The digital workplace: Using a distinctive, digitally enabled employee experience to drive value in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures

The digital workplace: Using a distinctive, digitally enabled employee experience to drive value in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures

Posted by Matt Usdin, Ed Alexander, and Kyle Forrest on May 26, 2017.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) and divestiture activity has been exceptionally strong the last several years – setting a record in 2015 with more than $5 trillion in deals struck1 and $3.2 trillion in deals in 2016.2 This activity has been driven by a variety of factors, with many companies looking for opportunities to grow revenue, benefit from scale, access new markets and distribution channels, and accelerate their pivot to digital. While the opportunities are abundant, achieving value through the M&A life cycle remains a challenge.

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Design thinking meets HR Operational Services

Posted by Kraig Eaton, Mustaque Ali, Maribeth Sivak and Kelyse McKeon on April 11, 2017.

As organizations strive to build a differentiated employee experience to drive engagement, growth, and a Simply Irresistible Organization™ , HR can take the lead by architecting and stewarding the HR customer experience by rethinking how HR work happens. Transitioning from cost-focused HR Shared Services to experience-focused HR Operational Services is on many HR agendas. But how do you make this shift happen? The answer may lie in applying design thinking to shape an effective, intuitive, and engaging HR customer experience.

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HR your way

How the next-generation digital workplace can power a deeply personalized HR customer experience

HR your way

Posted by Michael Gretczko and Daniel John Roddy on March 09, 2017.

Business disruption is rampant—new business models, new technologies, a challenging economic environment, and the overall quickening pace of business are all disruptive to “business as usual.” Workforce demographics and trends—retiring boomers, high-expectation millennials, workforce-on-demand models, team-based work—are another disruption. It is incumbent on HR to find ways to “hack” these disruptions for their customers, leveraging the digital workplace to customize the HR customer experience according to each individual’s unique needs in the face of this almost constant change.

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The path to HR sustainability

From the digital workplace to digital HR to sustainable HR

The path to HR sustainability
Posted by Michael Gretczko on October 27, 2016.

For those of us active in the realm of HR and business, “digital HR” and the “digital workplace” have been hot topics. But as is often the case with new terminology and buzzwords, they can mean different things to different people. We’ve thought a lot about the challenges HR faces and the role of “digital” in addressing them, and it’s more encompassing than many of the definitions we’ve seen. The digital workplace is what powers digital HR, which in turn enables HR to sustain itself in the face of disruption.

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Design thinking applied to HCM technology selection

Crafting the HR customer experience: An ongoing series

Architecting the HR customer experience: Design thinking applied to HCM technology selection

Posted by Arthur Mazor, Gary Cole, and Maribeth Sivak on September 01, 2016.

The business imperative
Two-thirds of companies believe complexity is an obstacle to business success and a barrier to productivity.1 Design thinking takes aim at the heart of unnecessary workplace complexity by putting the HR customer experience and moments that matter first—helping to improve productivity by designing solutions that are at once compelling, enjoyable, and simple.

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Design thinking in HR: The arc of an experience


Posted by Ruth Schmidt on August 12, 2016.

User experience (UX) design, user-centered design, design thinking—they’re all ways of reimagining and improving something—a process, a product, a service, an event—by considering it from the perspective of the people experiencing it. We recently polled about 1,400 webinar participants (primarily HR professionals) and asked them what parts of their talent process were in need of this kind of retooling. Performance management got the most votes, cited by nearly a third (30 percent) of respondents. Let’s look at how an element of design thinking, considering the full “arc” of an experience, can be applied to performance management.

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Stack the learning deck

Embrace new skills and roles to build a “full-stack” L&D function

Embrace new skills and roles to build a “full-stack” L&D function

Posted by Mary Slaughter on July 21, 2016.

So much has changed in organizational learning and development (L&D) over the last 15+ years that it barely resembles the function of old. Today corporate learning is less about developing and conveying content and more about enabling people to adapt, contribute, and excel throughout their careers. This shift has created the need for a much broader definition of what it means to be a learning professional.

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