Posts Tagged Business Strategy
Partnering with IT, getting free trials from vendors can be effective as well
When human resource leaders approach C-suite executives with requests to fund new HR technologies, they can feel a little like a teenager asking a date’s parents for permission to stay out past midnight.
On January 28, SHRM's @SHRMNextchat chatted with Nisha Raghavan (@theHRBuddy) about HR Tactics for 2015 and Beyond.
In case you missed this SUPER chat, you can read all of the great contributions to the conversation in the tweets here:
Organizations report that their global mobility programs are critical to supporting new business growth, improving financial performance, and enhancing employee engagement, succession planning and talent management.
But organizations also say the mobility function remains a low strategic priority. And while many new expatriate assignments are predicted for the new year, a majority of companies report that their global mobility programs do not deliver value for the money spent.
Mobility Program Benefits Recognized
As a proud member of the HR Community, I was trying to think of things that, individually or collectively, we potentially could do better in 2015. With that background, I came up with following eight resolutions:
1. Avoid HR Jargon. People appreciate plain English. Enough with the paradigm shifts, synergistic partnerships, value added relationships and outside the box thinking. And by the way, if you are outside the box, you are still defining yourself by the box! Enough with the box.
Complexity is in the eye of the beholder. To me, astrophysics is a complex discipline; to Stephen Hawking it is not. People engaged in complex situations fall into two categories: those who accept complexity as a fact of life and work with it, and those who fight it every inch of the way. I’m in that later camp.
This weekend I had to get my HR Nerd on and go see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. It was phenomenal and you should absolutely see it in the theater for the best experience. You may not be a Middle-Earth/Lord of the Rings fan, but I think the movies did a great job capturing the essence of the books that I have read multiple times.
Anything you can do, I can do better. That could very easily be the subtitle of a new report put out by The Hackett Group that highlights what differentiates world-class human resource organizations from their peers—or their wannabe peers.
World-class HR organizations are those that are among the top quartile of companies in both efficiency and effectiveness, according to The Hackett Group's benchmarking methodology.
As a frequent speaker on workforce analytics at HR conferences, I often start with a confession to the audience: I was formerly a vice president of finance and CFO.
In that role, I explain, I worked closely with HR in much the same way that finance professionals likely collaborate with HR professionals in most organizations. I would listen politely to HR’s requests for resources to invest in staff, systems or training. And then I would say “no.”
How can HR become more strategic? Is there an opportunity for HR to have a much bigger impact on business performance?
A 2012 PwC study found that organizations are looking for leadership from HR. In the survey, 62 percent of business executives felt that human resources departments need to serve a leadership role in managing skill and talent shortages.
More HR leaders shift focus to developing staff who can interpret big data
One of the biggest challenges human resource executives face is increasing the analytics capabilities of their staff. With the abundance of workforce-related information made available through big data, HR leaders have a prime opportunity to use that data in ways that help business leaders make more informed, cost-effective talent decisions.
Getting hiring right requires getting interviewing right
Too many companies’ interviewing tactics are hurting their chances of rooting out top performers, said Geoff Smart and Alan Foster during their keynote session at the Staffing World 2014 conference, held Oct. 13-15 near Washington, D.C. But a multitude of common hiring mistakes can be corrected if staffing professionals and hiring managers simplify their interviewing process.
Smart and Foster asked conference attendees what kind of interviewers they were.
Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results
Research shows where HR should focus to make improvements
Lack of strategy, cultural awareness and solutions to manage an increasingly diverse, mobile employee population are keeping many companies from building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives, according to research released Sept. 10, 2014.
Authors of new book promote unconventional ways to make meetings more meaningful
A decade ago, Eric Lindblad—vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 747 program—multiplied the number of people who attended his meetings by their average hourly rate and concluded that meetings were a pretty costly way to communicate.
It’s time for HR to step up to the plate—and take a few lessons from baseball.
Beyond the obvious—that HR professionals, like baseball players, do best when they work closely as teams—there are additional baseball practices that can HR leaders can emulate: