Focus on simplifying your existing HR processes and improving the employee experience before undertaking a digital transformation, says Sabine Atieh, a Bain partner. "Then it's about raising the game in terms of analytics and data to better support decision making; following a test-and-learn approach; and leveraging an ecosystem of external partners," she says.
Mars' Great Line Management Experience program gives first-time managers easy access to a virtual learning experience that prepares them for their new responsibilities, says Summer Davies, global manager for leadership development. "The learners also work with a Better Up coach, which allows for a golden thread of human intervention through the whole of the program," she says.
IDB Bank's leadership worked with employees to establish a company vision and values, says Joan Burns, an HR executive and chief diversity officer. "And so, getting it down on paper and moving it through our systems and starting to talk the language of the company has been extremely useful for us and it's been a very valuable exercise," she says.
The legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use has created a complicated labyrinth of state and local laws, write Joshua Bauchner and Rahool Patel. Employers must exercise caution when testing employees and job candidates or risk running afoul of the laws and incurring fines and penalties, they say.
McKinsey has released a report outlining the issues dual-career couples face in balancing their personal and professional worlds. McKinsey identifies three ways companies can better support such couples, including developing policies and practices that let employees take on leadership roles without compromising their family priorities.
To encourage employees to interact more, some companies have instituted "forced fun" activities to get employees out from behind their screens. One PR firm opted to forgo traditional happy hours and instead chose mid-week company retreats that focus on team-building activities that challenge employees and foster cooperation.
You'll improve your chances of landing a management position if you demonstrate a strong work ethic and the ability to collaborate and build relationships, writes Kevin Dickinson. Read up on management best practices and volunteer to lead meetings, oversee the internship program or other tasks involving leadership.
Addressing your cover letter to "To Whom It May Concern" can turn off a hiring manager, and a little detective work can help you determine who is in charge of hiring, demonstrate your initiative, and show that you did your homework, write Shana Lebowitz and Allana Akhtar. Tips include scanning the job description for who the position reports to and requesting information from connections you have at the company.
We humanize our resumes when we replace cliches with a conversation that includes specifics about what inspires our work, writes Hilary Corna, founder of Human Processes Continuum. This information sets resumes apart from their generic counterparts and results in people finding the best culture fit.
One way to build employees' trust in artificial intelligence is to create a code of ethics, writes Rob Scott, global lead for HR strategy and innovation at Presence of IT. "If you are using AI tools in HR, ensure you declare this to users and find ways to explain how the tools got to an answer," he writes.