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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Generation X

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Generation X

There is so much in the media about Gen Y/Millennials that we often forget about Gen X. They are a bit overlooked when discussing work behaviors because they are so overshadowed by other generations. But there's more to Gen X than meets the eye, so this week we're featuring this under-the-radar generation. 

1) ...But What About Gen X Workers? from HRE Daily

"What will we do as the baby boomers retire en masse, and take their decades of knowledge and experience with them? And these millennials, who many projections say will soon make up nearly three-quarters of the U.S. workforce—how do we harness their considerable abilities and put them to the best use within our organization? Organizations everywhere have wrestled with the questions and challenges surrounding these unique groups of workers in recent years. But there’s another, large group of employees in the middle that may not receive as much attention. Some new research, however, suggests that employers would be wise to focus more on Generation X and the many assets this dedicated cohort can bring to the workplace."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Veterans

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: Veterans

In honor of Veteran's Day in the US, we're focusing this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update on veterans and jobs. Here are some recent articles about the two topics as they relate to each other. And don't miss Susan's post on our own blog this week about veterans. Happy weekend!

1) Obama’s Veterans Day message focuses on jobs from Washington Post

"President Obama focused his Veterans Day remarks on the growing ranks of former troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now searching for new ways to serve their country at home. “We’re in the midst of a new wave of American veterans,” said Obama, referring to a generation of men and women who have weathered the longest stretch of war in U.S. history. Those veterans have struggled in recent years to get care from an overwhelmed Department of Veterans Affairs. They’ve faced a higher unemployment rate than their civilian peers and an increase in suicides."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: What's Been Happening This Week?

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Talent and HR News Weekly Update: What's Been Happening This Week?

We're back with the Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup. There has been a lot going on related to employment news this week, with big names such as Uber, Clinton, and Disney. Check out below for the latest news this week:

1) In a Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs from New York Times

"In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, Calif., received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs. The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation. In New York, the immigrants suddenly stopped coming to the offices. Then on June 11, managers summoned the Disney employees with different news: Their layoffs had been canceled."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Achieving the Best Company Culture

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Achieving the Best Company Culture

We are on a culture kick over here at exaqueo (have you seen our recent posts herehere, and here???). Could be the neat projects we're currently working on, or it could just be our general excitement around this content (we geek out with this stuff). We'll continue the trend in this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup and share recent news around achieving the best company culture. Take a look below:

1) Using Your Culture to Attract Top Talent from Forbes

"Drab offices, deafening silence, draconian rules — these are the trademarks of stifling workplaces. And if your aspirational employees are working in this kind of environment, believe me, they won’t stay long. We all know that finding valuable employees is a hefty time investment, but leaders should spend just as much time building the culture that keeps them. Unfortunately, that’s seldom the case, and the repercussions can be far-reaching. To get some additional insight on this critical topic, I reached out to Fred Virgin, former SVP of HR at GE, and Carolyn D’Anna, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick, for their opinions on how company culture can be your greatest selling point or biggest hindrance."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: The Benefits of Employee Training

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: The Benefits of Employee Training

We hear about the need for training time and time again when working with growing companies. Oftentimes, the company starts out in a "figure it out" mode. As you scale, and add new employees, this mentality is less dependable to ensure high quality for your customers or clients. In this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup, we share some recent articles on the benefits of employee training. 

1) 3 Tips for New Employee Orientation at Small Businesses from Blogging 4 Jobs

"Orientation is not just a way to teach new hires about policies and rules. It helps them understand the company’s vision and culture and gives them an opportunity to ask questions—these things are important regardless of the size of your business. Just because you may only have a handful of new hires per year, it does not mean you should skip orientation. Here are a few tips for how you can hold new employee orientation at your small business."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Recruitment Done Right

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Recruitment Done Right

This week we are sharing the latest thinking on "Recruitment Done Right." From long-lasting trends to recruiting leaders, here are some insightful articles on the latest best practices in recruiting. 

1) 5 Trends And Buzzwords That Continue To Shape HR from Forbes

"The SHRM annual conference is a fave happening of mine, a collective (and fun-filled) eye opener that helps us all move forward, an atmosphere that’s booming with innovation and global community building. It’s always fun being in the midst of it and meeting new people. For #SHRM14, I’m taking part in a series of HR Influencer panels and events, I’m back again with the blog squad and of course I will be spending quality time meeting with clients, colleagues and friends. And of course….The parties and new and interesting connections await."

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HR and Talent Weekly Roundup: The Scoop on Holacracy

Org ChartWe've hit a new business journalism trend: when Zappos implements something new, we consider it Gospel. Reporters go wild. And suddenly there's a hot new business trend.  Such is the case with holacracy, a management technique that removes hierarchy from organizational structure to strengthen communication and remove barriers in an organization. It's not new--but it's new to Zappos. And by journalist creed, that means it's now hot. Or something like that.

Does it work? Sure. In certain organizations. Will it work for Zappos? That remains to be seen. But since it's the buzz word of the month, it's important you understand how it works, the skeptic's point of view and who's using it. This way when the boss comes knocking to see what you think, you'll be right on trend.

1)  Holacracy: The Hot Management Trend for 2014 from Mashable

"The advantage of such a structure, Robertson says, is that it "generates organizational clarity." That is, in theory at least, workers are more concerned with the task at hand than trying to look good for the boss. Robertson says he discovered this structure by trial and error while running a software start-up in the early 2000s.  Additionally, no one has to be stuck doing one thing all the time. If you're a whiz at programming, for instance, you can make your job 100% about doing that, but you can also spend, say, 10% pursuing an interest, like helping run events or marketing, if you're so inclined.

2) No Managers Required: How Zappos Ditched the Old Corporate Structure for Something New from Fast Company

"No more job titles. No more managers. No more hierarchical decisions. By this time next year, Zappos’s 1,500 workers will be organized into something called a holacracy.  Holacracy is a little known organizational management system that’s is gaining a toehold in the business world. Zappos, so far, is its biggest adopter. Holacracy takes its name from the Greek word holos, a single, autonomous, self-sufficient unit, that is, at the same time, dependent on a larger unit. Think of a human cell’s relationship to the entire body."

3) Here's Why Eliminating Titles And Managers At Zappos Probably Won't Work from Business Insider

"The fundamental issue? People just didn't self-regulate as well as the companies had hoped. Teams weren't good at disciplining themselves either. "We're human beings; we just don't do that," Klein says. "We're social beings, and social issues get in the way of logic sometimes."  Another challenge was attrition. Companies bled talent as successful managers jumped ship instead of losing their titles. At the same time, poor and mediocre managers that the companies hoped to effectively demote continued to be seen as de facto leaders.  What remains particularly unclear in the case of Zappos is how deep the elimination of titles will run."

4)  Five Misconceptions About Holacracy® from Medium.com

"Holacracy is so different from how we typically think about organization, so, it comes as no surprise to me that there are some confusing things being said out there.  Further, Holacracy makes all rules and roles explicit so that no one has to guess, and everyone can be on the same page.  In Holacracy, power is held by roles, not people, and those roles gain power through a governance process, not from a boss delegating it.   Holacracy doesn’t dictate exactly how a company should do everything, but rather how it should go about organizing itself and deciding how specific processes work. Holacracy specifies how to decide, not what to decide."

5) The Next Big Thing You Missed: Companies That Work Better Without Bosses from Wired

"Can these companies really overcome the “master and servant” paradigm — an arrangement so entrenched that it’s practically synonymous with the workplace itself? Gonzales-Black acknowledges that it may be difficult. “We humans love the idea that we know where the buck stops,” she says. “That’s a perfectly natural inclination to want and to desire.” But she believes holacracy will ultimately win the day."

Susan LaMotte is the founder of exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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