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What It Takes To Be A Strategic HR Leader

In many ways, 150-year old Agfa-Gevaert is the poster child for industry disruption in the digitalized world. After restructuring to meet evolving market demands in the rapidly changing graphics and healthcare industries, this Belgium-based digital image leader turned...

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5 Signs That Your HR Department Is a Failure

Many times when there is a workplace problem, we are directed to the Human Resources Department. I used to do a workplace Q&A column for a major newspaper, and “go to HR” was often my first piece of advice. Yet, all too often, employees would tell me that going to HR...

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Four job skills the HR leaders of the future will need

Times are changing. According to a recent report issued by HR Open Source (HROS), the community platform for HR professionals that I cofounded, 68% of current HR professionals have worked in fields outside of human resources. Inevitably, they’re steadily...

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#MeToo Complaints Swamp Human Resource Departments

Fallen media mogul Harvey Weinstein's recent indictment on rape charges comes nearly eight months after allegations against him first surfaced. His case touched off a global #MeToo movement to speak out against workplace sexual harassment. And that, in turn, has...

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I Just Found Out Why I Never Get Promoted

I just found out why I can't get promoted even though my boss says I do an amazing job. My boss's boss always tells me, "I don't know what we'd do without you!" At my performance review, I got the highest rating you can get.  There's no career advancement in my...

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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach. Source: Read the full article at...

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The Future of Workplace Design- The Fetch Model

In the digital age, where the lines between work and life blur further, workplaces are becoming more than just offices. Both employers and employees are wanting more from these physical spaces. And, with good reason. Source: Read the full article at...

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The 3 Vital Ways HR Teams Should Be Using Data

Any average HR department is rich in data. Personal employee data, recruitment data, and performance KPIs are just a few examples of the kinds of data a typical HR team is sitting on. Now, as our world becomes increasingly ‘datafied’, HR teams have more opportunities...

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How To Get More Comfortable With Change

Whether you’re working for a promotion or trying to change jobs altogether, every career requires a measure of change. For those craving something new or different in their work lives, the people who manage change for a living can provide a few important insights....

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‘It Depends’: The HR phrase taking organizations by storm

A new report on mental health is a major wake-up call for HR and employers If you’ve been working in HR for a number of years, chances are you’ll have heard the phrase ‘It Depends’. Angela Champ sure has – and she’s determined you do too. Her recent book, ‘It Depends:...

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HR Vocabulary You Need to Know and Comprehend

1. A Seat at the Table It’s not a group of people sitting around the table to make a decision, it is an expression for who is invited for a significant meeting. It is ensuring that people’s viewpoint is taken into consideration while making an important strategic...

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My Manager Lied To HR — And Now I’m On Probation

"...I got an email message from the VP of HR. It was terse. It said that my "real" manager's intervention kept me from being on probation but it emphasized that punctuality is essential and warned me that if I continued to violate the attendance policy I could be...

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10 Costly Mistakes Your HR Department Should Avoid

If employees are the lifeblood of an organization, the human resources department is its central nervous system. HR professionals connect workers across every department with the tools and training they need to function properly, and ultimately have a hand in all the...

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Ask HR: My manager canceled lunch breaks.

Question: We're on call all the time as part of a maintenance team. Recently, a manager informed us we are no longer allowed to take breaks for lunch or other reasons. Previously, we had 30 minutes for lunch and two 15-minute breaks. Now if we take them, we're told we...

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The Top Ten Things Employees Complain To HR About

Here are the top ten issues employees bring to HR (in no particular order): 1. Interpersonal challenges with their managers and/or coworkers (Example: "My boss is really snippy with me, and I don't know what to do about it.") 2. Payroll and benefits questions and...

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Ask HR: If pot is legal, can employees still get in trouble?

Question: How does an employer effectively balance corporate policies of a drug-free workplace with the legalization of marijuana becoming more common, both for recreational and prescription use? I work in HR for a commercial construction general contractor. What are...

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Reinventing Human Resources

Organizational leaders and human resources executives have faith that merging artificial intelligence (AI) into HR functions like onboarding and administration of benefits can and will improve the overall employee experience. According to IBM’s 2017 survey of 6,000...

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Can HR Become Agile?

It’s exciting to read the headline of the current issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR) for a trio of important articles: “HR Goes Agile.” Of the three articles, this review will begin with the first piece by Professors Peter Cappelli and Anna Tavis—which is...

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Don’t Let the ‘Urgent’ Overtake the ‘Important’

Recently, at our consulting firm, we were scheduled to begin strategy work with a new client. But, the night before our session, he emailed us, asking to postpone the meeting until the next week. He had something come up at the last minute that he felt couldn’t be put...

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Hiring Remote Workers Made My Entire Team More Productive

“Want to get lunch?” This is a phrase you’ll rarely hear at our office. It’s not that we don’t eat or spend time together, but it’s physically impossible for our entire team to be in the same place at the same time. Sixty percent of our team works remotely, so for us,...

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HR: Can we please discuss ethics in the future of work?

The creepy line. Where is it and, more importantly in the future of work, where is it moving to? Because it’s definitely moving. In the past, we sat our privacy on a pedestal, we separated work from home and our personal information was, well, pretty personal. Today’s...

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6 Of The Best Podcasts For HR And Wellness Pros

Successful HR and wellness professionals are always looking for new ways to sharpen their skills and gain some fresh perspectives. However, it’s probably safe to assume that many of them don’t have hours of free time to spare to attend multiple conferences or read an...

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HR Departments Must Urgently Become Human Capital Departments

“Human resources is not your friend. It’s there to protect the company.” What did she say? I thought my friend was making a joke based on my recent articles why CEOs should be losing sleep over the state of their human resource departments. That they are often neither...

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Habit trails: Set new patterns for work as 2018 begins

Looking for a way to break out of your job-related doldrums? Maybe you can use the beginning of the new year to establish some new habits. Check out these five ideas to help you begin 2018 with a new approach: 1. Wake up earlier. Kurt Bilafer, chief revenue officer of...

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HR Leadership During Change: A Tale Of Two Colonels

It was the best of times — period. This quite simply and directly describes the Department of Defense climate within the era of 2006–2010, and my time as an officer in the United States Marine Corps can be classified synonymously. An epoch of belief, an age of rapid...

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How AI and machine learning will impact HR practices

Human resources as a function has experienced significant changes in the last decade due to the evolution of technologies. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way companies hire, manage and engage with their workforce. Advanced data-driven technology...

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Here’s How To Feel Like You’re On Vacation All Year

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us have vacation on the brain. But despite the well-known benefits of taking breaks, many of us struggle to disconnect from work. More than half of employees end the year with unused time off. This ends up costing employers...

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How To Stay Healthy When You’re Stressed At Work

Tis the season for stress. The holidays are crazy enough, but add in year-end deadlines and sales goals, performance reviews, and the news of yet another raise not given, and you can already feel your blood pressure rise. But there’s good news: You can still stay...

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HR Technology For 2018: Ten Disruptions Ahead

I've been an analyst following the HR Tech market for almost 20 years now, and this year things are changing faster than ever. In the report we just published, "HR Technology Disruptions for 2018," I describe the details. In this article I'll summarize the ten big...

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Ten Things Never, Ever To Wear To Work

I have tried using a dress code policy that simply says "Please dress professionally as our customers visit our facilities often" but that doesn't always work. I have had employees come to work in flip-flops, skimpy tank tops and ripped jeans. Can you please recommend...

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Human resources more relevant than ever

The importance of the human factor in business is now more relevant than ever. Despite automation technology and artificial intelligence, humans will still hold irreplaceable positions in any business process for many decades to come. This is not an exaggerated view,...

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Wanted in HRM and SCM: Modern Hiring Personas

Following an interesting conversation I had with a notable human resources guru this past weekend, I reread a recent post of mine entitled “Millennials Will Transform Procurement — Not by War but Attrition.” I did so to check myself, as she took issue with some of...

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Welcome to LifeHR!

It’s official! BEDC is now LifeHR!  We chose "LifeHR" to specifically reflect our unique role as supporters of HR professionals in various Life Science organizations, and our distinct position at the intersection of Human Resources, the Life Sciences...

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Digital is the New Black

We’ve prepared the top 10 tenets that today’s HR professionals need to know when navigating the digital world of work... ...from the prerequisite of being mobile to online engagement and pulse surveys, project management tools accessible by all, ways to digitally...

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Tenet #1: Go Mobile. Your Workforce Has.

Today’s work is done from the palm of your hand. Web sites and systems (including that of your company) should be responsively designed (mobile-friendly).  If your team can’t reference your company’s tasks and communiques on their smart phones, you may be missing out...

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Tenet #3: Corporate eLearning in Snippets

The majority of workers view continuous training as essential or important to career success. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2016 report, The State of American Jobs, “54% see continuous learning as essential. 33% see it as important.” The report goes on to...

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Tenet #4: The Case for Social Media

Social media is a game changer. Applications like LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, Wikipedia, and WordPress (to name a few) have dramatically transformed life as we know it. According to a 2016 article by SHRM Managing and Leveraging Workplace...

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Tenet #5: Share the Smart Stuff in People’s Heads

Digital tools can fuel knowledge sharing in the workplace. In fact, some applications may even boost your organization’s expertise (as well as your own) in terms of tapping into the deep and diverse tribal knowledge representative among your team. These types of tools...

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Tenet #6: Mentoring On-Demand

Many companies are looking to mentoring as a way to boost performance. In fact, the structured act of personal advisement is on the uptick as one of the most effective methods to engage, model corporate culture, build expertise and pass along tribal knowledge. And, in...

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Tenet #7: Does Your Company Have a Pulse

It seems that no matter where I do business – at the bank, with my phone provider, places I shop – everyone wants to know how I feel after speaking with them. Have my questions been answered? Is the service friendly? How satisfied am I with my experience?  If that...

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Tenet #8: People Analytics

Data and analytics has become the Holy Grail among conference titles and trade publications.   Whether in the form of genome sequencing or much smaller (the type found in tracking attrition rates for a department), the potential for uncovering valuable information has...

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Tenet #9: A Short Tutorial on SEO

Walking past storefront windows featuring beautifully attired mannequins and cleverly appointed displays is a favorite pastime for many, including me. Whether a small boutique, or Nordstrom’s floor to ceiling window dressings – I stop, look, and admittedly, crave. In...

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Tenet #10 From Cyber Crazy to Cyber Safe

The world can be a hazardous place, but, evidently, not as dangerous as being online. A decade ago, even the most cynical of tech geeks would not have predicted the extraordinary volume of cyber craziness running rampant today. According to a Pew Research Center 2017...

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