We Know Next Weekly Recap: July 23rd-27th

News Updates

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

The proportion of employees in the U.S. who work predominantly from home or another remote location has, over the last decade, more than tripled in many industries, while nearly doubling nationwide among all full-time workers, according to a 2012 report by The Conference Board, a not-for-profit business membership and research association.

"The single most important strategic pillar of any great enterprise is people,” best-selling author Jim Collins said in his Tuesday keynote session at the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference. After spending nine years studying why some companies thrive in uncertainty or even chaos, while others do not, for his latest book Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All (HarperBusiness, 2011), Collins concluded that “it all begins with people.”

Employees with nonvisible disabilities often wonder whether to disclose their condition when applying for a job or working for an organization, because they fear negative repercussions will arise if they do so. Yet people with disabilities are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the world, representing more than 750 million individuals, according to a recent webinar. In the U.S., there are more than 54 million people with disabilities. However, people with disabilities are employed at less than half the rate of their nondisabled counterparts.

Traditional definitions of the word “innovation” tend to be just a bit too narrow and constrictive, according to HR consultant Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. Meisinger led the mega session “HR’s Role in Driving Innovation” on June 25, during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, held here June 24-27. She told audience members that they needed to think of innovation as more than just generating new ideas, processes and products.

Many organizations’ pay decisions may be  unbalanced because they are too focused on external comparisons. Instead, they should spend more time looking internally to measure the actual business impact of their pay practices, according to compensation specialists who analyzed the results of the 2012 Metrics and Analytics: Patterns and Use of Value survey.

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