CAHRS Top 10 August 2017

1. Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies: Analytics Working Group Summary
Summary: Organizations are heavily focused on HR analytics in order to get the most out of their talent, increasing HR’s technological capability to assess employee engagement, skills and motivation. However, this technological capability is not without analytics challenges. As a part of continuing CAHRS series on HR Analytics, this in-person working group explored both how to improve and address those challenges; greater use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in HR; moving toward a broader analytics practice; and the benefits of an analytical mindset to HR.

2. Bloomberg: The Rise and Fall of Working From Home
Summary: While employees value flexibility and appreciate the opportunity to telecommute, is that really what’s best for your business? As the structure of work continues to move to more of a team-based, collaboration-intensive nature, only 38% of companies are functionally organized by job type. In order to keep up with demands for increased productivity and collaboration, this article from CAHRS partner company Bloomberg surmises employees must move back in house.

3. The Economist: The Wage Gap Between Men And Women Varies Depending On Job Types
Summary: Aiming for pay parity at your company? Defining clear cut rules and creating transparency about pay for top jobs might be a great starting point. According to this Economist article, “the average gap in pay between men and women in exactly the same jobs is tiny or non-existent, according to data for 8.7m employees worldwide”. However, in honing in on executive pay it tells a different story.

Exclusive for CAHRS Partners: For in-person interaction on women in the workforce, consider attending the Sponsorship of Women Leaders Working Group Working Group in San Francisco on September 20th.

4. Harvard Business Review: Two Types of Diversity Training That Really Work
Summary: Do formal trainings on organizational diversity drive successful results? A new article from HBR notes that the “[d]iversity training effectiveness depends on the specific training method used, the personality characteristics of those who are trained, and the specific outcomes that are measured after training concludes”.

5. CAHRS: Employer Branding and Attracting Talent Working Group Summary
Summary: One of the hottest topics in HR is the power of communicating the company’s unique employee value proposition, values, and culture. The CAHRS Employer Branding and Attracting Talent working group explored this topic by grappling with these questions: How should companies develop their brand to attract and retain key talent? Who should be the owners that drive the process forward? What are the risks of building an employer brand on the future or aspirational goals?

CAHRS Partners:
For more information about this topic, consider watching the September 20th webcast “Identifying and Building an Employer Brand to Attract and Retain Degital and Millennial Talent.”

6. Tech Crunch: Microsoft Workplace Analytics Helps Managers Understand Worker Productivity
Summary: Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies partner company Microsoft introduced a workplace analytics software to provide employees a view of their individual productivity based upon their usage of email, calendar, other office products, etc. The intent is to observe how top performers spend most of their day and ultimately understand which behaviors lead to the maximization of productivity. As employee engagement and productivity are big priorities for an organization, read further on Microsoft’s initiative.

7. Entrepreneur: 4 Ways Technology Improves the Human Resources (and Human) Experience
Summary: Technology in the workspace can shift in such a way, that it leaves business leaders and employees with feelings of apprehension. Automation, AI and other components of the tech space bring about fundamental changes, yet the resulting outcomes such as eliminating standard procedures with the help of evolving tools, can lead to a better experience for the end user and the one administering. Salient examples from this piece help settle the qualms we may have about recent tech advancements in our world of work.

8. Forbes: How Executives Can Use 'NOW Power' To Effectively Lead Teams
Summary: Work is done in teams at greater rates today than has been the case of the past and this shift is expected to continue. This Forbes article explores how companies can lead positive strategies and foster an environment that develops teams to win together.

9. The Scientific American: The Problem with Being a Top Performer
Summary: High achieving employees may seem to have it all, however, they often need just as much support as low achieving employees. Research shows star performers suffer a “social penalty” as their peers resent and undermine their hard work, seen most often in more collaborative workplaces. Click the link to read more about how HR can support high achievers to ensure they are “embraced” rather than “sabotaged.”

10. TrainingZone: How to Make Multilingual Training Courses Relevant for a Global Workforce
Summary: Employing a global workforce has become a common reality for many organizations. Global candidates selected into various geographical roles have matched the job’s language qualifications, yet communication gaps can still occur. Especially when considering this fact: According to the Common European Framework of References for Languages, “there are six language levels, ranging from A1: Beginner to C2: Proficient, and most jobs require a level of B2: Upper Intermediate...However, there are significant differences between levels B2 and C2”. Multilingual training courses serve as another tool to further develop an international workforce, and this article provides insights on how these training courses can be designed.

For further reading on Globalization, be sure to check out the CAHRS ResearchLink “Dragons in the West: Localizations Strategies of Chinese Multinationals in Developed Economies.”

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