CAHRS Top 10 July 2017

1. Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies: HR for HR Working Group Summary Part 5
Summary: With a rapidly shifting global economy, technologies that take hold in months instead of years and a market for talent that's becoming increasingly competitive, HR leaders find themselves operating in one of the most challenging environments of the past few decades. CAHRS members who attended this working group, discussed the impact that these critical challenges and opportunities have on the HR function.

2. Wired: The Gospel of Hard Work, According to Silicon Valley
Summary: The debate over Silicon Valley’s gospel of hard work continues to heat up as many realize it can be a path to “burnout” whereas others see it as a sign of “success”. However, the tech industry must be increasingly aware this work ethic is felt most by employees, not executives. Read on to see how employees’ pressure to work harder can often push them out of the industry.

3. Forbes: The Future of Work: Death of the Single Skill Set in the Age of Automation
How is your organization planning for the shift in the way work is conducted? Based on conversation the World Economic Forum continues to lead with organizations to predict and forecast the workforce needs of the future, this article lays out the key skill-sets that will be in demand.

For further information on the future of work, be sure to check out the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies White Paper The HR Function in 2021: Models & Competencies White Paper.
4. CAHRS: Learning and Development Working Group Summary
Summary: The past few years have witnessed a number of exciting advances in learning and development. These include a heightened sense of urgency to develop individual and group skills around organizational agility, greater attention to leveraging the power of informal learning, new applications of technology to learning and development, and an increased awareness around the importance of finding effective ways to transfer knowledge both across and within organizational groupings. As part of a continuing CAHRS series on Learning & Development, this in-person working group explored recent advances in learning and development and identified best practices that companies are adopting to advance their capabilities in this area. 

5. Advanced Manufacturing: Big Data Is Just Messy. Clean it up with Cognitive Analytics
Leveraging and using big data correctly can add tremendous business value. In order to use data successfully, Sarah Lukens mentions, “one must resolve data entry issues to achieve high-quality asset performance analytics that drive cost savings for organizations.” Cognitive analytics technology provides a solution as it builds models trained on input data. Any industrial organization wants to avoid asset failure; click on the link below to read more on how. 

6. Harvard Business Review: Why You Can’t Just Tell a Company “Be More like a Startup”
Perhaps the fundamental makeup of an existing company cannot be converted into what resembles a startup, but the value in which business leaders try to capture is the lean, innovative action and thinking. This article further explains what inhibitors exist for companies to act more like a startup, and provides recommendations on what a company can do to still.

For more on lean thinking, take a look at HR--Innovation’s Accelerator webcast.

7. Fast Company: The Next Big UX Revolution is Quietly Taking Shape – at Work
Technological products have been integrated in the workplace and its ubiquity is no longer a surprise. Alongside its usage is user frustration as the design and layout of certain programs lack an intuitive feel and leave workers confused on how the product actually works. Now, more than ever, the UX (user experience) design role is emerging in the workplace as it aims for user friendliness. Read more for key takeaways on business impact.

8. The Atlantic: Can Capitalism Reinvent Itself?
The conversation around how investment in human capital should be made to take care of people and drive the economy continues. This Atlantic article examines workforce issues and provides a perspective on the role government and public sector should play in this equation.

9. Entrepreneur: The Number One Reason Inclusive Leadership Fails
What does “inclusion” in the workplace truly mean, and how does it manifest without having the potential dangers of causing the opposite intended effect -conformity. Although freshly hired employees are encouraged to bring in a new perspective and challenge the status quo, too many times employees are faced with apprehension (and even discouragement) from their supervisors. How can one bring in great talent and encourage new employees to evolve the workplace, while providing a balance of acclimation?

10. NPR: Efforts Increase to Bring Health and Other Benefits to Independent Workers
How are companies, lawmakers, and the American society thinking about the “social contract for the 21st century” as the contingent workforce continues to grow? This NPR article discusses key gig workforce issues that are being contemplated and the way companies are motivating and incentivizing flexible workers.

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