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HRO Today: Making Teams Work

HRO Today: Making Teams Work

In a new article on HRO Today by Amy Leschke-Kahle, vice president of performance acceleration for The Marcus Buckingham Company®, an ADP® company, she discusses strategies to help managers enable their employees to succeed. Leschke-Kahle says, “At work, a team can mean many things. Organizations can have a team of executives or a team of frontline workers. They can have a hierarchical team, a flatter team, or a dynamic team that brings together contractors and full-time employees from disparate groups or practices depending on the project at hand. Whether it’s in the field of hospitality, technology, or on the shop floor, teams are where work lives. But increasingly, more and more work gets done in groups outside of the organizational chart.” She goes on to explain that there’s no universal blueprint of what makes the perfect team—or even what the average team looks like. But there is an X factor in what makes it successful: the leader. And to further this concept, according to ADP Research Institute®’s study Fixing...

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6 Keys to Turning an Employee into a Manager

6 Keys to Turning an Employee into a Manager

When you need a manager, filling the opening with an internal candidate can save valuable time, energy, and money. But, you shouldn’t just stick an employee, even a high performing one, in a manager’s role and expect them to succeed. Employees need to be groomed and trained to be successful managers. Here are some tips for preparing an employee to become a manager. #1: Define Skills Start by defining the skills needed to be a successful manager at your company. Keep in mind that managers must make important decisions related to hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, goal-setting, budgets, and employee engagement. In addition to necessary leadership and interpersonal skills, think about the short-term and long-term goals of your company and the type of managers needed to meet those goals. #2: Identify Candidates Identify high potential employees who have leadership capabilities. Avoid acting on explicit and implicit biases when evaluating potential candidates. For example, don’t assume employees wouldn’t be interested in additional responsibilities or time commitments because of family obligations. Use...

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Four Ways Small Businesses Can Compete for Top Talent

Four Ways Small Businesses Can Compete for Top Talent

Ask any business leader today what he or she is worried about, and they will most likely discuss the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent. Nowhere is this concern greater than in the minds of small-business owners. It is even tougher when the job market tightens. October was one of the best job-creating months this year, with 235,000 private-sector jobs added. This means the pool of unemployed workers continues to shrink and current workers are being lured with big pay bumps to switch jobs. It’s causing managers — from companies big and small — to worry about how they can compete for skilled workers. This is especially challenging for small businesses. When small businesses need to fill a job, they are going up against the recruitment campaigns, salaries and benefits that larger companies can offer. However, despite the challenge of fewer candidates seeking work and the pressure to retain current employees, small businesses can have a real advantage in attracting and retaining top talent if they use their...

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Dynamic Growth at Beeline: ADP Can Help

Dynamic Growth at Beeline: ADP Can Help

Beeline is a software company which offers end- to-end procurement of contingent labor in nearly 70 countries. Through a divestiture and two acquisitions over the past eight years, Beeline has grown from 170 employees to over 450 employees globally– a large-scale change with immense impact on the organization’s culture and HR structure. With its second acquisition in December 2016, Beeline’s HR staff worked to onboard acquired employees, with only three months to manage the moving parts and processes of preparing for open enrollment and providing benefits options. Accompanying these challenges was the strategic alignment of the HR department. Traci Kellner, executive vice president of Human Capital at Beeline, works hard to ensure that HR is visibly present, engaged and working with leadership to drive sustainable, organizational change. However, when the team is buried behind administrative tasks, processes, manual adjustments and more – it’s not possible to scale the way the department needs to. To maintain the innovative spirit at the heart of its business, the HR team at Beeline...

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Thanksgiving Cooking Is Finished But Here’s An Easy Recipe for Improving Your Job Descriptions

Thanksgiving Cooking Is Finished But Here’s An Easy Recipe for Improving Your Job Descriptions

Job descriptions can help you identify the essential functions of the job and the qualifications needed for a role. They can also help you set clear expectations with employees, evaluate performance, make compensation decisions, identify training needs, handle requests for reasonable accommodations, and make exempt vs. non-exempt classification decisions. Here are six guidelines for developing effective job descriptions: #1: Be consistent. To help make valid comparisons between jobs, use the same format for each job description. Generally, this includes: Job details: job title, supervisor’s title, exempt vs. non-exempt classification, a brief summary of the job, and the date the job description was created or last revised. Essential functions: job duties that an employee must be able to perform with or without a reasonable accommodation. Non-essential functions: additional tasks the employee may be required to perform during the course of his or her job, but are not essential to the job. Qualifications and skills: training, education, certification(s), and years of experience needed to perform the job. Physical demands and work...

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