Tag: workforce

The Future of Work: Not a Numbers Game

Recently, some articles appeared warning us of imminent labor shortages. They look at the retirement of baby boomers and claim that due to the future, smaller labor force, the “war for talent” will intensify as soon as the economy turns around, so companies better use all their resources to bind employees. There is however one important fact that most authors…

HR Evolution or Revolution?

Imagine, if you will, your company without an HR function. Now suppose you’re asked to set up HR: What would you do? Would you create something similar or radically different? Would you create it at all? We’ve arrived at a turning point in history where new technology is profoundly changing people’s way of life as well as methods of manufacturing,…

The Trouble with Klout

Those who read my blog know that I have been writing about Klout a few times before (Do you have Klout? & Klout revisited)  to understand how online influence can be determined. This week I am adding to that because I went away for a few days and was unable to tweet. Look at what happened to my Klout score: As soon…

The Talent Race

This month’s Carnival of HR is titled “the talent race” and asks for ideas how we can win this race, meaning how we can convince the best and brightest to come work for our company instead of for our competitor. There are a lot of “best practices” in recruitment to be found on the internet. Unfortunately, they always seem to…

Who’s the king – or queen – of perks?

There was a time when weekly pay was all employees received for their service. In most industries, those days are long gone. Pension and health plans, benefits and other perks have been introduced to keep employees happy and engaged. Personal income has risen over many years, but due to the financial crisis, many companies are not increasing their salaries. In…

Here comes the knowledge worker

In many of my trend articles, you’ll find a mention about the move we are making to a service economy. In the service economy, access to talent is important and those talents are in the hands of the employees. There are workers of many kinds, but the group that is on the rise is the knowledge worker, the people that…

Safe At Home

Many people own a safe. They use it to store valuable items, which they don’t use every day and want to protect, like passports, birth certificates, diplomas, the deed to a house, money or jewelry. I don’t have a safe at home. Call me naive, but I’ve never understood the concept of keeping your valuables locked up so no one…

Changing Workforce

If you read my 2011 Generations at Work white paper, you know that I wrote a paragraph on diversity, stating that the make-up of the workforce is changing. Today I found this Infographic on the rise of women in the workforce. 2010 was the first year in which women made up more than half of the workforce in the US.…