A selection of 10 of the most popular and thought-provoking HR opinion pieces as well as news, research and ongoing developments in the field of HR that you may have missed in the last couple of months from both Australian-based and international blogs and websites...
How Will Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Affect Employers? Source: HC Online, Feb 2015 (AUS)
“The government is currently conducting the ‘Productivity Commission Review of the Workplace Relations Framework’, the biggest inquiry into workplace relations in 30 years. Although the review is not due to be completed until November this year, the Productivity Commission has released five issue papers outlining areas on which it intends to focus. So how will the inquiry affect employers? HC spoke to two HR practitioners about what the Productivity Commission could and should look into.”
What Does the HR Operating Model of the Future Look Like? Source: Jessica Cooper, Feb 2014 (UK)
“In September 2014 I joined the CIPD’s research team on a maternity cover. A couple of months earlier, Ram Charan’s thought-provoking article in the Harvard Business Review had been published suggesting that the function be split up. This brought discussions about the future of HR and the structure of the HR department in organisations to the forefront of the mind for many HR professionals and business leaders. So, my brief was to tap into the latest thinking and practice in terms of HR operating models. The result is a selection of thought-pieces by key academics, practitioners and consultants, which summarise the relevant issues, challenges and questions associated with the debate about how to structure HR.”
Performance Reviews: Get Rid of Them Source: Samuel Culbert, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 2015 (AUS)
“…Who says you have to take part in a corporate ritual that is as destructive as it is ubiquitous? Who says you have to do something that damages the relationship between bosses and their subordinates, that practically forces employees to be dishonest to their managers, that keeps workers from doing the best they can do, and in the end hurts the bottom line?”
Report Suggests Correlation Between HR Capabilities and Financial Performance Source: Hywel Roberts, HR Magazine, Dec 2014 (UK)
“Organisations with the best HR capabilities are among the top financial performers worldwide, according to research by Boston Consulting Group.”
AHRI Launches New Model of Excellence Source: HRM Online, Jan 2015 (AUS)
“The AHRI Model of Excellence will make you think about three central questions: As an HR practitioner, what am I expected to know? The next question is what am I expected to do as a practicing professional? And finally, what am I expected to be? The Model of Excellence is designed to give you a guide or framework for your own HR practice and to define your career objectives.”
What HR Needs to Do to Get a Seat at the Table Source: Carol Anderson, Harvard Business Review, Nov 2014 (US)
“As a 30-year Human Resources veteran, I find it exciting that business thought leaders—including Ram Charan, who wrote about fixing HR earlier this year in HBR—are taking interest in our profession. That means that there is a compelling need for our work. But the answer is not changing HR’s organizational structure or reporting relationship.”
The Geeks Arrive In HR: People Analytics Is Here Source: Josh Bersin, Forbes, Jan 2015 (AUS)
"As I recently discussed in the article “How People Management is Replacing Talent Management?” there is a major shift taking place in the market for people analytics. After years of talking about the opportunity to apply data to people decisions, companies are now stepping up and making the investment. And more exciting than that, the serious math and data people are flocking to HR."
Why All the Cool Kids Are Going Into HR Source: Jason Averbook, The Marcus Buckingham Company, Sept 2014 (US)
“I’m not going to go so far as to say the HR Director role will no longer exist. But I will say that it SHOULDN’T exist as it’s currently defined. This leadership role is in charge of the talent management function as a whole, and the talent management ‘Dream Team’ in 2015 will bear very little resemblance to how the traditional HR function has run it. The team will be wearing much sexier hats, nerdier glasses and probably includes a few hipster interns.”
Horrible HR Policies to Nuke in 2015 Source: Liz Ryan, LinkedIn Pulse, Jan 2015 (US)
“Every so often you read an amusing news story about a city or township that looked through its dusty old laws and discovered that they still have ancient regulations on the books. These old laws make no sense today. In one city you can't walk around with an ice cream cone in your back pocket. In another place you can't train your dog in public... Here are ten outdated and talent-repelling HR policies to get rid of in 2015.”
Most HR Data Is Bad Data Source: Marcus Buckingham, HBR, Feb 2015 (US)
"Over the last fifteen years a significant body of research has demonstrated that each of us is a disturbingly unreliable rater of other people’s performance. The effect that ruins our ability to rate others has a name: the Idiosyncratic Rater Effect, which tells us that my rating of you on a quality such as “potential” is driven not by who you are, but instead by my own idiosyncrasies—how I define “potential,” how much of it I think I have, how tough a rater I usually am. This effect is resilient — no amount of training seems able to lessen it. And it is large — on average, 61% of my rating of you is a reflection of me."