HRO Today Association Update: Do We Need Alternative Communication Strategies?

By Renée Preston

We live in a world where news spreads as an event is still taking place. Not only is the speed in which we receive information increasing, so are the number of messages and the mediums—from email and text to social media and apps like Slack and WhatsApp. We’re drowning in content and attention spans are shorter than ever, yet engaged employees are still key to company success.

How can HR leaders communicate with the workforce effectively while keeping in mind that email may not be the best option for everyone? What alternative communication strategies are needed to cut through the noise? For most organizations, there is no single solution, as we need to consider how various employees can effectively receive information.

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Editor’s Note: Defining the Decade Ahead

By Michael Switow

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!

To write that the world is in a state of flux and transformation sounds cliché, but look around you. A Chinese artificial intelligence robot called XiaoIce has enrolled in university and graduated with a master’s of fine arts. The World Economic Forum predicts that climate change could cut global GDP in half, a conclusion that may sound extreme but wouldn’t surprise the victims of the recent flooding in Jakarta or the Christmas typhoon in the Philippines.

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Cielo Acquires Shanghai-Based AsiaNet China

Brookfield, Wis. – March 5, 2020 – Cielo, the world’s leading strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partner, announced the acquisition of AsiaNet China, an RPO, executive search, recruitment, and payroll (HRO) business based in Shanghai.

“There’s major demand for RPO in the China market,” said Sue Marks, Cielo Founder and CEO. “This acquisition builds on our existing capability in China to better serve our regional and global customers. We’re also excited about the skills and capabilities of our new team members. We’ve worked closely with AsiaNet China since 2018, and we have great respect for their business, their leadership and their reputation for delivering positive results for their clients.”

AsiaNet China was founded by Daniel Liu in early 2000 and has offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Hong Kong. They serve customers across a range of industries including engineering, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, supply chain, infrastructure, construction and properties, automotive and technology. AsiaNet China and Cielo currently partner to provide in-country support to various Cielo clients.

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Editor’s Note: Workforce Health in the New Year

By Simon Kent

A recent survey found that as many as 89 per cent of UK employees suffered from workplace stress sufficient enough to affect their mental health. DolanContractor Group, the firm that carried out the research, also discovered that long working hours were chief among the causes of stress alongside deadlines, client demands, and the inability to build financial savings.

These figures demonstrate the importance of considering mental health within the workplace. They also show how stress among workers results from issues that arise in both the workplace and life in general. With Brexit, immigration changes, whispers of recession, and continuing pressures being brought to bear on employees through the advancement of technology, these drivers are likely to grow and become more complex.

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Editor’s Note: All Ears

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? No, I am not talking about cell phone service. I am talking about how today’s employees want to provide feedback and feel like their employers are listening to them. But in many cases, workers aren’t being heard—or at least that is the perception. In fact, Gallup’s research finds that only three in 10 U.S. employees strongly agree that their opinions seem to count at work.

Such employers have A LOT to learn from Independence Health Group—a company that makes employee feedback a priority. The organization actively listens to its employees through annual surveys and its very popular associate resource groups (ARGs).

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HRO Today Association Update: HR Leaders Unite!

By Renée Preston

At its core, a professional association will unite and inform people who work in the same industry. Associations provide networking and professional development opportunities, allowing members to connect with their peers and industry experts.

I’ve seen firsthand the power of an association and the positive impact it can have on its members, as well as the difference it can make to an industry. I’ve made a career of association management, starting in the late 1990s with a small group of executives who began to see themselves as “outsourcing professionals.” The outsourcing industry was still in its infancy, but even in those early years, there was a need for a network where individuals could come together and share. With that, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) was born.

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New Leadership Appointments at XONEX Relocation

February 10, 2020 – New Castle, DE – XONEX Relocation, a third-party relocation services company, today announced that Jim Zimmitti has joined the company as Director of Operations. In this capacity, Jim will oversee the company’s relocation operations and supplier partnerships moving forward. He will also work closely with the client services team to ensure that operational and service goals are closely aligned and supportive of corporate strategy.

“XONEX Relocation is pleased to welcome Jim to the team,” said Paige Holden, President, XONEX Relocation. “Jim has had a long and successful career in relocation management, touching several key areas of the business, including procurement, supply chain and operations. With this experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team that will enable us to not only meet our clients’ needs, but also explore new initiatives that will better position XONEX for the future.”

Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the relocation industry, having held multiple positions for a variety of relocation management companies.  From relocation mortgage lending and client service relations, to inventory management and procurement, he brings a new perspective and robust skill set to XONEX.

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BrightMove Launches RecruiterCast Podcast

RecruiterCast, hosted by David Webb, chronicles the modern recruiting journey each week with in-depth, industry-expert discussions.

Jacksonville, FL. – January 10, 2019 – BrightMove, Inc., a leader in recruiting software innovation, is excited to announce the launch of RecruiterCast, a weekly podcast designed to examine the recruiting industry, featuring advice and insight from influencers and industry experts.

Born from the need to provide a glimpse into the ever-evolving recruitment landscape, RecruiterCast appeals to several audiences – recruiters, job-seekers and employers, offering insight into how workforce hiring trends affect each.

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Singapore: Poor Numbers Belie Economic Transition


What slow economic growth means for HR and the workforce.

By Michael Switow

Singapore’s economy is beginning to show signs of collateral damage from the trade war between the United States and China. The manufacturing sector has been hit particularly hard, but the top line numbers also belie an economic transition that is benefiting modern service providers like data centres and internet companies.

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Editor’s Note: 2020—A Clear Vision?

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

2020 is poised to be a year of transformation. I recently had the opportunity to co-lead a think-tank session at our HRO Today Forum EMEA in Dublin with Julie Sharp and transformation was on her mind. Sharp is a seasoned, senior-level HR executive who has headed up HR across the globe including in APAC at Citibank Australia. With so much technological innovation infiltrating the marketplace and an increasing level of pressure to execute an effective people strategy, HR needs to prepare for change. Sharp says there are two questions that HR needs to asking to be ready for the future of work.

1. How has the HR profession reacted to the complex changes in the area of digital science and technology? The answer is a bit unclear. A recent survey from KMPG found that some forward-looking HR leaders are working on strategic plans to implement new platforms in the areas of analytics and automation. Two-thirds of respondents agree that HR has undergone or is undergoing a digital transformation, but only 40 per cent of HR leaders have a digital workforce plan in place.

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