German and French Workers Consistently Outperforming Brits at Work

Today's post is courtesy of Claire Richardson, director of the Workforce Institute Europe. U.K. workers are not delivering – at least compared to their European counterparts. They are simply less productive at work: Brits spend more work time on social media, take more work home with them, and sleep fewer hours than the leading European … Continue reading German and French Workers Consistently Outperforming Brits at Work

The Always-On Con: The Live Debate

I'm very excited to announce a first of its kind live event we'll be sponsoring in London on October 10th.  This event launches a series of conversations about a phenomenon we're calling "The Always-On Con". The proliferation of connected devices and apps that increasingly rule our lives is often hailed as being a step forward for … Continue reading The Always-On Con: The Live Debate

How Much Is Your Attention Worth?

Otis Johnson was released from prison in 2014 after spending 44 years of his life behind bars. What’s remarkable about his story is that upon re-entering civilisation, Mr Johnson witnessed 44years of technological advancements in a single moment – an experience very few will share with him. To put this in perspective, he was completely … Continue reading How Much Is Your Attention Worth?

Game, Set, Match: Google

Today's post comes to us courtesy of board member John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura Consulting Group. Does your company provide employees with access to information in a useful format? You may think the answer to this question is “yes”, but, at the risk of sounding harsh, I’m guessing it’s actually “no”. Here’s why: … Continue reading Game, Set, Match: Google

Legislative Compliance – the $100,000 Bill

In our latest survey, conducted with Future Workplace, we asked 812 HR and payroll leaders about their views regarding regulatory compliance.  What we heard back is that it can cost organizations as much as $100,000 each time a federal, state, or even local labor-related regulation is created or changed. It's not surprising that changes in labor … Continue reading Legislative Compliance – the $100,000 Bill

The Monday-through-Friday Scheduling Dilemma

Today's post comes to us from board member John Frehse, Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting. When my colleagues and I ask executive management teams about their labor strategies, they often tell us how it is supposed to be rather than how it actually is. In many cases we hear about 3-shift operations working Monday-through-Friday with weekends off. As … Continue reading The Monday-through-Friday Scheduling Dilemma

Simple Math: Big Data – Big Focus = Big Failure

As technology advances allow us to analyze every aspect of business operations, many companies are inundated with data. Although we celebrate the advances in technology, this “data revolution” has also blurred the line between valuable insight and mundane non-value added information. As a result, many companies are now buried in indecipherable numbers. To successfully pierce through the mountains of useless data and focus on the strategic insights, it is critical businesses have the tools to translate heaps of distracting data into useful information.

HR Software Implementations: Customize Your Mindset, Not the Software

Mistakenly, many organizations start a software implementation thinking about how they can modify the new software to match their existing processes (i.e.: customize it). However, experience has shown me that this is nearly always the most expensive way to implement a new software platform (and the most expensive way to maintain it) for human resources or payroll functions. Rather, organizations should consider this question: if the existing processes and workflows are working so well, why are we investing in a new system at all?

The Future Workplace – Are You Ready?

The following post is by WFI board member, Jeanne C Meister, Partner at Future Workplace and Co-author of The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees. The future of work is about developing a workplace that emotionally connects to employees and customers, understands the impact of technology on the … Continue reading The Future Workplace – Are You Ready?

Organizational Productivity: Staffing and Scheduling Must Work Together

Today’s guest post is courtesy of our board member, Sharlyn Lauby.  Sharlyn is author of the blog HR Bartender and president of ITM Group Inc. We keep hearing about the challenges of finding qualified talent. According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) titled “The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages”, sixty-eight percent … Continue reading Organizational Productivity: Staffing and Scheduling Must Work Together