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Gen Z: Coming Soon to a Company Near You

Are you sick of the word “Millennials” (with a capital M) yet? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course you’re sick of it. People are so tired of reading about Millennials and their supposed need to feel special, even Millennials themselves are distancing themselves from the term. “Maybe I’m technically a Millennial,” you may have heard one of your mid-twentyish to mid-thirtyish colleagues say, “but I’m not really …Read More

Is 2017 the Year Robots Finally Take Over?

Hollywood has produced no shortage of films about robot rebellion over the years, but in the early days of sci-fi cinema, the malevolent robot was usually just a metallic version of the rubber-suited monster. It had no agenda beyond smashing stuff and kidnapping a helpless damsel with an inclination for screaming and fainting. That all changed with the arrival of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 film 2001: A …Read More

Making Better Use of Your Internal Performance Criteria

Forward-thinking organizations know that long-term success requires more than innovative product development and continuous improvement of operational efficiency. It also demands a sound talent-management strategy, because developing good products and streamlining operations can only happen when you have the right people in place to drive these objectives—as well as a pipeline of high-potentials to lead such initiatives in the future. Many smaller companies lack the internal resources to develop effective …Read More

Learning Agility: A Key to Strong Job Performance

Is it just us, or did the 2016 election season seem like it had been going on since at least 1016? We need a national nap to recuperate from that endurance test. Showing the good judgment befitting a venerable talent-development institution like Caliper, we’re backing away slowly from the contentious Presidential election and letting the pundits and firebrands beat each other up about it. Instead, we turn our focus toward …Read More

Shopping for Your Next Top Sales Performer?

Halloween in our rear-view mirrors can only mean one thing (besides stealing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from our kid’s candy stash for the next week): holiday shopping season is upon us. It’s time to hit the shopping malls and see what the big department stores have on display. Or is it? One of the great symbols of American culture circa 1985 was the shopping mall, with its 100+ specialty shops …Read More

The Big Goal: A Company Culture of Success

If you’ve ever watched Premier League football (i.e., soccer), you may have noticed it’s perfectly OK, right in the middle of the action, for teammates to scold each other for making bad plays, usually with exaggerated gestures for the benefit of the camera. If a National Hockey League player in North America tried that, he’d be labelled a “locker-room cancer” before the next commercial break. On the other hand, soccer …Read More

Caliper’s Guide to Onboarding Millennial Employees

We’ve all heard a lot about Millennial-age employees lately. What they want, how they work, the best way to manage them, and so on … perhaps to the point that HR reps and hiring managers think they’re dealing with a herd of unicorns. But it’s not as scary as all that. The emergence of Millennials in the workforce has simply coincided with two other factors: The rise of technology, which …Read More

Personality Assessments and Behavioral Interviewing: A Winning Combination

A personality assessment is a small investment in the bigger scheme of things. You’re attempting to hire someone who will perform critical work for your organization, and once that person is on board, you will spend many thousands of dollars on salary, training, benefits, and career development. If an applicant’s motivations don’t line up with the job and, as a result, she ends up moving on or being terminated, the …Read More

Experience-Diversity: Her Name is Rio

We need a word for when virtually everyone recognizes a better way to do something but keeps doing it the same old way anyhow. That word would come in handy when we talk about hiring practices. “Experience Diversity”—i.e., what you get when you build a team of people from different industries and backgrounds—is a major key to innovation in business, yet companies continue to overemphasize industry tenure when evaluating applicants. …Read More

Become Caliper Certified this September!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the CALIPER Profile and become your organization’s in-house advisor, we have good news: Caliper is offering a Foundations Certification event on September 27-28 and a Master Certification event on September 29, 2016. Both programs will be presented at the Crowne Plaza Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Foundations-level Certification will expand your knowledge of CALIPER Profile interpretation, provide an introduction to the science …Read More