Over the past few decades, organizations have moved toward much greater individual accountability and away from less functional, committee-based approaches when it comes to managing projects. While these new models certainly have their advantages, they also can easily be undermined.
So You Think Things Are Bad Here?
While the job market in the United States is extremely difficult for newly minted college graduates, the situation in China is even worse.
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
The continuing downward trend of people relocating for work may be more rooted in employment practices than it is in aging baby boomers, current economic conditions or the rise in home ownership.
Who's Really Moving the Big-Data Needle for HR?
While HR struggles to capitalize on the potential of big data, other departments such as IT are already finding business value within the numbers -- and conveying that information directly to the powers that be.
Considering their obvious importance, you'd think employers would have perfected the candidate-screening and performance-evaluation processes by now. But thanks to a range of factors, including some that are quite subtle, bias continues to persist and cloud the judgment of assessors.
How Disney Solved Its Skills-Gap Problem
There are some valuable training lessons to be learned from Walt Disney's method of developing world-class animators, but companies in China seem to be the only ones taking note.
Rethinking the Retail Model
Zeynep Ton's terrific new book titled The Good Jobs Strategy strengthens the case that many retailers might be well-served to reconsider their strategy and put human-capital investment higher on their priority list.
Rethinking Performance Appraisals
Why is it so difficult to change an organization's performance-appraisal process? Because it requires a change in the culture of the organization -- an outcome that only can be brought about through some very different HR practices.
A Failing Grade
What's causing Americans' skills to fall well behind those of other countries after they leave school? For the answer, you don't need to look outside the workplace.
Bracing for a Higher 'Quit Rate'
Given the current focus on hiring experienced candidates from outside the organizations, employers would be wise to make retention practices a higher priority.