Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down.
But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview.
Let’s review all of the reasons for their sacred cow status:
- Good, actionable data on why people are leaving;
- Closure for employees;
- Risk mitigation for the company;
- Goodwill and future employee referrals;
- Knighted as one of the “Best Practices” by people who know things. Read more…
Open office layouts, like them or not, are here to stay.
While there are many benefits to having a shared collaborative environment (frequent communication, more effective use of space, etc.), it’s not all sunshine and roses.
For all their faults, walls, doors and cubicles are excellent sound barriers. They cut out distractions and work to keep your private conversations private. But not all noise is the same. Some sounds — like music — are meant to be shared.
Unfortunately for country music and hip-hop aficionados, not everyone has the same taste in music. When you’re in a closed environment, this doesn’t matter: you can blast Britney Spears all day, and no one will stop you. Read more…
I’ve yet to talk with someone about employee wellness without hearing about how an employer allows — if not actually provides — donuts or cupcakes or something similar at meetings.
The underlying message is this: the employer can’t be very serious about wellness if they’re still offering such junk food regularly.
I don’t disagree, but how far is too far? The comments on a post about junk food-free workplaces suggests barring people from bringing in their own food is simply a bridge too far. Read more…
I have been thinking a lot about my profession – human resources – lately. I have come to the conclusion that there is no other field or discipline in organizations that is as complex and varied as the field of HR
Those in Finance, Marketing or Operations may disagree, and certainly that would be an interesting dialogue. But I would like to explore this idea of the complexities of HR just a bit.
What strikes me is that those aspiring to become HR leaders must have a reasonable grounding in: Read more…
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…
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.
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…
There are few pleasures in life I enjoy more than a meaty conversation with individuals of differing viewpoints.
That said, there is one topic of conversation that drives me nuts, and it centers on this question – Is HR an advocate for the employee or the employer?
I hate this question. It seriously sets my teeth on edge when I hear it. Here’s why: Read more…