Executive Book Club: August 2011

Each month, Next will feature a must-read book for today’s business leaders on the ever-changing workplace and workforce. SHRM’s We Know Next is a resource for business leaders, HR professionals, and policy leaders to stay ahead of emerging workforce trends. If you have suggestions for future book club features, please email us or let us know on Twitter @weknownext. We hope you enjoy our first pick and that you’ll tell us what you think!

In today’s changing workforce, The Chief HR Officer:


SHRM's Workplace Flexibility Initiative

After a long weekend on a business trip, I can’t help but think about motivation on this Monday morning. What is it that drives us to work hard (even weekends), perform at a high level, and do it consistently for an organization? Is money enough? According to SHRM research, 58 percent of HR professionals suggest the best way to retain and reward the best people is to provide flexibility to balance life and work, while only 23 percent thought a higher total rewards package (i.e. compensation) was the best way to meet this challenge. So the research confirms...


Workplace Flexibility: Changing the Way We do Business

Flexibility in the workplace is imperative. It should be seen as a result-based business strategy—not a benefit.

With the variety of employee demographics now in our workforce, the importance of workplace flexibility becomes even clearer. For instance, millennials prefer flexible working arrangements and consider them in accepting employment. But boomers need flexible options as they take on care of their aging parents.

Implementing work-flex programs doesn’t have to be burden. Arrangements can be informal—individuals and teams can be offered occasional, day-to-day accommodations, in accordance with changing business, customer, or personal needs. Or, the programs can be more...


10 Business and HR Blogs Worth The Read

SHRM works hard to provide members with the best tools and resources for doing their jobs. In addition to trying to be as accessible as possible to our members, we’re all about learning from and sharing with others in the human resource and business space. From Harvard Business Review and HR Happy Hour to Next contributors Ross Smith and Susan Avello, bloggers are using social media to engage and activate business leaders and HR professionals on issues involving the future of the work.

Below is a list of 10 bloggers we think are worth following. This talented...


SHRM: August LINE Report

Released the first Thursday of each month, the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Report, provides a snapshot of anticipated hiring for the month ahead and examines data from the previous month.

The LINE Report is based on a monthly survey of human resource professionals at more than 500 manufacturing and 500 private service-sector companies. Together, these two sectors make up more than 90 percent of America’s private-sector employment. The LINE Report examines four key areas:

  • employers’ hiring expectations;
  • new-hire compensation;
  • difficulty in recruiting top-level talent; and
  • ...

Social Media Helps Recruit Talent

Social media allows businesses and individuals to capitalize on the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Social media has forced an evolution of how businesses recruit talent and how job seekers look for their next opportunity. From Monster and CareerBuilder to LinkedIn and BranchOut, social media is enabling businesses and individuals to connect in ways never imagined.

We had an opportunity to sit down with Rick Marini – founder, CEO and Chief Connector at BranchOut  – the largest professional networking service on Facebook – to learn more about the future of social media,...


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...


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...


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...


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...