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Paula Santonocito's blog

Want to Accelerate?

Tapping into the skills and abilities of the workforce is essential in a highly competitive environment. In today's climate, where many organizations are operating with fewer employees, it becomes even more critical.

Talent Accelerator from Envisia Tools can help.

Beware of Inbreeding

An article at Inc.com challenges the conventional thinking behind employee referrals.

Employee referrals may result in a team of like-minded workers who get along, but the potential exists for a culture of clones.

Carefully consider the common practice of employee referrals, Inc.’s Leigh Buchanan advises, and limit the number of hires from any one employee's circle.

Did You Get the Memo?

Salveson Stetson Group, a full-service retained executive search firm, provides valuable insight for employers faced with staff reductions.

The firm points to a number of common mistakes businesses make when cutting jobs, indicating that one is reducing staff without an eye toward recovery.

In fact, the subheading of Salveson Stetson Group's news release, which also contains tips for making good talent decisions in tough economic times, is "Memo to Business Leaders: There’s Still a Talent Shortage Coming."

Driving the Point

Last week, The Detroit News reported that few members of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry (the people charged with helping save the U.S. auto industry) drive American cars.

The Detroit News viewed public records to arrive at its findings, which other media outlets also reported.

Does it really matter what cars these people drive? Yes, but not for the reason you might think.

How Low Can You Go?

It's been a question many talent management and business professionals have asked when looking at job-cut numbers because, in order to run most businesses, face it, you need employees.

Well, a new survey from global consulting firm Watson Wyatt suggests that companies, at least the big ones, may have reached the bottom as far as staff cuts.

A Successful Strategy

As companies attempt to meet business challenges with less staff, leveraging the skills and abilities of retained employees becomes critical.

Performance reviews, goal management, compensation, and succession planning are always important. But in today’s climate these areas arguably require greater focus because they may be tied to business decisions and outcomes of an urgent nature.

Technology can help facilitate these talent management processes, and solutions are available for companies of every size.

Up on Triple Creek

Many companies already know that mentoring makes a lot of sense. But in today's environment employers are also discovering that mentoring saves dollars. Companies turn to mentoring as a cost-effective way to tap into talent and engage employees.

Open Mentoring, an award-winning e-mentoring tool from Triple Creek Associates, is a solution that facilitates the mentoring process. Perhaps most noteworthy is that it has a 98 percent approval rating among users.

Junkets?

Business conferences are getting a bad rap--and it's time to set the record straight.

With Las Vegas conventions as their target, Washington lawmakers have been coming down hard on such events, calling them junkets.

The definition of junket is "a festive social affair."

In the spirit of full disclosure, TMT's parent company, Tarsus, produces conferences and exhibitions, including various events hosted by Onrec.

Another One Bites the Dust

Leadership isn't easy, and recruiting and hiring for top jobs is no walk in the park either. Just ask President Obama.

Yesterday, a fourth cabinet nominee withdrew his nomination. This time the candidate in question, Senator Judd Gregg, cited political differences, saying, "I just realized it wouldn't be a good fit."

It happens all the time with job candidates in the private sector, doesn't it? Candidates get offered positions but decline.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Last year, much was written about the shortage of summer jobs for teens and college students. This year, it's a given that things will be as bad, if not worse.

Every now and then, however, from among the dismal news, a positive sign emerges. Today's came in the form of an email from The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency that provides free summer vacations to New York City children from low-income communities.