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How to Build A Cross-Functional HR Team Culture that Works

Whoever has managed a cross-functional HR team knows the challenges that often arise. As companies and their leaders transition from siloed and hierarchical structures to more project and team-focused management styles, the oft-touted panacea of cross-functional teams can sometimes prove to be tricky to implement and even trickier to implement successfully.

In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that as many as 75% of cross-functional teams fail in several important criteria including working within the budget, meeting deadlines, satisfying the client, meeting specifications and staying true to corporate goals.

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Introducing Your #SHRM22Influencers Ready to #CauseTheEffect

Our actions big and small ripple out far beyond the moment. When we operate intentionally and use our voices to #CauseTheEffect we want to see at our organizations, we drive productivity and value for our companies, improve workplace culture, and perhaps have an impact on people we will never even meet. This June 12-15, thousands of HR professionals will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to come together as #OneHR -- and SHRM Influencers are sure to be a big part of the experience. 

We are honored to officially announce the #SHRM22Influencers, all of...

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You Snooze, You Lose – How to Move the Search Process Along in This Competitive Hiring Market

Our client found the perfect candidate for an open Vice President position and offered her a bump from her current salary and position. She assured us that she was only interested in this role and was not interviewing with other firms. But before she took the offer, she met with a former boss/mentor to discuss the new role. They decided to meet for coffee at 8:30 am. Ironically (or not so ironically as it turned out), she met him across the street from her mentor’s office. At 9:15 am, she was sitting inside her mentor’s office interviewing with the Vice President of Talent at her mentor’s firm. At 10:00 am, she was meeting...

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Overcoming the Challenges of Understanding HR Data

Human resources professionals have been slow to get on the HR data train. Have you noticed that too? Is it a lack of forward thinking? Is it the huge challenges of finding the right technology and then implementing HR analytics? Maybe you don’t have the support you need to make it happen. What reasons have you found hesitancy to venture into HR data?

In discussions around data and analytics with HR professionals, we’ve found that there are different levels of intimidation based on HR experience. We’ll focus on...

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11 Equitable Workplace Strategies To Ensure Fair Compensation #CauseTheEffect

What is one strategy or policy you are using to ensure and measure a fair and equitable workplace?

To help you discover the best workplace policies that ensure fair compensation, we asked HR leaders and CEOs this question for their best strategies. From giving structure to the hiring process to creating a diversity and inclusion training program, there are several strategies that...

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3 Tips For Creating A Remote Workplace Culture

In a traditional workplace, it is much easier to let culture evolve organically as teams chat, collaborate and take on projects together every day. The time they spend together in person is invaluable, and building relationships with their teams gives them an increased sense of purpose and belonging.

So how do you go about creating and nurturing a winning company culture for your remote workers? 

Read on to find out. 

1. Prioritize meaningful work

Something that is important in any workplace, but especially in a remote...

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Human Resources is dead. People Operations is here.

 

Lately, I’ve seen companies shifting internal nomenclature, changing the title of their human resources department to people operations. A practice early adopted by progressive tech companies, people operations puts empathy (not policy) at the heart of human resources. Policy and a holistic suite of benefits are table stakes. A people operations team, for example, might value the experiences and insights provided by different employee resource groups (or ERGs) to build an inclusive workplace culture.

It encourages the executive leadership team to adopt an “employee-first” approach to reduce attrition, improve productivity and...

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Ask an Advisor - Connecting with Virtual Staff Through Touchpoints

 

The last two years have been challenging as many businesses were forced to embrace a virtual workforce along with virtual meetings, policies and technology. However, the importance of effectively leading a virtual staff with regular and meaningful touchpoints should not be ignored. Touchpoints are regular meetings or periodic check-ins with staff—easily achieved via phone, internal communication platforms, videoconferencing or e-mail—that typically occur between a manager and a direct report.

The purpose of touchpoints is to provide and receive ongoing feedback related to company, departmental, team and individual goals, including expectations and...

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The Impact of Web3 On Workplaces

Flash back to the fail whales of 2008 for a second. Remember social media? 

I was a Gen Y’er who spent a year traveling around the country giving speeches to HR professionals about how social media was shaping the workplace. Facebook had just come out with pages where anyone could comment on a wall or a post. Twitter had hashtags. Reid Hoffman was attending HR conferences to convince HR professionals that LinkedIn was a great place to recruit. 

It was a time with more questions than answers. And...

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How to Upskill Management while Increasing Individual Accountability for an Inspiring Hybrid Culture

In 2022, the management upskill begins with building new professional networks.

What do managers need? All the studies mention a solid managerial approach will be the cornerstone of the Future of Work.

For this reason, managers must learn how to be great communicators and coaches to develop their team members through supportive and consultative behaviors before challenging them.

This is the only way to build upon the Maslow Pyramid to reach the ultimate levels: the collective sense of belonging, and the esteem and self-actualization needs. Without individual accomplishment and satisfaction, we can’t have a...

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