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

Turning Around a Turnaround

Darrell Ford is tasked with leading a dedicated HR team as a global organization adjusts to market needs.

By Kim Shanahan

Darrell Ford was recruited to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a global technology company, as SVP and CHRO three years ago in the midst of a comprehensive turnaround. A Fortune 500 company that competes directly with Intel and other global semiconductor players, AMD has more than 10,000 people in 50 locations across 31 countries and reported 2014 annual revenue of $5.5 billion. As Ford knows all too well, a turnaround CHRO requires a different type of skillset. He or she needs the courage to drive change and encourage stability while facing competing pressures and intense scrutiny on a daily basis.

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CEO’s Letter: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

By Elliot H. Clark

Happily ever after is the way most fairy tales end, but real life has a way of making them, well, fairy tales. I had an old friend who used to say that you could tell the difference between a fairy tale and a war story because fairy tales began with “once upon a time” and war stories started “this s#*t really happened.” When it comes to HR and the selection of HR partners, it typically starts as a fairy tale and ends as a war story.

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Taking Flight

EVP and CHRO Lisa Buckingham’s role expands outside of HR—and it has given her wings to fly.

By Kim Shanahan

Many HR leaders are tasked with expanding their roles beyond the basics of human resources. Lisa Buckingham, executive vice president and chief HR officer for Lincoln Financial Group, is one of those executives who is doing just that—and doing it well. She is currently responsible for HR, brand and enterprise communications, and corporate social responsibility activities for the financial services company. Headquartered in the Philadelphia region, Lincoln Financial Group is a Fortune 500 company with more than 10,000 employees. With a strong focus on four core business areas—life insurance, annuities, retirement plan services, and group protection—the business is built around supporting, preserving, and enhancing customers’ lifestyles and providing better retirement outcomes.

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CHRO Challenges

A new survey reveals the top three challenges facing HR. Advice on how to turn them into opportunities.

By Paul Mandell

Chief HR officers (CHROs) of today’s global businesses have more on their plates than ever before. From new laws and regulations that differ by jurisdiction to an evolving international labor supply, the challenges of
HR management seem to multiply and become more complex with each passing day. Consero Group’s Chief HR Officer Data Survey set to gain the perspective of senior corporate executives with the goal of identifying their most significant challenges. The survey results point to three top concerns—but with proper planning and advice, they can be overcome.

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Editor’s Note: Challenge Accepted

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By Debbie Bolla

Editor-in-Chief

Everyone faces challenges in their roles and HR is no exception. As I read through this month’s issue, three concerns appeared in not just one but multiple stories, suggesting a trio of pressing matters for HR executives across the board.

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Driving HR’s Impact

Chief People Officer Gary Snyder’s approach to human capital management is pivotal to winning business.

By Kim Shanahan

Let’s assume for a moment that the effectiveness of your HR function was the secret to making or breaking your company. Would you change your HR leadership? Invest more money in the function? Hold the function to a higher standard? Applaud and have confidence that your company is in good hands?

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On The Agenda

HR executives need to focus on company culture, employee engagement, and better decision-making in the coming year.

By Debbie Bolla

2015 is setting up to be an exciting but challenging year for human capital management—one that will require savvy maneuvering by skilled HR executives in order to attract, engage, and retain what truly makes the workforce thrive: talent. For the last few years, decision-making power has remained with organizations, but as economic confidence gains momentum, the job landscape will become a candidate’s market in the coming year.

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Shine On

superstarsOur annual roundup of the top leaders in HR.

By The Editors

Each year, the editorial staff of HRO Today culls a list of industry leaders that have demonstrated forward thinking and transformative actions in the field of HR. We understand the power of recognition: Research from McKinsey shows that praise was named a top motivator for performance. This is a good thing because 2015 will certainly have a bevy of challenges for HR with 62 percent of CEOs expecting hiring increases, according to a study from PwC.

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Value Seeker

valueseekerKey metrics can help organizations measure what was once elusive: contingent labor quality.

By Eric A. Osterhout

As organizations today rely increasingly on contingent labor to remain competitive in the marketplace, measuring the quality of this growing component of the overall workforce is of paramount importance. Since quality is subjective, changes over time, and varies from organization to organization, it is important to first identify and define worker quality. This can be achieved by looking at worker tenure, favorable versus unfavorable results, worker productivity, or even safety. Hiring manager surveys often produce insights quickly that can yield meaningful answers to what quality looks like for the organization.

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All Signs Point to Up

pointtoupPositive growth in 2014 is likely to continue in 2015 finds analyst firm NelsonHall.

By Amy Gurchensky

If the past is any indicator of the future, then the HR outsourcing market will have a productive upcoming year. 2014 contract activity was up nearly 11 percent year-over- year, with renewals and contract expansions accounting for a quarter of the activity. Mid-market activity remained high and public sector contracts increased year-over-year. This can be seen in several HR outsourcing service lines.

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