Best of the HR blogs: 12 great HR blog posts from January 2012

DragonflagI’m delighted to report that 2012 has got off to a cracking start in the world of HR blogs.

Following on from last month’s post, in which I rounded up my favourite 10 HR blogs posts published during 2011, I thought it might be interesting to aim to produce semi-regular round-ups of the very best HR blog posts in 2012.

The list below presents 12 HR blog posts from the past month, which I think are particularly worthy of your time and attention. The list is presented in alphabetical order by author surname.

Please let me know what you make of this selection, and feel free to recommend your own picks of the best HR blog posts of the past month! Do please get in touch via the comments box below, or via Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

Here, then, is my pick of 12 particularly outstanding HR blog posts published during January 2012. Hopefully it should be quite self-evident which one inspired the image selection used above!

12 great HR blog posts from January 2012

  • Kevin Ball, Mervyn Dinnen, Neil Morrison & Steven Toft: Economic prospects for 2012: The HR bloggers weigh in The New Year got off to a fine start with this quadruple header published on New Year’s Day to XpertHR’s Pay Intelligence blog. In this post, four of the UK’s leading HR bloggers (or “the four HoRsemen of the economic apocalypse,” as one of their number -Mervyn Dinnen – suggested they might be more appropriately referred to) offer their economic predictions for the coming year.
  • Anna Birtwistle: What will the two year unfair dismissal qualifying period mean for younger workers? In what one Twitter commentator describes as a “necessarily cynical” post, solicitor Anna Birtwistle presents her reaction to the news that the Government has confirmed that the increase in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal protection from one to two years will not be retrospective. She asks whether this change could have an adverse impact on younger workers? And could these potential adverse effects be amplified further for young people who have undertaken unpaid internships, and/or who fall within protected groups?
  • Naomi Bloom: An Open Letter To HR Executives In an inspired post, Naomi Bloom advises HR executives to recognise the critical importance of using information technology as a “power tool,” capable of “providing enormous leverage when used well,” but equally holding the potential to “cut you and your career off at the knees when mishandled.”
  • Ellison Bloomfield: The Last Goodbye A simple but deeply insightful post from Australian HR blogger Ellison Bloomfield on the importance of change and of being willing sometimes to let go of behaviours that have become habits.
  • Heather Bussing: If It Doesn’t Matter, It’s Not Influence An excellent post on the real value of measuring social media “influence” by US HR blogger Heather Bussing. Here’s a choice quotation: “Tracking links to blog posts through social media and counting who retweets what is about as interesting as watching dye spread on paper. Yes, it moves. It goes places you can follow. It’s evidence that someone did something. But it doesn’t mean much. At least, not anything that matters to me.”
  • Chris Fields: The Audacity of HR A brilliant guest blog post from Chris Fields – hosted by US HR Director Charlie Judy’s always excellent HR Fishbowl blog – arguing that HR needs to be wary of getting too audacious, in order to avoid the risk of ” elevat[ing] ourselves from the rank and file.”
  • Kate Griffiths-Lambeth: Developing Dragons Kate Griffiths-Lambeth celebrates the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Dragon with a remarkable post, taking in dragons, the paintings of Uccello (and their arguable parallels with meringues!) and more, and relating these topics to the disciplines of development and of HR. Inspired stuff!
  • Michael Haberman: Death of the HR Generalist: A Reponse This post is part of a fascinating debate which started with a post on Cathy Missildine’s blog regarding the “death” (or otherwise) of the role of HR generalist. Both posts in this debate are highly recommended reading. In his post, Michael Haberman argues that the HR generalist is not “dead.” Rather, “the HR generalist is now transitioning to be a small company position, whether it is in the consulting field or the in-company position. That is my view, what is yours?”
  • Rob Jones: 10 things HR can learn from Trading Places In a superb guest blog post for XpertHR Employment Intelligence, Rob Jones celebrates the (in my opinion) immaculate cinematic masterpiece Trading Places, and draws out 10 lessons that HR can take to heart from this classic film.
  • Jay Kuhns: Thoughts Are Mine…No Kidding Why do so many people use the “Thoughts are mine” disclaimer to attempt to separate their social media selves from their work selves? This is a passionately argued post from Jay Kuhns in favour of “integrating social media into your whole life” …and there’s a link to an AC/DC video thrown in for good measure!
  • Neil Morrison: Frugal HR HR can and should take a valuable lesson from these times of austerity and belt-tightening, argues Neil Morrison on this post from his Change-Effect blog. Neil says: “[T]he current economic situation offers an opportunity for HR professionals to really hone their skills and to become proper generalists.”
  • Paul Smith: HR Takes the Bitterest Pill Here, Paul Smith looks at how HR should behave when faced with “erroneous accusations” from employees, and concludes that in such situations, HR must “take the bitter pill” and ensure that it “endure[s] in a constant professional manner.”

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