We Know Next Weekly Recap: May 14th-18th

News Updates

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

To attract, retain and engage Hispanics and Latinos, employers need to understand the common—and unique—characteristics of the various cultures that fall under the label of “Hispanic,” according to Di Ann Sanchez, SPHR, president and founder of DAS HR Consulting LLC in Hurst, Texas.

Although organizations have been talking about gender as a critical diversity priority for many years, there has been limited advancement made globally in moving women into leadership roles, said Anita Zanchettin, managing director, global talent strategy for Aperian Global, in an interview with Rajeshwari Sharma, editor of the website for SHRM India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

There is "a significant, across-the-board increase" in the number of workers seriously considering leaving their employer, according to a global survey released in April 2012. The data reflect "a profound shift in employee attitudes and opinions," wrote Patrick Gilbert, Ph.D., global leader for employee research at Mercer, and Pete Foley, Ph.D., a principal at Mercer and its North American Employee Research Leader, in What's Working Around the World.

Having witnessed the end of apartheid in his native South Africa, Mark Addleson knows what it's like to see a society undergo transformational change. Perhaps that's why the business professor says it's possible—and necessary—to revolutionize U.S. management practices. Addleson, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the author of Beyond Management: Taking Charge at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), contends that management must be re-created to empower 21st century knowledge workers—and ultimately their organizations.

When salespeople at LifeSize Communications, a video conferencing company in Austin, Texas, wanted advice about how to sell a product against a competitor, they didn't turn to formal training or e-learning. Instead, many logged onto an internal online collaboration network to access content posted by a LifeSize partner in South Africa. It describes an approach he used to win business against that competitor.

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.