HR & Career
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12/12/2019

Talent strategy should be an ongoing evaluation that connects to the business' overall goals, with boards regularly talking with HR leadership, writes Gordon Tucker of Protiviti. "Ideally, interactions with HR leaders will include some discussion of the company's evolving talent needs and what dynamics -- such as technology innovations, emerging industries, new competitors, and changing customer expectations -- may be driving them," he argues.

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12/12/2019

Amazon's relentless focus on speed, improvement and agility despite its size can be emulated by other companies in several ways, Ram Charan
and Julia Yang write. A customer obsession is required, as is a culture that looks for external trends and urges team members to challenge the status quo.

12/12/2019

Not following up with job applicants is a wasteful and potentially harmful practice for HR, argues Martin Yate. With a warm rejection letter, strong candidates who didn't get the job may be inclined to apply for future openings.

12/11/2019

Intel fired 17,000 workers from 2015 to 2017, and an investigation by The Oregonian found Intel workers over 40 were more than twice as likely to be fired as their younger counterparts and those older than 60 were eight times more likely to be terminated than workers younger than 30. Complaints filed to federal regulators in 2015 sparked a US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation, but to date, there has been no resolution in the matter.

12/11/2019

More than 2.1 million administrative assistant jobs have been cut since 2000, and the role is predicted to see the largest job losses by occupation in the next decade. The career that used to be a reliable path to the middle class for women with no college degrees is being replaced to cut costs through automation, outsourcing or upskilling.

12/11/2019

Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Human Resources offers an HR management system that's comparable to existing platforms, and Microsoft's ambition and ability "to create complex software applications that are easy to use" make it a formidable player, writes Josh Bersin. "[M]y guess is that Dynamics 365 HR will be available as a chatbot, through Microsoft cards and panels, and through conversations and direct suggestions in Teams," he argues.

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Josh Bersin blog
12/11/2019

Mentally strong people carry themselves differently when they're affected by a negative state of mind, and it's possible for anyone to do so, says Christina DesMarais. To move through frustration or anxiety quickly and smoothly, get over the issue rather than ruminate on it, avoid dramatic people when possible, and let things go rather than hold a grudge, she writes.

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Inc. online
12/11/2019

New hires can help you update job descriptions as they train, David Finkel writes. Through this process, employees can ensure job descriptions align with their actual responsibilities and identify any contradictions that need to be resolved.

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Inc. online
12/11/2019

When looking for a new job, remove the toxicity that's causing you to leave your current job so that hiring managers and interviewers only see confidence, enthusiasm, motivation and positivity, says executive recruiter Jack Kelly. Next, candidates should use industry contacts, job boards and LinkedIn to find recruiters and companies that will be a good fit and send out updated tailored resumes to land an interview.

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Forbes
12/11/2019

Expect to see more HR technology roles such as data protection officers, an increase in government regulation of HR data and as-needed, data-driven performance evaluations, says Rakshita Shharma, vice president of human capital at Bobble AI. "As an HR leader, I think this is wonderful for HR as it not only makes performance management more dynamic, self-managed and growth driven but it also helps identify & bring to surface systemic problems across the organization, by using data analytics," Shharma says.