January 2013 Archives

In previous posts, I've written about the importance of having satisfied, engaged, and loyal staff to maximize organizational effectiveness. Talent managers and other business, education, and nonprofit leaders can also learn a lot by examining how disengaged employees can damage an organization's culture and bottom line. According to research from Gallup, "actively disengaged employees--the least productive--cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year in lost productivity." CareerBliss also works to collect and report information on employee satisfaction and engagement. Every year, the organization releases their "50 Happiest Companies in America," which is based on an analysis of independent ...


Reviewing and updating job descriptions can be an afterthought in many organizations. Some may even view it as a waste of time. What many leaders don't realize, however, is that job descriptions are not only essential to the recruiting and hiring process, but should be linked to employee evaluations, compensation, and development programs. They can also serve as protection against any legal or compliance issues. In the January 2013 issue of the Society of Human Resource Management magazine, an article by Kathryn Tyler called, "Job Worth Doing: Update Descriptions" talks to the importance of keeping updated job descriptions. Tyler interviewed ...


While speaking at a conference in Reno, Nevada last year, I had Human Resource Directors from three states approach me with questions about value-added analysis and how it might impact their work in the coming years. More and more states and districts across the country are using value-added data to inform teacher and leader development, evaluate educator performance, compensate employees, influence job placements, and other human capital decisions. The National Council on Teacher Quality's "State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies" report offers a glimpse into changes in K-12 teacher evaluation policy across the country over the past year. ...


Earlier this week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released "Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching," the final report of the organization's three-year long Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. I would encourage all teachers, education leaders, and talent managers to read the report as it has huge implications for the future of teacher evaluation and other human capital decisions in states and districts across the country. Overview The MET project is a partnership of more than 3,000 public school teachers (grades 4 through 8, as well as high school grade 9 English, Biology, and Algebra I) who ...


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