Why Don’t Soft Skills Get More Respect?

It's surprising that soft skills get so little respect in today's workplace. Look at any job description posted for just about any job. What you'll find is a long list of very specific technical skills that are required, as well as specific job experience the hiring manager wants. Rarely, if ever, will you find anything directly addressing any soft skills that the job candidate needs to possess.

What’s Your Manager Effectiveness Index?

Today's post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute. Our CEO, Aron Ain, always says that every employee deserves a great manager.  Today’s discussion is about how Kronos has made measurable progress on that promise. Lots of organizations invest lots of money in management training. According to the 2018 Training Industry … Continue reading What’s Your Manager Effectiveness Index?

The Availability Trap

In the hospitality sector, many of us have fallen into what I think of as “the availability trap”: running our consumer-facing businesses on the whim of a 17-year-old who wants to work, but also attend band practice three afternoons a week.

Analytics Moves HR Towards Being a Strategic Partner

A recent research report “Beyond HR Metrics: HR Analytics” issued by the organization where I work, International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), sheds light on why and how public sector HR professionals are implementing HR analytics programs at their organizations.

2019 Predictions from the Workforce Institute

Every year at this time, we ask our board members around the world what they think will be the most important workplace trends in the coming year. Although we usually have tried to limit ourselves to 5 top trends, this year we found 6 recurring themes among the prognostications of this insightful group.

Developing Generation Z Leaders

Today's post comes to us from Workforce Institute board member and Cal Poly Pomona Chief Employment Officer Dennis Miller.  Generation Z leaders are coming up.  What is your organization doing to develop them? A recent report from Workforce 2020 titled “The Leadership Cliff”, seems especially useful when contemplating how to start the process of leadership development … Continue reading Developing Generation Z Leaders

The Human Power Behind Artificial Intelligence

This blog post about how the new world of work needs to make use of artificial intelligence and human creativity is courtesy of our German Workforce Institute Board Member Dr. Steffi Burkhart. Für die deutsche Version dieses Posts, klicken Sie hier. The speed of technological progress is already making some jobs of today redundant. In … Continue reading The Human Power Behind Artificial Intelligence

Mapping the Journey to a Great Employee Experience

Today's post is courtesy of board member Bob Clements, President at Axsium Group,  a leading workforce management consulting firm. One of the hottest topics in HR today is the employee experience, which can be defined as the sum of every interaction between an employee and employer from hire to retire. Creating a great employee experience helps … Continue reading Mapping the Journey to a Great Employee Experience