Tag Archives: Learning

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. Not surprisingly, this automated hands-free approach to wellbeing is also taking off in the corporate world. A growing number of organizations are implementing well-being programs that leverage wearables by providing employees devices that capture data on overall health. Managers are learning more about how their employees’ behaviors and health choices are impacting their wellbeing, and consequently, their work performance.

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Editor’s Note: Point Taken

Point Taken
Editor’s Note
By Debbie Bolla, Executive Editor
 
Confidence. Competition. Potential. Doing what you love.
 
These are a few words and phrases that made a lasting impact after my deep-dive discussion with four HR industry leaders at the HRO Today Forum this May. The quartet that joined me on stage (pictured above):
• John Wilson, Founder and CEO of WilsonHCG
• Sue Marks, CEO of Cielo
• Paul Harty, President of Seven Step RPO
• Gene Zaino, President & CEO of MBO Partners
 
Employee confidence levels are seemingly up, said the foursome—and forward-thinking organizations need to get in the game and take advantage of that confidence. To Wilson, competition between organizations is a signifier of an improved economy. Companies should consider how willing they are to get and keep the talent they want.

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CEO’s Letter: Re-Calculating the HR Equation

CEO’s Letter
Re-Calculating the HR Equation
By Elliot H. Clark, CEO
 
We just held the 2014 HRO Today Forum in both North America and in Singapore. We are thrilled and gratified at the level of engagement of our audience and thankful for the opportunity to advance the practice of HR. We are also appreciative of the ongoing support of our sponsors, who are the most sophisticated HR services and technology companies in the world. Don’t miss the industry’s only global HR Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 11-13.
 
The theme for all of the HRO Today Forums is the HR Value Equation. Expressed in this form: Great HR + Great Workforce = Great Business Outcomes
 
It is an intuitive expression. If you have a great workforce this is due to better workforce policies. Your great workforce will produce better products, give better services, and achieve better business outcomes.

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Guiding HR’s Transformation

The 2014 HRO Today Awards winners are innovating their way to strategic partnerships.
 
By Russ Banham
 
Over the past generation, the people heading up HR in many organizations have become key strategic partners to their respective CEOs, entrusted to lead diverse workforce initiatives to improve talent acquisition and retention, spur business growth, enhance sustainability practices and cultivate a workforce culture that differentiates the organization.
 
These CHROs are transforming HR in an era where vital skill sets are increasingly difficult to come by and hold, when global outsourcing decisions have never been more complex and challenging, and when the economic environment has demanded greater cost-effectiveness, particularly with respect to finding a balance between retained labor and outsourcing. Workforce innovation is now a strategic imperative at many enterprises, and it is the CHRO who is in charge of achieving and nurturing it.

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Great HR + Great Workforce

The gathering of our annual Forum equaled great business outcomes.
 
By The Editors
 
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High Anxiety

The average employee will stress over finances – but you can help.
 
By Rob Austin and Rob Pinkerton
  
There are few things more frustrating than automobile trouble. Not too long ago, my car simply stopped
running. I’ll be the first to admit that I skipped preventive maintenance every now and then. After all, my car had been working properly, and it was all too easy to find more important things to do with my time. However, once my car broke down, I quickly realized that any time and money I was trying to save by foregoing the occasional trip to the mechanic would be dwarfed by this repair.
 
Like with maintaining a car, it is important to stay on top of overall financial health before getting into trouble down the road. This is particularly true at a time when many participants have likely seen good news in their 401(k) statements.

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Path to Self-Service

How Hershey delivered a personalized employee experience.
 
By Mike Yeagley
 
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) was founded 
in 1927 when Milton S. Hershey elected to separate his chocolate manufacturing operations from his other businesses. With more than 1,600 full-time and 6,300 part- time and seasonal employees, HE&R owns and operates brands such as Hersheypark, Hershey Theatre, and The Hotel Hershey located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
 
Hershey has been a long-time user of Infor Infinium 
for financials and human capital management (HCM). Decision-makers recognized the need for a portal through which employees could access Infor Infinium’s self-service functions. In order for employees to fully utilize the open enrollment capabilities of self-service, they would also need access to detailed information about their benefits options.

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Pontoon Strengthens EMEA Leadership Team

New Head of Sales and SVP join the workforce solutions provider. Pontoon invests in its EMEA footprint and reach with several key appointments. The workforce solutions provider announced Tom Mason as Head of Sales for EMEA. He will have responsibility for Managed Service Provider (“MSP”) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (“RPO”) sales throughout EMEA. In his role, Mason will direct European business efforts and administer the business development strategy for Pontoon, assuring that the workforce solutions provider maintains its leadership position through a focus on innovative technology, customer service and total talent management solutions for large and emerging companies within the region.HIs considerable industry experience includes more than 15 years in key leadership roles having previously served as Managing Director RPO EMEA for both Allegis Talent2 and Hudson Highland Group. To further fortify its market leadership position, Adrian Cross will also join Pontoon.

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Tech Division – 6/3

Joberate spins off social media recruitment technology into new company Candarine. Looking to focus exclusively on its mission to help society better understand job-seeking behaviors of the global workforce, Joberate has separated from its social media recruitment technology. The product development paths of the two technology platforms are not naturally aligned, and the aggregate capital requirements to fund both technology platforms simultaneously are onerous. Therefore, Joberate leadership completed a management buyout of existing Joberate shareholders in order to spin off the legacy social media recruitment technology business into a new company called Candarine. Candarine was created for recruiters by recruiters. The company has built a social media recruitment technology and services platform with a clear mission, to help companies across the world to attract the best talent. Candarine’s technology and services offerings became an award-winning combination of integrated marketing and sales tools designed purely for recruitment.

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CEO’s Letter: Announcement from SharedXpertise

CEO's Letter: Announcement from SharedXpertise

I would like to take moment to announce the departure of Faye Holland, our Managing Director for the EMEA and APAC regions and the Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Services and Technology Association (formerly HROA). Faye has been with SharedXpertise for more than five years and made a great contribution to our organization and to the larger HR community through her dedication and commitment. Her desire to achieve some other goals in her personal and professional career is understandable and we wish her best of luck in her future endeavors. She will be leaving on July 1 and will, in the interim, transition her association responsibilities to Zachary Misko, the new Global Executive Director of the Association and Vice President here at SharedXpertise.
 
Zachary Misko is well known to this community and the readers of this magazine.

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