Category: Business Trends

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

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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»

What Emails Reveal About Your Performance At Work

We all spend an inordinate amount of time at work communicating with others. And we each have our little tricks. Some of us respond so fast it’s like a real-time system; others wait and do it when they have time. Some need “nudges” to respond, while others respond on their own.

What does all this ... Read more»

Talent Management In Japan: A Different Perspective

This week I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Tokyo, speaking at the BizReach (a fast-growing recruitment platform in Japan) Future of Work Summit. As I met with a variety of CHROs and other business leaders, I walked away reminding myself that all talent strategies are local, and Japan, one of the ... Read more»

Diversity and Inclusion Is A Business Strategy, Not An HR Program

Corporate diversity and inclusion is a very hot topic. It comes up in almost every client I visit. Why? With the #metoo movement, #blacklivesmatter, and a continuous political discussion about income inequality and fairness, companies want to step up.

And there’s plenty of pressure. We have strict regulations prohibiting discrimination in recruitment, state laws mandating ... Read more»

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: It’s Trickier Than You Think

Recently I had the opportunity to join the O’Reilly Foo Camp, where around 150 leading technologists, academics, economists, and business innovators come to talk about the future of technology. It was an inspiring and energizing few days, and one where almost every session seem to revolve around the ethics, responsibility, and potentially dangerous role ... Read more»

HR in India: A Fast-Growing Market Focused On People Development and Culture

India is an amazing country. I just spent a week there meeting with clients and talking at the PeopleMatters HR Tech 18 conference and came home excited and invigorated.

In this article let me briefly give you some things to think about.

1/ India is the Fastest Growing Economy in the World.  So Talent ... Read more»

The Ugly Side To Today’s Low Unemployment Rate

This economic cycle is really setting records. We’ve had almost ten years of US economic growth, the unemployment rate is at a 30 year low (it is expected to go lower), and every few days I hear someone in the administration bragging about how well the economy is performing. 

I’ve lived through five major economic ... Read more»

My Day at Tesla: What I Learned

It isn’t every day that an industry analyst gets to go behind the scenes of an iconic and controversial company, but this week I had that chance. Invited by the HR and corporate learning team, I spent a day at Tesla.  I went for the plant tour, wandered around the corporate offices, and spent a ... Read more»

There Is Now A Job For Everyone Who Wants One: What Does This Mean?

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that there are now as many job openings as their are unemployed Americans (6.6 million). In many ways this is an amazing feat, one which would seem to be very good news for all of us. 

While most of us see this as good news, we know ... Read more»

Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.9% – Hottest War For Talent We’ve Seen in 50 Years

Today the US unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%.  I cannot overstate how important this is as we consider recruitment, training, and HR strategies. The work we do in recruiting, employment brand, culture, engagement, rewards, and well-being is going to be even more critical in this new “war for talent.” (Mean “time to hire” according to ... Read more»