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June 23, 2017

Stacey Harris, VP of Research and Analytics at Sierra-Cedar

Stacey Harris

Stacey Harris, VP of Research & Analytics at Sierra Cedar shares the news and expectations  for the latest HR Systems Survey – closes June 30!

Check out the Sierra-Cedar 2017–2018 HR Systems Survey, 20th Annual Edition. We’d love to have you support this research effort. All responses are anonymous and kept strictly confidential. They only use your information in the aggregate. Your privacy is strictly maintained.

 

“Research has to have a story behind it.”- Stacey Harris

Stacey joins Rayanne to discuss these points:

History of the Survey – 20 years strong now! Most significant finding from last year’s results Expectations for this year What to watch for: Personalization!

 
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Dwane Lay
June 22, 2017

Discussion and Confusion about the Difference

There is a healthy amount of discussion (and an unhealthy amount of confusion) over the difference between configuration and customization where software is concerned. If you are one of our clients (and if you aren’t, there’s way to fix that), you probably know this already, but we think it is a big enough deal that we thought we’d talk about it more. And we’ve done a quick 30-min presentation on this same topic.

If you’ve had more than two conversations with me, you’ll know that I love analogies.  In fact, my love for analogies is like a simile. I’m not always great with either of them. But to explain the difference between customization and configuration, I have just the analogy for the job.  We will use the wardrobes of two


Dovetail HR
June 16, 2017

Guest Ron Wiens joins Rayanne for 4 episodes to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Emotional Intelligence, Part 2

HR Latte, episode 103

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

 

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne again to continue the conversation in Episode 2 of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole with a focus on Emotional Intelligence.

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of new knowledge, a culture


Dovetail HR
May 22, 2017

Guest Ron Wiens joins Rayanne for 4 episodes to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, Part 1

HR Latte, episode 102

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

 

 

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne in this first episode of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole.

 

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of


Rayanne Thorn
May 15, 2017

HR Case Management

Case Management, itself, speaks to tracking cases or issues with clients or customers. Healthcare Case Management tracks the life cycle of a patient, through every interaction with a healthcare provider or healthcare facility/system.

HR Case Management is the reporting and tracking of every single employee interaction with the human resources department in an organization. This allows for the best understanding possible of the employee experience with the employer, as well as understanding the employer experience with said employee. And it is all about collecting the data from those interactions, then saving and using that data for future interactions, questions, or issues that come into HR – this keeps any information from being lost or allowing issues or challenges to be mishandled, mismanaged or not managed at all.

The Flow of HR Case Management Made Easy
Employee


Rayanne Thorn
April 12, 2017

HR in Higher Ed

Facing unique financial pressures, colleges and universities must have HR departments that operate efficiently and at a high level. They must move past basic administrative roles and become a major organizational influence. In order to combat these pressures effectively, it may help to identify some key challenges that cross the path of human resource professionals at institutions of higher learning.

What are the Key Challenges? Budget – HR budgets in higher education have tended to be 50 – 75 % lower than those found in other industries, according to a study by Aon. In addition, state budget shortfalls have made it necessary for all departments to cut back. Rising Healthcare Costs – The same Aon study found that increasing healthcare costs are a top concern for Higher Ed HR. Recruiting – Attracting and Retaining new employees


Matt Yunker
March 30, 2017

The Shift in How We Communicate

We have moved away from being a society of people who talk to each other regularly. I grew up in the 70s and 80s – remember when we had telephones hanging from our walls? We were taught how to make a call and how to answer one. When we would want to do something or meet up, we would either just go to someone’s house to see if they were around or we would call ahead and then make some plans.

Mobile

Then came the pager and secret codes… car phones were still out of my reach as they were so expensive. Toward the end of my high school years, I had pager and this was easiest way to reach out to friends. It was a marvel that we could even let someone know


Rayanne Thorn
March 29, 2017

The Ongoing Conversations

I’ve been having more and more conversations about employee growth and development. This extends beyond the tired and overused phrase Employee Engagement. I think it’s fascinating that so many write, and talk, and present of the importance of retention but little is really done to ensure that their company shines when it comes to these efforts.

Talent Attraction vs. Talent Management

Is there really a difference between talent attraction and talent management? Shouldn’t there be a concerted and continued effort to attract the talent you have already acquired? I am often dumbfounded by the crazy amount of effort that goes into talent attraction, recruitment marketing, employer branding, and hiring when compared to the lack of efforts put into retention, employee development, and succession planning. Is there no real understanding of what it takes to replace a good,


Rayanne Thorn
February 2, 2017

The Employee Portal

Dovetail Software was very excited to launch our updated employee portal last September. As we continue to help organizations with employee communications and interactions, we understand the need to listen to what is important to employees because this assists our clients, the employers.

Empower Employees

Does it make sense to empower the workforce with “self” access to information? We think it does. Making  knowledge readily and easily available, they are able to get answers quickly and easily. I have always felt that an informed and smart workforce is a productive and loyal workforce. The information shared with employees becomes another notch toward employee engagement, which we know leads to less attrition and retention of talent – obviously quality talent because they have chosen to become or stay informed about their own employment and ask questions they need


Rayanne Thorn
January 11, 2017

Nature vs. Nurture?

The on-going discussion: the naturally-gifted vs. the manufactured.  Are those who are naturally talented less likely to work hard to achieve success?  Does hard work drive success, whether you are talented or not?  I have often stated, “Hard work pays off. Always.” But does it really? How about the kid who studies her heart out to maintain a C+ average versus the one who never studies and maintains a 4.0 or better?  I grew up with kids like both representations. Personally, I endlessly studied and in my case, the hard work paid off with good grades. But was it my natural inclination toward the subjects I studied – those I selected or was it the hard work which resulted in good grades?

We can argue incessantly about how success is achieved.  But I think Winston Churchill said


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