CAHRS Top 10 April 2017

1. MIT Sloan Management Review: Organizing for New Technologies
Summary: As CHRO, does your company sometimes struggle to find the right organizational design to bring new innovations to market? If so, you’re not alone. Even major players with a strong track record of innovation can struggle to commercialize new inventions, as new and novel ideas fight for time, attention and resources with existing power structures and business models. To learn more about why this is such a common conflict—and how CHRO’s can help solve it with organizational design—take a look at this recent feature from MIT Sloan Management Review.

For further reading on innovation in the workforce, be sure to check out the HR for Research & Development working group summary from October 28, 2016. 

2. The Guardian: A World Without Retirement
If you're ready to retire, think again. The average retirement age is increasing, and rapidly. Following the aging crisis in the United Kingdom, this article from The Guardian does a through deep dive into the lives of citizens working well past the retirement age. While many would like to retire, few see it as a possibility. How can you better prepare your workers for retirement?

3. Vanity Fair: Exclusive -- How to Break Up the Silicon Valley Boys’ Club
How do you break up the Silicon Valley Boys Club? Hire more women. The solution seems simple and intuitive, but can it be done? This article from Vanity Fair examines what organizations can do, and why they should be doing something.

4. Lifehacker: Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health
Feeling distracted? The solution may be less noise. This article from Lifehacker explores why you may find it difficult to concentrate on work. Modern workspaces are meant to encourage collaboration, but they may not be the right place for deep, focused thought. As an employer, how can you offer your employees balance? Read on to find about some great starting points.

Exclusive Opportunity for CAHRS Partners: Be sure to sign up for the 30-minute webcast "Design Thinking and Reimagining the Employee Experience" which takes place at noon on April 26th.

5. LinkedIn: Key Takeaways From the 2017 Wharton People Analytics Conference
Analytics guru David Green recaps the top insights and takeaways from the leading conference for people and HR analytics, including: what data tells us about the influence and importance of managers; how analytics can influence diversity and inclusion; and as one the last corporate functions to adopt a more rigorous approach to company data, some of the ups and downs that HR analytics practitioners should anticipate--and how to overcome them.

6. Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Here’s Proof Your Startup Needs HR
The ouster of a successful startup founder has shined a glaring spotlight on an often overlooked function for new companies: human resources. This Bloomberg BusinessWeek feature uses the recent demise of Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal--who neglected the role of HR in her fast-growing company--as a jumping off point for the importance of strategic human resource management, especially as companies scale up. While most CAHRS partner companies are large and mature, the article offers some great insights and reminders--especially for HR executives that oversee internal startups, incubation groups, or other autonomous structures tasked with innovation or internal consulting.

CAHRS Members: For face-to-face conversations on this topic with other top HR executives, sign up for the Total Rewards Strategies for the Modern Workforce working group in Minneapolis on May 3rd.

7. The Economist: What Satya Nadella Did at Microsoft
According to Satya Nadella, CEO of Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies partner company Microsoft, organizational culture is so important that it, “eats strategy for breakfast.” In this article by the Economist, Mr. Nadella opens up about how he has driven Microsoft’s change in strategy. How do you transform a company? It's more than offering new products or services, it's about changing a culture.

8. Forbes: The Future of Work--The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Human Resources
As the power of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make waves through a range of industries--from customer service to healthcare to sales--is HR the next industry and corporate function ripe for disruption? This article from Forbes offers a compelling take on the topic, observing that AI is uniquely suited to handle certain aspects of HR, such as “real time answers for HR questions to personalized learning and development.”
9. Wall Street Journal: Why Bosses Should Stop Thinking of 'A Players, 'B Players' and 'C Players'
A recent study by ILR Assistant Professor J.R. Keller is cited in this WSJ feature about the need for companies to move away from outdated methods of identifying, labeling and developing internal talent. Instead, the article suggests, companies should move towards a more progressive model, including rethinking high-potential programs, making feedback more frequent, giving bonuses attached to specific projects, and creating new categories and classifications of internal talent.

10. The Economist: Equipping People to Stay Ahead of Technological Change
One of the more fascinating--and challenging--trends of today’s market is the reality that technological change is quickly outpacing education. Many employers lament that today's employee lacks the technical skills necessary to be competent. Organizations used to invest heavily in employees, but trends suggest that on-the-job training is declining. What is the solution to America's educational problem? This great read from The Economist discusses the issue in depth.


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