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.

Moving with Confidence

Relocation package

Strategies to help ease the anxiety that often comes with a company-wide relocation.

By Lisa Mendelsohn

For many employees, the thought of their company moving to a new location can be terrifying. So many questions race through their heads: What does this mean? Is my job in jeopardy? What about my family? My spouse? My kids? This is a very human and normal reaction to such an announcement, and it happens more often than not. It boils down to human nature and the fear of ambiguity. What can HR leaders do to mitigate the worry and make the process of a company move less stressful for employees?

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The New HR

HR profession

The business world is transforming and the HR profession is transforming with it.

By Simon Kent

The role of HR today is more complex than ever. Innovations in data science and technology, the growth of a diverse, multi-generational workforce, and increasing globalisation are shifting the focus of HR departments from process-centric administrative tasks to people-centric functions that support greater business strategies. Throughout all of these talent landscape transitions, the HR profession has been forced to grow and evolve.

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A Better Back to Work

Disability Leave

These best practices can ensure a successful and long-term return from disability leave.

By Kristin Tugman, Ph.D.

Understanding the psychological impact of short- and long-term disability on employees can go a long way toward successfully bringing those workers back on the job. Organizations play a pivotal role in that process. While significant effort has been made to overcome the physical barriers that prevent individuals from returning to work, what is often overlooked is that disability can be as much a psychological event as it is a physical one.

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A Team Effort

Teaming

A teaming environment fosters trust and collaboration among the workforce.

By Bellaria Jimenez and John F. Bucsek

Employers are facing more challenges today than ever before. Competition is now global, customer attention is in high demand, and technology can be a friend or a foe. In order to compete, employers need to find a new way to stay ahead of the pack. Organizations have an opportunity to outperform their competition by having a purposeful focus on diversity and attracting talented women to their rosters. This is not an HR exercise to check a box, but a true differentiating strategy to bring diversity of thought into the organization. By focusing on the human capital, a business can promote new ideas, service models, and creative approaches to sprint ahead of the competition.

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Confidence Beginning to Wane

Worker's Confidence Index

Worker confidence in the second quarter takes a hit in three of the four metrics.

By Larry Basinait

The Worker Confidence Index (WCI) for the second quarter of 2019 decreased by 5.8 points to 104.8, similar to the level in the second quarter of 2018 (104.3). An even sharper decline of 7.9 points occurred in the second quarter of 2017, suggesting seasonality as a possible cause of the drop.

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Moving Forward

Mobility Technology

Innovative technology advancements are changing the global mobility landscape.

By Simon Kent

A recent report from the RES Forum shows that there is still huge untapped potential for the use of technology in aiding global mobility. The report suggests that areas such as pre-assignment support, payroll processes, and repatriation could all benefit significantly from digitalisation. The report’s author, Professor Benjamin Bader, senior lecturer in international HR management at Newcastle University Business School in the UK, says the sector is only just beginning to adopt technology and the future of the function is still up for debate.

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RX for EX

Employee Experience

Improving the employee experience is a key consideration when attracting and retaining top talent.

By Simon Kent

A positive first impression is often not enough to keep new employees happy and engaged. Whilst a new hire may experience excitement and pride at first, their positivity will decrease if the reality of working for a company doesn’t match their expectations. In order to address this, HR is exploring the employee experience—a consideration of what it is like to work at a company from a multitude of perspectives.

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The Age of Collaboration

Workforce Generations

Today’s multi-generational workforce has a lot potential, but will only reach it if organisations can manage its many complexities.

By Simon Kent

A long history in the paper and packaging industry means the workforce at Mondi is extremely diverse. The company has operations in over 33 countries and creates paper and packing for large, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Nestle, P&G, and Unilever. According to Group HR Director Michael Hakes, many of the company’s 26,000 employees started with Mondi straight out of school and still make up an important part of its workforce some 40 years later. Naturally, this has created an age-diverse workforce that presents both benefits and challenges.

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