Man Utd’s form may have improved but Pochettino’s shadow will loom large over Ole

first_imgTHE consolation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that it happened now and not during the last international break.If Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked then, the clamour for him to take over at Manchester United would have been overwhelming.3 United made it clear that Mauricio Pochettino becoming available changes nothingCredit: Getty – ContributorThe dispiriting defeat at Newcastle had left United looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone — and some fans calling for a change of manager.As it is, Solskjaer is sitting more comfortably in the Old Trafford hotseat having overseen five wins from seven in the last block of fixtures.The word from the United hierarchy is that they very much want this to work with their former striker.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said last month: “Whatever manager we have has to buy into our philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that.“Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.”And yesterday the message from Old Trafford was clear: Pochettino becoming available changes nothing.Even so, until the ex-Spurs boss takes another job, his shadow will loom large over  Solskjaer.The bookmakers have already decided United are  favourites to be the Argentinian’s new club.And it is not difficult to see why he was — and still might be — an attractive option for them.United legend Gary Neville said after Jose Mourinho’s departure that he felt Poch was perfect for the role.He said: “They need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club: the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.“I see Pochettino — and he’s done an incredible job.“People will say, ‘He hasn’t won a trophy yet’ but Manchester United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.”3 Gary Neville claimed Mauricio Pochettino was a good fit for United after Jose Mourinho’s departureCredit: Getty Images – GettyLast Christmas Poch was the first pick in the eyes of many supporters.But Woodward knew it would be almost impossible to get him out of Spurs at that time.Pochettino was also keen to stay and lead Tottenham into their new stadium and they were  going well in the Premier League and Europe.But the feeling  then was that things could be different by the summer.So when appointing Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, the idea was to see who was available at the end of 2018/19.But then the Norwegian surprised everyone with the start  he made.After their amazing win in Paris in the spring, Woodward could no longer ignore the calls to make the appointment permanent.And having done that he had to stand by his man — even when last season finished so disappointingly.That remained the case through an unconvincing start to the current campaign.Woodward is desperate for it to work. The last thing he wants is to get rid of another manager  he appointed.Yet at the back of their minds United will know this could be their one and only chance to get Pochettino.Don’t forget, this time four years ago, United were thinking of offering Louis van Gaal a new deal.3LATEST MAN UTD NEWS Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansBut the chance to hire  Mourinho that summer came along and it was too good to turn down.Poch needs a break right now but is unlikely to be short of offers when he is ready to return.Solskjaer will be hoping he gets fixed up quickly — or the spectre is unlikely to go away.Man United set to seal Gareth Bale transfer in JANUARY…and could send Paul Pogba to Real Madrid in returnlast_img read more

10 Hiring Retention Metrics for FastGrowing Startups

first_imgIn talking with entrepreneurs who are considering partnering with OpenView, we often hear that the most serious impediment to growth is being able to hire the right employees and grow the company’s headcount according to plan. In response to this trend, over the past three years our talent acquisition support has become the fastest growing group within OpenView Labs, as we seek to screen thousands of applicants and fill over 100 positions (and growing) at our portfolio companies every year. Given the extremely competitive market for top talent today, our CEOs and founders have to also consider striking the right balance between aggressively adding to their teams, successfully retaining and providing the right career paths for top performing employees, and terminating non-performing employees. Most of the time though, as far as startup growth planning goes, “growth in headcount” is the primary focus. But this number does not take into account factors such as terminations, defections, promotions etc. Therefore, it typically represents a very simplistic take on the human resourcing strategy of the company. After all, even if a company is enjoying an incredible growth rate, the goal is never simply to find more warm bodies to fill positions. It is about hiring the most qualified employees for the most important positions in the most effective manner possible. Therefore, once the company has achieved a certain size — typically about 50 employees — it will make sense for the HR leader to start tracking various metrics to develop a better sense of the overall strength of the work force, and to apply the right strategies for building the best team to help take the company to the next level. The question is — what are the right metrics they should be tracking?10 HR Metrics for Fast-Growing Startup CompaniesThe following are 10 crucial statistics that will give a startup a much more comprehensive picture of their hiring, retention, and team development practices.Annual turnovers: Number of employees who leave the company each year.Annual voluntary turnovers: Number of employees who leave the company voluntarily.Annual performance-related terminations: Number of employees who are asked to leave because of low performanceNumber of new positions availableNumber of positions filled: New positions, backfills, and internal promotionsNumber of new positions filledAverage tenure of employeesAverage cost of hire: Including job posting costs, sign-on bonuses, external recruiter fees, internal recruiter compensation, internal time cost for interviewing and deliberation, etc.Average time to hire: From job posting to position filled.Number of internal promotionsAll of these numbers can also be calculated as percentages (such as of total employee base), and benchmarked against other companies. However, just like other operational benchmarks, you should not blindly attach to any specific numbers because it can often create the wrong incentives and behaviors in the organization. For example, for years Microsoft had the practice of cutting the bottom 10% of their employees, a practice universally criticized as creating a toxic culture. Do you track any other metrics around hiring and retentions for your business? Do you know of any benchmarks that companies can follow? Please share your insights with us in the comments.  Ramp Up Your Hiring the Smart and Scalable Way Photo by: woodleywonderworksAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more