HR should focus on a data ethics management strategy before the EU's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May 25, HR executives say. "It will be the evolving role of HR as stewards to be able to determine how best to navigate the use of information," says Jewell Parkinson, HR chief at SAP North America.
Walmart is adjusting its HR strategy as it competes with online retailers and changes in how its customers behave, says Jacqui Canney, Walmart executive vice president, global people division. The company is paying higher wages, giving employees more flexibility, providing continuous feedback and creating cross-functional teams at Walmart's headquarters.
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HR should prepare for the future by helping CEOs create an effective employee experience, understand new technologies and embrace a workforce that includes humans, machines and contractors, writes Alberto Loyola, CEO of Global Talent Partner. "Organizations that are able to adapt and strategically use AI to support growth and innovation will allow them to create a big differentiator in this new digital world," Loyola writes.
Start with a simple organizational structure but change it periodically to keep people communicating and prevent silos from forming, writes Freek Vermeulen, associate professor at the London Business School. "Once you have changed your functional structure into a product one, for example, your people will coordinate along product lines through formal meetings and reporting lines," Vermeulen writes.
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Crises in business are becoming the norm, although there's little that's normal or predictable about any individual crisis. Business leaders with crisis experience share their thoughts on how to cope, noting that you should expect the unexpected and commit to keeping information flowing to prevent wild and unproductive speculation in the ranks.
Inspire innovation at your organization by hiring people from different backgrounds who are passionate about the company mission, writes Greg Satell. "The truth is you don't need the best people -- you need the best teams," he writes.
Instead of using interviews to make hiring decisions, have candidates audition for jobs and watch how they interact with employees, writes Lisa Whealon, chief people officer at GL Group. Take the applicant out for a meal to ease any tensions and have an open conversation, she recommends.
Encouraging ailing employees, especially those suffering from this year's flu, to show up for work can make things worse by spreading the contagion among your staff. If you are concerned about employees abusing your sick leave policy, remember that those who would do so likely have other performance issues, writes Suzanne Lucas.