HR Insights

Is Your HR Technology Controlling or Enabling?

HR processes can be divided into two categories. The most traditional are “control” processes used to ensure employees are working in a way that supports the goals of the company. Things like time tracking, organizational hierarchies, certification tests, and annual performance reviews tend to fall into this category. These can be contrasted with “enablement”…

What Candy Crush Taught Me About Being a Good Manager

Business lessons can sneak up in the oddest of places. Even viral online games can give us insight into important organizational processes. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’ve been playing Candy Crush Saga off and on for a few months. For those unfamiliar, it is a highly addictive game where you work…

Stress Goes Down When Your Employees Don’t Bottle It Up

Every employer has their own idea of a dream team, but most will agree it would consist of employees who are passionate about their careers, put forth extreme effort, and hit their goals every month. While this deep passion creates driven employees, what happens when the pressure becomes too much to handle? In…

What You Don’t Know About Your Retirement Plan Could Sink You

The U.S. Department of Labor in August significantly increased its penalties for retirement plan sponsors who get caught making compliance errors before they correct them on their own. What previously might have only been a fine of a few hundred dollars through the DOL’s Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program can instead result in penalties…

The Hiring Secrets of Top CEOs

Every company, especially a large one, makes every effort to recruit the cream of the crop. However, even a skilled sourcer will experience problems hunting for the right applicant with whom the company will achieve short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes companies’ CEOs successfully turn into recruiters and win trophies, i.e. outstanding candidates. But…

Why the CEO Should Report to the CHRO

Here’s what every CHRO should do tomorrow: “Go to the CEO, and say ‘guess what’ we’re changing the org chart. I’m in charge now, and you report to me.” That’s the (mostly) tongue-in-cheek assignment Kristen Harcourt gave her DisruptHR Toronto audience, at the end of her 5 minutes on how HR can become…

How HR Can Help The Business Stay Relevant In A Changing World

The November HR Roundtable was doing its best to play the part of soothsayer and look ahead to what hasn’t happened yet. The topic was “Anticipating the Shift,” which most companies miss. There are endless examples of how companies thought they’d stay relevant no matter what, and they ended up disappearing. This forum…

Want That Seat at the Table? Then Take It!

Instead of hoping for an invitation, HR should crash the party and take a seat at the grown-ups’ table. That’s the message Ed Baldwin, president of HRO Partners, delivered at last spring’s DisruptHR Denver meeting. If you think that’s tough talk, just listen as he acts out a conversation between a CEO and…

How HR Should Manage an Employee Going Through a Divorce

Approximately 90% of people in western cultures get married by the time they turn 50. In the U.S., nearly half of the couples end up getting a divorce. Yikes! If your company has a hundred employees, there’s a very good chance that you will deal with multiple employees that will go through a…

Oh No! Not Another Lousy Logo Gift!

It’s usually HR’s job to come up with the annual employee gift. Most companies are lame and will do the exact same thing every year. If they don’t give a turkey on Thanksgiving, they’ll definitely give out turkeys at Christmas. If they did give a turkey at Thanksgiving, you’ll likely get a ham…