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Configuration vs. Customization

Configuration vs. Customization
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 famous billionaires. First up,…

Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

emotional intelligence
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, 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 that gets people building and creating together, has become today's competitive advantage." - Ron Wiens Ron is happy to share everything…

HR Latte: Building Better Organizations with Guest Ron Wiens

building better organizations
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, 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 new knowledge, a culture that gets people building and creating together, has become today's competitive advantage." - Ron Wiens Ron is happy to share everything…

Discovering HR Case Management

discovering HR Case Management
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 contacts…

The Challenges Faced by Human Resources in Higher Education

Higher Education Human Resources
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…

Can We Stop the Decline in Communication?

communication today
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…

The Employee Path: Talent Attraction & Talent Management

employee path
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,…

Empower Employees with One Simple Tool

employee portal
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…

Opportunity Breeds Success

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…

Synergy and Strength: Finding the Balance

Synergy
January 5, 2017 “Synergy... it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.” ~Stephen Covey The Team Being a part of a team can be a wonderful, exhilarating, delightful, excruciating, debilitating, and/or harrowing experience. Navigating the roads to a successful internal partnership can be dangerous and filled with trepidation that must often be cajoled with tenacity. But without the stubbornness that must be honed as business partners/owners, we may become nothing more than corporate doormats; laid out for all to wipe their feet on. Weakness or Strength? I have been in numerous meetings which have resulted in, “I told you so” moments. I'm sure we all have. One meeting in particular?  It wasn’t actually said out loud but it was felt by all in the room. Knowing when to utilize strength in an office setting…