Tag: "business"

Disruption: HR for Challenging Times

Change surrounds us. The world has changed in every conceivable—and previously inconceivable—way within a generation. The question is though, when does change in the wider world become disruption in the workplace, and how does that affect an organization’s expectations of human resources?

HR Leadership at All Levels: From the Table to the Frontline

It’s a common topic when HR professionals gather to discuss the state of the profession – the often elusive seat at the executive table. While familiar questions arise, their importance to the ongoing success of organizations continues to grow. Does HR have a seat at the table? If not, why not? What can HR leaders contribute there? Most importantly, how do they get there?

Good Jobs and Integrated Thinking

HR needs to see how deeply people factors are integrated into the overall strategy of how an organization works. Reading The Good Jobs Strategy is a great introduction to the kind of integrated thinking HR needs to embrace.

Hikes Impact More Than Minimum Wage

Proposals to increase the minimum wage have been gaining political traction on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Are higher statutory minimum wages an effective way to improve the economic well-being of low to moderate income workers? Do they reduce the incidence of poverty?

Living, Learning, Leading: HR Then and Now

Once there were clerks who figured out how much each employee got paid, and made sure they got their money. Picture poor Bob Cratchit. Now, picture today’s human resources professionals, advising leadership teams and sitting at the executive table.

Dave Ulrich: A Return on Value

With Ulrich returning to open the 52nd Annual BC HRMA Conference + Tradeshow on April 15-16, 2014, we revisit a PeopleTalk interview from 2008 to set the stage. His insights are as timely as ever.

Don’t Fall in Love with HR

The biggest trap for human resources professionals is becoming immersed in the world of HR. If you read HR books, take HR courses and hang out with other HR specialists, you may lose sight of the real needs of your business.

Income Disparity Deepens Divide

Academic research points to a number of factors that have increased inequality and boosted incomes at the upper end of the distribution: globalization, the impact of technological change, competition from low-wage emerging economies, and (until recently) rapid growth of the financial sector. Fast-climbing compensation for chief executives, professional athletes, entertainers, and some successful business owners has also played a role in driving income gains at the very top. But the most important contributor to greater earnings inequality is increases in what economists refer to as “the education wage premium” – the economic returns to individuals who possess one or more university degrees (or other high-value work-related credentials).