Learning

Top Concerns of CHROs

Six HR leaders share solutions to the issues keeping HR up at night: the impact of COVID-19, workforce planning, business agility, and the skills gap.

By Marta Chmielowicz

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year and HR leaders have found themselves at the frontlines, leading the charge into a new and uncertain reality. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter in place orders, and social unrest of the past months, HR leaders have maintained a sense of normalcy while adapting to the changing needs of their businesses and the workplace at large. Now, they must develop a plan to face the unknown obstacles that lie ahead.

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On a Growth Track

A new research report reveals a bright future for L&D.

By Debbie Bolla

Learning and development (L&D) programs have moved far beyond compliance and mandated regulatory trainings. Now, L&D is pivotal to several layers of workforce management. Innovative training approaches can aid with skills development, showcase growth opportunities, and increase retention. So it’s no surprise that LinkedIn’s 2020 Workplace Learning Report found that more than a third of L&D professionals anticipate their budgets to grow year-over-year. What else is projected for the industry in the coming years? The report points to several trends.

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The Employee Engagement Engine

From learning programmes to employee recognition, organisations are implementing a host of new strategies to keep their employees engaged.

By Simon Kent

HR is often seen as the backbone of an organisation and employee engagement is one area where this is particularly true. The recent pandemic has not only shown how critical HR is to a united and productive workforce, it has also brought new challenges for HR to deliver on.

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Agile, Adaptable, and Innovative

As workplace demands continue to evolve due to COVID-19, HR leaders share best practices for growing employee skills.

By Marta Chmielowicz

There is no arguing that 2020 has been a challenging year for business. From switching to remote work seemingly overnight to making ends meet in an economic downturn, organizations have had to be agile, adaptable, and innovative to stay afloat. And employees are feeling the impact: Workers across industries are being asked to adjust to rapidly changing conditions in an uncertain climate, often facing furloughs, shifting job requirements, and entirely new modes of work.

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Leaning on Learning

Today’s learning programs are enabling organizations to navigate business challenges caused by uncertainty, fill skills gaps, and build the leaders of tomorrow.

By Debbie Bolla

For Naveen Bhateja, executive vice president and chief people officer for Medidata Solutions, the recent changes to the world of work caused by COVID-19 have only proved the value of a quality learning program.

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How to Hire the Best Talent

Research shows four key themes organizations can leverage to improve their recruiter training programs.

By Larry Basinait

In the U.S., the July 2020 Employment Situation Summary by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed the tightest labor market in half a century. As companies recover from the impact of COVID-19, many are once again looking for specific skill sets when bringing on new employees. Employers should prepare to be inundated by candidates, many of whom may not have the needed background. Effective recruiter training is key to parsing out the best from the rest.

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New School Approaches

The demands of work are putting pressure on HR teams to rethink training programs.

By Doug Stephen

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This famous and often quoted statement from Confucius had the right sentiment, but some would argue that he forgot the finer points on just how to obtain and retain that dream job.

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The Skills to Reskill

Upskill

In a tight labor market, organizations are looking from within to fill talent shortages.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Today’s job market is plagued with skills shortages. According to SHRM’s The Global Skills Shortage study, 83 percent of HR professionals have had trouble recruiting suitable candidates in the past 12 months, and 75 percent of these struggling leaders attribute their difficulties to a lack of available skills. The country is also facing full employment: In December 2018, there were 7 million open jobs in the U.S. but only 6.3 million unemployed people looking for work.

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Less Talk, More Walk

Training

Three important steps in implementing an effective diversity and inclusion training program that aligns with company needs.

By Aaron Lincove

In recent years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) have become top priorities for all businesses—and for good reason. Research by McKinsey & Co. reports that ethnically diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35 percent, and Bersin™, Deloitte Consulting LLP indicates that inclusive organizations are 1.7 times more likely to be innovator leaders in their respective markets. Given these benefits, it is no surprise that organizations of all sizes are realizing the value of D&I when it comes to employee engagement, financial performance, and brand recognition.

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Career Champions

Mentoring

Four HR leaders share how their approaches to mentoring programs are solving talent challenges.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Today’s employees are happier, more productive, and more engaged when their jobs bring intrinsic rewards, or the feeling of doing meaningful work that propels their personal and professional growth. In this environment, career development is no longer a perk reserved for certain high-ranking positions—it is an expectation. In fact, according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, a whopping 93 percent of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their careers.

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