Evidence-Based HR

Any World-Class Workforce operates as an integrated part of the business. Globally integrated it operates locally, and is powered by highly skilled HR professionals and business partners. It functions on data using research, analytics and logic to make HR work, and drives managers to make data-driven decisions.

HRO Today will highlight some key pieces of HR research and methodology which will bring scientific, data-driven decision making to line leaders and HR including:

-Research and Analytics
-Tools and Data

Is Your Supplier Relationship Management Program Delivering Value?

How to get the most from clear and defined oversight of suppliers. 

By Jennifer Beck

The call to do more with your strategic relationship management program is not new or easy, but the time is now to start executing a well-orchestrated strategy. In other words “talk is cheap, action speaks.” By managing third-party partnerships in a strategic and organized way, organizations are solidifying the movement future forward in joint growth and value creation.

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Editor’s Note: Up, Up, and Away

By Debbie Bolla

Editor-in-Chief

When I joined the magazine six years ago, the economy was about to enter the worst recession of my generation to date. The timing was fortuitous for me because I had the opportunity to get a clear-cut view of how outsourcing could really shine. One area in particular that really took off was contingent labor management. Times were tough for businesses, and those looking to fill holes—with an already fractured workforce—turned to temporary workers. Most organizations earned reasonable gains from leveraging this approach, catapulting an upward trend.

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CEO’s Letter: DQ is Not For Dairy Queen

By Elliot H. Clark

CEO, HRO Today

I want to congratulate Pontoon, the 2015 MSP Baker’s Dozen industry leader, for an excellent survey year and every provider who made the 2015 HRO Today MSP Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings list. Pontoon dominated in both size and service, and their team is clearly doing a great job on some of the most challenging global programs.

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Game On

Gaby Toledano plays by her own rules—and is winning by a landslide.

By Kim Shanahan

In an industry that changes at the speed of technology, Electronic Arts (EA) keeps ahead of pace through a team of forward-thinking business leaders including its head of human resources and facilities, Gaby Toledano. The HR executive has been with the global interactive entertainment software company for the past nine years and has helped lead a significant transformation during an era in which the gaming industry entered a digital revolution. With fiscal year 2014 net revenue of $3.6 billion, EA is recognized for critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises including The Sims,

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Impact HR

Editor’s Note

By Debbie Bolla, Editor-in-Chief

As we gear up for the HRO Today Forum in May, there is definitely an air of excitement for the networking, knowledge sharing, and fun that will be had at our annual confab. I had the opportunity to get to know our outstanding lineup of 12 CHRO of the Year finalists when writing this month’s cover story, Making on Impact. The accomplishments of this dozen is impressive. The numbers speak for themselves:

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Under One Umbrella

The benefits and challenges of a total workforce solution.

By Debbie Bolla

As organizations strive to succeed in today’s competitive workforce, talent officers, HR executives, and procurement managers all understand the need to be agile in order to achieve business goals. This means embracing all types of workers—full-time employees, contingent labor, independent contractors, and statement-of-work (SOW) consultants—and integrating them into talent programs. Non-permanent workers have the ability to fill key skills gaps while reducing costs and providing flexibility—and organizations are taking notice. Randstad Sourceright’s 2015 Talent Trends Report shows that 46 percent of respondents say they consider all types of workers when workforce planning and 69 percent say in order to maintain a competitive workforce over the next five to 10 years, HR leaders will need a larger portion of contingent workers than they have today.

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Making an Impact

We recognize 12 CHRO of the Year finalists for their leadership, vision, and willingness to transform HR.

By Debbie Bolla

For our second annual CHRO of the Year awards, HRO Today is recognizing those CHROs with the capabilities to adapt to a competitive business environment in order to deliver the insight needed for HR transformation. We understand the importance of CHROs who drive workforce initiatives through innovation with measurable excellence in employee engagement and retention to prove it.

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CHRO Leadership and Tomorrow

CEO’s Letter

By Elliot H. Clark, CEO

This month we preview our annual Chief HR Officer of the Year awards (see finalists on page 10). Modeled after our highly successful CEO program administered by sister publication Corporate Responsibility Magazine, it will feature a dozen finalists selected by our editorial team that is then sent to a panel of judges composed of prior winners. The process is overseen by myself in partnership with Dr. Peter Cappelli of the Center for Human Resources Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This is a peer-reviewed award for the annual winners. We received many more than 12 nominations so even being a finalist is an honor. The winners will be announced at our CHRO of the Year Dinner held May 4th at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia in concert with our HRO Today Forum, North America.

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