Learning

Riding the Next Wave

HR

Hold on tight HR: Big things are to come in 2017.

By Amy L. Gurchensky

2016 had its share of trending topics in HR: cloud-based technology, open ecosystems, marketplaces, and robotics process automation. These issues, as well as a few others, will play a key role in shaping the future of the landscape over the next several years.

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HRO Today 2017 Resource Guide

HRO Today Resource Guide

We know that the readers of HRO Today magazine turn to us as a go-to resource in the HR industry that delivers trends, insights, and the top resources for all of their HR operations and service needs. In our annual resource guide, we aim to showcase providers and product vendors across 18 sectors of HR services.

Here, you will find providers of everything from recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) to benefits administration and multi-process HRO, not to mention a treasure trove of HR technology, consulting services, and other ancillary products.

We hope that our 2017 Resource Guide will serve you well as a starting point in your search for appropriate vendors.

View the 2017 Resource Guide here

Bite-Sized Learning

HR Outsourcing

Shorter may be better when it comes to executing workforce training. Here’s how.

By Christa Elliott

Five to 10 seconds—that’s the time it takes for a person to decide to either stay engaged with a piece of content or, more commonly, to move on to something else. Many will attribute waning attention spans to the tech-heavy upbringing of Generation Y, but the shifting preference for micro-learning over deep focus activities isn’t reserved for the young. It’s a product of the modern world, and it’s happening across the globe.

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Bite-Sized Learning

HR Outsourcing

Shorter may be better when it comes to executing workforce training. Here’s how.

By Christa Elliott

Five to 10 seconds—that’s the time it takes for a person to decide to either stay engaged with a piece of content or, more commonly, to move on to something else. Many will attribute waning attention spans to the tech-heavy upbringing of Generation Y, but the shifting preference for micro-learning over deep focus activities isn’t reserved for the young. It’s a product of the modern world, and it’s happening across the globe.

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Sea Of Change

How Candace Osunsade transformed HR from tactical to strategic at the National Aquarium.

Christa Elliott

Human resources at its core is about people, and no one understands this better than Candace Osunsade. On her journey from VP of HR to SVP and chief administrative offi cer for the National Aquarium, Osunsade has helped shift the organization’s focus from family entertainment to conservation and its HR department from a tactical service to a true strategic partner.

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Training Future Leaders

HR Outsourcing

Seven ways organizations can make their learning programs appealing to Millennials.

By Audrey Roth

It’s no secret that the Millennial generation is taking over the workforce. Employees born in the 1980s and 1990s, also known as the Millennials or Generation Y, will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. Between text messaging, YouTube, Photoshop, and memes, Millennials have become accustomed to a certain level of engagement. These employees will not be satisfied with an antiquated training program. Organizations need to adopt new approaches to learning and development to meet the contemporary needs of millennial employees.

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Upward Movement

HR Outsourcing

Six strategies for increasing employee engagement.

Didier Elzinga

What makes data powerful is that it shifts conversations from anecdotes to evidence. It is all too easy, however, to gloss over the limitations of data; after all, information is not the same as knowledge. One of the biggest challenges for companies working with data is understanding both its power and its shortfalls. Using data-driven insights in the HR space is a relatively new phenomenon, and the idea of ‘people analytics’ has only really taken off in the last five years. As HR has progressed, organizations have been able to do increasingly insightful analysis, but that’s not enough. Organizations need to use this information to take action to improve workplaces.

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Future Focus

HR Outsourcing
Trends That Will Shape Corporate Learning In 2016
By Doug Stephen
When organizations implement business plans, many focus on the role that learning and professional development will play in reaching quarterly or yearend goals. With corporate learning as a focus, the role of human resource executives in the successful development and implementation of corporate programs will be crucial. According to a recent survey conducted by CGS, nearly 80 percent of companies’ human capital leadership, including HR, are actively involved in the decision-making process for learning programs. For anyone in this key group, it is important to keep a pulse on trends that will help develop and shape effective learning programs.When companies are evaluating their fi rst-quarter successes, they will, no doubt, look to several key trends that could affect the remainder of the year. These trends include advancements in technology, which affect the entire workforce, that will act as a driving force behind corporate learning programs.

Keeping up with a diverse workforce

Adults are staying in the workforce longer than ever before. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, those between the age of 65 and 74 accounted for 20.4 percent of the workforce in 2002; this expanded to 26.8 percent in 2012. This group of older workers also had the largest increase relative to all other age groups over the decade. By 2022, the bureau predicts that 31.9 percent of workers will be within this range. At the same time, there is also an influx of younger employees entering the workforce.

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Change Your Mind

HR Outsourcing

Five Critical Mindset Shifts for Using Data to Increase Learning Impact

By Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice President, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

My job as CLO is to help achieve my company’s business goals. The same is true of pretty much anyone working for an organization, whether they answer phones, sell products, develop new technologies, or oversee global mergers and acquisitions. When a company is well-run, every employee is able to map their daily tasks to one or more strategic business outcomes.

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Saving Enough?

A new study shows concern over affordable healthcare during retirement.

By Sandy McCarthy

For all workers in different stages of their careers, the challenge of retirement adequacy is one that employers and employees face head on through their benefits strategies. Now more than ever, employees share more cost and make more informed choices for their health and wealth benefits. Mercer research shows that 70 percent of employees believe they are primarily responsible for ensuring an adequate and secure income in retirement.

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