HR staff at JTH Group turned a corporate app designed to connect employees from various company locations into an onboarding, training, gamification and employee-engagement tool. Job trainers use the @oneplace app for quizzes, new employees use it for a virtual-reality experience, and employees share their personal and professional lives on the app.
Verizon's approach to data analytics and artificial-intelligence involves the use of several groups within the company focusing on customer interaction, internal processes and new products and services. The company coordinates the efforts with a separate group that handles data management and technologies.
Leaders that don't know what data is relevant to specific situations make it difficult to deliver people analytics, writes David Creelman. Analytics is a tool to help make better decisions, not an answer in and of itself, he notes.
Scenario-based e-learning is effective because learners can try new, measurable strategies without worrying about failure, writes Hadiya Nuriddin. The system also allows people to apply the sessions to their work.
Corporate training and policies meant to prevent sexual harassment have proven ineffective and should be replaced by proactive action, writes John Sullivan. He suggests using data to identify likely victims, common situations that lead to harassment and indirect indicators of potential harassment.
Amgen Singapore Manufacturing uses structured programs that impart new managers with skills in coaching, communication and project management and other areas that can help companies attract and retain top talent, says HR director Foo Wah Teng. "The key takeaway is not to be complacent, but to always apply continuous learning to stay current and ahead to step up to the challenges of a disruptive world," he says.
HR leaders are better off not buttering up executives, which is a behavior that can be sussed out, says Tim Cole, founder and CEO of The Compass Alliance. "Your better tack is to work on building your own track record of accomplishment, developing a reputation for quality input, and constantly challenging yourself and others to offer independent thought," Cole said.
HR professionals must make an effort to understand their businesses and use the information to help solve organizational problems and challenges, writes Ron Thomas of Strategy Focused Group. "The anchor for our profession must be at the intersection of business and strategy," Thomas writes.
It's easier for HR professionals to secure the funding they need if they learn the business and position themselves as strategic partners. "When we don't deeply and richly understand the intricacies of the industry that we're supporting or the business unit that we're supporting, then when we go to make our proposals, it sometimes falls flat," said Heather Lastiwka, head of talent for ATB Investor Services.
The opioid abuse crisis cost the US economy an estimated $504 billion in 2015, according to an analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. That figure is over six times higher than previous estimates. The council said the report, released less than a month after President Donald Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency, presented higher estimates than earlier studies because it adjusted for underreporting of opioid-related deaths, used a different method to determine the value of lives lost and accounted for the cost of illicit drugs in addition to prescription drugs.