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Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives Third Edition

John Boudreau, Wayne Cascio, & Alexis Fink

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Reinventing Jobs

Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work

Ravin Jesuthasan, & John Boudreau

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Black Holes and White Spaces

Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project

John Boudreau, Carolyn Lavelle Rearick & Ian Ziskin

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HR as a “Prediction Machine”

A web search on “AI in HR” reveals a mind-boggling array of possibilities.

For example, AI can choose candidate sources, predict candidate performance, offer coaching and learning, and even suggest employee pay levels. Yet, a recent IBM survey suggests that only 66% of CEOs believe cognitive computing can drive significant value in HR, and only → Read More: HR as a “Prediction Machine”

Develop Your Workforce’s Political Skill to Help Them Thrive

Rob Cross and I have suggested how organization social networks can be sources of strategic success, including encouraging newcomers to create “pull” toward themselves, rather than excessively “pushing” themselves on others.

However, Rob, and his colleagues, Reb Rebele and Adam Grant, also warn of “collaborative overload” a particular risk for well-connected or “central” networkers.

Their → Read More: Develop Your Workforce’s Political Skill to Help Them Thrive

Are Freelancers Your Best Performers? Applying Organizational Network Analysis to the Gig Economy

Whether you call it “gig,” “fluid” “liquid,” “agile,” or something else, an increasing proportion of work is done through engagements other than regular full-time employment. While estimates of the number of workers who fully support themselves with work outside of employment vary, the amount of work being done outside of employment (including contracting, freelancing, and → Read More: Are Freelancers Your Best Performers? Applying Organizational Network Analysis to the Gig Economy

It’s All Connected: Unearthing The Potential in Hidden Collaborative Networks

Over two decades of research, Cross and colleagues have found that 3-5% of people in a typical organization network account for 20-35% of the value-adding collaborations. Yet even sophisticated talent management systems tend to overlook about half of these central players.

Among other problems, this means that the people making your most significant collaborative contributions → Read More: It’s All Connected: Unearthing The Potential in Hidden Collaborative Networks

To Optimize Work Automation, Get Beyond “Robots Taking Our Jobs”

Work automation is often framed in simple terms – how many jobs will new technology replace? On June 14, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama stated that ATMs allowed businesses to “become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers.” Actually, the number of teller jobs increased with the number of ATMs. In 1985, the U.S. → Read More: To Optimize Work Automation, Get Beyond “Robots Taking Our Jobs”

New FREE eBook by John and Ian Ziskin Available!

We are excited to share that the FREE eBook, Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project, has now been published through SHRM and is available on Amazon.

“Black Holes and White Spaces” describes tools and frameworks that leaders inside and outside the HR profession can → Read More: New FREE eBook by John Boudreau, Carolyn Rearick, and Ian Ziskin Available!

Beyond Agile HR: Your Company Must Embrace Agile Work

This trend of “becoming” means organizations—and their talent departments—must be more agile. An Accenture report found that CEOs list becoming agile as their number three business priority. And to compete in this fast-changing world, says the report, “HR will fundamentally reshape itself so that the function becomes a critical driver of agility. In this role, → Read More: Beyond Agile HR: Your Company Must Embrace Agile Work

Why More Executives Should Consider Becoming a CHRO

If you’re a business leader looking for an opportunity to have real impact on your company — and position yourself for the top job — which career path is best? CFO? COO? CMO? What if we told you that the CHRO role might be the best job you could ever have, with real opportunity for → Read More: Why More Executives Should Consider Becoming a CHRO

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