Human resources expert, Cornelia Gamlem, who works independently in Herndon, VA, was selected out of thousands of authors to appear as a featured guest on Business Innovators Radio to talk about her book, The Big Book of HR.
Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader’s day. And that job certainly is not getting any easier. The Big Book of HR will provide any HR professional, manager, or business owner of any size organization the information they need to get the most from their talent. It is filled with information on everything from the most strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical detail of how to manage people. Each topic covered includes information on associated legal issues, and includes stories from leading organizations to illustrate how Human Resources can positively impact the organization
“It was great speaking with Donna Gunter on Business Innovators Radio,” notes Gamlem. “The challenges of managing people continue to grow in today’s dynamic and ever-changing environment and we were able to discuss some of those challenges. When managers want to take the time to recognize these challenges and motivate and develop staff, it’s exciting to be able to share with them best practices and practical solutions.”
During the interview, Gamlem noted she has discovered that companies are continuing to be challenged with finding the best talent. “There’s such a need to have good people as companies are looking to succeed and to meet shareholder’s expectations,” added Gamlem. “Getting them in door is one of the first obstacles, but once you’ve hired these good people, you have to make sure that those individuals continue to grow right along with you so that they want to remain with the company.”
Gamlem went on to explain that employee engagement and retention is critical. “Oftentimes, managers think they have to engage in extraordinary efforts to retain people,” added Gamlem. “Sometimes, however, it’s the simple things that will work, like giving feedback on how well someone is doing or letting the employee know that he is contributing to the organization and adding value. Having this type of conversation with an employee is difficult for some mangers to do, but it is one of the most effective yet inexpensive retention strategies, and the return on your investment is phenomenal.”
She further noted, “Millennials (those employees in their 20s) are a great example of a group of employees who are avidly seeking feedback about their performance. Millennials want to feel challenged, and if they’re not being challenged in an organization, they are going to leave much more easily than their predecessors. They are the generation pressing managers for feedback about how they are doing because if they don’t get that feedback, they will assume they are not making a good contribution to the company. If you can keep them engaged and give them meaningful work while acknowledging their value, you will decrease the likelihood that they will leave and seek greener pastures.”
Cornelia Gamlem SPHR is founder and President of the GEMS Group ltd, a management consulting practice that helps a wide range of clients with issues related to HR initiatives, business effectiveness and compliance. Prior to this she served in a senior HR leadership role at CSC, a Fortune 500 IT services company with a global presence.
She is a graduate of Marymount University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and California State University, Sacramento where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration. She achieved Life Certification as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She has a new book out this month with co-author, Barbara Mitchell, entitled The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook.
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To learn more about Gamlem, visit her website at http://www.BigBookofHR.com