Fri, Jun 24, 2011
“May you live in interesting times.”
That may ring familiar, and while the source is frequently (and incorrectly) attributed to an ancient Chinese proverb, the source, like many sayings, is not as important as the message contained within. Many people would be tempted to type a word other than “interesting” when describing the current global employment climate.
They might elect to use “challenging,” “daunting,” or “intimidating,” as organizations try to do more with less, have more candidates for fewer jobs, and struggle to find qualified candidates that match required skill sets. For a comprehensive discussion of issues facing the global HR community and how to rise to the challenges facing both employers and job seekers, there’s no better time and place to engage the vanguard of thought and discussion than at the annual Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference, the 2011 edition of which is taking place in that bastion of certainty, Las Vegas.
If you’re unable to attend and are participating vicariously through social media (for example, the #booth866 hashtag on Twitter….I’m just sayin’), here’s a dose of instant gratification: five articles that address what’s hot right now in the world of work:
5. Will India lead the way in developing a reliable and manageable mobile workforce? For a primer of issues managers might face as they learn to accommodate and lead the emerging mobile workforce, read this Times of India article for insight about how the next 4 years might shape up within India.
4. Delve into an ROI-based approach to human capital analytics in this white paper by ITWorld (sponsored by Oracle; downloadable).
3. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation when it comes to medical leave? Does the expansion of the legal definition of disabilities put additional pressure on organizations to accommodate employees? In “The EEOC’s 5 warnings about medical leaves and the ADA,” JDSupra offers commentary about the ADA Amendments Act and its workplace implications.
2. How will your organization adapt to the looming shift in leadership from the Boomer generation to the ones that follow? Download the podcast “Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order” by Peter Cappelli, Wharton School professor, for a talk on strategy.
1. Ask any group of HR managers what their major concerns are, and it’s a virtual guarantee that rising healthcare costs will be among their top problems to tackle in the coming year (and always). For some good news and bad for employers in 2012, read this report in Small Business Trends.
And so for those of our audience members off to the fun and insight in Las Vegas, we wish you enjoyment and plenty of professional stimulation! Call these times what or how you will, but the next few days in the desert of Nevada will be interesting. Even for those of us who can’t make it there in person.
Good thing we’ve got Twitter.