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Wrapping up the Year in Thanksgiving for HR ... En Hommage...
As People in the United States gather in Thanksgiving, we share our special thoughts with People around the World.
We are back after the summer break, getting into the Fall season; and the Service/Retail world has been pushing - with big bangs - to diffuse what we
have been hearing quite a bit about these last months (or years): the closing of stores and banks, The Retail Meltdown, the Rise of Amazon and online shopping, the death of Brick and Mortar Store, and yet, the boom of the Food and Beverage industry. The common key factor? It is all about the the Service Industry,
so the answer seems simple enough: People, as in customers and
employees. But, not so fast! There is nothing simple about the
people-service industry complex, and much less about the retail outlook since not all retail businesses are equal.
People can be ambiguous, and the symbiosis between HR and Service Industry
workforce is hardly attainable. It would seem obvious that HR plays a
major role in the rise and/or fall of the Service industry. The only
caveat? It takes awareness.
A short updateon a crucial and current subject: Healthcare. (For the very latest follow-up and/or dissection of the process click here) The matter is of a global and complicated interest, but at this point do US employees still care? The subject goes "over the head" of many, has become more of a political duel rather than being approached as a public health concern with serious economic impacts.
For the sake of information and communication on the subject, I will give a quick snapshot on the matter in this post. We remember (or don't) that ACA stands for the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare", the AHCA is the American Health Care Act, and the latest is the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
Quick, because a decision - to go forward, to revise, or to halt the whole process (theorically, because steps will undoubtedly, continue to be taken behind the scene to somehow dismantle Healthcare as it is now) will occur within the next few days; He…
THE HR PATH: FROM POWERFUL AND LONELY TO JOLLY BUSINESS PARTNER
Do you remember that Spiderman amusingly dramatic phrase: "With great power comes great responsibility" ? We are closing the first quarter of the year, and it's usually time for rolling-out changes. Time for reviews, dreaded annual chats, result celebration, and follow-up or carrying-out of policy changes and/or new directives implementation. HR is at the heart of those actions. Neutral and Stoic. Passionate employees could argue that HR is at best passive, at worst heartless.
UPDATE: When Employees Volunteer to Fight Toxicity
The subject of toxic leadership is endless. I owe this update to Pat Ahern of AdVision who brought up the issue of team, leadership and toxicity. Thanks, Pat for reminding me of the importance of this subject. Incidentally, concurrent circumstances made me rethink about the leadership role in team growth. So, yes, toxic leadership can generate quite a toxic environment and harm team spirit in one way or another. As managers become enablers of resistance to change for fear of losing long-time employees, they have a tendency to become irrelevant themselves. Relevancy is not measured by tenure. It is about adaptability, agility, understanding of changed and evolving principles, practices and needs. As a side note, could irrelevancy also be linked to subordination? The terms that define subordination status could certainly impact leadership relevancy. In a way, one can be only as good as he/she is allowed to be. When it comes to leadershi…
Interesting enough, Health is primary in France, Canada, Australia, the Russian Federation, and Norway. Life-Work balance is important in Mauritius Island, Mali, Montenegro and Nicaragua. Life Satisfactionprevails in US, Germany, UK, as well as Croatia, Poland and Sweden and Finland. Safety is paramount in Japan, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and The Bahamas. Education is important in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina
The FIVE TOP COMPANIES
According to Glassdoor, there are 25 companies that are rated to be the best in work/life balance policies. Employees do love it.
Those organizations include non-profit, as well as international ones.
The five top companies are the following: (increasing sc…