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


“HR is psychedelic.”

This is according to leading US HR blogger Steve Browne, in one of the dozen excellent HR blog posts from February 2012, highlighted in my latest monthly round-up of the best of the HR blogs (You can find out just exactly what Steve is getting at here via the link in the list below).

Other topics covered here include: the future of HR; the parlous state of the labour market and the youth unemployment crisis; and the arguments in favour of social sharing.

What are your favourite HR blog posts of February 2012?

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12 great HR blog posts from February 2012

  • Steve Browne: What’s at the End of Your Tunnel ?? “I used to say that HR is gray and not black/white. I’m changing that to HR is psychedelic because that is the landscape that I see people moving through.” An eye-opening post from leading US HR blogger Steve Browne’s Everyday People blog.
  • Alison Chisnell: Do Reporting Lines Matter? “So, does it really matter where HR reports to in an organisation? Well, no…and yes.” This is according to UK HR Director Alison Chisnell, in this excellent post from her HR Juggler blog. Be sure to check out the lively debate it inspired in the comments field, too!
  • Mervyn Dinnen: Some Thoughts About Youth Unemployment UK blogger and Jobsite Community Manager Mervyn Dinnen presents an in-depth look at the data around the UK’s youth unemployment crisis, and finds the “uncomfortable truth [...] that youth unemployment has been rising stubbornly for 10 years or more.” And one group in particular is being hit particularly hard…
  • Gautam Ghosh: Why Share Your Expertise? A lovely, succinct post on the “why” of blogging and social sharing from India-based HR blogger Gautam Ghosh. He says: “Online sharing of ideas and opinions are like a dialog and often helps in helping you think about an issue in more clarity after the discussion than you had before.”
  • Rob Jones: 10 Things HR Can Learn From Ghostbusters Who you gonna call? UK HR blogger Rob Jones steps up to point out out the lessons HR can take from the deathless film classic Ghostbusters.
  • Charlie Judy: Social Media Puts Job Seekers Under House-Arrest In this great post, US HR blogger Charlie Judy poses a single question: “Ever wondered whether your online social profile is affecting your professional life?” He then proceeds to answer this question with some highly illuminating data, and offers some sage advice to employers and to job seekers on issues to consider around social media.
  • Jay Kuhns: Time No More A succinct and inspiring post from Jay Kuhns’ consistently excellent No Excuses HR blog. Jay’s argument here is a simple one: “Stop waiting. Waiting is an excuse.”
  • Diane Lee: Letting Go An absolutely outstanding guest post from Australia-based HR blogger Diane Lee, published as part of the series on the biggest lessons bloggers have learnt, over on Sukhvinder Pabial’s Thinking About Learning blog. This post includes the following frankly genius observation: “It is my contention that workplaces should actually be called shouldplaces…”
  • Anita Lettink: What is the future of HR? If HR didn’t exist, would we feel the need to invent it? What does the future hold for HR? Is the HR department of today appropriate for the needs of the organisations and the workforce of tomorrow? These and other fascinating questions are raised in a superb guest blog post for XpertHR, from Anita Lettink, Managing Director of NorthgateArinso in the Netherlands.
  • Trish McFarlane: The Role of HR in an Evolving Workplace What role does HR play in making organisations and people successful? This question is addressed by top US HR blogger Trish McFarlane in this post on her HR Ringleader blog. Trish says: “The HR discipline must develop its own great leaders so we can drive the results required.”
  • Neil Morrison: Lies, Damned Lies and Business Does your company tell lies routinely? Or perharps it would be more appropriate to ask, what company doesn’t tell lies routinely? These and other difficult questions are raised in this thought-provoking piece from Neil Morrison’s Change-Effect blog.
  • Neil Morrison: The Future Workforce The second pick from Neil Morrison in this month’s round-up, although it comes with the proviso that this is not a blog post, it’s a “provocation!” Forming the jumping-off point for a debate chaired by Neil and Alison Chisnell at last week’s TRULondon unconference, which discussed what private sector employers and recruiters should do to counteract the current malaise of the labour market. Neil contends: “The employment market as we know it is broken. For all we know, it is broken for all time. [...] If we are to solve the problems, we need to think in a totally different way. We need to accept realities that we find unpalatable, but are not without historical precedent.”

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