It’s Recovery Time for Work/Life Balance

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Over the past several years, high levels of unemployment pushed the topic of work/life balance to the HR sidelines. With hiring in the United States reaching levels not seen since 2008 (as reported by the Gallup Job Creation Index), the time has come for HR to revisit work/life balance.

During the global recession, workers assumed heavy workloads and worked long hours in an effort to remain employed. As they gain more employment options, they will seek to restore balance between their work and personal lives.

Just Released—Technical Talent Management Report

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Earlier this week, we released our latest human capital management (HCM) best practices report. It is full of strategies to help organizations beat the technical talent shortage.

Technical Talent Management: Sourcing, Developing, and Retaining Technical Talent describes 19 best practices for effectively managing technical talent across the employment life cycle. Topics include:

Solutions to Your Technical Talent Challenges

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An informal poll conducted during APQC’s July 2011 Human Capital Management Community Call found that when it comes to managing technical talent organizations’ top challenges span the entire talent management life cycle—from sourcing to developing employees to rewards and recognition and knowledge retention.
 

Cast Your Vote

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APQC is finalizing its human capital management (HCM) best practices research agenda for 2012. Take our brief survey to tell us which study topics interest you:  http://www.apqc.org/hcmvoc12.

Topics already under consideration include:

Building a Flexible Work Force—This study would examine how best-practice organizations use different employee arrangements (part time, contract, outsourced, etc.) to modify staffing as business conditions change.

HR Benchmarks on Demand

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When it comes to HR metrics there is no shortage at APQC. But did you know that APQC members have access to a wide range of HR metrics at any time? APQC’s Benchmarks on Demand tool (available via our Web site) allows members to browse, select, and download HR metrics in real time.

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Even When On-Campus Hiring Slows, University Recruiting Relations Should Remain Steady

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More than three-quarters of organizations in APQC’s Open Standard’s Benchmarking database source talent from colleges and universities. Over half recruit from technical schools or colleges. Although the pace of on-campus hiring has yet to reach pre-recession levels, organizations should not neglect their on-campus recruiting relationships.

Should HR Solicit Employee Feedback on Its Performance?

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Lately, I have been writing a lot about managing employee and executive performance.* Today, I came across an article in People Management magazine that got me thinking about a different kind of performance management—performance management for the HR function.

2 Workforce Trends Articles Published

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What trends will impact your business in 2012? Are talent shortages and generational discord on your list? APQC recently bylined articles on these trends.

Workforce Capabilities Fall Short

Human Capital Management--Top Downloads of 2011

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Growth, talent, speed, risk, reputation, and sustainability—these are six CEO priorities that we reported on at the start of 2011. Throughout the year, we published and promoted human capital management (HCM) content aimed at helping organizations meet these CEO objectives.

Below is a list of our most downloaded HCM content in 2011. Each item covers at least one aspect of the CEO agenda—an agenda that we anticipate will endure into the new year. If you missed any of these items, check them out today and get a jumpstart on 2012.

Time for a Training and Development Check-up

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More than half of workers in the United States feel the need to develop skills. But, fewer than a quarter of U.S. workers feel that their employer is providing the kind of formal training that would help them develop their skills. These survey findings were released last week by consulting company Accenture.*