Startups learning to focus on HR, culture early | Tech-minded HR chief credits a strong support team | How to prepare for automation
April 27, 2017
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Startups learning to focus on HR, culture early
Some tech startups are addressing workplace culture early on and establishing HR structure and policies in an effort to limit problems down the road. "Even with five to 10 people, if you don't get the right culture going early, it's almost impossible to get right later," CodeFights CEO Tigran Sloyan says.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Tech-minded HR chief credits a strong support team
Steven Pruden was in technical jobs before becoming senior vice president of HR at Appirio. The company's smart and capable HR practitioners help offset his paucity of direct HR experience, he says. (4/24) 
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Simplify Your HR Processes with E-Signatures
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Aligning HR to the Business
How to prepare for automation
To see how automation will affect your company, take a closer look at the tasks of each job, decide which type of automation would work best for you, and reconfigure the work, write Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau. "[L]eaders will need an automation strategy that realizes its benefits, avoids needless costs, and rests on a more nuanced understanding of work," they write.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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What you should do with data
Before gathering data, know how you're going to use it to improve business decisions, optimize operations and create revenue, writes Bernard Marr. "If you already have a ton of data, but no data strategy, it's time to pause and develop one," he writes.
Data Informed online (4/25) 
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Researcher: Offering health insurance means better, focused workers
Companies that offer health insurance to lower-income workers can help reduce employee stress levels, freeing them to focus on their work, writes Jon Jachimowicz. "Health insurance coverage can be beneficial to the bottom line of businesses, and should be endorsed by managers as good corporate strategy if they seek to increase their productivity," Jachimowicz writes.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Developing Leaders and Organizations
Club benefits from embracing older workers
The American Club Singapore has found its older-worker employment practices improve worker engagement and help the social club retain talent, says Tan Lee Lee, the club's senior director of people development. The club talks to employees close to retirement about part-time and other employment options, and offers training to help them stay on.
Human Resources Director (Singapore) (4/25) 
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Making the Most of Talent
How to make feedback more helpful
Improving performance at jobs that involve complex behaviors such as collaboration and adapting to change requires on-the-job training rather than feedback afterward, writes Wendy Pat Fong, director of talent and operations at 7Geese. "When it comes to complex behaviors, what managers can actually control is an employee's exposure and extraction to the behaviors they lack," Fong writes.
HR People + Strategy Blog (4/21) 
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Laid-off employees are more likely to quit the next job
Workers who are laid off tend to quit subsequent jobs because they feel less committed to employers and are paying close attention to the job market, according to research from Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (4/24) 
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