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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The Company As A Talent Network: 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»

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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»

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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»

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»