Category: Human Resources

Human Resources is the vast domain of management, development, alignment, rewards, incentives, and organization of people. It is one of the most important roles in business and critical to growth, success, and profitability.

Goodbye To Workplace by Meta, Hello To Workvivo by Zoom

Today Meta announced that it is shutting down its employee communications tool Workplace by Meta (which I found to be very successful) and turning over the business to Workvivo by Zoom.

This is actually a very significant move for HR and IT teams: there are more than 7 million corporate users (it was originally called ... Read more»

happiness at work

What The World Happiness Report Teaches Us About Work

Each year I pour through the World Happiness Report and this year it’s particularly insightful, so let me interpret some of the results.

First, the US happiness ranking (1-10 scale) dropped to #23, a full 13% below Finland, the happiest country in the world. And this is disappointing. Over the last 15 years the level ... Read more»

Irresistible 2024: Join Us This May!

It’s almost Spring and we’re actively preparing for Irresistible 2024: The Global Conference for HR Leaders and Their Teams. Let me give you a brief rundown on what we’re planning and encourage you to sign up soon. 

First, this conference is one of the most unique, intimate, different experiences in the profession. We hold ... Read more»

Why Do Companies Hire Too Many People?

This week we witnessed one of the most amazing business stories in years. Meta announced a 22% reduction in headcount coupled with a 25% increase in revenue, resulting in a net income of $14 Billion, up 203% from the year before. This means Meta, a $160+ billion company, is generating 35% net profit after ... Read more»

are DEI programs going away?

Are Diversity And Inclusion Programs Going Away?

Is DEI about to DIE?

Of the many changes we experienced in 2023, one of the most iconic was the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down affirmative action in college admissions. And now, the resignation of Claudine Gay from Harvard, people are piling on.

Justice Thomas stated last summer:

“Many universities have for ... Read more»

AI Implementations Feel More Like Traditional IT Projects Every Day

As we learn more and more about corporate implementations of AI, I’m struck by how they feel more like traditional IT projects every day.

Yes, Generative AI systems have many special characteristics: they’re intelligent, we need to train them, and they have radical and transformational impact on users. And the back-end processing is expensive.

But ... Read more»

Systemic HR from The Josh Bersin Company

Introducing The Systemic HR™ Initiative

This week we formally introduce the Systemic HR™ Initiative, our multi-year program to help HR professionals and their teams to transform, evolve, and redefine their roles in business.

This work is the culmination of 25 years of research and advisory consulting among tens of thousands of organizations, reflecting the need for HR organizations to ... Read more»

Four-day work week

The Four-Day Work Week: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

We just completed a large study of the 4-day work week and the results are clear. Under the right conditions it really works. And the results are very positive: improvements in employee health and wellbeing, increases in productivity, and overall improvement in revenue, profit, and customer service.

Wait a minute. Are you actually saying that ... Read more»

Systemic HR A new era

Why It’s Time For A New Era In Human Resources. Enter Systemic HR.

Next week we will be previewing our new research on the Human Resources function, and the findings are important. Let me summarize the narrative and I promise you’ll hear more in the coming quarter.

Human Resources has been around for hundreds of years. Originally defined as a back-office administrative function, HR teams were always looked ... Read more»

Labor shortages are here

Why We Are Entering A Secular Labor Shortage

There are lots of economists waiting for the labor market to “cool,” enabling unemployment to rise and inflation to slow. Yet despite these projections, unemployment remains at a 45 year low and it’s still hard to hire. Why the change? Our research clearly shows that we’ve entered a whole new economy, one that makes labor ... Read more»

Firstup Pioneers The Market For Intelligent Employee Communications

How do you communicate with your employees?  I bet it’s harder than you think. There are company meetings, conference calls, emails, and lots of portals. But despite all that effort, only 28% of employees feel connected to the company’s mission and 59% are “quietly quitting.” Kind of astounding.

Why do we continue to see this ... Read more»

Introducing The Organization Design SuperClass!

Organization design has become one of the hottest topics in business. More than 80% of the companies we talk with are now experimenting with AI, flattening their organization, and reorganizing teams to improve productivity. And when it’s done well we’ve seen companies double or even triple their output and efficiency, improving employee engagement as well.... Read more»

A New Operating Model For HR Is Arriving Soon: Join Us

Over the last year we have been developing a new operating model for HR, and the research has been astounding. Nearly every company we interview agrees that the traditional “service-delivery” model is no longer enough, and that HR teams (and functions) need to be far more integrated, focused on design and product management, more agile, ... Read more»

US Supreme Court Affirmative Action Impacts DEI

Diversity Programs Become A Political Football: Why This Could Be Positive

The US Supreme Court decision to ban Affirmative Action in schools kicked off a shouting match among politicians, focused on applying the ruling to corporate diversity (DEI) programs. And whatever position you take politically, I think this activity will make DEI strategies an even higher priority.

First let’s be clear about the issue. While people ... Read more»