’s workforce is like a giant sponge – everyone, especially Millennials, wants to absorb as much knowledge as possible. That presents a question for employers. Can you use that information – employees’ desire to learn – to your advantage in terms of talent strategies? And if so, how? A well designed tuition assistance program can do far more than develop specific functional skills, says the new EdAssist® report, In Demand: Tuition Assistance. “By creating employee growth opportunities that tightly align with organizational goals, employers can offer the long-term career development employees want, while delivering on the strategic talent goals the organization…
Many employees are expected to hold degrees these days, so some employers are offering education assistance, loan repayment, and tuition reimbursement.
There is a concept in couple’s counselling called creating a “safe zone” to help manage difficult conversations. When one of the pair is about to bring up a topic that could be potentially hurtful or hard for the other to hear, he or she signals this by asking, “Can we go into the safe zone?” This helps the other party prepare for what is coming and deescalates the fight-or-flight reflexes that might otherwise occur. It got me thinking about how we can quickly create a “safe zone” for continuous feedback in our workplaces. I have written previously about the importance…
Healthcare HR is on the move. The industry is expected to add more jobs over the next eight years than any other segment of the U.S. economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one in four new jobs will be filled by doctors, nurses, lab techs, and other support roles, putting healthcare on track in the next decade to overtake state and local government as the largest employment sector in America.
Satisfying work is known to have a substantial impact on how well people do their jobs. But those same satisfying jobs can have converse effects on the work/life equation. At Biogen, that’s mean creating an evolving benefits strategy that’s gone from “need to play” to “need to win.”
Young people have been inviting their elder’s ire since stone-age moms complained their kids were wasting all their time staring at that darned newfangled fire. But before we write today’s youngest employees off for their shortcomings, let’s consider what we should be learning from our Millennial colleagues.
Employees like claims processors, the payroll people, the IT support, customer service employees, administrative assistants, finance, sales, marketing have critical skills, vast company knowledge bases, and key jobs. While they are your most valuable hires, they’re also some of the most likely employees to be poached.