Your workforce strategies and practices may be elaborate, expensive, and hauntingly beautiful. For many organisations, they are guided by the "spirits" of best practice, case studies, and history. But it pays to remember, it's the employees, not the spirits, who have to live in the house that HR builds.
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What mouthwash flavoured Coke from Djibouti can teach you about differentiation and strategy.
The "Peter Principle" is the idea that when promotions are made on the basis of prior performance, everyone will eventually be promoted to their own level of incompetence. It still has resonance some 40 years after is was first proposed, and it has an enormous impact on productivity, engagement, and retention in organisations today.
Any model or framework that type-casts people is dangerous when used inappropriately, but such models can be helpful in understanding the ways that different talent management initiatives will impact attraction and retention differently, depending on the employee.
On the 22nd of February 2013, Yahoo! issued a memo that it would be ending its' extensive work from home program. This was met with a significant knee-jerk global reaction critical of the move. Here's why Yahoo's policy change doesn't matter... and why it does.