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Robots Don’t Get Sick

Robots Don’t Get Sick

COVID and other current crises have revealed the value of work automation, with justifiable celebration.* Scientists at the University of Liverpool have a new lab assistant with a very strong work ethic: a robot chemist that conducts experiments by itself. The 1.75-metre-tall intelligent robot moves around the laboratory, avoiding human co-workers and obstacles while performing […]

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Looking Beyond the Novelty to the Future of Work

Looking Beyond the Novelty to the Future of Work

Navigating the Paradox with Four Questions The current paradox requires effectively managing the crisis, AND looking beyond today’s accomplishments to take actions now, that will sustain the vital lessons for the future.  These four questions help guide the journey through the paradox, to create the most pivotal value for the future of work: What are […]

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People Management in Work Organizations: Fifty Years of Learnings

Ben Schneider shares fifty years of lessons learned in people management.

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Why Your Work Automation “Climate” Matters As Much As Upskilling

Why Your Work Automation “Climate” Matters As Much As Upskilling

This article originally appeared on Visier.com New research on workplace climate offers important insights for measuring, facilitating and enhancing successful work automation. John Boudreau and Benjamin Schneider share why workforce automation readiness requires more than just enhanced worker capabilities. When it comes to preparing for future work automation, the dominant focus is on upskilling worker capability, […]

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A Conversation with the Lusk Center for Real Estate: A Long Time Until the New Economic Normal

A Long Time Until the New Economic Normal
with CEO’s Alec Levenson, Hosted by Richard K. Green, Director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate

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Collision and Reflecting: Why Employee Resource Groups Make Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Work

Collision and Reflecting: Why Employee Resource Groups Make Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Work

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a hot topic today. It was always important, but now it’s ‘hot’ – that means people are paying attention to it like never before. Senior executives are looking to diversify their teams and boards while D&I professionals are striving to find the best way to engage employees, educate them and […]

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Preliminary results of the 2019 HR Global Study

The Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) has administered surveys of the human resource function in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. The results of the surveys yielded important data and publications on how Human Resource departments have operated and changed throughout the years. It is frequently cited and provides valuable information about HR effectiveness. Recently, CEO has completed its ninth study, and fourth global study.

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People Analytics and Change

Click here for the PowerPoint slides (in PDF format). People Analytics has made great strides in the world of HR, rapidly becoming a core capability that most CHROs feel they cannot do without. Yet even as organizations continue to build greater people analytics capability, the field struggles to find the best ways to engage with […]

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HR – Make Some Noise!

HR – Make Some Noise!

I was talking to a CHRO recently and he was talking about the perception that people in their organisation had about HR. He went on to say “if you want to be thanked for what you do at work, don’t go into HR!” He went on to say that people in HR need to “get over the fact that they won’t get a lot of recognition and that if they think that they are going to be thrown flowers and gifts for their work in HR then they should get out of the function now.”

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Come on HR – Prove Me Wrong!

Come on HR – Prove Me Wrong!

I love HR and have always had a passion for the whole area since I fell into Personnel by mistake many years ago. Some 30 years later, working both in and around the HR function, the demands and expectations being made of HR continue to rise, and rightly so!

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Ratingless Performance Reviews: A Quasi-Experiment

We conducted a study of ratingless reviews in an organization that had an innovative and effective performance management process prior to adopting ratingless reviews. We collected data from the pilot and comparison units before and after the change to ratingless reviews. Results indicated some positive changes and no clear negative changes in the pilot units compared to the comparison units. Analysis suggests that positive results are primarily the result of more frequent feedback that is more oriented toward employee
development rather than the ratingless reviews, per se.

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