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Ethics: How to Avoid the Slippery Slope in Tribal HR

As a Tribal HR manager, you’re no stranger to wearing a lot of hats. You embrace your role as organizational nucleus and master of moving parts. From employee training and development to compliance and performance management, you take pride in administering a host of critical functions. But perhaps the most influential role you play in...
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Managing Tribal Employees with An Effective Performance Management Process

Managing employees in a tribal business environment has more unique challenges than in a non-tribal business organization. There are many differences between the two business types. These differences can sometimes make it difficult to effectively manage and make decisions within a tribal organization.  The Complex Tribal Employee Environment In general, tribal business managers have more...
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UI Compliance vs UI Risk Management: What You Need to Know

The difference between UI compliance and UI risk management can be summed up in one word. That word is control.  Compliance takes the control out of your hands and gives it to the state to decide. With risk management, you control the outcome. UI Compliance Compliance is the action of complying with a command. Being...
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Best Practices for Managing Time Off During the Holidays

Planning and organizing staffing arrangements is a challenge for most organizations at any given time of the year, but especially during the holidays. If you manage employees, you know that managing time off during the holidays can be a difficult puzzle to put together. Why is Paid Time Off Important? You’ll find that giving employees...
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Why Training Is a Cure for Turnover

Employee turnover can be problematic for any organization, large or small. When an employee decides to leave, there is much more involved than just the loss of a good, or even great, worker. The organization suffers from lower productivity caused by the void and higher operating costs incurred from finding and training a replacement. Worse,...
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Reducing Risk in Nine Core Organizational Areas

In our last post, we shared how climate surveys are instrumental in reducing human capital risk. Human capital risk is broad, and depending on your strategic plan, you may want to narrow your focus. While we prefer to assess the organization as a whole, some organizations choose to focus on specific areas based on resources,...
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Reducing Risk with Climate Surveys

Over the past few years, we’ve worked with many Tribal organizations to reduce their human capital risk. We never guess at where our clients should start. Instead, we take a holistic look at the data, culture, and organization as a whole to inform our recommendations. One of the tools that we use to establish a...
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Closing the Skill Shortage Gap in Tribal Organizations

Two of the top three areas of human capital risk are skill shortages and poor management. Unfortunately, both issues feed into each other. Poor managers are unable to develop talent appropriately, leading to staff who are unable to do what the job requires. At the same time, skill shortages among staff mean that the managers who...
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Improving Employee Retention Through Development and Performance Management

In our last article, we shared 14 human capital risks, but you probably already know that most of your human capital risks stem from just a few sources.  The strategy that works best in business is to focus on the critical few. Because employee retention is the largest area of human capital risk, it’s the...
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