Future of HR

Human and Machine: Better Together

Applications for Talent Acquisition For years, computers posed a minimal competitive threat to the world’s elite chess players. In a 1985 event, grandmaster Garry Kasparov put up a 32-0 record against his computer challengers simultaneously. Twelve years later came his 1997 defeat to IBM’s Deep Blue, which represented a symbolic inflection point in computing power. Not only…

Ahead For HR: Everything Is Changing This Year

Note: This is part two of two parts. Find the first part here. The new year is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be an even wilder ride than its predecessor. What’s on the horizon, and how can HR and L&D leaders guide first-level managers (often, they’re the newest and most vulnerable…

The Future of L&D Is More Different Than You Think

Every year, the Deloitte Human Capital Trends report is a treasure trove of insight into organization behavior and opportunities for success. You can go back to it multiple times and get something new each time. This is true for the 2016 report as it was for previous reports. I was re-reading the chapter…

What Employers Can Expect In the First Days of the Trump Administration

There are many pieces of legislation or policy matters affecting the employee experience that are likely to be in flux during the first part of Mr. Trump’s presidency. At stake are the following five key topics: Changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule. Modifying the Affordable Care Act. Changes to family medical leave….

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”…

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…

Is Collecting the Data Taking Too Long? Here’s Help

While many aspirational HR leaders look to mature their strategies to include a variety of workforce and talent analytics, the majority of HR teams remain challenged with tactical and operational reporting requirements. Although a handful of showcase organizations have moved to one fully integrated enterprise suite, with HR, payroll, talent and financials all…

How Cisco Is Getting to Know Each of Its 70,000 Employees

Boston’s Fenway Park seats an average of 37,000 people. Sell Fenway Park out twice and that’s roughly the number of employees at Cisco Systems. Imagine, looking around two packed ball parks and knowing the skills, strengths and passions of every individual in those seats. Try to understand the immense benefit – the outcomes…

Budgeting Comp For a Blended Workforce

One of the key missions of a CHRO (or those who want to become CHROs) is to create a compensation plan. This has become increasingly complicated and dependent on other departments (like procurement) as the workforce has drifted to a more contingent/permanent blend. With 51% of employers saying their need for contingent workers…

Outsourced HR: Big Benefits for Small Businesses

For eight years, Mickey Swortzel, founder of vehicle control systems start-up New Eagle, watched her employees’ health-plan costs steadily increase. Then, in 2016, she made the decision to outsource her one-person HR department to ADP, one of the largest companies in the quickly growing market of professional employer organizations (PEOs). This is not…

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Talent Acquisition

AI for recruiting is on everyone’s mind these days with a lot of talk on how it’s going to transform recruiting. Artificial intelligence for recruiting is the next generation of software designed to improve or automate some part of the recruiting workflow. Interest in AI for recruiting has been sparked by three major…

How President Trump Is Likely to Impact HR

As we prepare for Donald Trump to enter office on January 20, what changes might his administration bring? Will he honor the former administration’s bold moves around EEO reporting, contractor rules, minimum wage, FLSA, and equal pay laws? Or will it be a brand new day in comp? It’s safe to say in…