By Inhi Cho Suh and Kris Lovejoy
Innovation is born out of people thinking differently and from the various perspectives each person brings to the table. And it’s up to companies to create an environment where diversity of thought is valued – where employees feel comfortable stepping outside the mainstream and taking risks. We need to encourage employees to be open, curious and ask questions. Urge them to think deeply and challenge the conventional thinking. They need to be able to take chances and experiment and ask the question that everyone else is too embarrassed to ask. If they make a mistake, challenge them to step back and learn from the experience. Encourage them to view every process, policy or financial hurdle as an “opportunity” as opposed to a barrier. These diverse viewpoints are the very fuel of innovative thinking. Continue Reading »
By Jonathan Ferrar
Today’s business is all about data – how you get it, how you analyze it, how you use it to impact an organization. Yet today’s data-driven world is getting more sophisticated by the second, and most organizations lack the tools and skills necessary to turn their workforce-based data into insights.
In fact, according to a 2014 IBM Institute for Business Value study on talent analytics, only about 20 percent of organizations are able to apply predictive analytics to address important people issues. And as Chief HR Officers worldwide cite talent development, employee engagement, talent retention and workforce productivity as their top priorities, according to a recent IBM survey, now is the time to employ intuitive technology that enables HR and business leaders to better utilize their workforce data. Continue Reading »
By Bill Grady
We prefer texting to phone calls and we expect integrated and seamless experiences with technology. We are the first generation to have grown up in the midst of a digital revolution, where information and answers are just a few clicks away. We are Millennials.
There’s been a lot written about Millennials. This generation, born roughly between 1980 and 1995, is already the largest in the workforce and will make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2030. The change is disruptive.
Most articles about Millennials delve into dating culture, digital lives and even eating habits. Yet among all of that chatter, there is very little understood about what impact we are having in the workplace. Continue Reading »
By Lysa Banks
I am a builder.
I build cloud solutions at IBM. I even built my own house. And throughout my career as an engineer, I also have learned to build valuable relationships as a mentor inside and outside of the workplace.
I learned a lot about being a good mentor through the many people who have mentored me in my own career. I have had mentors who have enhanced my technical skills and business acumen or served as an emotional rock and professional guide. I’ve had both male and female mentors, and in all cases, they helped accelerate my career and bring me to where I am today. Continue Reading »
By Bruce Fern and Eric Lesser
While in recent years many companies have strengthened their analytics capabilities in areas such as marketing, supply chain and finance, far fewer have become adept in applying analytics to unravel elusive workforce dynamics such as turnover, employee engagement and productivity.
In fact, less than 20 percent of organizations report being able to apply predictive analytics to address important people issues. However, an increasing number of executives are realizing the power of talent analytics and its ability to challenge conventional wisdom, influence behavior, guide decision-making and, ultimately, impact business outcomes.
A new IBM Institute for Business Value study, Unlock the People Equation: Using Workforce Analytics to Drive Business Results, captured the insights of more than 40 executives with responsibility for workforce analytics in 15 industries. Continue Reading »
By Meghan M. Biro
The way we work isn’t working.
Or at the very least, today’s workforce dynamics are evolving faster than most organizations can manage. We’re more likely to find a new job using social media, our mobile devices are rarely more than an arm’s reach away, and we want greater flexibility in our work environment. At the same time, the emergence of new technologies and workforce science is giving HR leaders access to tools and insight they never had before but a new IBM study revealed only 20 percent feel successful managing change.
The challenge for many is to better understand employees as unique individuals while also managing the transformational change required to unlock innovation and transform the workforce. Daniel Pink’s TED Talk, “The Puzzle of Motivation” and Simon Sinek’s TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” help address this challenge by focusing on the autonomy, mastery and purpose in motivating people to action. As Sinek says, “Don’t just hire people who need a job — hire people who believe what you believe.” Continue Reading »
By Eric Lesser
You might think that the key to selling popcorn at a movie theater concession stand is adeptness at operating the cash register. And since the vast majority of concession stand workers are high school and college students, you might think that high employee turnover would be part of the normal cost of doing business.
More on this in a bit, but beliefs such as these highlight the difference between managing talent and employee engagement through intuition versus analytics.
A soon-to-be-released IBM study based on interviews with 342 chief human resource officers (CHROs) across six continents finds that many businesses are not taking full advantage of the insights delivered by workforce analytics. As a result, companies are missing out on an opportunity to manage talent and enhance customer value. Continue Reading »
By Richard Koubek
The times of the professor working solely within the confines of campus are bygone days as we academicians embrace the practicalities of new performance standards, rapid technological advances and simple economics.
In 1997, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) launched a new standard that seismically shifted our educational focus away from what we teach in the classroom to what our students learn. Core to this initiative is the collection of feedback and input from companies who hire our students, measuring student success along learning outcomes. Continue Reading »
By Kim Stephens
It is no longer enough to recognize the value of women in the workplace, or even to encourage growth. To meet business objectives in the future, organizations of all sizes need to create an environment where women can thrive and build careers, where they have opportunities to stretch their skills and take on visible roles, and where they are encouraged to integrate work and life in a way that works for them.
We need to reach out to women early or mid-career to learn more about potential inhibitors and career development needs and desires. This is how we ensure we build a diverse leadership pipeline for the future. Continue Reading »