Engaged Workforce

Agile and social models are changing performance management, rewards, coaching, goal-setting and development. How you engage with your workforce will directly correlate with how to maximize the productivity of employees whilst giving the best possible opportunities for development.

Mobility Markers

Annual research shows that flexibility and transferee support are keys to a superior relocation experience.

By Debbie Bolla

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the global workforce, organizations had a clear focus on cost containment and flexibility when it came to their relocation programs. Relocation remains a main strategy for filling skills gaps and placing top performers in the right locations to support the business. With this in mind, organizations and HR leaders are putting the transferee first when it comes to the relocation experience.

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A Hybrid Approach to Relocation

Blending technology and access to experts provides the ideal transferee experience.

with Anthony Horton, CEO of CRI

Relocation remains an important part of the talent ecosystem, allowing top performers to grow skills while providing organizations the opportunity to seamlessly fill important roles. But as workforce preferences have evolved, driven by demographic and technological advances, expectations of transferees have changed as well. Here, Anthony Horton, CEO of Corporate Relocation International (CRI) details how organizations can experience the best of both worlds through a hybrid approach that blends technology with a human touch.

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Promoting Values Virtually

Recognition programs can help promote collaboration and camaraderie within a remote workforce.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Many companies have been forced to institute mandatory work-from-home policies throughout the pandemic, but while some employees are finding the transition a welcome change of pace, the shift to remote can be isolating for people used to working collaboratively in an office.

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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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Editor’s Note: Sentiment and Data

By Michael Switow

As Asian companies negotiate the starts and stops of the COVID-19 pandemic—economic contraction, altered ways of working, plus new opportunities and challenges—an increasing number of HR decision-makers and employers are unhappy at work.

A recent survey by JobStreet reports that nearly half of Singaporean hirers say that being the bearer of bad news, including announcing layoffs and salary cuts, has left them psychologically drained, whilst one-third of employers report being unhappy at work.

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Revamping Relo

HR leaders are finding ways to adapt their mobility programs while keeping employee safety top of mind.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Talent mobility has long been a key business strategy for organizations facing skills gaps and labor shortages. Prior to the coronavirus, skilled talent and leadership moved fluidly across borders and mobility was leveraged as a development and retention tool for early-career employees eager to explore the world.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Three lessons learned from the pandemic’s quick shift to a remote workforce that will have a lasting impact.

By Joan Burke

HR teams have always evolved quickly, but 2020 has truly tested the limits of what’s possible. At the beginning of the year, DocuSign embarked on a study to take the temperature of today’s HR leaders. The results of the HR Trends 2020 report found was that these professionals overwhelmingly recognize hiring (28 percent) and employee benefits (16 percent) as their top two priorities, but are running into hurdles freeing up time to focus on those responsibilities. In a standard week, tedious operations and payroll tasks left respondents with hardly any time to do their most important work. Half a year—and one global pandemic—later, it’s more apparent than ever that HR needs to evolve.

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Strength in Support

CHRO Amber C. Kennelly shares how her organization pivoted due to the pandemic—and ways the business has changed for the better.

By The Editors

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to be more agile and flexible than ever as they responded to unprecedented business disruption while maintaining fluid operations. HR teams carried a heavy weight, taking on the burden of navigating the transition to remote work and soothing employee anxieties in an uncertain climate. Here, Amber C. Kennelly, CHRO of insurance brokerage HUB International, shares how her organization managed the shift to remote work while maintaining employee engagement and well-being.

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Walking the Walk

Five ways HR leaders can design an equity program that delivers value to employees long after the term stops trending.

By Pearlie Oni

The business case for diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been well established. Diverse teams are more creative, more productive and, all in all, more lucrative. In fact, McKinsey’s 2019 Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters report found that the most diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers on profitability—and the greater the representation, the greater the performance.

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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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