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When Did Manager Become A Bad Word?

Posted by on September 26, 2016

A growing number of companies are turning away from using the term “manager” and choosing instead to use more generic terms for all employees. The idea is that it removes the negative connotations of having to report to a strict boss and instead opens things up to a world of collaboration and equality amongst employees. […]

A New And Improved HR

Posted by on September 25, 2016

Ron Storn is the Vice President of the People department at Lyft. Lyft is a ride-sharing company based out of San Francisco, CA that unites technology and humans for more affordable rides. He has been with Lyft for 3 years and he is at the head of all of the recruiting and human resources for the company. Lyft has been around since 2007 and when they started they had 80 employees and now they have 1200. […]

Work, Love, And Life When Robots Rule The Earth

Posted by on September 18, 2016

Robin Hanson is the author of a new book called The Age of EM: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth. He is also an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University, he has his doctorate in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology. He has studied political science, engineering, AI, physics, and economics. He has done research at Nasa, he has over 3100 citations, 60 publications, 420 media mentions, and he has a blog called […]

The Future Of Work Weekly Roundup – September 18th, 2016

Posted by on September 18, 2016

Do you think a majority of people will work from home in the future? How does your company handle its hiring process? What the one key skill that is lacking in our workforce today and that could set you apart as a Millennial? What are the six signs that you should be watching out for to determine whether or not your job is safe from automation? These questions are answered on this weeks Future of Work Roundup. […]

Why Automation is Great, Until It Isn’t

Posted by on September 14, 2016

Automation is a hot topic nowadays. The theme of automation seems to be everywhere. While there are some people who feel that automation is a good thing, there are also quite a few people who feel that automation is a scary thing because it could mean that there will be less jobs for humans. In my opinion, we can rest easy at this point in time. […]

How LinkedIn Hires and Keeps the Best Talent

Posted by on September 12, 2016

One of the most essential roles in the future of work is HR. What is often seen as an outdated department only used for hiring and firing is actually the core of creating and implementing useful, forward-thinking company culture. One of the leaders of the new wave of HR is LinkedIn, where the HR department works to ensure a healthy work environment and that employees are treated beautifully. In the words of senior vice president of global talent organization Pat Wadors, her goal is to make sure LinkedIn can scale at its staggering pace without losing it entrepreneurial spirit and core values. […]

Should We Embrace A Sharing Economy?

Posted by on September 12, 2016

Arun Sundararajan is the author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism. He is a professor of business at the Stern School of Business at NYU. He is interested in researching how digital technology brings about change in our economy and he has published over 50 scientific papers and over 30 op-eds on subjects related to this research. […]

The Future Of Work Weekly Roundup – September 12th, 2016

Posted by on September 12, 2016

Each week I’m going to provide a round up of what I consider to be important and interesting articles on the future of work (not authored by me). These will include a variety of sources and topics ranging from workplace practices to robots and automation to leadership and everything in between. There’s a lot of information out there so I’m hoping that these weekly round ups will help make life a bit easier for you by giving you just the good stuff. Let’s get into it! […]

Is Glassdoor a Reliable Resource?

Posted by on September 9, 2016

I have been getting a lot of questions about Glassdoor, a website where you can search for a company and find all of the essential information about it without having to talk to someone from the company in person. When searching a company on Glassdoor you can find salary information, details about the corporate culture, how employees feel about working there, and much more. […]

What is the Definition of Gig Work?

Posted by on September 7, 2016

When asked for an operational definition of a Gig worker or a Freelancer compared to entrepreneurs who start consultancies, I really do not have an answer. The fact is, there are many different ideas and opinions about what Gig workers are or what they do. To prove my point, just look at how many different names and titles there are for these types of workers. You have freelancers, gig workers, entrepreneurs, consultants, contract workers, independent workers, and so on. […]

Only Humans Need Apply: Winners And Losers In The Age Of Smart Machines

Posted by on September 6, 2016

Thomas Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College in Massachusetts. He is an author, the co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, a Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He has spent the last 30 years focused on the Sociology of Information, studying and teaching about how people and organizations use information. He currently teaches MBAs at Babson College about Analytics, Cognitive Technologies, Big Data, and Knowledge Management. […]

Future Of Work Weekly Roundup

Posted by on September 5, 2016

Each week I’m going to provide a round up of what I consider to be important and interesting articles on the future of work (not authored by me). These will include a variety of sources and topics ranging from workplace practices to robots and automation to leadership and everything in between. There’s a lot of information out there so I’m hoping that these weekly round ups will help make life a bit easier for you by giving you just the good stuff. Let’s get into it! […]

In 10 Years’ Time, Will The Majority Of Us Earn Income From Freelance Or Full-time Employment

Posted by on August 30, 2016

In 10 years’ time will a majority of us earn most of our income from Freelance employment or traditional Full Time employment? That is a question I asked on Twitter and the responses revealed that 75%-80% of the people polled believed that in 10 years Freelance or Gig work will account for a majority of the income for most of us. […]

Metrics And HR: How HR Works With Enterprise Analytics To Drive Strategy And Provide Value To Business Partners

Posted by on August 28, 2016

Jennie Carlson is the Executive and Chief Human Resource officer at US Bancorp. They are the 5th largest bank in the US, with 67,000 employees. Jennie has been with the company for 15 years and able to provide valuable insight in this week’s podcast. The HR department has a pyramid of shared services. The normal HR functions such as payroll, employee relations, and recruiting are along the baseline. As the pyramid climbs higher, talent development, advancement opportunities are the focus. At the very top, the message of how US Bancorp can use people and talent to drive the strategy of the organization cascades down and drives the actions of the entire department. Other topics this can include are organizational design and fostering a great employee experience to lead to a great customer experience. […]

Who’s Responsible for Creating A Sense Of Purpose?

Posted by on August 24, 2016

Purpose is the number one topic regarding corporate culture inside of an organization. There has been many debates on where the purpose inside our organizations comes from. Should the organization be responsible for creating purpose for their employees, or should employees just show up to work with it already driving them? For example, Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs, believes that people do not have to choose their dream job, but they can choose any job and create a sense of purpose themselves. Other camps believe that a person should wait for that dream job, where the organization is responsible for creating the sense of purpose for the employee. […]

Why Diversity And Inclusion Are Crucial for The Success of Organizations Today

Posted by on August 22, 2016

Anka Wittenberg is the SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at SAP, a software firm based in Walldorf, Germany. She holds master’s degrees in economics and international business and is a mother of three. That last note is what helped launch her career since holding two master’s degrees was not enough to get her an interview with the larger firms in Germany just because she also had small children. This one difference between Anka and the rest of the workforce is what opened her eyes and showed her the need for more diversity and inclusion in the workforce. This observation has helped Anka become a guest lecturer, author and advocate for true diversity and inclusion in the workforce. […]

The CHRO Of 24 Hour Fitness On Relationship Based Leadership

Posted by on August 15, 2016

Beth Taska is the EVP of Human Resources for 24 Hour Fitness, which was founded in 1979 and has over 400+ locations and over 23,000 employees serving 4 million club members. She has held the CHRO (Chief HR Officer) title and Senior HR positions for corporations such as Clearwire, Gap and Sears. Beth’s career path was not of the norm, she holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a graduate degree in Public Administration and worked for several municipalities around the Chicago area before beginning her career in the HR world. […]

Activity Based Working, What Is It and Are You Using It?

Posted by on August 12, 2016

Is your organization using it? What exactly is activity based working? Activity based work is work that is focused on the activity that you are doing. What does that mean, well we work in many ways and usually in a couple of environments. On average we can perform up to 21 different activities on any given work day and many of us are performing these tasks within a cubical or open floor plan. So we are working in one designed workspace to perform 21 different activities which doesn’t make much sense. Activity based working is where the focus is on the activity you are trying to complete. In other words, you work within a space designed for a particular activity and only that one activity. So you would have a different space to hold conferences, another space to collaborate with co-workers, another space for quiet contemplation and so forth. […]

4 Tips on How to Avoid Email & Social Media Over Load

Posted by on August 9, 2016

In today’s day and age with many of us being “Flexible Workers” it is very easy to become exhausted or overwhelmed with notifications from social media and email. We are all using technology as much as possible and it can keep us from actually being productive! It is hard to imagine that this is even possible but if you don’t put fail-safes in place you will find yourself exhausted by the end of the business day and then realize you have not actually gotten any real work done. […]

How Millennials Are Changing The Way Organizations Recruit And Retain Top Talent

Posted by on August 7, 2016

Bask Iyer is the chief information officer of VMware and serves as the company’s senior vice president. Prior to VMware Bask was the chief information officer for Juniper Networks and held the same position at Honeywell and GlaxoSmithKline Beechcam. He is an industry veteran with more than 25 years experience within the Silicon Valley based technology firms and more traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies. […]