The Future of Work: Can you Answer These Strategic Questions? – by Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau

The debate about the future of work, and its social and organizational implications is now a constant drumbeat. For years now, economic research and future forecasts have debated questions such as how many regular full-time jobs will be done by non-employees, and how many jobs will replace humans with automation. Many organization leaders acknowledge these questions, but their primary focus ...

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Solving the Workplace Health Crisis – by Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Workplace management practices, including an absence of job control coupled with high job demands, little social support, economic insecurity resulting from layoffs and uncertainty about work hours and schedules, long work hours and shift work, and practices that exacerbate work-family conflict exact an enormous physical and economic toll on both employees and their employers. Evidence suggests that many ...

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Evolving with the times: Tackling turnover and other workforce analytics challenges – by Helen Friedman and Anna Marley

What will be the top workforce analytics challenges of the new decade? Based on the flurry of activity and press on various topics, there are already some early contenders for top workforce analytics priorities: Exposing the power of “social” or organizational networks at work Creating an actively managed and personalized employee experience Addressing real-time opportunities for development and performance improvement ...

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From the Editors – by Bob Greene, Ascentis

An unusual thing happened on the way to finalizing this issue of WSR: the world changed, seemingly overnight, and more fundamentally and dramatically than we’ve seen in the past 100 years. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has been profound – on employees, HR practitioners, IT professionals, businesses and the economy in general, to name just a few of those ...

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The Coronavirus Pandemic: What We’ve Learned So Far – by Bob Greene, Ascentis

“This virus is essentially malware aimed at the source code of humanity.” – Amy Webb, Quantitative Futurist On the last day of January, 2020, the average HR Information Technology professional in America was probably upbeat, working within a thriving economy, challenged by projects designed to harness the latest HR technology innovations, and focused on typical HCM tasks, such as: helping ...

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HR Technology in the New Remote Work Environment – by Jessa Kilgore, HR Technology Practice Lead, NicemTech

Last year I spoke at the Garden State SHRM Conference on “Creating the New On-Line Experience for Your Workforce”, just months before the first COVID-19 case in China. Back then no one knew how the virus would significantly change the way we work and manage employment, making businesses’ on-line interactions more critical than ever. Companies that had already moved their ...

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A Perspective on Bringing AI to HR: Opportunities, Risks and a Recommended Path Forward – by Sheri L. Feinzig, Ph.D.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have rapidly become an increasing presence in many aspects of society during the past several years, and HR is no exception. Hundreds of vendors have brought AI-enabled HR products to market, and many organizations appear eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their HR operations and reap the potential benefits. But as with ...

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