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

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

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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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The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

As the talent ecosystem evolves to offer more options, talent systems have not kept pace. Typical systems are fragmented between disciplines like HR (which focuses on the internal, “permanent” workforce) and Procurement (which focuses on the external, “contingent” workforce), each with different and competing goals. That leaves most organizations lacking a clear total workforce perspective → Read More: The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

Make HR Analytics a Priority, But See the Bigger Picture

Can HR analytics progress as fast as HR leaders hope? The key may lie in getting beyond HR analytics advancements to HR analytics leadership. If HR leaders and their constituents are seduced by the power of HR analytics, they may reinvent the wheel or miss the bigger picture by fixating on predicting traditional things like → Read More: Make HR Analytics a Priority, But See the Bigger Picture

Why HR Must Evolve to Address the “Future of Work”

The forces shaping the future of society are impacting more than just how we live. They are impacting how we work too. Long gone are standard forty-hour work weeks made up of five consecutive eight-hour days. Our fast-evolving work ecosystems are now incredibly diverse, made up of people engaging via traditional employment, as well as → Read More: Why HR Must Evolve to Address the “Future of Work”

Why Big Data In HR Needs Context, Stories And Pictures

Is a picture worth a thousand words… or a thousand big data reports? As big data becomes more prevalent in everyday work, studies show that HR leaders, analysts and their constituents must not only be adept at data analysis, but also at providing context, imagery, mental models and stories around this analysis.

Get the full → Read More: Why Big Data In HR Needs Context, Stories And Pictures

Will Automation “Terminate” Occupations? Deconstructing Work Reveals the Answer

Automation and artificial intelligence will undoubtedly have profound effects on the future of work. One widely-cited estimate suggests that 47% of work in the U.S. may soon be automated. It is easy to get caught up in the hype of “worker versus machine,” but that overlooks the fundamental role that HR and other organization and → Read More: Will Automation “Terminate” Occupations? Deconstructing Work Reveals the Answer

Is The Best Career Erratic or Predictable? Data From Freelance Platforms Offers Clues

If you were hiring an actor for a romantic comedy, would you prefer Hugh Grant, whose roles are consistently the leading love interest? Or Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose resume jumps from The Terminator to Kindergarten Cop to Governor of California? Or Tom Hanks, who has had a systematic progression from television to romantic comedies to more → Read More: Is The Best Career Erratic or Predictable? Data From Freelance Platforms Offers Clues

It’s “Like” Harnessing Analogies to Accelerate HR

“Like, I’ve been doing this podcast for like, eight years now, but there’s like one language peeve that I’ve never thought to write about, so when a listener asked me about it, I was like, ‘I can’t believe we’ve never covered this before!’ – Grammar Girl, 2014

The caricature of a Valley Girl is → Read More: It’s “Like” Harnessing Analogies to Accelerate HR

Message to the Best and Brightest: Change the World by Changing the Future of Work and HR

The evolving work ecosystem requires “retooling” HR issues using the best thinking from disciplines such as engineering, finance, neuroscience, marketing, operations, and supply chain. Innovative HR leaders already reach out to peers in disciplines like supply-chain engineering, but the most profound impact may occur much earlier in the talent pipeline – attracting young professionals to → Read More: Message to the Best and Brightest: Change the World by Changing the Future of Work and HR

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