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HR Insights, Talent Management

Never Trust HR and Other Workplace Tips for Millennials

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One of my favorite Millennials is graduating from college next month, and it occurs to me that he, like millions of others from the so-called Godless Generation, could benefit from some sage counsel before entering the workforce.

So while the world may view us crusty Gen-Xers as all but done, holding on for dear life while awaiting our sure and inevitable Millennial takedown (or is it shakedown?), I say “Bah! You’ve still got lots to learn from us, kids.”

For example… Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Of All a Company’s Functions, HR Is the Guardian of the Future

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By Lynda Gratton

The forces shaping our world are having a profound impact on organizations and on the HR professionals within them.

That is why over a decade ago my colleagues and I founded the Future of Work Research Consortium (FoW). Our aspiration was to engage with HR people from around the world to consider the forces that they believe will shape their function and the roles and responsibilities within it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Job Titles Make Today’s HR Look Like a ’70s Personnel Dept.

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You know what position I would love to apply for!? Junior Human Resource Manager, said no one ever!

I hate spending three seconds on job titles because job titles scream, “Personnel Department,” but I have to just take a few minutes to help out some of my HR brothers and sisters.

Recently, I came across a classic job title mistake when someone had posted an opening and then broadcasted it out to the world for a — wait for it — “Jr. Industrial Engineer.” When I saw it, I almost cried. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, HR Research May Really Be Marketing, But There’s Still Value to It

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I’m mindful of Laurie Ruettimann’s blog post from a couple of weeks ago where she put it straight out – HR Research Isn’t Research: It’s Marketing.

She ends her post with this:

Remember — today’s HR research is marketing, wrapped up in survey data, presented for consumption as sales collateral.”

And, of course, she’s right. Read more…

HR Insights, News

A Key to Career Success: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

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When I heard you speak I was shaking in my boots, because tomorrow, I am scheduled to speak after your presentation. Is there any way to put me on behind someone else?” he said jokingly.

I was asked about this change a few months back when I was the chair of the HR Summit in Bahrain. Just a few weeks ago, I made a presentation to The Human Resources Forum in Dubai (THRF), and as one of the attendees was leaving she said, “you make everything so clear and you are the best speaker that we have ever had here at the Forum.”

Since arriving here in the Middle East, I was fortunate to get on the HR speaker circuit. As of last week, I have spoken at about 25 events either as a keynote, conference chair, panel leader, or master class presenter. I have traveled from Africa to Turkey and all over the Middle East. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Workplace Inequality: Can We Talk About How We Treat Each Other?

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The other day a friend asked me what I thought about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and I told her.

She said she thought he was probably guilty, too, and it bothered her how some people were complaining about his “tarnished legacy” and whatnot, considering the circumstances.

I told her I understood, and that sometimes we simply must accept that people are both this and that. In this case, Cosby could be a pervert and a gifted actor. It’s not an either/or. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR’s Role in the Digital Workplace: It’s Time for Reinvention

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. 

By Josh Bersin

The human resources profession is at a crossroads.

Over the last few years digital and internet technologies have radically changed the way we work, requiring a tremendous change in all areas of human resources. Our latest global research shows that business and HR leaders have three major challenges: Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

The ONE Question Managers Must Answer — Correctly

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As a manager, you hear questions every day.

Some are serious; some trivial.

What do you hear about the merger plans?” “Is our budget being cut?“Can we get an extension on the deadline?” “Are we going to have to work over the weekend?”

But the ONE question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Staying in the Moment: Why You Need to Savor Your Accomplishments

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We all tend to get so busy that work and life can just fly by at a very fast pace.

What I have learned is that if you don’t pause to punctuate your accomplishments, they have a tendency to fade from memory — not just in the minds of others, but in your own memory, too!

Here’s what can happen: You finish a giant project. It was a huge success. In this moment you feel very proud. You may get recognition from you customers or your company. But if you don’t pause to capture this moment for yourself, you’ll lose it. Read more…

HR Insights

HR’s Worst Enemy: It’s Not a Real Surprise Who It Actually Is

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I’ve been speaking a few local SHRM events and some corporate events, and I’m always amazed to hear about all of the “enemies” that HR has!

You have employees, and hiring managers, and the EEOC, and employment attorneys, and staffing firms, and insurance firms, and HR software providers – I mean, if I hadn’t been in HR, I would think that everyone is against HR!

It feels like that some days, doesn’t it? Read more…