Supporting the untethered workplace

Mobility and the future of work

Supporting the untethered workplace
Posted by Stephen Redwood on February 8, 2017.

For years it was common to hear—and sympathize—when someone mentioned being “chained to my desk.” The phrase could suggest a few things: lack of workplace freedom, a very heavy workload, and even indispensability. Today, though, the way work gets done has become increasingly mobile. People no longer have to be at their desk to be working hard or filling an indispensable role, and many organizations have recognized the value of enabling more freedom in how and where employees work. In fact, our research found that mobility factors heavily in how C-suite leaders see the future of work.

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Getting to digital learning: The puzzle is coming together

Getting to digital learning: The puzzle is coming together
Posted by Josh Haims on February 1, 2017.

As the digital (r)evolution continues to turn corporate learning on its ear, we find many organizations and their learning leaders seeking guidance about what’s next. They’re asking questions about everything from their legacy learning infrastructure to the skills of their team to content curation to engaging learners. What strikes me as I listen to these questions is that it’s not so much that we have a new puzzle to solve, it’s that the puzzle pieces we’ve had for a while are finally clicking into place.

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IRS extends deadline for providing Affordable Care Act information reporting statements to individuals

IRS extends deadline for providing Affordable Care Act information reporting statements to individuals
Posted by Jerry Karlin on January 18, 2017.

The Internal Revenue Service on November 18 issued Notice 2016-70*, which extends the due date—from January 31, 2017, until March 2, 2017—for insurers, self-insuring employers, and certain other providers of minimum essential health insurance coverage under Internal Revenue Code section 6055 and for applicable large employers under section 6056 to furnish the Form 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals for the 2016 tax year. (Sections 6055 and 6056 were added to the code as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.)

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Simplifying the workplace—and life: Connecting HR customers to what matters most

Simplifying the workplace—and life
Posted by Michael Gretczko and Daniel John Roddy on January 12, 2017.

Much has been written about “digital HR” and the challenge for HR to reinvent itself for the digital age. Deloitte’s vision of digital HR is of a sustainable HR function that maintains a dynamic tension between operating efficiency and creative disruption. In an age of disruption, HR will need to continue to evolve its operating model, service delivery model, and enabling technology platform—the “digital workplace”—to continuously hack the disruptions and deliver solutions designed around the HR customer experience.

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Design thinking meets HR process transformation

Crafting the HR customer experience: An ongoing series

Design thinking meets HR process transformation
Posted by Kraig Eaton, Katy Norris, Maribeth Sivak, and Lauren Seidman on January 10, 2017.

Your organization is responding to disruptions that are simultaneously impacting your business and your workforce, driving changes in the way your enterprise runs, and intensifying the need to focus on the customer experience to drive growth. As an HR leader, you understand the critical linkage between your company’s business strategy, workforce performance, and HR. This includes HR’s role in promoting a positive employment brand that both attracts candidates and serves HR customers throughout the employment life cycle. But how do you craft HR processes that deliver? How do you delight and engage the workforce (and potential workforce) at the moments that matter most? The answer may lie in applying design thinking to HR process transformation.

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A better way forward: Learner-centric leadership development

A better way forward: Learner-centric leadership development
Posted by Noah Rabinowitz on January 6, 2017.

As we’ve discussed in parts one and two of our four-part series, leadership development is about giving people the knowledge, tools, and experiences they need to be effective leaders at your organization. That means developing them in the context of your business strategies and the issues you face in executing those strategies and reaching goals. Delivering that type of contextual leadership development starts with thinking differently about how you approach leadership learning. To be truly effective, your learners—not the content or the delivery mode or the underlying technology—should be at the center of your approach.

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Even when the numbers add up, culture clashes can erode M&A value

Even when the numbers add up, culture clashes can erode M&A value
Posted by Sarah Hindley on December 20, 2016.

  • Differences in decision-making approaches and employment philosophies between an American acquirer and its Japanese acquisition keep integration planning in limbo for months.
  • The merger of two American companies with similar interests seems like it should be rather seamless—except that the target company has a significant workforce population in Germany. As integration work begins, differences in communication and collaboration styles soon surface, hindering the two companies’ ability to work together to realize deal value.

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