CAHRS Top 10 for May 2013

Each month, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) publishes this list of the top 10 resources and articles that we have found in the HR world. Read through and let me know if you find them useful or if you found other links we should take a look at in the comments section below.

1. Employee Engagement Can Vary Greatly by Industry and Employee Role

Summary: Cornell’s CAHRS ResearchLink reminds HR practitioners to stop worrying about benchmarking and determine key employee engagement components for specific organizations based on their unique business strategies and employee roles.

2. Health or Consequences

Summary: A recent Aon Hewitt survey finds many companies offering or planning to offer rewards — and consequences — for employee involvement in company health programs. Critics say this approach unfairly punishes some workers, but HR can play a key role in shaping employees’ perception of — and participation in — incentive-rich programs

Read more on this topic in the CAHRS Employee Health and Wellness Working Group Summary.

3. Another Generation Rises: Looking Beyond the Millennials

Summary: A new generation without an official moniker and relatively unknown to the larger corporate society of the United States is trudging through the American education system just like millions of others before them, and they are just starting to think about what they want to do with their lives.

Take a look at what Cornell’s MILR students shared in their research in the CAHRS webinar CSR: Implications for HR and Talent Engagement Webinar.

4. Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

Summary: Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? For three years we’ve been investigating this question by asking hundreds of executives in surveys and in seminars all over the world to describe their ideal organization. But underlying the differences of circumstance, industry, and individual ambition we found six common imperatives. Together they describe an organization that operates at its fullest potential by allowing people to do their best work.

5. The “Sandwich Approach” Undermines Your Feedback

Summary: Have you ever used the “sandwich approach” to give negative feedback to your direct reports? You sandwich the negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. It’s a common method, but the sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationships with your direct reports.

6. Innovation: An Integral Part of Talent Management

Summary: “HR plays a critical role in unleashing innovation in companies, and [it] is in the best position to create innovative corporate cultures, starting with the hiring process,” Carr said, noting that in the current talent management environment “we have a lot to be optimistic about, but we also have a lot of work ahead of us. Nowhere is this assessment more true, perhaps, than at PepsiCo, where developing a mobile recruiting strategy that meets job seekers’ needs and expectations has been a key priority and focus for the past three years

For more on Innovation, read the latest CAHRS ResearchLink on the Role of HR practices and Social Capital.

7. What’s the State of the Art in Performance Management?

Summary: This working group summary describes how companies are looking to better manage their performance management process, the connection of performance management tools to compensation decisions, employee development, and leader coaching.

8. Look Beyond Raises to Retain and Engage Talent

Summary: A recent study predicts salaries will rise sharply in emerging markets but remain flat in developed countries. This means finding other ways to keep workers motivated.

9. Workplace Violence: Why Every State Must Adopt a Comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Law

Summary: In 1972, Karen Dion, Ellen Berscheid, and Elaine Walster set out to determine whether people hold “stereotyped notions of the personality traits possessed by individuals of varying attractiveness.”[1] Their study provided participants with photographs of subjects previously classified as attractive, moderately attractive, or unattractive and asked them to record their impressions of each.[2] The results were astonishing.

10. Is HR at Its Breaking Point?

Summary: Some companies are choosing to do away with traditional HR departments and divvy up the duties to other departments, but not everyone agrees that’s such a good idea.

Christopher Wofford is Digital Media Producer and host of WebSeries at eCornell.
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