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How Improving Trust can help lead to a Culture of Innovation

From masking tape to Post-its, 3M is well known for its innovative culture. 3M has an annual goal that 30 percent of its annual profits come from products and businesses that are less than four years old.  Wired Magazine describes how 3M tackles that goal with their “15 percent solution.”

For decades, engineers at the St. Paul, Minnesota, company have spent up to 15 percent of work hours on their own projects, playing with ideas that have nothing to do with their job's mission. This unwritten rule of 15 percent dream time is so ingrained at 3M...

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Innovation, Creative Cultures and Talent

From shortened workweeks, massages, unlimited sushi, to ball pits, spaceships, and dinosaurs – companies are looking to innovative ways to attract and retain top talent.

Met Life’s 2010 study of Employee Benefits Trends reveals for companies of all sizes, one in three employees may become a flight risk largely due to the fact that employers are emphasizing their focus on cost control and cost shifting – and placing less importance on increasing employee job satisfaction. There is also reduced emphasis on benefits that help employees achieve a better work-life balance.

Companies like Google, who have created...

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Working Dads: The New Working Moms

I recently attended the Families and Work Institute Legacy Award dinner in New York City where I was able to hear an intriguing working mother-daughter panel. As I listened to this dynamic group share their experiences, I couldn't help but think about my two sons who are both working fathers. They are role models for how their children will perceive the relationship between work and personal life. It is encouraging to see my sons actively engaged in every aspect of their sons and daughters' lives. But I find it strange that the term 'working father' is one we seldom...

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Modernizing our Laws to Fit the 21st Century Workplace

As technology transforms the workplace, companies look for ways to compete in a global work environment, and new generations of employees put a higher value on having control over when and where they do their work, flexible work arrangements have become an increasingly important offering.   

To educate human resource professionals, and their organizations, about the importance of effective and flexible workplaces, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) has formed a multiyear partnership with the Families and Work Institute (FWI)  to helps employer create effective and flexible workplaces that fit the 21st century workforce and keep organizations...

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Workforce Mosaic Policy Summit Addresses Major Demographic Shifts

Huge demographic shifts in the workforce — from Baby Boomers staying in the labor market to Millennials unable to enter it — were at the forefront of today’s “Workforce Mosaic Policy Summit” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Other demographic trends including rapid growth in the nonwhite population and military veterans re-entering the workforce were also highlighted.

Sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management and hosted by National Journal, the event featured U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a demographics presentation from Dr. William Frey, a...

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42Projects: Trust and Collaborative Play in the Workplace

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—SNAP—the job’s a game! —Mary Poppins

We live in an amazing time of demographic and societal changes, incredible communication and information developments, economic landscape alterations, globalization, and the continuing rise of the knowledge worker — all of which have contributed to the creation of a new world of work.

The Microsoft Office Lync Client Test team has about 85 people representing a wide variety of technical, educational, generational, and cultural backgrounds. The goal of 42projects is to design a...

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Life Happens: Sandwiched between Parents, Children and Work

Within days of learning she was pregnant with her second child; Barb Brzezicki faced the unfolding of an unexpected and harrowing chapter in her family's life: her mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. The working mother was suddenly balancing pregnancy with caring for her young daughter and her mother, Stella — starting to drive her to and from appointments in the weeks before Christmas 2009. What's more, Brzezicki became sick and ended up on disability, which she believed was stress-induced.

Brzezicki came to the realization that she could no longer manage on her own and enlisted outside help. "I...

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With Benefits Cuts, Business Looks for Ways to Compete

A new survey we released today at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 63rd Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas shows that 77 percent of human resource professionals said the poor economy has negatively impacted employee benefits. But this survey of 600 HR professionals that examines nearly 300 benefits – SHRM’s 2011 Employee Benefits Research Report – also found that organizations have found creative ways to compensate for the loss of those benefits.

Among those is an increase in workplace flexibility benefits, with more than half of companies (53 percent) providing flextime, up from...

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The New weknownext.com!

A little more than a year ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched We Know Next, our external campaign to help business leaders, policymakers and human resource professionals — and those who influence them — better understand today’s ever-changing workforce. We believe human resources is a critical element — driving the policies, the perspectives and most importantly, the people — behind every business success. SHRM and its members are helping transform business by understanding what’s next.

The revamped weknownext.com — launching...

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