Innovation

Each year we focus on topics that go further than continuous improvement and seek to drive innovation for the world-class workforce. HR executives are constantly challenged with making the right investments, balancing standardization, and customization, and redirecting investment from areas with low impact to areas of higher value based on evidence. This drives not only a need for optimization but also risk management in knowing when and when not to take a risk with a differing approach. Simultaneously HR people benefit from gaining ‘employee insight’ through methods such as employee attitude surveys and focus groups. This insight should inform the HR strategy, influence how internal communications are handled and help in the design of effective people management initiatives – hence a clear employer branding strategy should be prevalent.

Certifiably Speaking

Certified Provider

Learn how the new HRO Today Association Certified Provider program is verifying the quality and credibility of HR services.

By D. Zachary Misko

Project management professional (PMP), Zagat-rated, five-star hotel, Good Housekeeping seal of approval, FDA approved, certified public accountant (CPA)—and the list goes on and on. All of these “badges” are a combination of seals, approvals, and certificates that can be useful to consumers, especially those new to or unfamiliar with the company, product, or service they intend to purchase. A “badge” is usually born in an organization, school, or university that has a responsibility for continuing education through learning, best practice sharing, and/or a library of data and information. It usually requires members to engage and evaluate where they need to invest time to ensure the best return on investment for themselves and/or their organization. So what about the HR industry?

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Un-Conventional HR

Liz McAuliffe

EVP of HR Liz McAuliffe explains how she carries the Un-carrier culture of T-Mobile through to the talent strategy.

By The Editors

Within one’s career, taking the biggest risk often comes with earning the biggest reward. Just ask Liz McAuliffe. While practicing as the in-house employment attorney at Starbucks, Jim Donald, the then CEO, asked her to take a risk by moving into the coffee company’s HR practice. And from that transition, she has been rewarded with a highly successful second career. McAuliffe is now the executive vice president of HR at T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed Un-carrier that is radically changing its approach to both its customers and employees, adopting a people-first strategy that listens first and acts second. McAuliffe has spearheaded this transformation, introducing a number of initiatives to better support employees in their personal and career growth—and drive business success as a result. Learn more here.

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Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Talent

Fostering innovation and growth comes down to one thing: culture.

By Michael Switow

Guest lecturers in a Singapore classroom—it doesn’t matter if it’s a secondary school or tertiary institution, a large assembly or a small group—will find that hands are often slow to rise when it’s time to ask questions. The same is true in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

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Raising the Curtain

HRO Today Forum NA

Get an inside look at this year’s HRO Today Forum North America.

By The Editors

Across three days of dynamic programming, 69 CHROs, 24 global heads of talent, and hundreds of senior-level HR executives came together with one common goal: to redefine how HR is done. On the agenda? Networking, thought leadership, and debate.

Click here to view a sneak peak into the 2019 HRO Today Forum North America.

HR Innovation

CHRO of the Year Award

This year’s CHRO of the Year Award finalists are being recognized for redefining human capital management.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In today’s competitive business world, talent has the potential to be the greatest strength of an organization and one of its most powerful sources of competitive advantage. But developing a top talent pool requires more than just a good recruitment strategy: culture, technology, data insights, benefits, learning, engagement, and more are emerging as top considerations.

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Tapping into Talent

Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year

The pressure on TA leaders to drive success is greater than ever before. See how this year’s award finalists are getting ahead with innovative initiatives.

By Taylor Thompson

With SHRM reporting that 83 percent of HR professionals have faced challenges recruiting the right job candidates in the past year, it comes as no surprise that organizations are restructuring their talent acquisition departments with the hopes of seeing positive change. Gone are the days of job applicants working to gain the attention of potential employers. Instead, that focus has shifted onto the organizations themselves as HR and talent acquisition leaders drive initiatives to help them stand out among the crowd in a competitive job market.

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TekTonic Awards

Today’s HR technology is disrupting the status quo in pursuit of efficiency, engagement, and profits.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In today’s day and age, people continue to expect an ever-more meaningful, convenient, and multi-faceted employee experience. To meet that need, HR professionals must leverage new and easy-to-use technologies that enrich the workplace, improve productivity, and deliver a competitive advantage.

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Exemplary Employer Brands

The 2019 Most Admired Brand Award finalists have taken a proactive approach to attracting and retaining today’s top candidates by building and communicating their EVPs.

By Debbie Bolla

Employer brand has become one of the most integral parts of an organization’s recruiting and candidate attraction strategies. It has the power to showcase to potential employees an authentic view of an organization’s culture, mission, and values. In fact, according to research from TalentNow, 84 percent of job seekers say the reputation of a company as an employer is important when making a decision about where to apply for a job. The hiring side agrees too: 80 percent of talent acquisition managers believe that employer branding has a significant impact on the ability to hire great talent, according to LinkedIn. And this is driving some organizations to think outside of the box when implementing their employer branding efforts.

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Taking Flight

HRO Today March 2019

David Wilkinson’s strategy for Boeing’s global talent management is ready for takeoff.

By Debbie Bolla

With nearly 20 years of experience managing talent around the world with stints in London, Dubai, and North America, no one is better suited to pilot success for Boeing’s new global approach to human capital acquisition than David Wilkinson. The global infrastructure and operations director has been tasked with building a foundation that enables the tech company to compete for the best candidates in its many divisions. Here, he shares the challenges of the current market, the technology that empowers Boeing’s candidate experience, and how to reach talent on a global scale while embodying a local relevance.

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