CAHRS Top 10 December 2018

1. CAHRS Working Group: Organizational Design
Summary: As organizations face internal and external challenges including building stronger performance, competing in a global environment, and adapting to constant change, there is a need to rethink how organizations operate. Organization Design (OD) has become a fundamental skill expected from both HR and OD professionals. This working group focused on the challenges companies are facing in this area as well as shared best practices as organizations build their capabilities in OD.

Got four mintues to spare? Check out this clip about office design from a CAHRS webcast, led by HP CHRO and an ILR Professor.

2. HRM Asia: What Companies Need to Know About Whistleblowing
Summary: This interview provides an in depth look at how companies can handle and promote whistleblowers in a healthy way for the organization. For If handled correctly, whistleblowers allow organizations to deal with their internal conflict in a private manner that potentially keeps issues from escalating, maintains staff morale, and preserves the company’s reputation as well.

3. TLNT: With Paid Leave Laws Expanding, You Need to Update Your Attendance Policies
Summary: With the trend of mandatory paid leave expanding across the country, this author offers advice to companies on how to adapt in order to protect themselves and their employees. Some suggestions are centered around reviewing current policies, educating managers on how to handle missing workers, and ensuring work tracking methods are up to date and accurate. 

4. CAHRS ResearchLink: Don’t Abandon the Water Cooler Yet
Summary: In this CAHRS study, the notion that face to face interactions are critical for innovation is challenged. The study highlights major findings that organizations can use when considering whether to adopt flexible work arrangements.

5. Forbes: Meet the New Chief Human Resources Officer
Summary: This article presents key findings regarding the intersection of technology and human resources. The use cases for artificial intelligence and machine learning insights continue to grow, and CHROs who have adopted these technologies are beginning to see their benefits when it comes to strategic talent planning and management.

6. The Atlantic: The Human at Human Resources
Summary: This piece delves deep into how the challenges an HR executive faces when fostering a workplace culture that balances the needs of the employer with the needs of employees. As the digital landscape continues to reshape the relationship between employees and organizations, this executive highlights HR strategies that are transferable across any industry.

7. Harvard Business Review: Is Employee Engagement Just a Reflection of Personality?
Summary: Employee engagement has long been touted as a valuable metric in determining the success of an organization, and for good reason. Studies have shown that engagement is instrumental in an organization’s success. Operating on this notion, the authors of this article posit that engagement may just be dependent on the personalities of individuals that comprise a company.

8. CAHRS Working Group: Diversity & Inclusion: Social Impact in the Workplace
Summary: A recent CAHRS Working Group discussed how the current political environment is playing a more active role in the workplace. Companies involved in this session shared the various actions that they’re taking to create a more open, fact-based, and transparent environment. Among the ideas were hosting courageous conversation sessions and improving global company policies.

If D&I is your thing, be sure to check out this CAHRS ResearchLink: A Multi-Level Process Model for Understanding Diversity Practice Effectiveness.

Summary: Is your organization considering hiring freelancers? This article makes the case for why this talent strategy is effective: It can act as a “trial period” for both the employer and the freelancer and it also gives the employer quick access to specific technical skill sets. Of course, with this strategy comes many challenges - like how much to invest in training these workers and how to navigate communication between full time employees and the freelance population.

Summary: More so than ever before, employees are leaving organizations in order to find “more career growth opportunities.” This article advocates for equipping employees with a growth mindset - in other words, prioritizing transformation over “transactional development.” Read on for suggestions on how to kick start this effort within your organization.

Looking for further reading on L&D? Take a look at these working group notes from last year's working group on the same subject.

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