What's Missing From Today's Executive Onboarding Program

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 23, 2020 4:19:44 PM right

According to a new global study, the majority of U.S. executives received no formal workplace onboarding in their most recent roles. Furthermore, when it comes to grading onboarding experiences on a scale of 1 to 100, executives in the U.S. rate theirs as mediocre with an average score of 59.

After investing heavily in recruiting and hiring a new member of an executive team, many organizations fail to maximize that investment when ineffective onboarding leads to dissatisfaction, poor performance or turnover. In fact, almost 60% of executives report it took them six months – and close to 20% said it took more than nine months – to have a full impact in their new roles.

While you can’t control every aspect that factors into an executives’ performance and longevity in a role, implementing a robust, data-driven onboarding program can greatly improve your odds. Considering executive failures can cost up to 40 times the base salary of leaders, which can translate to a multi-million-dollar mistake, HR leaders can’t afford to ignore the critical necessity for effective onboarding.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

Two Critical Factors in the Effective Use of Talent Assessments

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 15, 2020 2:55:56 PM right

More and more of the world’s leading organizations are utilizing talent assessments to better inform hiring decisions and drive more effective employee development. In fact, 82% of companies are using some form of skill assessment tests today. There is little doubt that the use of talent assessments in the hiring and development process will continue to grow, particularly given the recruitment challenges in today’s market and the import of finding best fit hires.

As HR leaders look to these vital tools to improve their HR process, there are two critical considerations when choosing and implementing a talent assessment solution.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

It's a New Decade, Has Your Hiring Strategy Evolved?

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 3, 2020 11:51:31 AM right

As we enter a brand-new decade, what better time to evolve your hiring practices and strategy to meet the new requirements of the modern day? The fact is businesses have never done as much hiring as they do today or spent as much money doing it. Yet, most aren't doing as good of a job hiring the right candidates the first time.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

Mentoring Matters: How to Get Started

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Dec 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM right

Almost every successful professional has had a trusted mentor to help them chart a new course for their career, to guide and inspire them. For individuals, studies show that good mentoring can lead to greater career success, including promotions, raises and increased opportunities.

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Topics: talent integration, high-performers, Coaching and Training, Performance Management, Mentoring

Give and You Shall Receive, or Will You? The Art of Receiving Feedback

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Dec 3, 2019 1:21:14 PM right

Famous author Ken Blanchard says, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” but the value of feedback is only realized if the person on the receiving end truly acknowledges what is shared. Often, business and HR leaders focus heavily on the ways in which they can effectively provide feedback to others, which is certainly an important component of performance development. However, the second part of the equation – the ability to effectively receive that feedback – is very often overlooked.

Arguably, the ability to take feedback to heart is even more difficult than the art of delivering it. Why? Because inherent in receiving feedback are several “personal” triggers that can influence how each of us perceives feedback, particularly in the workplace. And, many of us are triggered to ignore, become defensive or even anger at the hint of criticism or constructive feedback due to the way in which the person communicates or behaves when providing the feedback. 

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Topics: talent integration, Performance Management, Performance Review

Applying HR Analytics: Taking Small Steps To Reap Big Benefits

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Nov 19, 2019 12:07:09 PM right

The idea of “data,” “analytics,” and “automation” often set off a whirlwind of emotions among HR leaders – from excitement of new possibilities to confusion and angst over how or where to leverage them. However, these trends simply can’t be ignored given that workforce analytics will be more widely adopted to help optimize workforces, develop employee performance metrics, reduce operational costs and stimulate market growth. The key to understanding and leveraging the many benefits of the data evolution is to evaluate potential areas across the employment lifecycle where it makes operational and financial sense to embed meaningful analytics.

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Topics: talent integration, HR Analytics