Erin Osterhaus

Erin Osterhaus is the managing editor of The New Talent Times, a Software Advice blog. When she's not writing about up-and-coming trends in HR, she's reading novels or traveling to exotic locations (or both). Feel free to connect with her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/erin-osterhaus/12/425/671 or erin@softwareadvice.com.

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3 Key Predictions For the Human Resources Department of 2020

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 13. Our regular content will return next Monday.

First of two parts

The human resources department is doomed.

There is no viable future for the HR function, and HR professionals will inevitably be replaced by software. At leastthat’s what some are saying.

They’re wrong. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

3 More Key Predictions For the HR Department of 2020

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Second of two parts

Editor’s Note: For Part 1, see 3 Key Predictions for the Human Resources Department of 2020.

4: HR will utilize analytics and Big Data to augment its value

In-house HR professionals will need to embrace analytics and “big data” to become strategic leaders in their companies. Gyutae Park, head of Human Resources at Money Crashers Personal Finance, predicts that:

In the coming decade, the career trajectory of HR professionals will be determined more so than ever by the analysis of data and metrics. Although HR already uses some metrics such as turnover ratios and employee engagement levels, you can expect to see new metrics tracked and used in HR, such as the average timeframe for staff to be ready for promotion, or percentage of top candidates to be hired within the organization.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

3 Key Predictions For the Human Resources Department of 2020

Photo by istockphoto.com

First of two parts

The human resources department is doomed.

There is no viable future for the HR function, and HR professionals will inevitably be replaced by software. At least that’s what some are saying.

They’re wrong.

Without a doubt, software is changing how HR functions. But rather than spell the end of human resources, the nine experts I interviewed predict these changes will provide growth opportunities for HR professionals. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Unlimited Vacation? For a Lot of Companies, This Makes a Lot of Sense

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A small but growing number of companies have done away with “fixed-number-of-days” vacation policies, instead giving employees – with the approval of their managers – the freedom to decide when and for how long to take time off.

These companies have, in essence, an “unlimited” paid time off (PTO) policy. Of course, this lack of a vacation policy is, in fact, a policy of sorts.

These unlimited policies aren’t common; only 1 (one) percent of U.S. companies offer them. And the top 10 of Fortune magazine’s top 100 best places to work in 2013 favor traditional or flex-time models. Even some forward-thinking employers like Google don’t have an unlimited policy, instead allowing employees to accrue more vacation days the longer they’re with the company. Read more…