CAHRS Top 10 June 2017


1. Bloomberg: It’s Not Enough To Give Employees Flexible Work Schedules
Summary: Employees often want a flexible work schedule, but are too afraid to ask for it, fearing the stigma that comes with asking for their options. As a result, employees often decline to take advantage of these options. How can we better empower employees to take advantage of the resources available to them? According to this article, it is as simple a formally giving them the option.

2. Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies: HR -- Innovation's Accelerator
Innovation, driven by fierce competition, the quickening pace of technology, globalization and intense pressure to grow, has quickly become one of the most important corporate initiatives. After nearly 40 interviews with HR and business executives at CAHRS leading innovation companies, the center's Research Assistants present their findings on the Intersection of HR & Innovation, including: the people and organizational practices that most consistently produce success; higher level and novel approaches that a handful of firms are using; and how HR leaders can be innovation change agents at the enterprise, function and team levels.

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3. Harvard Business Review: What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?
Summary: Finding, developing, and retaining top talent can be incredibly difficult. According to a recent study, the average company only considers 15% of its employees “difference makers”. This author argues measuring, investing, and monitoring talent as one would measure, invest, and monitor financial capital is the secret to getting top returns on investments in human capital.

4. The Wall Street Journal: The Never-Ending Performance Review
Summary: Many companies are beginning to rethink the annual performance review, with the idea that multiple check-ins allows employees to receive more recent feedback. This feedback is often more goal oriented in nature, and occurs often directly after large projects or deals are completed. Thinking about shaking up your performance review system? Read on to find some great starting points.

5. Fast Company: Can Chatbots Replace Your Summer Interns?
Summary: Organizations are constantly seeking ways to capture more value, and in this case, industry professionals argue menial tasks such as front line customer service should be automated. By doing so, human workers have more open capacity to apply their intellect and use time more effectively. Read more to find out the pros and cons.

6. The Atlantic:
To Do Good in the World, Get a Better HR Department
Summary: As a growing number of the working population seeks to have a positive impact on society and protect the environment, HR leaders can define the people strategy to help its bottom line and drive positive change. This article grapples with how HR can and should play a part in pushing forward this ambitious goal of making the world a better place.

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7. Los Angeles Times: Forget Ping Pong and Free Beer: The Latest Perk for Tech Workers is Doing Good
Summary: Trying to provide a unique employee value proposition that will attract and engage your workforce? This LA Times article makes an argument on why providing experiences to do good is a winning strategy, over simply providing benefits and bonuses. Dig in to see what tech companies are doing to “add stickiness” and “bond” their employees.

8. Harvard Business Review: Onboarding Isn't Enough
Summary: Perhaps it’s time the term “onboarding” is expanded to “integration”. Most companies are competent in the administrative side of signing up a leader to join; however, this level of initial engagement does little to mitigate the uncertainty and irritants a new employee faces. Onboarding isn’t enough, initiates the dialogue to create a wholesome approach towards bringing a leader into the fold.

9. Quartz: The Case For Being Grumpy at Work
Having a case of the Mondays? Some employees are saying enough to office cheer when they are feeling down in the dumps. Employees are not the only ones, research suggests that being grumpy may be good for you.

10. CAHRS: Total Rewards Working Group Summary
Summary: We know that your Total Rewards strategy is an important part of attracting, retaining and engaging employees and driving business performance. This is becoming an even bigger challenge given the diverse nature of the workforce, consumerism of employees, low unemployment and the need to find cost savings in this large budget area. This working group explored how Total Rewards strategies and practices are changing and what top HR companies such as CAHRS members are doing in these areas to up their game.

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