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For the last three years we’ve been worried about burnout, mental health, and work life balance during the pandemic. This week a new issue has emerged. A new Mercer study of employee sentiment found that pay has suddenly become the number one factor in satisfaction at work.
When asked “what keeps workers up at ... Read more»
After several weeks travelling to conferences and talking with clients I want to riff on a bunch of urgent topics: How do we create pay equity when inflation is running at over 8%? How do we get people “back to the office” when 55% of job candidates now want fully remote work? How do we ... Read more»
This week we launch a year-long study of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in business and the results are disappointing. After billions of dollars invested in DEI training, tools, tech, and HR strategies, we haven’t moved the needle very far. In some respects, we’ve come a long way, but as our research discovered, only ... Read more»
One of the most frustrating, tired, and archaic HR practices is performance management. Most of us have had horror stories with our “performance appraisals,” leading HR leaders to try to reinvent performance management all the time.
We went from top-down cascading goals in the early 2000s to Continuous Performance Management in 2010 to new discussions ... Read more»
As we prepare for our Irresistible Conference (where I will be launching my book), I’ve been thinking back about all we’ve been through over the last five years. It’s a lot.
We’ve suffered through the pandemic, political instability, a global climate crisis, and now a war. Employees are burned out, stress levels are at all-time ... Read more»
One of the most devilish problems in business is building and maintaining your job architecture. While it may sound geeky, it’s very important and it is much harder than you think.
Consider the enormous transformations taking place in the economy. Every job is being automated, enhanced, and changed by technology. Companies are moving into new ... Read more»
HR Technology 2021: A Definitive Guide details the HR technology market disruption driven by the pandemic, the shift to remote work, and the shift from systems of record to “systems of design.” The 100-page report provides actionable information to HR technology buyers, implementers, and investors. Download by completing the short form below.
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As part of The Big Reset we have been having a series of deep, meaningful conversations with Diversity and Inclusion leaders. And among the many things we’re discovering, one of the most interesting is the enormous focus on Belonging. Diversity is a strategy; Inclusion is a goal; Belonging is a feeling. And a feeling ... Read more»
One of the toughest jobs in business is the Chief Diversity Officer.
Why? The Chief Diversity Officer (or Chief Advocacy Officer) is responsible for an enormous topic: the end-to-end diversity, inclusion, and fairness in the company. And this covers a wide set of issues: recruiting, promotion, pay, team behavior, senior leadership, and day to day ... Read more»
For the last week, I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings about what’s going on. I grew up in a diverse community, went to a mostly-black high school, and live in a highly diverse city. I’ve felt anger, frustration, hopelessness, and sadness all at once.
And then today the New York Times wrote what I have been ... Read more»
One of the biggest topics I talk with HR leaders about is the massive culture shift taking place in business. CEOs are becoming Chief Empathy Officers; companies are asking employees to take sick days and vacation; it’s now ok to work at home and spend time with your children; and wellbeing and health have ... Read more»
I hate buzzwords, and the word “human” seems to have become the next buzzword in HR. But after a two-day senior CHRO Summit we just completed with the UC Berkeley Haas Business School, I’ve just changed my mind. Thinking about Human values is now central to the CHRO’s job, and one of the most ... Read more»
Last week there was a lot of press about the Business Roundtable’s new manifesto, proclaiming that business’s role is to help all of society, not just shareholders. While it reads well, it’s no different from the book Conscious Capitalism, Liberating The Heroic Spirit of Business, written in 2013.
But that aside, this is ... Read more»