Open-minded Decision Making Under Pressure

“People Leaders’ decisions are delimited  (surrounded/demarcated, “Peoplescape’s translation”) by internal and external organizational issues; and these decisions involve intensive information sharing.” Caroline Walger, International Journal of Business and Administration Research, Vol I. Issue 17, March 2017

The bar has always been high for HR leaders when it comes to a tolerance for dynamic work environments. Unexpected employee conflicts, sudden staff departures, urgent training needs, mergers and closures, are just some of the fluctuating challenges HR professionals deal with.

In our competitive and rapidly-evolving learning economy, success not only depends on leveraging technology and data to innovate, businesses are increasingly focused on developing adaptive workforces that are sustainable during business transition. Read more

How You Doin’? Effective Performance Management Strategies

“Checking-in” on employees is a critical piece of the retention puzzle. Landing quality employees is a big win, bigger still is retaining them for the long haul. Good people stay when they feel themselves developing and enhancing their skillset. Updating your performance management strategies, taking time to provide feedback to employees, and making sure the process is beneficial for everyone at the table is a worthwhile venture. In the words of Joey Tribbiani, a simple “how you doin’?” can go a long way! Here’s a quick rundown of ways that you can start implementing effective performance management strategies in your workplace today.

  • Setting up a system that everyone in your organization can get on board with is critical. If the CEO refuses to do performance evaluations or check-ins with his team, then there will likely be a trickle-down effect. Create a system that works for your organization – from the C-suite to the entry level.
  • Read more

Recruitment HR

Spy the Lie: Deception in the Recruitment Process

As recruitment and HR professionals, we are trained to spot the embellishments in a story, to zero in on the candidates whose credentials don’t quite line up, and to ask those uncomfortable questions that often lead to answers none of us are looking forward to hearing. Spotting the white lie, figuring out where the titles, responsibilities or dates have been boosted, and reading between the lines to fully understand how the career path really must have flowed, are all key components to uncovering the true merit of candidates we encounter on the recruitment journey.

Of course, candidates want to present the best picture of themselves. Just like a celebrity won’t show up on the red carpet in less than their best, candidates are unlikely to share the unbridled version of their failed career move.   Read more

People Puzzles – Finding the Right Fit – Suitability vs. Personality Assessments

 “Suitability assessments reveal important attributes and values that can otherwise be overlooked in hiring and career development,” explains Belinda Morris, Principal Consultant at Peoplescape Consulting. “In spite of the advantages of suitability assessments (like Harrison and Profiles XT) over general personality assessments, there are only a couple of these on the market, due to a greater level of scientific sophistication required to develop and test these instruments. However, we find suitability assessments so much more accurate in understanding individuals and predicting fit. Mismatches can be very costly and damaging, not only to team members but even to brand credibility and morale.”

Behavioral and aptitude assessment tests have more than gained traction over the last decade. Once viewed as instruments for pre-employment screening, Read more