Job Stress: Time to Give Employees a Break?

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Job stress is the aspect of employment that U.S. workers are least satisfied with according to Gallup’s Work and Education poll (“U.S. Workers Least Happy with Their Work Stress and Pay,”, November 12, 2012).

Recently, APQC launched a new stress-reduction initiative—a sabbatical program for benefits-eligible employees. Designed to reenergize and retain its work force, APQC’s sabbatical program offers extra paid time off (PTO) at different points in an employee’s tenure.

HR's Future

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 “HR ‘has wasted the past 20 years,’ says survey.” This headline, from a recent Personnel Today article, sure got my attention. The article presents the results of a KPMG Management Consulting/Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Whether you agree with the conclusions or not, the article and the survey raise an important question:

How can HR best prepare for a value-adding future?

STEM Deprived? More Help for STEM Employers

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 The STEM shortage (the deficit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical talent) has been a reoccurring topic in my blog posts. Recently, I had the opportunity to guest blog about STEM talent on the website of Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group (KellyOCG), writing about 3 Effective Strategies for Retaining STEM Talent.

Evaluate Your HR Shared Services Performance

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When managed well, HR shared services organizations (HR SSOs) can reduce HR costs, while maintaining or increasing the quality of HR services delivered. But, how do you know if your HR SSO is fully delivering on these benefits? APQC has two new resources that can help you assess the performance of your HR shared services organization (HR SSO).

Take APQC and ScottMadden’s 2nd Annual HR Shared Services benchmarking survey.

APQC Answers 6 HR Questions

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 Responses to frequently asked questions about the HR function

In my last blog post, I wrote about new APQC tools that can help HR assess its past performance and make plans for the future. In this post, I want to present some new APQC articles that answer common questions about the HR function—questions that our members often ask us as they assess HR performance and set HR plans.

New Tools Help HR Assess Progress and Make Plans

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At this time of year, many APQC members and customers are busy assessing their performance in 2012 and making ambitious plans for 2013. As your HR function considers where it’s been and where it wants to be, take a look at the new tools and resources that APQC has available to assist you.

Take the Tour . . .

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of Our Latest Performance-Improving Resources for HR.

On Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT, join me for a complimentary, guided tour of APQC’s most recent human capital management (HCM) content.


Hear where you can find HR metrics including:

Staying Relevant in HR

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Do you have what it takes to succeed in HR not just this year but also in the years to come?

While listening to a radio program on job retraining in the United States, I started thinking about the skills and abilities that HR professionals will need to stay relevant and employable into the near-term future.

Smart HR

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Learn how your HR function can work smarter by more formally managing HR knowledge.

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the shortage of technical skills plaguing organizations in the aerospace, energy, engineering, and many other industries. But, there is another skills shortage that I want to call attention to: an HR skills shortage.

In its latest survey of Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) found:

Tool: Quickly Set Your Technical Talent Priorities

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How prepared is your organization to attract, develop, and retain technically skilled workers?  APQC’s new Technical Talent Management Assessment* tool can help you answer this question.

 * Open to nonmembers for the month of July.