If there’s one HR process that draws more heated debate than any other, its performance management. The existing model has a 75-year history, initially serving as a means to justify one’s salary. Much has changed and the general consensus today is that it serves nothing more than a tick and flick exercise of what was, with no direct to strategy and culture. Granted, it still plays a key role in assisting with remuneration decisions, but the current model is not always successful in improving performance. In a few words, it’s broken but this should not be unexpected.
When it comes to innovation, are you a helicopter or a vending machine? One takes a holistic view, the other churns out tired ideas day in, day out. Iain Hopkins uncovers some tips to ensure your workplace is bursting with brilliant ideas.
How many times have you heard "Technology X is going to…save money, add value, deliver competitive advantage? Is this a shiny promise? Exuberance? Or just plain hype? There’s no doubt technology is in constant state of flux; a new wave of technology appears before you’ve had time to evaluate the previous. What’s more, time between waves is getting shorter. In many cases, these shiny new terms are merely repackaged terms, presented to a new generation of thought & opportunity. So how do you recognise & translate industry buzz, into real world value?
HR, like so many other areas of business, is moving ‘on demand’ and becoming increasingly mobile. Human Capital looks at why this is happening and lists some of the best apps for HR professionals and recruiters.
In August 2011, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun partnered with a group of colleagues and made a decision that would rock the learning fraternity. They decided to open their class to the world allowing anyone, anywhere to attend their course for free. There were no pre-requisites; they had tutorials, exams, and a final assessment. The announcement was made with a single email to a professional group. It was amplified on twitter and within hours 5,000 students signed up. Eventually, over 150,000 students enrolled in an online version of Stanford’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.
It’s very easy to be distracted by shiny new objects, especially if they are accompanied with the promise to radically change the way we work, play and love. But make no mistake; social media is facilitating one of the biggest mind shifts since the industrial revolution and it’s here to stay. It is also becoming the hottest topic in the corporate conversation as companies look for ways to innovate, motivate and drive competitive advantage.