Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

Crowdsourcing: The Way of the Future?

If you work in human resources, a trend to keep an eye on is something called crowdsourcing. It is part of a larger trend in business where having access to resources is more and more replacing the traditional model of ownership of resources, according to Rita McGrath, a business school professor. One example of this… Read More »

Developing Competencies for Your HR Department

Developing a competency model for human resources is essential, but it doesn’t have to be hard or complicated, according to human resources expert Patsy Svare. When people in business talk about competencies, they usually are referring to the skills, knowledge, and behavior that are needed to be successful, Svare says. Skills can involve a lot… Read More »

Workforce Trends for Independent Workers

In what certainly could have a big impact on the way human resource departments operate, a recent report has predicted huge increases in the coming decade in the number of independent workers. It’s no secret that there is a trend among businesses toward using more independent contractors, especially with the uncertainty in the economy. But… Read More »

Embrace the (Healthcare) Data!

Human resource departments can help their companies improve employee health and hold down costs by doing more extensive reviews of healthcare data, according to business experts. According to health experts, companies can get a lot of benefits by looking at the data in the company’s health plan. Such data can be used to spot trends… Read More »

Human Resources: The Healthy Food Police?

Some companies are developing policies regarding healthy food and drink in the workplace as part of their wellness initiatives, something employees view favorably. However, many human resource workers do not feel it should be their responsibility to oversee such policies. In a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, about 40 percent… Read More »

Wellness Programs and Employee Productivity

If you work in human resources, and your company does not have a wellness policy, it might be well worth looking into because of the benefits to efficiency and productivity of employees, not to mention having healthier and happier people. Especially with the less than healthy economy, stress has definitely become a big issue for… Read More »

Human Resources and Immigrant Workers

Because of the political climate in the country, federal and state governments have erected more onerous barriers to immigration. Partly the result of the economy, partly the result of national security concerns, these new immigration regulations are making it harder for human resource departments to find the skilled workers that companies need. The report showed… Read More »

Employer and Employee Issues Within an Aging Workforce

In a recent survey of small businesses, about one-third of the companies responding said they were setting up plans to pass along the knowledge gained from their experienced workers to younger employees in preparation for the retirement of older workers. In fact, small businesses are outpacing their larger counterparts in preparation for the impending retirement… Read More »

Evaluation Tools for Hiring Right

To get the right people for your company, it takes work, good judgment and even a little luck. To improve the process, two business researchers, Dr. Charles Handler and Dr. Steven Hunt, are touting the effectiveness of applicant evaluation tools in hiring new workers, which they say are effective in showing how well a person… Read More »

Emerging HR Issues for 2011 and Beyond

With the recent nosedive in the economy, many companies went through a wave of layoffs and people may have assumed that after the reduction in workforce, business would then be able to get back on track. But there is more to the story, more to deal with. The economy is still limping along, with slack… Read More »