Align training with a company's strategy by informing employees about learning opportunities, showing them the company invests in their development and making sure managers support learning efforts, write Rod Githens and Ann Herd. "If employees can see a connection between their daily work and strategy, they can better make decisions about the direction of their individual work and learning," they write.
Flexible schedules, telecommuting and improved family leave are among the ways employers can stand out in a competitive talent marketplace, says Patti Clarke, global chief talent officer at the Havas Group. In this interview, Clarke also details how digital technologies have changed leadership responsibilities and what she's doing to develop the learning culture at her organization.
The reusable Wine Condom is a gag gift that can actually come in handy for some white wines, Ann Marie Langrehr reports after testing the rubberized product on four bottles of reds and whites. The end expands a little from air pressure when stored and removal requires a gentle hand, but its slim, unbulky profile allows for easier storage than many traditional wine stoppers, she says.
Instead of traditional individual development planning, try a collaborative approach that includes co-workers, customers and others who know the employee and are willing to support their growth, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "A collaborative development planning approach assumes that more minds will lead to higher-quality plans and greater growth," she writes.
The halo effect means others will have more positive interpretations of your actions and judgments after a good first impression, writes Art Markman. This means job seekers who dress nicely, arrive early or do other things to go above and beyond might have the halo effect working for them on their job interview.
A successful networking event starts with preparation, writes consultant Michael Goldberg. He offers 10 steps to get prepared for your next event, including knowing your goals, knowing your audience, preparing the right questions and having a plan for following up and staying in touch.
Indeed Hiring Lab released a survey finding the job switching rate has increased from 2.3% during the Great Recession to 4.1% now. An iHire survey also found having multiple jobs on a resume is less of a "red flag" to recruiters.
Goldman Sachs has a tech workforce with 10,000 developers, or about a quarter of its overall workforce, which co-Chief Information Officer George Lee says is necessary for the company to compete. The company is hiring from around the globe, and its toughest competitors are tech firms such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google, which don't face the same regulatory ecosystem that financial firms must operate under.
Retailer The Body Shop will start "open hiring," a recruiting process that does not require applicants to submit to background checks or drug screens and hires them on a first-come, first-served basis. The model, pioneered by a bakery in New York, aims to eliminate barriers to employment and reduce turnover.
Freelancers have the ability to make their own schedule and often need to stay motivated, so Albert Costill compiled 12 tips to stay focused. Freelancers should use the flexible schedule to their advantage, set income and lifestyle goals, create an inspiring workplace and be sure to take a break when needed.