Future of HR

Here’s What HR Must Do to Have the Business Impact CEOs Want

A survey released early this year of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel honored to be at the top of the CEO’s watch list,…

3 Talent Acquisition Trends You Need To Know In 2016

This post originally appeared on the Proactive Talent Blog  Talent acquisition has undergone a significant transformation in the last five years. With 76% of the online population now on social media, it has never been easier to find and source candidates online. However, the social web has also made recruiting more complex as candidates…

How the Knowledge Economy Is Completely Redefining HR

The “knowledge economy,” coined in 1967 in Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive, has marked the transition from the production-centric model of the Industrial Age (think Henry Ford’s assembly line) to a new structure focused on intellectual output from employees. This shift has, of course, transformed human resources management. One could argue that the…

The Future Workplace? It Will Be Built Around Smaller, Quicker, More Agile Teams

One of the largest themes emerging from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report is the need for companies to be much more agile. In the face of rapid change and frequent disruption, a full 92 percent of companies put responsive organizational design at the top of their priority lists. With these types…

Want HR to Prove Its Worth? Just Make It a Profit Center

There’s a global war for talent raging. CEOs around the world see “human capital” as their No. 1 business challenge, says McKinsey. So why don’t these same CEOs rank HR as a top function in their company? After all, HR is responsible for recruiting, engaging, rewarding, and retaining business-critical talent. But in real…

Redefining Recruitment (Part 1 of a 5-part Series on Upping the Ante on Talent Acquisition)

CEOs aren’t sleeping. Consider this, from PwC: 63 percent of CEOs in the U.S. worry that the availability of key skills will undermine their strategies and plans for growth 93 percent of CEOs say that they recognize the need to change their strategy for attracting and retaining talent. Before outlining recommendations on how to alleviate these…

Remember This in 2016: Every Prediction For HR Will Be Completely Wrong

Every year, around this time, people look back at what happened in the past year and ahead to the next. In human resources, it’s no different. Anybody who’s written for public consumption for a couple of years has done it. This past year, I spent a lot of time listening — way more time…

7 Must-Ask Questions About Cloud Technology Providers

Human resource professionals are increasingly called upon as leaders and strategists who take companies into cloud (SaaS) HR technology and it’s no wonder: according to Nucleus Research, cloud applications deliver 1.7 higher return on investment than on-premise solutions. Further benefit of the cloud comes from technology leaders Sierra-Cedar in a report that says…

Wake Up, HR! Your Talent Supply Chain Has a Problem

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. By Lance J. Richards I’m going out on a limb to argue that McKinsey might have erred…

How to Help Bring Your HR Department Into the 21st Century

There’s no good reason why HR departments should look like they did 20 years ago, but most of them still follow the same thinking. Technology has changed the world — and businesses — profoundly over the last two decades, and it continues to do so. I’ve seen HR organizations, structures and services remain…

Of All a Company’s Functions, HR Is the Guardian of the Future

Editor’s Note: This is the second of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. By Lynda Gratton The forces shaping our world are having a profound impact on organizations and…

Ban-the-Box and other Pre-Employment Dilemmas

Finding qualified applicants for jobs is a constant challenge and many employers have adopted processes designed to identify latent issues with applicants, such as criminal history inquiries and background checks. While employers took these steps with relatively limited legal restriction for many years, trends such as “ban-the-box” are now sweeping the country. Agencies…

Is This Really How the World of HR Will Look in 2022?

Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 46. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Holidays!  The world of workplace rewards in 2022 may feature scary aspects where constantly-monitored employees are overworked, paid only for performance and pitted against each other, only to…

Here’s What HR Should Be Doing to Have More Business Impact

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…

Is This Really How the World of HR Will Look in 2022?

The world of workplace rewards in 2022 may feature scary aspects where constantly-monitored employees are overworked, paid only for performance and pitted against each other, only to be discarded if found wanting, according to a major survey. An alternative prediction was that the employer of the future would be dedicated to enriching individual…

Looking 5 Years Out: The 7 Trends That Are Transforming Today’s HR

I get asked a lot about the future of HR and I always say  — if I’m not talking to someone totally uptight  — that in about 10 years most of us will be replaced by artificially intelligent machines who don’t whine about money or appreciation. That’s why I tend to limit my…

The Four Opportunities HR Must Seize Today to Succeed Tomorrow

A lot of time is spent fretting over the role of human resources, both what it does today and what HR will be tomorrow. I’ve always thought the role of HR was pretty simple — find great talent, hire great talent, nurture and grow great talent — but too many people (even a…