Category: Business Trends

Business trends discusses the implications of economics, employment, mergers, acquisitions, and regulatory changes on talent, leadership, recruitment, and human resources issues.

ceo, citizenship

The Business Roundtable Manifesto: What Should CEOs Do?

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»

india, hr tech

Update On HR In India: One Of The World’s Fastest Growing Economies

I just returned from a trip to India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. While the actual numbers are being adjusted, India is growing at almost twice the rate of the US, and is likely to become the largest economy in the world (perhaps outpacing China) over the next decade.

As many of you ... Read more»

The Company As A Talent Marketplace: Unilever and Schneider Electric Show The Way

Over the last ten years, we’ve seen a lot of digital business disruption. Amazon disrupted Wal-Mart. PayPal disrupted Visa. Tesla disrupted GM and Ford. And Facebook and Google disrupted just about everyone.

And this disruption was not just caused by good ideas: it is driven by speed. These disruptive companies have new ideas, they test ... Read more»

age, tenured, woman

The Distressing Story of Age In The Workforce

Over the last decade we have been obsessed by the role of Millennials at work. They’re more demanding. They want more development. They keep changing jobs.

Promote me faster! Give me a raise! I expect free lunch! Unlimited vacation!

Well, all this has been important, but we now see a much bigger demographic challenge ahead: ... Read more»

agile

Agile in HR Has Arrived: And It’s Growing Fast

I just returned from Singapore where I had the opportunity to meet with many of Asia’s senior HR leaders. This is a geography where digital business has thrived, with companies like Grab (topping Uber) and DBS (the worlds #1 digital bank) setting the pace.

And as I reflect on many of our conversations, it became ... Read more»

Corporate Citizenship Redefined: Trust, Inclusion, and Responsibility

We live in a strange time. 46% of citizens around the world believe the system is failing, fewer than 50% trust their government, and income inequality continues to grow. In California, where I live, almost 2/3 of citizens believe the technology industry is secretive and more than 60% believe these firms are draining local ... Read more»

Want To Prepare For Jobs Of The Future? Join The Hybrid Revolution.

We all know how automation, AI, and digital tools have changed our jobs. We spend more than a quarter of our time on e-mail, we have to juggle dozens of passwords, and we spend more than four hours a day on our phones. But how has all this technology impacted our jobs and ... Read more»

The Economy and Wages In 2019: What HR Can Do To Help

In all my years as an analyst and consultant in the world of HR, there’s one thing I’ve learned: the economy impacts workforce strategies more than almost anything else. And this year, in 2019, the economy is more important than ever. Let me give you some things to think about.

First, while the GDP is ... Read more»

Why Did SAP Pay $8 Billion To Acquire Qualtrics?

This week was a big one in the world of enterprise software: SAP announced plans to acquire Qualtrics, a fast-growing scrappy provider of survey and feedback software, for $8 billion. And this was not a small deal: Qualtrics’ revenues as of Q3 were $372 Million, and the company is growing at 42% YTY. This ... Read more»