Benefits of Supporting Your Employees’ Career Aspirations
Do you have employees who crush deadlines, take on more responsibility and are knocking down their manager’s door for performance reviews? These attributes may describe your top performers and are most likely fueled by career aspirations. However, do you know what exact goals they are currently working towards? It may be an annual raise, or […]
Turning Exit Interviews Into Action
Despite voluntary turnover being a normal part of any workplace, it can still come as a surprise when employees turn in their resignation letter. Most companies seek to learn from these instances with an exit interview, but are the takeaways being acted on in a way that can actually reduce future turnover? The information that […]
The Journey of Employee Skill Growth
Every employee in your company possesses a certain number of skills and these skills are likely at different levels of proficiency. Your talent could also have additional skills that the business might not be aware of at all. To obtain an accurate picture of all of these skills, organizations must have a way to evaluate […]
Learning from Layoffs: Skills, Data and Alternatives to Consider
In May 2020, news of the Covid-19 pandemic broke across the world. We saw an inevitable spike in layoffs across many industries as companies scrambled to adjust. Two years later, we are still witnessing high numbers of layoffs with the largest spike since the beginning of the pandemic occurring very recently in May 2022. Companies […]
How to Solve Manufacturing’s 3 Biggest Skills-Based Challenges
While the chaos of the pandemic affected all industries, manufacturing may have been one of the most directly impacted. Extreme supply chain issues affected cost, timing, production, and labor in such a substantial way that many companies were scared they wouldn’t be able to recover. The expectation for the aftermath of the pandemic was that […]
Dynamic Skills: How to Prepare for Change
We are all familiar with how quickly our world is changing around us. Due to rapid technological advances and pandemic era business disruptions, one of the struggles this presents for the business world is the constantly changing and ever-expanding requirements of necessary skills. The pace of digital and industry advancement is demanding employees to learn […]
How to Overcome the 5 Internal Mobility Blockers
Filling open positions is hard. Finding someone with the experience and skills you need, and then adding a good attitude, punctuality, and a willingness to get along with others make it even more challenging. That’s why it seems like the obvious choice for companies with open jobs is to turn to their current employee base. After […]
How to Support Growth During The Great Resignation
New year, new normal? As we enter the new year, the past year ended with a record number of employees quitting their jobs. In November, 4.5 million US employees voluntarily left their companies, breaking the previous record in September of 4.2 million. As employees reconsider how they will spend their time on the job, there […]
The 7 Most Important Reasons For Implementing Succession Planning
When HR.com released its recent survey called The State of Internal Mobility, Success, and Career Development, a lot of eye-opening data was revealed regarding the various reasons it’s vital for organizations to have succession planning secured within their internal processes. With this in mind, we felt it was important to highlight these reasons so leaders like […]
Developing Internal Talent: What You Might Be Missing
Organizations across the United States and the world are suffering from a lack of talent as they continue to expand. Businesses are struggling to fill key roles that can help ensure the long-term growth of the company. The pandemic has changed the ways that employees see work and how employers are holding onto and finding […]
Keeping Up With Your Dynamic Workforce
As we move forward in this disruptive period in time it is clear that companies need to adapt with the changes or run the risk of being left behind. Many businesses have changed the way they work, are developing new policies for where their employees will work, and perhaps are pivoting their products and services […]
How To Retain Employees During High Turnover Times
Turnover is an issue that all companies experience. Holding on to and developing talent is a difficult task. Most companies generally have an idea of how many employees they can expect to lose in a given year. This number has recently exploded for companies of all sizes across most industries. COVID-19 has completely changed the […]
Upskilling Employees at Scale with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training and Certifications
In the IT services industry, having employees with the right skills, knowledge, and experience is the difference between selling your service or not. As more companies migrate to the cloud, cloud computing is identified as one of the most in demand hard skills. However, in a recent survey, 90 percent of IT decision makers report […]
How to Create an Equitable Work Environment for Your Employees
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are ubiquitous and perhaps talked about more than ever before, but it is clear that there is much more work to be done. This topic is very complex, and organizations have tried to put the right policies and practice in place to create more equitable work environments, but some […]
How to Enable Rapid Workforce Redeployment
Employees are arguably the most important factor of an organization’s ability to compete in this present moment but also in the long term. An organization’s talent drives innovation and creates value. Turnover can cause drastic effects throughout an organization, such as the loss of company knowledge, which alone can pile on the costs from recruiting […]
Performance Management Sample Comments
Below are examples of comments that would support individual ratings. These are generic in nature and examples only. Performance comments should be tailored to the individual employee and be based on the employee’s individual performance expectations. ANALYTICAL THINKING – The quality and quantity of work produced by the employee. Poor: • Has made frequent errors that […]
Why Job Roles Matter
For most organizations, getting your existing employees to fit into a specific role can be a tough task, especially when the employee isn’t happy with their current position. It’s often the result assigning someone based on skills rather than the job itself. Typically, organizations looking to find someone for a position tend to look for […]
How to Design a Succession Planning Template
Succession planning is a critical process for ensuring the long-term success of any organization. It is the job of HR to work with their boards of directors in order to create and maintain a proper succession plan. While there are many templates out there, it’s always best to design your own to ensure that your […]
What’s the Difference Between Skills and Competencies?
Employees are often told that they have to improve their skills and be more component in their position in order to advance in their careers. Unfortunately, employees mistake skills and competencies as one and the same. After all, a skill sounds very similar to a competency to the average employee. This failure is the result of general knowledge and a lack of communication.
AI in Talent Management
Artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly grown in the talent management space but still many cannot sift through all the hype. Here’s what you need to know.
The Key Takeaways from HR Tech 2020
The HR Technology Conference & Exposition was virtual this year and just like everything else that happened in 2020, it took some time to get used to the change. While we embraced this new format and appreciated the rest our feet and back were rewarded from the switch, there were some key takeaways for us at TalentGuard.
Employee Retention Strategies to Keep Your Star Employees
Keeping your employees for as long as possible is a goal that every HR team should have. Less employee turnover will help to keep your company stable. Employee retention strategies are becoming more common as companies have taken attrition more seriously as they continue to realize the impact it has on their bottom line.
Mapping Employee Certifications to Skills and Proficiency Levels – Why This Can’t Be Overlooked
Most people today have started to understand the importance of getting certifications and completing courses. However, not everyone realizes the difference between attaining certifications and doing courses for upskilling—and doing it all for maintaining a certain proficiency level. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what it means to have certifications and how you can use them to map out your employees’ proficiency levels.
The Importance of Job Architectures in Achieving Pay Equality
Companies have always had a hard time determining the right approach for designing a job architecture that supports pay equality, and diversity. It’s a complicated process when you have to ensure you hire and develop the right talent, adhere to diversity measures, all while making sure you’ve achieved pay equality.
How to Identify High-Potential Employees
Unfortunately, many organizations don’t feel they have enough high-potential successors to replace employees in key positions — and high-potential employees are viable to an organization’s success in the long term.
Why Succession Plans Fail
Many large businesses and enterprises typically plan for the foreseeable future to avoid any stoppages and interruptions in business operations. As a result, they tend to have contingencies to ensure operations run smoothly. Despite that, most large companies still struggle with succession plans, often ending up rushing them or undermining them.
Ten Ways to Boost Internal Talent Mobility
We all know that mobilizing internal talent is beneficial. After all, you’ve already invested heavily in your employees – why not maximize that investment, and reduce costs by cutting reliance on external recruitment?
Why You Should Hire Internal Candidates
Companies are competing for talent at a higher rate than ever before, and an internal candidate hiring system can help combat talent shortages. There are a number of advantages of choosing an internal candidate over an external candidate.
Why Your Hiring Freeze Shouldn’t Scare You
Due to hiring freezes, a large number of companies have been abruptly limited to their existing talent pools to staff projects and fill skill gaps. However, we don’t think that should scare you. Instead, if you focus your energy on the optimizing your existing workforce, you can overcome these obstacles and set yourself up for success in the long-run.
How to Upskill Team Members (and Why Your LMS Isn’t Delivering)
Making the most of your team today is especially important, considering the fact that most companies can’t add to their workforce due to the current pandemic. This hiring freeze could cause a vital skills gap, since hiring managers are unable to bring in people to fill those gaps. In light of this, the most efficient solution is to upskill team members and invest in their development.