CAHRS Top 10 May 2017

1. Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies: ILR Assistant Professor Discusses Layoff Implications
Summary: Thinking of layoffs? New research suggests business and HR leaders might want to think again. In this Cornell webcast, Cornell ILR Assistant Professor Paul Davis discusses his latest research, which shows that layoff victims are 65 percent more likely to quit a job that follows a layoff, and for those laid off multiple times, the number goes higher. For firms that draw from a large and diverse labor pool, Davis’ research has broad implications, including not shunning applicants that have been laid off (who may have a renewed sense of motivation) and recognizing that such individuals are more likely to turnover due to an altered sense of loyalty. For HR leaders, the implications could range from pulse surveys and check-ins to keep tabs on these individuals, to ensuring that they feel loyalty and commitment from the firm.

2. The New Yorker: The Despair of Learning That Experience No Longer Matters
"People are aging, and they are not getting what they think they have earned." It's what economists call a decline in return to experience, and this phenomena is affecting middle class white workers in a harmful way. Is your workforce impacted?
3. CAHRS Webcast: Design Thinking and Reimagining the Employee Experience
Summary: One of the hottest topics in HR is rethinking the employee experience as companies look to transform, and one of the key tools HR leaders are using to achieve this is Design Thinking. Cornell Professor and CAHRS Director Chris Collins dives into the topic in this webcast, discussing some of the key aspects of design thinking when it comes to reimagining the employee experience. In addition, Collins integrates insights and examples from a recent CAHRS working group on employee experience and engagement.

CAHR Members: Be sure to sign up for the CAHRS Research Assistants’ Webcast: HR--Innovation’s Accelerator on May 22nd – which will cover findings from their year-long research project about HR & Innovation.

4. The Atlantic: People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now
Controlling for environmental factors within the office is one thing, but how do you prevent the outside world from affecting employees? If your organization hasn't grappled with these issues previously, it might be time to look at your organization's retention and engagement strategy. American workers are finding it harder than ever to concentrate. 
5. CAHRS ResearchLink: Dragons in the West: Localizations Strategies of Chinese Multinationals in Developed Economies
Summary: As Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. continues to grow--$14 billion in 2015 alone--little research has been carried out on how Chinese firms are localizing and working with the companies they’ve acquired or partnered with. This study, by ILR Phd student Can Ouyang, seeks to fill that gap. For CHRO’s whose companies are actively partnering or considering working with Chinese firms, this brief provides a wealth of insights that might shape key decision-making.

6. In Just 3 Words, Amazon's Jeff Bezos Taught a Brilliant Lesson in Leadership
Feeling inspired about tackling that next big project? If not, Jeff Bezos CEO and founder of Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies partner amazon has three words for you: "disagree and commit.” Read more to find out how this leader's mantra can help you achieve organizational results. 

For further reading on this subject, be sure to check out the CAHRS Leadership Development Working Group Summary.

7. Inside HR: Where’s the Value? HR Analytics vs Information Architecture
For all the fanfare and press about the power of HR analytics the past several years, a new research report suggests that “HR departments have 68 percent greater impact on customer value when they play a major role in architecting the firm’s information value chain than when they apply HR analytics.” While HR analytics still has its place and merit, such a data point suggests that HR leaders may want to consider thinking more broadly about analytics and information flows within a firm, engaging senior leaders on how information creates competitive advantage, what information is most valuable, and how information can be aligned to people, culture and structural elements.

8. Fast Company: EBay’s First Diversity Chief On How To Make Inclusion Matter To Everyone
Summary: In a new profile with Fast Company, eBay’s new Chief Diversity Officer Damien Hooper-Campbell shares his insights on who make inclusion matter to everyone. Among other ideas, Hooper-Campbell touches on the importance of employees getting beyond surface-level familiarity and building a circle of trust with one another; being vocal and open on how each person sees and define diversity, so that understanding is created; and getting people to share their own stories relative to inclusion, so that the topic becomes personal and meaningful.

If you’re interested in Diversity & Inclusion, you may be interested in the CAHRS ResearchLink “The Impact of Internal Hiring Processes on Women’s Career Advancement and Pay.”

9. New Republic: The United States of Work
Summary: When was the last time you picked up a labor relations textbook? Whether you're a seasoned labor relations professional or a HRB, this fantastic article from New Republic presents a critical but unique viewpoint on the state of the American Workforce, which might just have the insight or big idea that your organization needs.

10. The New York Times: The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews
Summary: "But as in my friend’s case, interviewers typically form strong but unwarranted impressions about interviewees, often revealing more about themselves than the candidates." Unstructured interviews can do more harm than good, and often say more about an organization than the candidate. How can you make the best talent decisions? Read this article to find out how to overcome interview traps.

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