Talent Retention

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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Shiny Happy Employees

Happiness

Four strategies that help organizations harness happiness in their workforce.

By Debra Hreczuck

Some leaders may think that caring about employee happiness somehow means sacrificing performance. Actually, the opposite is true. In order for organizations to succeed and for employees to believe in the business strategy enough to work toward improving the bottom line, leaders need to make sure they are happy, researchers say. A miserable workforce is an unmotivated workforce, and that is a recipe for stagnation or outright resistance. The truth is employee happiness is tied to performance in many areas, including recruitment, retention, collaboration, and agility. Happiness is the web of energy in an organization that keeps employees focused and efficient.

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Upskilling Employees for the Digital Age

United Overseas Bank

United Overseas Bank is retraining its employees and empowering them to shape the future of their workplace.

By Michael Switow

United Overseas Bank (UOB), one of southeast Asia’s largest banks, is transforming the way it interacts with clients.

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Meeting All Employees’ Needs

Disability

A robust absence and disability management program can ensure even nontraditional workers remain healthy and productive.

By Melissa Oliver-Janiak

Maintaining the flexibility that today’s workers demand comes with many challenges for employers. In particular for HR, the competitive economy is putting more pressure on organizations to be prepared when nontraditional employees (remote and temporary workers) experience a disability or absence issue. Developing a robust absence and disability management program is a critical and cost-effective way to help organizations address all employees’ health needs.

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RX for EX

Engaging Workplace

New research uncovers four key drivers to curating an impactful employee experience.

By Colon McLean and Ray Baumruk

With economic expansion and a competitive labor market, organizations are increasingly fighting to protect their bottom line while attracting and retaining top talent. This has placed more pressure than ever before on HR to focus on enhancing employee engagement and productivity. However, even as investments in pay, benefits, and other HR programs have increased over the past few years, research from Alight Solutions shows that employees and employers alike are struggling to improve employee engagement. According to the 2018 Workforce Mindset Study, an employee’s ability to get work done efficiently and collaborate and contribute on meaningful projects are factors that create an engaging workplace environment. These elements also shed light on a much larger driver of organizational success: the overall employee experience. The employee experience is the collective set of day-to-day work interactions that enable people to give their value fully and efficiently, express their authentic selves at work, and connect with other people while contributing to a meaningful corporate brand and purpose.

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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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Thirst for Knowledge

L&D

Employees are demanding more immersive and frequent training, forcing organizations to transform their L&D programs.

By Doug Stephen

As the labor market tightens and the skills gap for highly technical roles widens, companies need to find new ways to secure the capabilities they are lacking—without having to completely re-staff. Data shows that the solution is to ensure learning and development (L&D) plays a much more central role in the employee journey.

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