Showing posts from September, 2016

News Stories: Ethics and HR, A Total Makeover

News stories drew our attention more closely to the question of ethics, lately. In Science, there was the story about genetic engineering, coming true . Although it is not quite a new issue - the UK had introduced a law on the subject  a year ago, according to BBC - , its' coming to realization drew a renewed wave of huge uproar and controversies. The other story is the one of Wells Fargo allegedly allowing or enabling the creation of unauthorized accounts. Again, huge reactions.  Two different worlds, yet a similar issue: Ethics. In the case of Wells Fargo, a question was raised among the HR community: "Where was HR"?     

Wells Fargo happens to be one case. It draws quite a bit of attention for the moment. But, let's be realistic: it is just one case among many others, big and small. Pushing for performance, sanctioning results can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. Of course every company wants to encourage strong, positive results. The issue is not in the posi…

Transformed US Benefits? Merging Towards The Global Trend

Enrollment time: Hot topic lately. Also, popular among all talks these last few years has been the topic ofHealthcare and benefits. Consequently,benefits have slowly but surely taken a new path in HR, apparentlymimicking those offered globally.
Eye Opening Chart: Who Stands out? Looking at benefits on a wide scale, we know that they are, in fact,particular to each country. Theydiffer widelyfrom country to country. In fact, even the most common benefits among developed economies are far from being equal: Denmark and France are on top of the chart while Ireland and the U.S. are at the bottom, ranking respectively 7.3 and and 7.2 vs. 2.3 and 0.3  on a scale score of most to least generous,  the U.S being a benchmark (Llewellyn Consulting Feb 2016 report). Different societies, different standards. Check it out here. Evidently, Europe is always leading but do other countries stand out as well? One could mistakenly think that benefits are quasi-non-existent in less developed countries. Nothi…