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.

On The Agenda

HR executives need to focus on company culture, employee engagement, and better decision-making in the coming year.

By Debbie Bolla

2015 is setting up to be an exciting but challenging year for human capital management—one that will require savvy maneuvering by skilled HR executives in order to attract, engage, and retain what truly makes the workforce thrive: talent. For the last few years, decision-making power has remained with organizations, but as economic confidence gains momentum, the job landscape will become a candidate’s market in the coming year.

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Shine On

superstarsOur annual roundup of the top leaders in HR.

By The Editors

Each year, the editorial staff of HRO Today culls a list of industry leaders that have demonstrated forward thinking and transformative actions in the field of HR. We understand the power of recognition: Research from McKinsey shows that praise was named a top motivator for performance. This is a good thing because 2015 will certainly have a bevy of challenges for HR with 62 percent of CEOs expecting hiring increases, according to a study from PwC.

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Editor’s Note: Were They Right?

debbie-bollaBy Debbie Bolla
Executive Editor

December is always one of my favorite issues of the year. We annually challenge industry experts to set predictions for the coming year. This time around it was my turn to put both analysts and HR executives to the test. Looks like HR’s plate is going to be full in 2015. Human capital management leaders will need to execute strategies that improve organizational culture, employee engagement, and retention. Find out more in On the Agenda, page 10.

I always thought it would be interesting—and fun—to have a look back at the previous year’s predictions story and see how the forecast fared at the end of year. 2013’s feature, Full Speed Ahead, captured trends driven by a confluence of talent and technology. Here’s a look at four pairs of predictions and outcomes.

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Untangling the Social Web

socialwebThe 2014 HRO Today Forum iTalent Competition winner aggregates real-time data to predict job-seeking behaviors.

By Audrey Roth

Seventy-one percent of the labor force, including those both employed and unemployed, is on the job market, according to the 2014 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study. The question of how to retain top talent has persisted, and is even more pressing with nearly three-quarters of the workforce open to alternative offers. Machine learning platform and 2014 iTalent Competition winner, Joberate, is taking the question head on by providing insight into job- seeking behaviors of the current workforce.

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Cloud Clarity

cloudclarityThe challenges and game-changing opportunities that come with moving to the cloud.

By Anne Meyer and Todd Rayburn

Decisions about if, when, and how to move to the cloud continue to be a significant part of the professional calculus for many companies. With more and more organizations moving their critical business processes to the cloud, understanding how to make those decisions in a comprehensive and strategic manner is becoming more important all the time. And, when you consider the eye-opening fact that, by 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could exceed $180 billion, it is clear that the financial stakes are enormous.

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Mobile Rising

More and more organizations are getting in the game of mobile recruiting. Advice on how to do it right.

By Ward Christman

With 77 percent of the workforce open to seeking better job opportunities according to CareerBuilder’s 2013 Candidate Behavior Study, it’s no wonder that companies are positioning themselves with as many as outlets as possible to reach that talent. One readily emerging market is mobile devices. Chris Hoyt, PepsiCo’s global director of talent engagement and marketing, says, “We noticed some time ago that over 90 percent of the responses to our recruiter emails were handled via mobile, plus an increasing number of people on mobile devices were surfing our career site and trying to complete an application, so we knew that a fully mobile optimized solution was our next logical step. We continue to see mobile users spending more time on our site, visiting double the pages than previously viewed, and now completing the application right from their devices.”

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Wearing Wellness

How wearable devices can impact both employee health and the bottom line.

By Nate Walkingshaw

It’s no secret that wearable technology has become a hot trend in the recent years. Devices that track health and fitness range from simple pedometers to wristbands and necklace pendants that monitor the amount of calories burned and record movement and even sleep patterns. These gadgets make it easier for individuals to get a picture of their overall health and fitness so they can stick with plans to live more healthy lifestyles.

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Thinking Ahead, Getting Ahead

CHRO Joseph Cabral knows his biggest competition is status quo. His solution? Constant change for constant improvement.

By The Editors

It is somewhat surprising that one of the most successful and influential HR leaders came into the industry by what he describes as a fluke. Joseph Cabral calls himself a numbers guy with a varied career, having stints in the U.S Air Force, as an entrepreneur launching a staffing company, and as an adjunct professor at UMASS Boston. But each of these roles has led him to the place where he has spent the last 10 years as senior vice president of HR and chief HR officer: North Shore-LIJ Health System. 

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