Women comprise 60% of chief HR officers at the top 100 US companies by revenue and the majority of HR executives named in 2017, according to Russell Reynolds Associates data. Only seven of those 100 largest companies have a woman as CEO.
HR should promote a culture of diversity through empathy and an awareness of unconscious biases, says Jahanzaib Ansari, CEO of Knockri. "An HR leader's commitment to celebrating employee differences does not only mobilize social progression, but it also sparks the innovation needed to move their organization forward," Ansari says.
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Adapt talent management to today's business climate by using data analytics, aligning the employee and customer experience to the company's needs and coming up with innovative solutions through design thinking, writes Ekta Vyas, HR director at Stanford Children's Health. "As paradoxical as the world of talent is becoming, the talent management approach increasingly calls for finding balance rather than ultimate solutions," Vyas writes.
HR departments and risk managers must ensure that policies and procedures are in place to prevent sexual harassment and allow for an appropriate investigation into allegations of such behavior, attorney Christine Howard says. "Smart employers ... are planning and training now to reduce sexual harassment to mitigate risk, and therefore, potential damage claims affecting executives and employees across employer ranks," she writes.
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Leadership teams are more effective when they include both extroverts and introverts, write Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg of Deloitte. Help extroverts realize the importance of listening to others and help introverts overcome their fear of being the first to speak.
SAP Canada redesigned its workplace culture to reflect the things that make Canadians happy, including diversity of opinion, empowerment, growth opportunities and benefits that support families, writes Kirsten Sutton, managing director of SAP Labs Canada. "The hands-off approach not only made our employees want to be productive, but it made them happier and more ambitious as well," Sutton writes.
To help prevent employees from becoming lonely at work, set up networking groups, publicly recognize people's work, promote group activities such as lunches and use video chats to communicate with remote workers, says Marcela Slepica, director of clinical services at AccessEAP. "Chronic loneliness has a negative impact on both physical and mental health and this epidemic is hurting well-being and workplace performance," Slepica says.
More companies are offering fertility-related benefits such as in vitro fertilization and egg freezing. "If we're going to meet our [head count] growth projections, we have to be really competitive," says Meghan Lapides, HR chief at Foursquare.
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