We Know Next Weekly Recap: June 25th-29th

News Updates

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

For manufacturers in the United States, many have experience significant improvements in their financial position during the current post-recession period. In fact, our recent research shows that 75 percent of manufacturers are currently hiring new employees. However, in many cases, the jobs that were lost during the recession have been redesigned and many of them require new and higher-level skills.Today marks the day of an important manufacturing summit being held in Atlanta, Ga., ahead of the SHRM Annual Conference.

More employees are using their own smart phones, iPad and other electronic devices for work purposes—even though this practice could expose companies to financial, legal and other types of risks, experts said.

While the vast majority of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) use retention agreements to retain key talent, a survey by consultancy Towers Watson shows that companies that are most successful at retention begin the process early—identifying highly valued people and using financial and nonfinancial rewards to keep them onboard.

The work culture is gradually changing in many offices as HR departments learn how to meet the needs and desires of Generation Y, those born between about 1980 and 1995. According to an April 2011 study by BPW Foundation, Gen Y will make up about 75 percent of the world’s workforce by 2025, yet experts claim that many corporate structures are out of sync with understanding what motivates and engages Millennials.

There are distinct perception gaps between genders and among managerial levels in how effective organizations are when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining women, according to a February 2012 survey by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Human resource professionals have been at the forefront of implementing the requirements of health care reform at workplaces across the country. Today’s court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act leaves no doubt that insurers and employers will move ahead to fully implement the law. The Society for Human Resource Management will remain supportive of HR professionals as they continue implementing requirements of the act.

When a 7 a.m. conference session begins with a flash mob and ends with a list of useful tips for building strategic relationships, you know it’s going to be a good day. That’s how the capacity crowd at the June 25 session “Strategic Relationship Management: The Breakthrough HR Competency,” held here during the Society for Human Resource Management's 2012 Annual Conference, started its morning.

We Know Next is the leading resource for business executives, policymakers and human resource leaders to explore and discuss the latest workforce and workplace trends—providing the in-depth research and insights needed to adapt and take advantage of what’s next.