Articles tagged 'HR trends'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Coping With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

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Editor’s note: This is the last Weekly Wrap for this year. We’ll return again in January 2015. 

Everyone knows that the end of the year holidays are the most stressful time of the year, and that makes for the most stressful season at work as well.

But, just how stressful is it? A new survey from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Pulse tried to find out.

According to the recently released report Tis the Season For Stress: The Holiday’s Impact on Employees’ Health & Happiness (& What It Means For Employers), here is how stressful it seems to be: Read more…

HR Management

HR May Not Be Ready For Big Data (Yet), But Here’s How to Gain Ground

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Nearing the end of 2014 and heading into 2015, we’re now firmly entrenched in an era in which widespread technology and the availability of data are changing just about everything in business.

Now that professionals of all kinds can so easily access relevant information about their trade with just the click of a mouse, this capability is making a profound difference with everyone.

While most HR professionals still don’t quite understand Big Data, advanced analytics are clearly making their mark in human capital management. Read more…

HR Insights

Building a Case For Both the Business AND the Value of HR

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Have you noticed? HR is making headlines!

We’re in Fast Company, Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. We’re in dozens of business books hitting the market, providing competency models, new analytical tools, and metrics that will help us to gain the credibility we would like to have.

We are all over LinkedIn, in groups, in discussion threads and in “The Pulse.” Prominent business thinkers like Ram Charan are opining on the profession, and suggesting how it can be “fixed.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Three Engagement Trends to Plan Next Year’s Strategy By

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Since 2007, Modern Survey has been releasing the results of their annual State of Engagement survey each Fall, and since it’s pretty much the only large-scale engagement study released in Q4, it is extremely helpful in giving organizations an idea of workforce attitudes heading into the New Year.

This year’s report is no different, and identifies three (3) key trends that will be very helpful when planning your 2015 engagement strategy: Read more…

Global HR, Talent Management

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: A Problem That Just Isn’t Improving

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Focusing on diversity in the workplace is an essential step in building a great culture.

Advancing gender diversity is a key focus area that organizations should look to, armed with the knowledge that there is still significant progress to make before most workplaces achieve true gender equality.

Women are still significantly underrepresented at all levels in the workforce worldwide. Mercer’s 2013 Human Capital Report (prepared with the World Economic Forum) found that only 60 percent-70 percent of the eligible female population participates in the global workforce, while male participation is in the high 80’s. Read more…

Talent Management

6 Easy (But Smart) Ways to Keep Remote Workers in the Loop

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Remote workers are on the rise.

In fact, an estimated 3 million Americans consider home their primary place of work, according to a study by Global Workforce Analytics. We can thank cloud computing, uninterrupted (hopefully) Wi-Fi, and our smart and mobile devices for the ability to work in pajamas from the comfort of home.

It’s hard enough to keep employees in the office up-to-date on company affairs, so how do you manage to keep virtual employees within the company loop? Read more…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

Work Friendships: They Improve Productivity and Job Satisfaction

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Following on my post yesterday (What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated) about global employee research showing that “appreciation for my work” is the most important job aspect for employees, I wanted to share the findings of the Globoforce 2014 UK and Ireland Workforce Mood Tracker survey.

The findings are consistent with what we see in the U.S., with employees highly valuing relationships at work but feeling unsupported by the organization in building those relationships more deeply.

This year’s survey shows that organizations would benefit greatly from celebrating their employees’ dedication to the company, as well as the strong bonds people form while at work. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Small Businesses Drop Health Coverage Due to Obamacare Alternatives

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For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice.

“I had a lot of regrets going into it,” Dunn, who owns three Italian Oven restaurants in suburban Atlanta, said of his decision. “I don’t think I have as many now — only because I’ve seen the affordability factor for my managers improve.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Whether Employers Realize It Or Not, It’s Now a Candidate-Driven Market

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The candidate-driven market is here to stay and the pace at which candidates are rejecting offers is quickening.

MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says that  83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points.

“It is definitely and without a doubt a candidate-driven market, however many employers are still laboring under the same processes as they did when it was an employer-driven market,” the twice yearly survey report notes, quoting one of the participating recruiters. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

HR Roundtable: What Do You Do With Ambiguous Leadership?

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Everyone clamors for fantastic leadership in their organizations.

Books, blogs, and conference sessions are dedicated to outstanding leadership. But, what happens when your leadership is ambiguous?

This is more common than people are willing to admit in today’s workplace. So, the December HR Roundtable in Cincinnati decided to take this topic on and started with these three questions: Read more…