The AdVantige

Eight Factors that Keep Star Performers on Your Team

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Measuring employee attrition is good; planning for retention of top performing employees is critical.  Your best performers have options, and they know it.  They constantly evaluate your organization and the options you present for them.  Keeping these employees must be a component of your overall HR solution.  Here are eight factors that you must consider while planning for retention of your star performers:

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Tags: management 101, employee recognition, star performers

Employee Documentation: Too Important to “Wing It”

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

After all this time, I finally get it!  You worked hard for a long time to get to a leadership role.  Since you do such a great job of hiring good people, you don’t have to worry about documentation.  After all, you have so much faith in your organization’s “family environment.”  No employee would ever knowingly do the wrong thing.  If they make an honest mistake, documenting it would only communicate mistrust, ruining the family environment.  Did I get it right for your workplace?

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, employee documentation

Artifacts, Legends and Rituals: Keys to your Company Culture

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Archaeologists and Anthropologists study past civilizations, deciphering clues from what was left behind.  Remember the well-known character in the Indiana Jones movies, and how he used ancient maps, legends and other clues to find mythical treasures?  Those themes are the substance of great movies, … and great careers in business.

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Tags: politics at work, corporate culture, cultural competency

Five Crucial Tactics for Decision Making

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Super Bowl XLVII featured a classic matchup between two great teams, led by two great coaches.  The Harbaugh brothers have more in common than their family ancestry, which is pretty impressive on its own.  A similarity that impressed me is that both coaches made tough, unconventional decisions that made a great difference in their team’s performance.  Each leader courageously owned his decision, not knowing with certainty that the outcome would be positive.  Eventually, the rest of the world saw what these leaders saw, and acknowledged the wisdom of the decisions.

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Tags: management 101, management development, decision making

Discretionary Effort: Reducing Overhead the Easy Way

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

A friend of mine has a saying; the “soft” stuff is really the hard stuff.  In other words, some of the “intangibles” have the most direct impact on hard business results.  The intangibles can also be the toughest to manage.

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Tags: reduce overhead, increase profits, discretionary effort

The Business Case for Diversity - Strike a New Match

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Some business leaders never see the business case for diversity in action.  That is a shame, primarily because those leaders may never achieve their full potential.  I believe that a business leader must understand the business case for diversity as it applies to his/her own unique business situation.   It is something that you can’t get from a magazine or a case study; it comes from true introspection, and analysis of facts and beliefs that may take you through some uncomfortable places.  I know this because I have done that work, and because I revisit it from time to time.

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Tags: management development, diversity, business case for diversity

New Boss, Old Headaches; Getting Management Transitions Right

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

For most employees, getting a new boss is not a good thing.  Just when they have the old boss “trained,” a new boss comes in on a mission to make an impact.  After all, if the new boss doesn’t change anything, why do you need a new boss…right?   

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Tags: management 101, new manager, workplace changes

Do You Make These Common Employee Documentation Mistakes?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Managers tend to have a lot of reasons for poor and missing documentation when it comes to employee actions.  Some of the common reasons actually sound … almost… valid.

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, employee documentation

The Truth About Work-Life Balance

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Studies suggest that many employees feel busier now than they felt 5 years ago.  It may be due to businesses “doing more with less,” mobile technology, globalization of business, family and personal activities or any number of other factors.   I tend to think of employees as the hub in a wheel with many spokes.  The wheel represents the employee’s life.  Each spoke represents something that draws resources (time, money, attention, etc.) from the employee.  The spokes can be relationships (with family, friends, associates, coworkers, etc.), financial requirements, recreational activities, developmental activities (school, reading, etc.), work requirements… whatever the employee is dealing with at the time.  Spokes can come and go, and their relative priority can change over time.  In my model, each hub has different limits on its capacity to handle the pressures inherent in the wheel.  Some hubs can manage more spokes than others; still, each hub has a finite capacity. 

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Tags: employee stress, stress in the workplace, work-life balance

Workplace Celebrations: 4 Reasons to Party at the Office

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Celebration should be a central part of every Company’s operations.  It is much too easy to focus on what’s going wrong.  Missed targets, new competitors, lost proposals, product defects and other challenges demand urgent attention.  The best employers fix the problems…while mixing in a party at any feasible opportunity.  For our purposes, a party doesn’t have to be elaborate; a short, impromptu gathering to hear good news qualifies as a party – especially if everyone knows these impromptu gatherings are always good news.

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Tags: hr solutions, employee recognition, workplace celebrations