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How to Improve Your Human Resources Department: 5 Key Steps to Success

Strategy Driven

If you run an organization, one of the most important departments is human resources. The HR department is responsible for all aspects of your workforce, whether it be the hiring process or providing opportunities to develop for existing staff members. Allow employees to grow.

How to Avoid Impossible Assignments

Harvard Business Review

Burnout occurs when you expend more internal resources and energy than you take in. What usually follows is another even more impossible assignment and so on, until sooner or later you fail , or burn out trying not to. Play it safe and say, "I'd really like to take this one on.

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How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

Harvard Business Review

So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while saying uncle? No matter how busy you are , it can feel exceedingly difficult to talk to your boss about your heavy workload. The reason is twofold, according to Julie Morgenstern, productivity expert and author of Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.

Case Study: Challenge the Boss or Stand Down?

Harvard Business Review

If you'd like your comment to be considered for publication, please be sure to include your email address. When you're on your own, I expect you to be better prepared. Just a few months ago he was the company's fastest-rising star, promoted, he thought, to bring fresh thinking to the firm's self-service kiosk business. He'd catapulted from account executive to his new position as a senior marketing specialist, bypassing colleagues and collecting a 50% raise.

Why Leaders Need To Stop Using Performance Reviews

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I love to give it and I love to get it as part of a regular routine. Feedback, sometimes known as coaching, requires relevant substance to have impact. You know something wrong is happening, and you know it’s going to be uncomfortable to deal with it.

How to Tell an Employee They Didn’t Get a Promotion

Harvard Business Review

It’s no fun to tell employees that they’ve been passed over for a promotion — especially if you value them and their work. What’s the best way to deliver the bad news? What can you say to make sure they don’t lose interest in their jobs or hold grudges against you or the decision makers? Because the topic is so unpleasant, it’s a “conversation that many managers have a tendency to want to avoid.”

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Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Nicholas Bate’s Book ‘Instant MBA’ and Other Great Resources for 2010 Nicholas Bate is a prolific thinker, blogger and author. Instant MBA will do that with some very practical advice on how to inculcate MBA thinking and emotional intelligence to advance your career. Through this book, Nicholas Bate intends to say that more than a degree, MBA is a way of thinking.

Update Your Job Search

Harvard Business Review

Now this optimism is starting to spread. People who stayed glued to their jobs during the downturn are starting to dip their toes in the water to see if there is a new position out there for them. But while they have been hunkered down waiting for the recession to pass, the job market has been changing. Here’s a handful of those pitfalls and how to avoid them. Junior people present themselves as hard-working, energetic, and quick to learn.

Make the Most of Scarce Data-Mining Talent

Harvard Business Review

The immense promise of big data to reveal new opportunities and deliver practical business results has so far been focused on technologies and models, and less on the human challenges of staffing roles and processes to take advantage of big data’s promise. The technology may be abundant, but developing, recruiting and hiring the people to use it is becoming an acute challenge for Fortune 1000 companies. To some extent, higher education is stepping into the gap.

6 Ways to Keep Good Ideas from Dying at Your Company

Harvard Business Review

Anyone who has worked inside a large organization can rattle off a lengthy list of the things that regularly kill promising ideas: conflict with existing businesses, naysayers, management turmoil, insufficient resources. And yet when companies suddenly decide to “get more innovative,” starting hackathons, idea competitions, and accelerator programs, they typically forget to address all those things that kill perfectly good ideas after they hatch.

How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees

Harvard Business Review

The obsession with predicting who may be a future star or the next top leader has influenced academic research and human resources practices alike. But how good are we at evaluating human potential? On the one hand, science has given us robust tools and powerful theories to quantify the key indicators of future career success , job performance , and leadership effectiveness. How to Manage a Toxic Employee. Garry Gay/Getty Images.

How Digital Leaders Get the Right Work Done - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM WORKFRONT

Harvard Business Review

Workfront CEO Alex Shootman says digitization is happening in most companies on a function-by-function basis, leaving teams to work in silos instead of executing new strategies together. Listen here to learn more about what Shootman calls the “digital work crisis.”