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Ronald M. Katz: Workforce Optimization

The Roller Coaster Effect in Staffing and Recruiting Will Continue in 2010. So-Called "Permanent Hires" Don't Exist Anymore

Ronald M. Katz, Penguin Human Resource Consulting>Ronald M. Katz

"Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things...that is sometimes called the definition between management and leadership...to be effective you have to make sure you know where the business is going." Ron Katz

"To Optimize your workforce, managers can do three things: set objectives, manage performance, and provide training." (Ron Katz, HR Magazine, Oct. 2009)

Welcome to a special two-part Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting. This series is sponsored by Taleo where Talent Drives Performance.™

Ronald M. Katz is the president of Penguin Human Resource Consulting. He has extensive experience in the areas of Human Resources, Training and Management Development. Ron is an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. For Cornell he teaches Selection and Staffing, Effective Interviewing, and Performance Appraisal and Management. In addition, Ron spent eleven years at the Chase Manhattan Bank, most recently as Vice President in Employee Relations Training. In this role he created and delivered training on Employment Law, Sexual Harassment Awareness, Performance Management, and Effective and Legal Interviewing.

"Commitment is believing in the success you haven't seen yet." - Ron Katz

Talking Points: Podcast with Ronald L. Katz

  • Ron, when your white paper from 1999 titled "Recruiting Strategies for Today's Staffing Trends" was published, the unemployment rate was 4.3% -- how has the recruiting function changed over the past 10 years, as we enter 2010 and a new decade?
  • How have the organizations your company consults with changed over the past several years, regarding employee performance and workforce analytics?
  • Here are a few recurring themes you hear from HR professionals and recruiters I'd like you to address:
Disconnect from IT:
    • Denied needed data from officials in other departments
    • Drown in useless data
    • Data is housed in different systems and the systems may or may not talk to one another (i.e. a recruiting system or a talent management system)
  • Let's shift our focus from data management and IT challenges to C-Suite and Leadership issues frustrating HR departments and recruiters:
    • Budget cuts. Impossible to meet C-level expectations with no $
    • It seems the story for the past couple of years has gone from less resources to constrained resources to NO resources.
    • So, now HR is dealing with less resources, less people and no money!
    • Not getting business buy-in
    • Succession planning? Really? With no money?

About Penguin Human Resource Consulting

Penguin Human Resource Consulting was formed by Ron Katz to train and motivate Human Resource staffers to find better ways to solve the problems they face, from recruiting to managing performance to establishing the credibility of the HR function within an organization. We have over 20 years experience in helping people reach their fullest potential.

"This Leadership channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio's is brought to you by Taleo. Leading organizations worldwide use Taleo on-demand talent management solutions to assess, acquire, develop, and align their workforce for improved business performance. Small companies to global enterprises Select Taleo to remain Successful in Today's Dynamic Business Environment. Taleo: where Talent Drives Performance. Visit Taleo on the web at Taleo.com"

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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