Last week I spoke on a panel for a conference organised by recruitment firm Penna which took place at the Guardian newspaper's offices near King's Cross Station, hence the photograph above. It's the new inspiring roof on the station, well worth a look if you're in the area.
The topic discussed was "HR the next five years". One recurring theme was the need for HR directors to have "agility", a current buzzword, particularly in managing a fluid workforce during the downturn (on the issue of the economy one panelist, CIPD chief economist John Phillpott, said we will probably have to wait another 18 months for economic growth - although nothing is certain).
"This proposal is craven populist nonsense. It is a knee-jerk response to a very small problem. There are a few interims who have been in organisations for too long and who should be on the payroll but for most, these arrangements make perfect sense. For a government claiming to be against red-tape, restricting the use of interim managers would be a very stupid, and very unpopular, thing to do."
However, the author, "Rick", is confident business will overturn this measure.
This is just one of the issues covered in this post, a twice monhly round-up of content on HR strategy, with topics including leadership, social media, HR metrics, talent management and employer branding.
General HR strategy content
Cranfield Management School has published its latest report on women in UK boardrooms and on and confirmed that women now make up 15.6% of the boards in FTSE 100 companies, compared to 12.5% last March and a government target of 25% of female directors by 2015.But Alison Chisnell is not convinced
in her article "Women and Boards" on The HR Juggler.
by John Hollon on TLNT.
Breaking strategic inertia: Tips from two leaders
(Guy Elliott CFO of Rio Tinto and Andreas C. Kramvis, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies) explain how they overcome the barriers that all too often separate capital, talent, and other resources from vital strategic goals). On McKinsey Quarterly.
University College London, on PsyBlog.
Ingham on Strategic HCM.
HR metrics and analytics
on Human Capital League.
One of the reasons for excessive executive pay in the UK's top companies is that too many remuneration committees are filled with current and former FTSE executives, a think tank has argued in new research
, reports People Management responding to a report by the High Pay Centre (formerly the High Pay Commission).
College London's Management Learning Board and Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labour Relations and will hold forums at least twice a year in both New York City and London. Themes that will be explored in the forums this year include:
- The changing role of HR and the chief HR officer
- Developing international HR strategy, metrics, analytics and ROI
- Managing major organisational change across international boundaries
- People risk and reward in an international context.
Workshop by Danah Zohar, an MIT and Harvard-educated physicist, philosopher, and
author helping leaders develop the skills needed to revitalize their organizations.
Workshop includes: Spiritual Intelligence; Quantum Leadership.