How HR can play a critical role in agility | Why companies should keep teaching employees new skills | Could college presidencies become more diverse?
September 25, 2018
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How HR can play a critical role in agility
Agile companies hire skilled employees who are willing to take initiative and embed agility into the workplace culture, a Forbes Insight and Scrum Alliance survey of business executives says. "Even the basic areas of HR responsibility -- hiring, training, culture -- those are key to the implementation [of agility]," says Renata Lerch, a vice president at Scrum Alliance.
HR Dive (9/21) 
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Why companies should keep teaching employees new skills
Continuously build your employees' skills and make learning part of the business strategy, writes Kelly Palmer, chief talent and learning officer at Degreed. "Upskilling and reskilling take time -- and that means not only allowing people time to reflect on learning during their work day, but to also incorporate learning into the natural flow of people's job," Palmer writes.
HR People + Strategy Blog (9/19) 
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Leadership & Diversity in Action
Could college presidencies become more diverse?
Half of independent college presidents are likely to retire within the next five years, according to a report from the Council of Independent Colleges, setting up the possibility of diversifying occupants of the top job. According to the report, the typical college president is a 61-year-old white man, but data show a growing number of women and Hispanics are occupying the top job.
Education Dive (9/21) 
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Strategies for keeping diversity a priority
Both students and faculty suffer when academic leaders don't take diversity issues seriously, writes Mariam Lam, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of California at Riverside. In this commentary, she outlines the "holistic approach" her institution has taken to ensure that diversity remains meaningful.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (9/23) 
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Other News
Trends & Technology
How higher-ed IT can make security practical
How higher-ed IT can make security practical
Colleges and universities should use holistic practices that keep users' needs in mind without compromising network security, says Curtis Carver, vice president for IT and chief information officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this Q&A, he outlines what he calls "practical security" and how his institution implements it.
University Business magazine online (9/24) 
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Survey: Talent management is a C-level concern
Artificial intelligence reduces candidate-screening time and gives companies a competitive advantage in talent acquisition, a study says. Nearly nine in 10 chief HR officers and CEOs surveyed cited talent challenges as an impediment to growth.
Forbes (9/23) 
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HERC webinars -- A valuable (and free) member benefit
Take advantage of the free HERC member webinars featuring thought-leadership and best practices in faculty and staff recruitment and retention. Many of these are offered with HRCI continuing education credits. Check out the webinar calendar today, sign up for those that interest you, and consider inviting your staff and colleagues to participate, too.
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HERC members receive discounts with top higher ed vendors
Have you checked out the list of HERC's partnerships? It is loaded with member-only discounts, partner insights and profiles, and recruitment resources. As a testimony of how significant the discounts are, some HERC members have reported saving more in discounts than the cost of annual membership.
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Tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.
Lois McMaster Bujold, writer
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