We Know Next Weekly Recap: December 3rd-7th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy reminds us that natural and manmade disasters can strike at any time. HR consultancy Mercer’s 2012 Survey on Workforce Readiness: When Disaster Strikes, analyzed organizations’ disaster plans and policies, focusing on how companies gathered information, disseminated it to affected employees, provided for them, and handled relocations and any other special tasks during disaster events in 2011.

A chief human resource officer (CHRO) plays a significant role in getting executives to work as an effective team, according to a recent survey. The 2012 Cornell/Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies Chief HR Officer Survey of senior HR leaders examined the positive and negative dynamics of a company’s executive leadership team (ELT) and described the ways in which CHROs help these teams to function more effectively.

HR has a role to play in establishing an organization’s compliance program and culture, according to workplace law experts. Breaking down cross-functional silos, building credibility by knowing relevant laws and drawing on existing competencies are the strengths and tools HR needs to use.

December hiring activity will be stronger in the service sector than in the manufacturing sector compared with December 2011, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey, released Dec. 6, 2012.

High-ranking executives and officials have an added burden of being the face of an organization. Most chief diversity and inclusion (D&I) officers understand this challenge and must deal with it in both their professional and personal lives. This responsibility can become a source of controversy when a D&I officer’s actions or personal opinions don’t exactly align with an employer’s policies.

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