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.
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.
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.
The gathering of our annual Forum equaled great business outcomes.
By The Editors
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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.
We all live in a world populated by brands. Your company is worried about your consumer or customer brand, your social responsibility brand, HR, specifically your “employer brand.” Would you bet your job and career on your provider’s brand? Whether you want to or not, you will.
I am not advocating only engaging the largest provider companies for your needs. Actually, some global brands may be in this space but not completely committed to it (more on that below). I am saying that there are easily identifiable and public proxies for knowing the commitment a company has to the line of business for which you may be considering them.
All vendors (other than start-ups that have no choice) come into initial meetings regaling you about their size, geographical footprint, and their overarching commitment to their business.
Leading the Leaders
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to steal some minutes of three veritable industry leaders who will be speaking at our HRO Today Forum in May. I posed the same questions to the trio around the main challenges HR faces today, and discovered a common thread in their answers: leading the leaders.
When I asked Joe Cabral, senior vice president and CHRO for North Shore-LIJ Health System, about what is driving his talent management strategy, he said investing in leadership: “We are working on helping leaders become better leaders. It’s leaders who are responsible for developing the workforce, and we need those leaders to take responsibility to help foster the talent.”
John Murabito, executive vice president of human resources and services for Cigna Corporation, has a similar outlook: Global growth needs to be executed from within.
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