Author Archives: Audrey Roth

Appreciating Good Work

Recognition Programme

The APAC region is beginning to realise the value of employee recognition programmes.

By Michael Switow

“Catch people doing things right,” advises Tom Mehrmann, the president and general manager of Universal Studios Beijing, in “Taming the Mouse,” a business leadership book that he published this year. “For too many bosses, criticism is easy whilst praise is scant,” he writes.

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Singapore: Poor Numbers Belie Economic Transition

Singapore

What slow economic growth means for HR and the workforce.

By Michael Switow

Singapore’s economy is beginning to show signs of collateral damage from the trade war between the United States and China. The manufacturing sector has been hit particularly hard, but the top line numbers also belie an economic transition that is benefiting modern service providers like data centres and internet companies.

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Editor’s Note: 2020—A Clear Vision?

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

2020 is poised to be a year of transformation. I recently had the opportunity to co-lead a think-tank session at our HRO Today Forum EMEA in Dublin with Julie Sharp and transformation was on her mind. Sharp is a seasoned, senior-level HR executive who has headed up HR across the globe including in APAC at Citibank Australia. With so much technological innovation infiltrating the marketplace and an increasing level of pressure to execute an effective people strategy, HR needs to prepare for change. Sharp says there are two questions that HR needs to asking to be ready for the future of work.

1. How has the HR profession reacted to the complex changes in the area of digital science and technology? The answer is a bit unclear. A recent survey from KMPG found that some forward-looking HR leaders are working on strategic plans to implement new platforms in the areas of analytics and automation. Two-thirds of respondents agree that HR has undergone or is undergoing a digital transformation, but only 40 per cent of HR leaders have a digital workforce plan in place.

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Transformation in 3, 2, 1…

Digitalisation

From the impact of digitalisation to the changing role of the HR function, four HR leaders share their key priorities in the new world of work.

By Simon Kent

Rarely has the HR function faced such a time of upheaval and challenge. Caught within a rapidly changing world and facing disruptions ranging from digitalisation to demographic shifts, HR managers and directors are looked to for support, direction, and solutions for their business’ most important asset: people. Yet even with an increasingly important role in the workplace, the transition from HR directorship to board-level status cannot be taken for granted. Here, leading HR directors tackle pressing questions in order to prepare for the future of HR.

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Cognizant of Change

Bhaskaran

Head of HR Pradeep Bhaskaran shares his organisation’s tech strategies for managing an agile and collaborative international enterprise.

By Simon Kent

In 2007, Pradeep Bhaskaran joined Cognizant to oversee HR for 10 countries around the world. Today, that number is 47. As head of HR for global growth markets, Bhaskaran is responsible for more than 60,000 associates across 52 nationalities that speak 34 languages. And those figures are only set to grow.

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Engaging With Integrity

Clarke

By adopting four management practices, employers can ensure their workforce remains engaged and productive.

By Simon Kent

If there’s one constant running through all HR agendas, it is the task of getting the best from employees. Today’s labour market, especially across EMEA, is candidate-led. There are quite simply not enough appropriately skilled people to fill the supply of available jobs, and as technology continues to evolve, this situation will only become more pronounced. How can organisations be certain to retain their workers and get the best from the talent they already have?

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And The Winners Are

Notable achievements of the HR leaders recognised at the HRO Today Forum in Dublin.

By The Editors

In today’s competitive business world, talent has the potential to be the greatest strength of an organisation 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.

Chief HR officers are responsible for managing all of these elements of the talent strategy whilst delivering business results. To honor the contributions of these incredible leaders, HRO Today is proud to present the 2019 Leaders of Distinction Award winners and the HRD of the Year Award winners.

Click here to read about the award winners.

Editor’s Note: A Clear Vision?

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

2020 is poised to be a year of transformation. I recently had the opportunity to co-lead a think-tank session at the HRO Today Forum EMEA with Julie Sharp and transformation was on her mind. Sharp is a seasoned, senior-level HR executive who has headed up HR for such firms as Bank of Ireland, ING, and Citibank Australia. With so much technological innovation infiltrating the marketplace and an increasing level of pressure to execute an effective people strategy, HR needs to prepare for change. She asked the audience a few different questions and provided some food for thought.

How has the HR profession reacted to the complex changes in the area of digital science and technology? The answer is a bit unclear. A recent survey from KMPG found that some forward-looking HR leaders are working on strategic plans to implement new platforms in the areas of analytics and automation. Two-thirds of respondents agree that HR has undergone or is undergoing a digital transformation, but only 40 per cent of HR leaders have a digital workforce plan in place.

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