Innovation sets a company apart from its competitors, and HR can help create an environment that's ripe for it. If you craft job descriptions carefully, create a variety of people networks and offer training geared toward innovative thinking and processes, your corporate competitiveness will benefit. Similarly, an HR department that focuses on developing the company's leaders is bound to improve the business. The trick is to make sure that "depth, adaptiveness and engagement" are built into leaders' experiences by offering education, mentoring and exposure to opportunities.
Intriguing research demonstrates that people tend to lose interest in what fascinates them once they're offered an incentive to continue doing it. But if you use the punishment-reward system and differentiate between mundane and meaningful tasks, it's different, this article says. If you can figure out what employees think of as meaningful or what motivates them, they might just do that and need no reward.
The big accounting firms have taken work flexibility to the extreme, in part due to a need to recruit and retain more women who needed flex schedules, but also because of the requirements of Gen Y workers and new regulations. After just a few years, accountants can often work when, where and how they want, and this piece outlines how the top seven audit firms make that happen. Flex years, career customization, lengthy sabbaticals and reduced workloads are all discussed.
If you find yourself face-to-face with a boss who is years younger than you, here are some tips to create a healthy relationship. Try to learn from the younger boss and pick up new skills. Don't act like his or her mom or dad, and don't try to be something you're not. Most importantly, try not to be jealous and don't try to compete.
Corporate social responsibility is no longer just good PR. Employees expect it, and it is the third key driver of employee engagement, according to a Towers Perrin report. It can help retain talent and helps workers think more positively about the company and its management. Towers Perrin has created a way to determine how your employees perceive your sustainable business practices, particularly as it relates to environmental, social, community, ethical and legal performance.