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Feeling Pressure to Get Predictive?


Not long ago, I launched an APQC research study to examine how organizations were using big data in human capital management. I had read many articles on the topic. In the Workforce Management article “Big Data, Bigger Deal,” Michelle Rafter defines HR big data writing: “The term ‘HR big data…

4 Ways to Train Away Your Talent Shortages


In my last blog post, Recruiting Won’t Solve Your Talent Shortage, I wrote that training and development is often overlooked as a talent shortage solution. APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in training and development provides a clue as to why. It shows that most organizations today…

Recruiting Won't Solve Your Talent Shortage


When your organization faces a skill shortage is recruiting the primary solution? If you answered yes, your organization may be approaching talent scarcity with one hand tied behind its back.  As a worker, you’ve likely experienced the consequences of persistent skills shortages. When jobs…

8 Essential Truths About Engaging Employees


The employee survey results—part of our first submission to The Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces list—were shocking. APQC was a good workplace, but not the great workplace that leaders and employees expected. APQC made it a mission to move the needle on its employee engagement survey. Leaders…

Building a Great Workplace in the IT Industry


Thanks to technologic innovation, the IT industry is enjoying a boom in today’s business world. IT organizations are not only in the Fortune 500, several are considered to be among the 100 Best Companies to Work For. According to Great Place to Work® IT is one of six industries that consistently…

The Talent Crisis in Accounting & Finance


Today, I interviewed my colleague Mary Driscoll, APQC’s financial management senior research fellow, to get her perspectives on the state of entry-level management accounting and finance talent. APQC and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) recently completed a survey on this topic. Mary and…

Positive Stories About Working in Retail


13 Retailers made the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list Try Googling “working in retail.” You will not only find the top ranked search results are all negative, but also you will see that many of the remaining results contain words like crazy, worst, tough, hardship, problem, and…

How Analytics Can Empower Your HR Strategy


Lessons from SAS, One of the World’s Best Workplaces. Business analytics and software provider SAS is well known for using HR analytics to improve its own performance as well as its clients’ performance. Jennifer Nenadic, Manager of Enterprise Analytic Services at SAS, will be sharing HR…