Top 7 posts in the HR Space ( March 1st - March 8th)

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4 Ways To Define Trust In The New World Of Work

Why you should read it : Building trust is essential for any relationship to successfully function.

Synopsis : Over the years the way trust functions in the workplace has changed, as well as the rituals that build trust. Meghan M. Biro has very artfully defined for us what defines trust in todays workplace.

Succession Planning When Your Company Is In Crisis Mode

Why you should read it : The costs of poor succession planning can create a ripple effect throughout your organization.

Synopsis : If your company suddenly finds itself in a position where a key position is unexpectedly left empty, your HR professionals and talents managers are going to have to act fast. Darleen DeRosa has come up with a list of what you should do when you find yourself in such a crisis.

Weekly Wrap: $720 Million Spent On Engagement And This Is All We Get?

Why you should read it : Josh Bersin predicts that spending on employee engagement is going to rise from $720 million to $1.53 billion.

Synopsis : According to the most recent survey from Towers Watson, 63 percent of U.S. workers are not fully engaged in their work and are struggling to cope with work situations that don’t provide sufficient support. This makes us wonder what the $720 million dollars, we spent on employee engagement, is getting us.

New Options for Finding Tech Talent

Why you should read it : A growing number of vendors are offering services designed to connect companies with sought-after talent that might never consider working full-time for those firms.

Synopsis : This new type of workforce is known as the ‘agile workforce’, where workers are hired on a contract basis. This allows companies to cut costs by temporarily hiring employees; who they would not be able to hire on a full time basis.

Move HR To The Cloud And See The Difference: 5 Reasons To Switch

Why you should read it : 57% of businesses in the United States are planning on transferring their HRMS to the cloud within the next 18 months.

Synopsis : There is almost no downside to a company shifting it’s Human Resources operations on to the cloud.These include, but are not limited to, better agility, self – service functions and the automation of processes making information more easily accessible.

A ‘Most-Wanted List’ — A Forward-Looking Way To Hire Exceptional Talent

Why you should read it : A most wanted list is a list made at the beginning of the year of all the  individuals your firm would like to hire.

Synopsis : If you’re looking for a way to plan your workforce, then building a most wanted list is the first step. The first step is to collaborate with your firms executives to develop a list of innovators, industry icons, and purple squirrels that could contribute a significant amount to you firm.

Gamification Grows Up

Why you should read it : If anecdotal evidence is to be believed, gamification has shown positive results in increasing employee engagement.

Synopsis : The progress bar that appears when we are filling out an application or leaderboards showing individuals’ sales figures are all examples of gamification. Gamification is an intuitive solution to engagement problems as we are wired to respond to competition. But as Steven Bates points out in his article, as with any tool, gamification must be used carefully.