This week, we learn about why diversity training backfires, hear from an ex-Amazon executive about making standout employee experiences, come to grips with the ins and outs of talent management, and share advice on picking a CPMS tool.

This week’s growth quote:

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

– Ginni Rometty

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This Former Amazon HR Exec Says Most Companies Can’t Explain This 1 Thing, and It’s Negatively Affecting Their Ability to Hire Top Talent


With fierce competition for talent, decent wages alone can’t prevent job-hopping. Ex-Amazon and HR executive Deena Fox says that an effective employee experience is the best way to keep staff happy. Read about her strategies for enhancing recruitment, onboarding and performance development programs. (She helped grow from 100 to 3,000 employees, after all).

Diversity Training Often Fails, So Why Do It?


The road to diversity is paved with good intentions—some of which can backfire. According to a seminal 2006 Harvard study, diversity initiatives can actually lead to a decline in diversity. Professor Frank Dobbin, one of the men who co-authored the Harvard study shares his views on why that happens, and provides three alternatives that work.

Talent Management: A Guide for HR

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Talent management (TM) is multifaceted. It covers everything from succession planning to retention. If you’d like to get your head around it all, the HR Exchange Network has put together a one stop guide that includes the latest TM strategies, predictions on how TM will evolve, and data on its impact—which comes in handy when discussing budgets with the C-Suite.

Scalable Performance Management for Agile Workforces: Workology Reviews Betterworks


With workplaces evolving at breakneck speeds, HR tech can help you organize, manage, and centralize key initiatives—letting you keep them on track in the process. Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of, explains how the Betterworks CPMS tool can help you stay focused, engaged and on top of your goals.

One of the most important things every organization should strive to create is a “Culture of Feedback” that allows for open communication and continuous, transparent feedback at all levels. Get your free copy of our brand-new guide, 5 Ways HR Can Build a Feedback Cultureto learn more.

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