Innovation

Each year we focus on topics that go further than continuous improvement and seek to drive innovation for the world-class workforce. HR executives are constantly challenged with making the right investments, balancing standardization, and customization, and redirecting investment from areas with low impact to areas of higher value based on evidence. This drives not only a need for optimization but also risk management in knowing when and when not to take a risk with a differing approach. Simultaneously HR people benefit from gaining ‘employee insight’ through methods such as employee attitude surveys and focus groups. This insight should inform the HR strategy, influence how internal communications are handled and help in the design of effective people management initiatives – hence a clear employer branding strategy should be prevalent.

From Peripheral to Front and Centre

The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of HR as a strategic business partner.

By Simon Kent

With the greatest impact of the pandemic falling on an organisation’s people, it is not surprising that the past year has increased the need for strategic and strong leadership within HR. Research from HR software provider Personio shows the HR function has played a critical role in the business response, with eight out of 10 respondents saying HR has been integral to helping their organisations successfully adapt to the new normal. Encouragingly, nine out of 10 rated the function’s response as “good” or “very good.” Overall, 71% of respondents believe HR has added strategic value to the business during the pandemic—with the same amount saying the HR function has been more closely involved at the board and senior level.

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Faces of the Future

The 2020 HRO Today HR Superstars are fearlessly leading their organizations through a new and uncertain world.

By The Editors

The coronavirus has dramatically reshaped the economy and business world, driving significant disruption in the technology space and fundamentally transforming the way work gets done. In this climate, HR leaders have taken center stage, leading their workforces through the pandemic with an eye for employee well-being, connectivity, and agility. HR has stepped up like never before, claiming a key seat at the table as their organizations navigate an uncertain future.

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Ahead of the Curve

Agile thinking and innovative HR initiatives define the achievements of the 2020 CHRO of the Year Award finalists.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In the past year, the business world has had to face unprecedented obstacles. A pandemic rocked the global economy, halting travel and forcing companies to indefinitely shut their doors. Civil unrest in the U.S. followed, propelling a national conversation about race and diversity and putting the spotlight on the corporate response. And now, businesses are forced to navigate the safe transition back to the office in a time of ongoing uncertainty.

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Talent Transformation

Learn how the 2020 Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Award finalists are reinventing talent strategy at their organizations.

By Marta Chmielowicz

All business leaders agree: The most valuable asset organizations have is their talent. But acquiring talent with the right skill sets and cultural fit to build a long-term career with an organization is a monumental endeavor—one that our 2020 Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Award nominees take on fearlessly and with enthusiasm. Their willingness to take risks, invest in their people, and implement innovative talent strategies drives their businesses to achieve success.

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Editor’s Note: Inspiring Innovation

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Awards season may look different everywhere this year, but what has remained constant is the importance of recognizing the incredible of work of HR and TA leaders. HRO Today does this through our annual CHRO of the Year Awards, Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Awards, and Most Admired Employer Brand Awards. In this issue, you’ll learn about—and likely be inspired by—the 63 finalists.

I know I am! Take a look at a few achievements of our CHRO of the Year Award finalists:

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Honouring HR: 2020 HRO Today APAC Superstars

We recognise a roundup of HR leaders who are driving business change.

By The Editors

HR faces great challenges today. Top talent expects employers to deliver an exemplary experience, new technologies, enriching learning programs, career growth, robust benefits plans, job flexibility, mobility opportunities—and the list goes on.

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Honouring HR: 2020 HRO Today EMEA Superstars

We recognise a roundup of HR leaders who are driving business change.

By The Editors

HR faces great challenges today. Top talent expects employers to deliver an exemplary experience, new technologies, enriching learning programmes, career growth, robust benefits plans, job flexibility, mobility opportunities—and the list goes on.

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Revolutionizing HR: 2019 HRO Today Superstars

2019 HR Superstars

We recognize industry leaders for their forward-thinking strategies that prepare their organizations for the future of work.

By The Editors

2019 saw what experts would deem a candidate-driven labor market. With the unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, companies need to reevaluate how they find and engage top talent or risk falling behind. But keeping employees invested is no longer as easy as it once was; today’s talent expects employers to deliver an exemplary experience, new technologies, enriching learning programs, career growth, robust benefits plans, job flexibility, relocation opportunities—and the list goes on.

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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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HRO Today Association Award Winners

HRO Today Association

A special look at the accomplishments of 10 organizations recognized as leaders in the HR space.

By Debbie Bolla

While HR leaders completely understand the impact of recognizing the workforce, they are often left with little recognition of their own. This is where the HRO Today Association steps in. From building strategic recruitment functions to improving leadership development to increasing the retention of high potentials, this year’s awards honor the transformative work of leaders in the TA and HR space.

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