Poor strategies that cause companies to lose talent include trying to buy employees' loyalty and promoting people based on their perceived potential instead of their actual accomplishments, Eric Jackson writes.
Turnover is lower among employees who receive feedback on their strengths while being trained, Gallup research shows. Leaders should take a systemic approach to identifying employees' strengths during training, and should move those employees into positions where they can excel, Aniruddh Haralalka and Leong Chee Tung write.
Most Americans still favor nuclear energy a year after the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan, according to a Gallup poll. This month, 57% of those surveyed said they favor nuclear energy, unchanged from a survey taken shortly before the incident last year. About 57% of those surveyed this year said they feel that nuclear energy is safe.
Businesses should plan ahead to lessen the disruption caused when their favorite online tools experience service problems, Erik Sherman writes. "[I]t's much easier to think things through in advance and to make plans that you can pull out when you need them most," he writes. Be sure to back up your online data and maintain accounts with alternative providers in case your main provider is experiencing difficulties, he recommends.
If your orientation for new hires lasts longer than three hours, you're probably boring employees and wasting your time, Meredith Soleau writes. Make sure you have employees sign off on basic company policies and fill out any tax paperwork, then talk to them about benefits packages and go over safety rules, Soleau writes.
Recruiting strategies that involve social media or employee referrals won't help human resources departments that don't embrace their role as a strategic business partner to the rest of their company, Matt Charney writes. "As long as we sit and see ourselves as a separate silo rather than parts of the larger 'talent community' of our own internal employee populations ... then we're not really changing anything," Charney writes.