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Darcy Jacobsen

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Tips for Finding and Developing HiPos in Your Company

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Mar 8, 2017 7:52:00 AM

According to a study by Quantum Workplace, 1 percent of executives believe that their succession plans are excellent. Okay. You might be in the lucky minority. You might be that rare company that has a fantastic multi-level succession plan based on substantive, nuanced data, which not only makes your high-potential employees feel invested, but also yields great leadership for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights

Are Rewards Demotivating? Myth and Reality

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Mar 7, 2017 7:31:00 AM

One of the central themes I write about is the tremendous power of recognition and reward to increase engagement, drive behavior, and motivate employees. Rewards, praise, and community all play a role in this process—and the basic principles of social psychology, positive feedback, and operant conditioning make it clear why this works.

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Topics: Performance, Human Resources

Work/Life Balance is Good for Business!

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Jan 16, 2017 6:13:00 AM

We often think of work-life balance as something that we can give employees by offering more flexible work schedules, or a holistic benefits package. Instinctively, it seems like giving employees time to manage their lives should help them achieve this elusive balance–which so many experts tell us we need.

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Topics: Workforce, Workplace

Top Metrics HR Departments are Tracking

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Dec 27, 2016 6:43:00 AM

A few weeks ago we talked about some of the principles behind building a great HR dashboard, and now I wanted to share a few metrics I think are worth considering. Ultimately, in choosing your 8-12 metrics, you will have to rely on your own instincts and on feedback from those around you. To get you started, I’ve listed below some of your options—as well as some key metrics I think you should consider—that could bring more insight and life to your HR dashboard.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights

12 Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Nov 18, 2016 7:01:00 AM

How would you feel about a higher retention rate in your organization? I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a single HR exec I know who would turn that down. In fact, employee retention is without a doubt one of the most intense challenges facing most human resources departments.

Sadly, with the improving economy and the coming talent crunches due to retiring boomers, retention rates promise only to get worse. Already, turnover rates for all industries hover around 13%—and those rates are far higher in the service sector, where the average is 30%, according to SHRM. The retention crisis will undoubtedly intensify as the talent war rages and millennials (who are notorious for job hopping) become a bigger part of the workforce.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights

We Are All Becoming Millennials

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Oct 4, 2016 2:21:01 PM

It's hard to read anything about business today and not trip over references to millennials and the changes they are bringing to the workplace. It has everyone in something of a lather.

It is true that there are major changes afoot in modern business and they have happened with the influx of the latest generation of workers. But those changes are bigger than any one cohort.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights, Blogs, Generations, Company Culture

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