Talent Pools IV Baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are turning 60. That is one of the forces driving the need to manage relationships with potential employees. Labor, long a plentiful commodity, is becoming scarcer with each passing moment.
Just as stock markets (a relatively recent invention) allowed companies and investors to pool and 'synergize' financial resources, Talent Pools are markets. The objective is to increase the predictability of the labor supply on the employer side and the
predictability of work on the employee side. One of the new twists is that employers now have to work to obtain their labor supply.
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PreVisor, a leader in pre-employment assessments and selection solutions that connect hiring decisions to business results, announced its acquisition of talent assessments specialists CraftSystems, Inc., founded 29 years ago by Dr. Larry L. Craft, and based in Bradenton, Florida.
The ShirleyBoard is an online community for people caring for aging loved ones. Originally developed to help its founder, Mark Willaman, with the responsibilities of caring for his aging mother, the free site allows caregivers to centrally store important information, keep a log of daily activities, and network with other caregivers.
Comings and Goings: Scott Dunbar has joined Buck Consultants as a Principal and Market Leader for the firm's San Francisco office.
UpComing Events: The Evolution of Reference Checking:
No Longer Just "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" Pinstripe Skill Survey
December 4, 2007
1PM EST/12 noon CST/10AM PST
The Virtual Interactive Educational World for HR
December 12-13th, 2007 HR.com (www.hr.com) is launching the first virtual and online conference designed for HR professionals, including specialists in Benefits, Sourcing, HRO, Compensation, Incentives, Training, Consumer Directed Healthcare and Staffing. Attendance is complimentary for all HR Professionals.
Deep Release: A Company's Reputation and Performance Influence Opinions of Senior Management
-The Kenexa Research Institute Examines the Impact of a Company's Performance and Reputation on Employees' Views of Senior Management -
Research conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI), a division of Kenexa® (NASDAQ: KNXA), a leading provider of talent acquisition and retention solutions, evaluated workers' views of their companies' reputation and performance. The report is based on the analysis of data drawn from a representative sample of workers surveyed in 2007 through WorkTrends™, KRI's annual survey of worker opinions. The survey included workers from Brazil, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The results from the latest cross-culture study indicate that among the six countries surveyed, 36% of workers believe their organization's reputation and performance have improved over the past 12 months. Comparatively speaking, workers in China are more likely (50%) to indicate their organization's reputation and performance are improving, while those in the United Kingdom (12%) are more likely to report that their organization's reputation and performance are declining.
Across all six countries, employees who believe their company's reputation and performance have improved also have more favorable opinions of their senior management. They are much more likely to feel that senior managers demonstrate employees are important to the success of the company, that management has the ability to deal with company challenges and provides employees with a clear picture of the company's direction. In addition, these employees are also more likely to believe that senior management supports and practices high standards of ethical conduct and is more trustworthy.
For all workers studied, having a strong reputation and improved performance favorably impacts how workers rate their pride in their organization, willingness to recommend it as a place to work and their overall job satisfaction. Additionally, if employees have favorable views of the organization's reputation and performance, they are more likely to have confidence in the future of the organization and are less likely to state an intention to leave.
"The data support what most believe—that it really starts at the top. The importance of great leadership cannot be overstated. Whether playing little league baseball or competing on the global corporate stage, people have a deep yearning to be on a winning team. Maybe not always in the short-term, but certainly over the longer haul, winning teams are led by great leadership—capable, ethical leaders who view their workers as a source of great ideas and competitive strengths, and who make sure those same workers know what the company stands for and where it is headed," said Jack Wiley, executive director, Kenexa Research Institute.
Kenexa ® Corporation provides outsourcing, employee research and software to help organizations more effectively recruit and retain a productive workforce. Kenexa solutions include applicant tracking, employment process outsourcing, onboarding, skills and behavioral assessments, structured interviews, performance management, multi-rater feedback surveys, employee engagement surveys, and HR Analytics. Headquartered in Wayne, Pa. (outside Philadelphia), Kenexa employs more than 1,300 people worldwide. More information about Kenexa and its global locations can be accessed at www.kenexa.com.
The Kenexa WorkTrends database is a comprehensive normative database of employee opinions on topics including leadership, employee engagement and customer orientation. Comparisons are available for workers from Brazil, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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