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Integrated Talent Management
BASICS OF WORK WHITE PAPER

Organizational design and job evaluation can be simple things to understand. By not focusing on the simple, clear and purposeful aspects of work, many HR “gurus” have made this simple starting point more complex than it needs to be. The result is staff and managers who are unclear about their…

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THE COMMUNITY PLATFORM

Birches Group Community™ is an integrated talent management solution that’s simple to use and brings clarity around the value of work. We fuse job design and evaluation, compensation management, skills development, performance management and consulting to bring order to your business.

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: II – BECAUSE, NOW, WE CAN

In chemistry an agent which accelerates a reaction is known as a catalyst. Whether the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace will ultimately be catalytic or just a passing nuisance remains to be seen. However, all the elements for catalytic change in how we work are present. It is an...

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: III – THE NEW NORMAL

It is just after dark. A bell is tolling in the distance. There is a rumbling of a wagon moving down the village road. A man calls out: Bring out your dead.

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: IV – WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD

It is a commonly told tale that when he arrived in the New World, Cortez burned his ships so that the only direction to proceed would be forward. There would be no turning back.

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: V – ILLUMINATION NOT SEGREGATION

Ok then, COVID-19 is not yet in the rearview mirror. Most of us are just trying to keep things going the best we can until we can get back to normal operations. Will there be lessons learned from this experience or are we going to see this as a once...

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: VI – LET THERE BE LIGHT

Many years ago, when I was just starting as an HR Officer working in a large public institution, I had the opportunity to participate in a meeting which I found to be very instructive about life in a large bureaucracy.

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THE ROAD TO VIRTUAL – A BLOG SERIES: VII – THE HOW AND THE WHY OF WORK

There really should be no mystery as to the components of work which come together to form teams. Literally for millennia this has been taking place.

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FIVE WAYS WE MADE VIRTUAL WORK WORK AT BIRCHES GROUP

In early March 2020, when cities were locked down and offices were closed because of COVID-19, companies struggled to go 100% virtual. At Birches Group, we were able to flip the switch quite easily, because virtual work has been a core part of our regular work program since our founding...

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ALL EMPLOYEES ARE ESSENTIAL, ESPECIALLY DURING PANDEMICS

You have likely heard the term “non-essential workers” these past few weeks of the pandemic. These are the workers who because of their level or function in the organization are asked to stay home, usually without pay, and are often first on the chopping block of downsizing and furloughs. We...

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BUSINESS AS (UN)USUAL CAREER GROWTH DURING A PANDEMIC

While much of the conversation around working from home during the pandemic is about keeping staff productive, there is not a lot of talk about career and skills growth. Yes, while the priorities are still maintaining business continuity and ensuring staff continue to receive support, human resources must not forget...

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