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.

Industry Innovators

Learn more about the 2017 CHRO of the Year and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year EMEA Leaders of Distinction winners.

By Christa Elliott

CHROs and talent acquisition leaders are the driving forces behind a company’s culture and productivity. The processes of finding, selecting, and managing employees are never simple, but thanks to the vision of great HR leaders, organizations have the ability to attract and retain top talent at all levels. The 2017 CHRO of the Year EMEA and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year EMEA Leaders of Distinction have taken the necessary steps to accomplish this for their organizations, and these awards honor their great work and accomplishments.

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Rewarding Success

HRO Today Forum EMEA

By Debbie Bolla

Editorial Director

A large part of HRO Today’s mission is to cover, share, and celebrate the incredible work that HR leaders and teams accomplish. One way we do this is through our CHRO of the Year and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year annual awards programs. In Industry Innovators, see page 36, we take a deep dive into some of the impressive initiatives of our 2017 HR Leaders of Distinction for EMEA. We recently wrapped our HRO Today Forum in Dublin where we announced the 2017 CHRO of the Year EMEA award winners. Each of these leaders is transforming not only the world of HR, but are also making a great impact on their employees, their communities, and their organizations.

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Eye on Talent

HR Outsourcing

Two tech innovators are changing the way HR can attract and reward top performers.

More than Just Rewards

By Marta Chmielowicz

Picture this: It’s 2030, and your company is struggling to grow, not because the services you provide are unnecessary, but because you simply cannot find the right employees to fill your most important positions. According to Rainer Strack of The Boston Consulting Group in a recent TED talk, this scenario may become a reality.

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HR With Impact

Our annual award winners share their most transformative initiatives and the next big thing for their organizations.
By The Editors

HRO Today CEO Elliot Clark has said that it has become this magazine’s job to recognize those who take so much time recognizing others in the workforce that they don’t have time to honor themselves. This job has become an annual privilege for the staff of HRO Today and for the judging board of previous award winners who are also part of the process. The HRO Today Forum in Chicago in May provided the perfect opportunity to share the incredible work of this year’s leaders of distinction. The winners of our CHRO of the Year Awards, Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Awards, and HR Healthcare Program of the Year Awards were also honored. Here, learn more about how these HR leaders have impacted their organizations and how they plan to do so in the future.

CHRO OF THE YEAR
INNOVATION
David Almeda, Chief People Officer, Kronos Incorporated

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Taking the Initiative

Rajita Singh

Broadridge Financial’s Head of HR Rajita Singh discusses successfully spinning off from ADP and India’s place in the world as a value-add player.

By Christa Elliott

Hailing from Hyderabad, India, Rajita Singh is a force to reckon with in regards to strategic HR. She has proven—time and again—that India can be a strong source of skilled talent and innovation with her acronym-packed HR programmes designed to boost engagement, enhance inter-organisational communication, and encourage professional development.In her 10 years at Broadridge India, Singh—who was the winner of CHRO of the Year Award at the 2016 HRO Today EMEA Forum—has incorporated Indian culture and essential core values into her HR strategy to help bring Broadridge’s programmes, and bottom line, to new heights.

HRO Today Global: Can you tell us a little bit about Broadridge’s spin-off from ADP, what your role was in that, what challenges you faced, and your strategy for maintaining engagement through that process?

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The New And Improved ATS

HR Outsourcing

Many tech platforms have received face-lifts and offer a wealth of beneficial features.

Russ Banham

In today’s highly competitive labor market, the applicant tracking system (ATS) is a key tactical weapon in attaining a sustainable talent advantage. Having the right skill sets aligned with the organization’s culture and energized by its value proposition can dramatically improve business outcomes.

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Recognition That’s Well Received

HR Outsourcing

Today’s technology provides three key components to ensure a rewarding employee experience.

Christa Elliott

Research shows that modern employees, regardless of age, gender or industry, want to be recognized for a job well done. Despite this desire—and the fact that SHRM research finds 76 percent of companies have recognition programs—a 2014 survey from BambooHR found that nearly 82 percent of employees don’t think they’re recognized for their work as often as they deserve. But technology is helping to solve this problem. Today’s recognition platforms are designed to make delivering, streamlining, and tracking company-wide recognition efforts more intuitive.

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Three Game Changers

Flexibility, data, and personalization are shaping the way organizations deliver employee benefits.

By Chris Bruce

In years past, employee benefits were seen as the status quo elements of HR. Employees and employers alike grew accustomed to the same list of standard benefits—from healthcare to retirement options. However, in recent years, this mentality has shifted as employees have demanded more of the companies they work for—not only in terms of the benefits they receive, but also in how they are able to interact with their benefits packages.

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Automation Evolution

HR Outsourcing

Payroll finally gets a much-needed tech upgrade via cloud solutions.

By Paul Bartlett

The payroll function has a well-earned reputation for being one of the least tech-enabled areas of the enterprise. Even in the digital business world of 2017, many organizations still take a paper-checklist approach to payroll management—an approach that’s heavy on spreadsheet-based calendars, manual data uploads, and static PDF reporting.

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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