Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

Brain Training and Employee Wellness

Many wellness programs at work focus on things like eating right and getting enough exercise. But now human resource departments are focusing on the wellness of employees for something else, something that until now really had not received the same attention as eating and exercise. It’s brain wellness, particularly how the health of the brain… Read More »

Top Cities for Finding Work

You might be looking for a job right now and finding nothing in your area. And so you might be thinking about moving to another region where the job prospects might be a little better. The question is, where are the areas right now where firms are hiring? One place to check is the list… Read More »

Workplace Discrimination, the ADA and Caregivers of the Disabled

When it comes to discrimination, most human resources professonals know about discriminating against people based on certain characteristics they have, such as race, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability. But there is one type of discrimination that often falls under the radar because the characteristic that is protected is unseen – a person who… Read More »

Manufacturing Jobs Going Unfilled

Conventional wisdom has it that manufacturing in the United States is on the decline, that all of the manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas. But that is not the case. Jobs have not been shipped out nearly as much as people assume they have. The jobs have just changed a lot to keep up with… Read More »

Workplace Safety Tips

Yes, we know, you’ve probably heard workplace safety tips for years. But you truly can never hear or read these tips too many times. After all, just one little slip or accident can mean years, or even a lifetime, of disability. It pays to pay attention, even if you’ve heard it all before. Therefore, here… Read More »

Pregnancy and Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace against pregnant women is still a problem, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The bias persists even though there is a federal law prohibiting such discriminatory practices. The information is a red flag for human resource departments to take a look at their related policies and enforcement. The EEOC investigated… Read More »

How HR Can Be a Change Leader

In order to make a greater contribution to business, human resource departments need to focus more on speeding up improvements in the operations of business, and less on its usual administrative and compliance duties. That’s the message of Brad Power, a business consultant. To speed up process improvement, human resources can do several things, Power… Read More »

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 »