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From “No Future” to a New Pivotal HR Role in Agile Organizations

How to become the best people ally

What’s cool with the 2021 role revamp of HR is that the hybrid constraint pushes practitioners and business decision-makers to put people first in the competitive war.

Considering people are the best asset of modern management and top-notch companies, it offers a bright future to the HR role. What other functions can recruit, make all the people love their companies, grow and stay to such an extent? It’s also a huge responsibility. 

In one of his latest podcasts, Josh Bersin shared that he knows from facts and stats that the HR job has...

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How To Win The War For Talent While Fighting Fairly: Realistic Job Previews

 

The temptation to make the job sound as good as possible to potential applicants is always there. Even if that means not being fully honest. When competition for talent heats up, that temptation intensifies. But giving in may backfire. According to Leadership IQ’s Global Talent Management Survey, up to 81 percent of new hires fail. One of the issues is the lack of motivation, which could stem from the lack of a realistic job preview, resulting in disappointment and poor performance.

Realistic job preview is defined as the presentation...

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The Great Resignation … by Remote Workers

 

 

The Great Resignation. It’s been the headline of the day and the topic that looms large at any company trying to snap back to business quickly. About 4 million people —roughly 2.7 percent of all workers —quit their jobs in April, the highest level in about 20 years. Moreover, recent surveys show that anywhere from 25 percent to 40 percent of workers are actively looking for a new job.

The question is, which group is bolting the fastest?

According to many business leaders and human resources pros, the largest pool of employees quitting is...

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Using Change Communication to Lift Employee Engagement

 

 

 

Making a major transition? This is the perfect opportunity to influence employees’ attitudes and productivity

Announcing a major change at the same time a company is trying to lift lagging employee engagement scores can seem like an impossible task for internal communication teams.

Yet, that’s exactly the challenge many communicators are facing. Change is constant and rapid in today’s business landscape, and it can sometimes cause anxiety for internal audiences.

So how can we make progress on improving engagement at a time when employees...

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Skills Power Every Talent Practice: Building Your Skills Business Case

 

 

Like many parents in the last year, I’ve spent more time with my kids’ learning materials, re-familiarizing myself with the ins and outs of intermediate school math, social studies, and more. One of the concepts that sticks out to me in science is atomic particles because it has a very clear tie to how we make talent decisions at work.

Atoms are the smallest individual components of an element. They have the necessary characteristics to tell us what the element is and what its properties are, and you can’t break...

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How Will You Lead Your Business Into the Future with Strategic HR Planning?

 

SHRM’s Ask an Advisor service is a member benefit through which SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors share guidance, real-life personal and professional experiences, and resources to assist members with their HR-related inquiries. We receive questions from HR professionals on a wide range of topics, from COVID-19 to HR leadership.

During the unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, HR became the workplace champion for businesses and employees. It was HR’s finest hour.

In the past, we heard employers say, “We can't have employees working from home. How will we know if...

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5 Ways to Deal with a Toxic Boss

 

 

Even under the difficult conditions of the pandemic, there were excellent, empathetic leaders. Unfortunately, there are lots of bosses who weren’t great—quite the opposite. They were obstinate, insulting, micromanaging, or a combination of all three.

If your boss has you thinking about quitting, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll shows that the No. 1 reason people leave a job is because of their boss. But before you decide that you’ve had too much, there are ways to manage and even improve the situation.

Get a fresh perspective.

While...

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How To Challenge Employees To Perform Outside Their Comfort Zones: 9 Managerial Tips

 

 

What is one way you challenge your employees to perform outside of their comfort zone in 2021?

To help managers get their employees to get outside of their comfort zone, we asked HR professionals and business leaders for their best insights. From dismantling limiting beliefs to allowing room for mistakes, there are several ideas that can help you expand your employees’ skills for growing your business. 

  • Here are nine strategies to get employees outside of their comfort zone. 
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Communication Is the No. 1 Managerial Skill to Build Trust in Hybrid Workspaces

 

The concept of trust perception combines three psychological factors: competence, benevolence, and honesty. Considering that one of the most critical skills of a Manager (especially in the virtual world) is communication, you can’t build trust without being intentional about connecting with EACH of your teammates. And not just with teammates you like or know better or meet in person. 

Suppose you don’t compensate for virtual distance with an intentional mindset to make it a point (this should be a virtual work value) to over-communicate with fairness with everyone on your team....

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