The recent wave of sexual harassment allegations highlights a conflict of interest for HR officials addressing these complaints. They must balance managing personnel issues with protecting their company's interests and their own careers.
Finish the year on a strong note by cleaning out your email inbox and sending thank-you notes to colleagues and managers, Suzanne Gelb writes. Set aside some time to improve your LinkedIn presence, and work on shifting to a healthier sleep routine in 2018.
Chicago startup company Karrot Health aims to revamp how employee wellness bonuses work by allowing employers to set up a recurring bonus for people who reach their goals and fitness milestones. Employees can track their progress on their wearable devices or phones and the program's app automatically pulls in the data.
Grab someone's attention at work by saying something like "You're the very person I want to see" or "I just heard something that will interest you," Judith Humphrey writes. If you're approaching someone who looks busy, start by asking if the person has time to talk.
Kristen Ruttgaizer, Igloo Software's HR director, says the HR function is increasingly part of strategic discussions. "We will see the HR department continue to evolve beyond an administrative function and be viewed by executives as a key function to round out organizations," she says.
Instead of relying on ineffective and harmful old methods of resolving workplace conflict, HR should use methods such as mediation, roundtable discussions and having managers deal with conflict on the front lines, writes David Liddle, CEO of TCM Group. "There is a real opportunity, right now, for the profession to be driving the development of cultures that promote and encourage healthy conflict, rather than harmful and dysfunctional disputes," he writes.
HR can play a bigger role in helping companies meet their goals by interpreting the stories behind data, taking an inclusive approach to talent and being open to new ways of thinking, writes Glenn Llopis. "You need agility and to be more of a business consultant to the organization as you proactively touch all parts of it every day," he writes.
Thomson Reuters inspires an entrepreneurial spirit by building a culture that enables innovation, creating partnerships and starting a technology center, writes executive Shawn Malhotra. "It is crucially important to inspire information and technology sharing across the organization," Malhotra writes.
Encouraging flexible work schedules leads to an engaged and productive workforce and makes it easier to attract talent, writes Steve Price, Dell Technologies' chief HR officer. Give employees the technology they need to work remotely, and make sure company leadership is on board.
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