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HR's 2013 "To Do" List

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions.  Everyone else, though, has their top ten lists of resolutions for 2013.  And for HR, everyone wants you to go socially mobile into the Cloud.

Me?  Not so much.

I am big on “to do” lists, though.  And, while there’s lots for HR to do in 2013, here are my top 4:

1.)  Have a tactical plan to stay on top of regulatory (pay particular attention to NLRB rulings and timetables for implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act) and legislative changes coming from your city, your state house...


#Nextchat: Helicopter Parents Descend Upon the Workplace

Helicopter parenting is the new catchphrase for over-parenting in the 21st century, and while the phenomenon manifests itself mostly during school years, it has crossed the workplace border as many moms and dads now manage their children’s careers.

Employers report more frequent parental involvement in the adult child’s job search and continued involvement even after hire. 

While some employers discourage parental involvement, others encourage family members to learn more about the job and the company. They know that if parents see a solid organization with growing opportunities, they’re more likely to persuade their child to take the job -- and tell others about it.  You...


Opportunity or Task?

“People.  They’re all around us every day.  It’s as if we HAVE to deal with them!”

Sound familiar?  Sound like you?  Sound like most people in the workplace . . . and HR?  It’s not surprising.  The workplace is filled with people.  It’s an amazing fact.  They desperately want to interact, communicate, perform and excel.  But, most of our efforts each day are to limit, thwart, conceal and conform.  Why is that?

Do you know that the first thing the vast majority of people do when they take that first step out of the car to enter...


HR Predictions for 2013 - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Remember just a few short years ago when “going green’ was the new thing?  Organizations embraced the concept of saving money, being mindful of the environment and focusing on sustainability.  And while it always made sense to me for Facilities Managers to be in charge of Green Workplace initiatives, I also noticed lots of human resource professionals tasked with creating company recycling programs and monitoring office thermostats.  I have to admit that I, personally, never got the connection of giving those sorts of tasks to HR.  Nevertheless, many HR professionals (with input and research from SHRM) determined that green...


Building Cross-Cultural Relationships Through Simple But Impactful Actions

Each New Year’s Eve I particularly enjoy watching the live broadcasts of celebrations as the clock strikes midnight in each time zone around the world.  Even though not all countries or cultures celebrate New Year’s on the same day or in the same way, seeing these celebrations is a reminder to me of how much we do have in common across cultures.  We look forward to a new year with hope for health and happiness.  We enjoy the camaraderie of our friends and family.  We also like a good celebration.  So often in global leadership we focus on difference,...


Job Market: What's Ahead for 2013?

A year ago, many conversations about labor market growth came with a caveat: “It will depend on the election.”

While that contest has been settled, not much has changed for job seekers. As it was in early 2012, uneven economic conditions are still what weigh most on the U.S. labor market engine. Nonfarm payrolls grew at about the same monthly rate in 2012 as they did in 2011, and, currently, there is no hard evidence that jobs will be created at a quicker rate in 2013.

In addition, there’s this little fiscal mess in the U.S. government’s...


Engaging Employees Through Social Technology at Marsh

Employee engagement is a challenge—especially when you're an international company with 28,000+ employees. When Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management, faced low scores in career growth and development, executive leadership knew something needed to be done.

Leading this initiative wasBen Brooks, SVP and Global Director, Enterprise Communications and Colleague Engagement, and Laurie Ledford, Chief Human Resources Officer of parent company Marsh & McLennan Companies. Faced with a complex set of challenges—from sequestered resources to a lack of community—they decided to go all in on social.

The result, Marsh University (MU), was a bold move in the traditionally...


'For the Win': How Gamification Can Transform Your Business

In their new book, 'For the Win': How Gamification Can Transform Your Business, Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter take a closer look at games and work.  Next Official Blogger blogger Ross Smith got a few minutes with author Kevin Werbach for a few questions:

What is your background?

I'm a Professor of Legal Studies at Wharton, the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, but my focus has always been on how technology changes the world we live in.  After getting my law degree, I was in charge of Internet policy at the Federal Communications Commission during...


Christian employee + Ramadan bagel party = Hostile work environment?

Mo bagels, mo problems.

Let's take you back to August, 2010. David Ross, the plaintiff, attended a meeting of the Colorado Department of Transportation's Staff Bridge Unit Leaders, where the annual employee appreciation luncheon was discussed. During the meeting, another employee noted that the luncheon was scheduled during the observance of Ramadan and requested that the luncheon be rescheduled so that one of his subordinate employees, Ali Harajli, an observant Muslim, could attend. An alternative date was proposed and approved by Mr. Ross's supervisor.

The next month, in an effort to include co-workers and promote cultural diversity...


HR in 2013: What We Can Expect

One of the most exciting things about working in HR is that the field is always changing, constantly bringing about new trends and technologies to our daily operations. While this means that we must always be on our toes and be committed to learning new things on a regular basis, each new development that we embrace will help to make our jobs easier and bring greater efficiency to the entire HR function. 

Just like every year before it, 2013 is bound to deliver some major changes to HR. There are a number of trends that have gained steam...