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A Look Ahead
Experts say upcoming decisions from the Supreme Court and the National Labor Relations Board are just a few of the issues HR leaders need to be focused on in the coming 12 months.
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A New Approach to Diversity
Recent protests on college campuses have focused attention on micro-aggressions, a subtler form of discrimination. A number of employers are already taking steps to address the issue.
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Top Stories of 2015
From new rules to the not-so-new question of how to keep your talent from walking out the door, HR leaders had a full plate of issues to deal with this past year. Below is a compilation of our 10 most-viewed news analyses from 2015.
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Can Employee Training Lead to Higher Profits?
Does intensive internal training of employees lead to higher profits? In knowledge-based industries where the main asset is skilled professionals such as software engineers, the answer is yes, according to a research paper.
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Reimagining the Manager Role
New research finds only a third of surveyed workers expressing interest in managerial roles within their organization. Experts say HR needs to better understand the preferences and driving forces of different generations in their workforce in order to make the role a more appealing one.
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Creating Connections with People Analytics
Deploying HR analytics can help managers and HR leaders effectively gauge the sentiment of their staff, better determine flight risks and enable them to address workforce issues before they become detrimental to a business' bottom line.
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Getting Strategic on Mobility Programs
An executive survey on internal mobility finds nearly one-third of workers keep their in-house job searches a secret from their bosses. What role can HR play in facilitating open discussions about the organization's internal-mobility programs?
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Data vs. Discretion in Hiring
When it comes to relying on either hiring managers' judgement or pre-hiring assessments in making hiring decisions, new research gives a slight edge to the assessments. But experts say nothing can replace a collaborative relationship between recruiters and hiring managers.
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Is the Holiday Party Over?
Despite a drop in the number of employers that will host a holiday party for their workers this year, experts say HR needs to find innovative -- and safe -- ways for organizations to express gratitude to its workers.
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Decoding Disability Discrimination
New research uncovers biases against disabled applicants in the hiring process, while experts say HR needs to play a frontline role in helping recruiters and managers overcome any stigma associated with disabilities.
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Are You Losing at Leadership Development?
Recent research finds organizations are investing time and money in leadership development, but aren't getting the desired results. Why aren't more companies producing quality leaders, and what can HR do about it?
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Building Stress Resistance
With the holiday season upon us, experts suggest mindfulness and "resiliency" training can help employees better manage the attendant stress.
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Coping with Cancer
An increasing number of cancer patients are choosing to remain in the workplace. It's incumbent upon HR to ensure they have everything they need to remain productive during this difficult time.
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A Missed Opportunity?
Some companies view their onboarding programs as a way to build strong and lasting relationships with new hires. But surveys suggest that most organizations struggle with the basics.
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Retaining Senior Managers
New research shows that senior managers are overlooked when it comes to retention efforts. Experts weigh in on ways to keep top talent engaged and in place.
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Formalizing Flexible-Work Policies
A new survey finds 67 percent of managers offer flexibility to employees at their own discretion, but experts say a formal company flex policy is needed to avoid workplace inequities. Does your organization need a formal flexible-work policy?
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The Persistence of Gender Inequality
Despite widespread efforts intended to help women progress in the workplace, a new study finds few women aiming for the C-suite. What can HR do to turn the tide?
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Got Talent? Tap Big Data to Keep It
Big data analytics can serve as an early warning system for when people may be tempted to head for the exits, enabling HR to better target retention efforts and save on recruiting costs.
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