Best of WOW! Bytes of Wisdom 2011


WOW! Bytes of Wisdom has been busy this year providing subscribers key bits of “wisdom” from the talent-development industry.  To end the year, the following are the Best of WOWs! 2011 Blogs.


Keep Your Best Employee From Jumping Ship

Jan. 27, 2011

A recent article by Fortune contributor Jena McGregor, How To Keep Your Star Employees, reinforces a widespread problem: Some of our best employees are ready to jump ship.  She cites four retention strategies used by top companies to combat this challenge.


Get Onboard and Go Beyond

Jan. 5, 2011

If you make only one business goal this year, it should be to focus on keeping your top talent.  It’s a challenge many businesses don’t think about until it’s too late, but this could be the year that turnover stalls your business.


Talent Management Trends: Are You Onboard or Drifting?

Feb. 1, 2011

How often have you heard a business executive brag that “our people are our most important asset”?   Sounds good, but how many companies actually work strategically to enhance that asset?  A recent post on The Daily Recruiter reviewed emerging trends in “talent management,” the process of attracting, developing and retaining skilled employees.  The article suggests several important strategies.


Managing Talent Is a Priority

May 17, 2011

Key findings from global consulting firm PwC’s 14th Annual Global CEO Survey show that talent is a top priority for CEOs, moving up from third last year.. The results, reported in a Talent Management article, is great news for the economy.  “The ‘war for talent’ is not just a numbers game — it means finding, retaining and motivating employees whose skills fit the company’s strategy,” said Ed Boswell, U.S. Advisory People and Change practice leader at PwC.


The War for Talent Crosses the Ocean

June 22, 2011

The problem is global.  Whether they are seeking talent in the United States, Asia, South America or Europe “employers are being inundated with unsuitable candidates and struggling to fill vacancies, and talented individuals are staying put, concluding that the grass is greener on their own side of the fence in these volatile economic times,” according to a June 16 article in Talent Magazine.


Global Talent Challenges – Are you stumbling or doing it right? (Part 1 and 2)

June 8-9, 2011

Recruiting executives from diverse cultures is essential for success in today’s global economy.   It’s also a considerable challenge.  Do it right, and the company benefits from the diversity.  Do it badly, and the company stumbles and misses opportunities.  According to the Manpower’s 2010 Global Talent Shortage Survey, nearly a third of employers worldwide have difficulty filling positions because of a lack of suitable talent.  In EMEA countries, the number is 23 percent; 41 percent in Asia Pacific; and 34 percent in the Americas.


How to Successfully Relocate Employees

Sept. 28, 2011

By Jill Heineck, Focus Relocation, Guest Blogger, and WOW! strategic partner

Relocation has become an important tool in advancing corporate strategies.   But people are not chess pieces.  Even the “right” move for someone can produce negative consequences.  The risks are even higher in companies that don’t already practice careful management of individuals’ careers, from onboarding to retirement.


Innovative Ideas to Add Pizzazz to Your Onboarding Initiatives

Oct. 26, 2011

I was reviewing articles for this week’s blog and came across one that identified high-impact, low-cost ideas that can add pizzazz to your current onboarding initiatives.  These are perfect for smaller organizations nimble enough to get creative and engage stakeholders.  For larger organizations, these may prompt you to tweak existing initiatives.


Onboarding ROI: Metrics for Measuring the True Value

Oct. 3, 2011

By Kyle Lagunas, HR Analyst with Software Advice, Guest Blogger

As business leaders look for the best ways to maximize the ROI of their workforce, the onboarding process is often overlooked.  For many, onboarding is reduced to a mere checklist of tasks to be completed and forms to be submitted.  What these organizations fail to understand is that an employee who experiences a smoother onboarding process will be more connected to the organization, better trained and quicker to produce.

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