Top HR news stories to read in February

Top HR news stories to read in February

How do you stay on top of the latest HR news and developments?

We’ve rounded up some of the must-read content from the past month, so you can keep abreast of the latest news and developments in the world of HR and People management.

Happy reading!

1.  2018 will be the year of employee experience

The next competitive frontier for organizations is employee experience, according to Denise Lee Yohn.

Writing for Forbes, the brand expert, speaker, and author of What Great Brands Do, points out that employee experiences is not about engagement, treating your employees as customers, rewards and perks, or employer branding.

Instead it’s about designing and delivering distinctive experiences for employees that are aligned with your culture; it’s about the day-to-day experiences an organization provides to its people; and it’s about setting employees up for success.

Read the article to learn what results employee experiences can produce for your people in your business.

2.  Facebook’s HR team discovered the surprising reason why people quit their jobs (and it’s not because of bad bosses)

We all know that people leave bad managers. They rarely leave a company because of the job.

You’d imagine that Facebook doesn’t have any problems attracting and retaining talent; its brand image and culture have made it the top place to work for three consecutive years in the Glassdoor Best Places to Work US rankings.

However, according to a new study, Facebook has discovered that people have in fact been leaving the social media giant because of the job.

Writing for Inc.com, Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, looks at what happened when Facebook’s People Analytics team tracked why their employees were leaving.

Read the article to discover what Facebook recommends to keep employees from quitting – and what they learnt from their people data.

3.  Can you predict which employees will be the most engaged?

Statistics show we’re facing an engagement crisis; only 33% of employees in the US are engaged at work – something that drops to 10% in Western Europe (Gallup, ‘State of the Global Workplace 2017’).

With the war on talent, anything that can help businesses to boost engagement and generate meaning and fulfilment for employees is vital right now.

Writing for Personnel Today, David Barrett, chief commercial officer at cut-e Group, explains that establishing which potential new recruits are likely to be most engaged is no longer a lottery.

His company has studied key personality traits and identified that certain people are wired for engagement more than others due to a specific blend of three key traits:

  • Positivity
  • Cooperativeness
  • Drive

Read the article to find out how to spot these traits, and what blends of the traits will still produce high engagement even if a candidate doesn’t score highly on all three traits.

4.  Talent strategies not fit for fourth industrial revolution

Executives don’t believe that their organizations have the right talent to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution, according to findings in Deloitte Global’s, The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here – Are You Ready?’ report.

Jennny Roper, editor of HR Magazine, explores the key outcomes of the Deloitte survey, which questioned over 1,600 C-level executives from 19 countries.

Globally, a quarter of respondents were highly confident they have the right workforce composition and skills needed for the future, while in the UK, just over half of respondents believed their existing workforce could be trained in the skills required.

Read the article to see what the findings indicate for the gig economy.

5.  4 key findings from Linkedin’s global recruiting trends report

Data and AI are just two of the key findings from Linkedin’s global recruiting trends report. The annual report surveyed over 8,000 recruiters and hiring managers across the globe to help recruitment and HR teams prepare for 2018.

For example, did you know that despite most professionals in the industry using data in their jobs now, this is set to accelerate in 2018 with nearly two-fifths seeing it as one of the most important factors in the hiring process?

Over two thirds are also currently making use of data for things like increased retention, evaluating skills and building better offers – but within the next two years, 79% are likely to be using data in their hiring process, suggesting an even greater reliance on it.

Read the article to find out the other top trends, and what they mean for recruitment in 2018.

Want to read more? For further articles, research and thought pieces on the latest HR and People trends, why not bookmark our Sage People news hub for all the latest insight and analysis.

 

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