By Elliot Clark
I accept that worker’s rights have been protected, upheld, and even elevated to global consciousness by seminal legislation. Here in the United States, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 began the process of stamping out gender and racial inequality. Since 1964, it’s been a bit of a letdown. We have gone from statesmanship to stupidity almost all over the globe. Much of today’s legislation is either not implemented or is suggested by people who don’t know how to run a business. While I don’t necessarily begrudge civil servants their career choices, for the sake of common sense, please listen to people who do. The most frequently approved legislation lately is the law of unintended consequences.
What precipitated this column? Philadelphia. The city where I live is trying to end wage inequality. That is noble, but how they intend to do it is the problem. The city council and our “cause-driven” mayor, Jim Kenney, want to pass a law making it illegal for employers in Philadelphia to ask a prospective employee about their wage history.
by Debbie Bolla
It’s not surprising that one of the industry’s most forward-thinking talent leaders comes from one of the most forward-thinking organizations. Pat Wadors, CHRO and senior vice president of global talent organization for LinkedIn, is executing some of the most innovative work in HR today, and we are lucky enough to share her insights in this month’s cover story, Linking Talent to the Bottom Line.
I was fortunate to meet Wadors in May at our annual HRO Today Forum in Chicago. She was honored with our 2016 CHRO of the Year Award for Sustainable Workforce and participated in one of our CHRO panels. During this peer-to-peer discussion, she shared one of LinkedIn’s talent strategies with the audience, as well as an outside-of-the-box initiative that this talent leader is becoming known for.
Instead, look for the people who have already solved them.
D. Zachary Misko
Your company has a big problem. You‘ve thought about it, but you can’t seem to find the best solution—at least not easily. So you consult your team and colleagues to no avail; then you turn to the Internet, where all of your industry experts surely must be. They’ve got nothing. (Well, to be precise, they’ve got hundreds of PowerPoint slides, thousands of links to possible solutions, and several dozen videos worth of nothing.)
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