Student Debt: The Toughest Homework of All?

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Earlier this year, the total amount of outstanding student debt in the United States exceeded $1.5 trillion[1] for the first time—yes, trillion! That amount is nearly one and a half times what the nation owes in total motor vehicle loans. Let that sink in for a moment—think about how many cars are on the road, […]

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Disrupting Performance Management: From Managing Performance to Enabling Performance in the Flow of Work

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Performance reviews are dead! Long live performance reviews! This sums up the last few years’ heated discussion around reviews, ratings, and performance management (PM). I was excited by the opportunity to lead a broad industry study regarding performance management as my first priority with Bersin. I have been working on this topic for the last […]

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Mind the Gap: HR Tech 2018

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The HR tech market is almost as hot as Las Vegas in September. This year’s HR Tech conference was one of the biggest ever in regard to solution providers, corporate buyers, consultants, thought leaders and analysts—and even a fair amount of venture capitalists ready to place their bets. The venue, a large hotel and casino […]

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Reflections on HR Tech 2018: The Evolving Learning Landscape

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The HR Technology Conference is more than a big—some might say the biggest—event for solution providers, tech buyers, bloggers, industry analysts, and HR consultants. The event has the spirit of a college reunion mixed with elements of speed networking: attendees need comfortable shoes, high energy, and the means to connect. If you don’t carry business […]

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Two Lessons from Day One at HR Tech

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The end of summer marks the beginning of fall conference season for HR professionals. This week brings one of the largest annual gatherings of HR professionals and solution providers: the HR Technology Conference[1] in Las Vegas (HR Tech, as it is commonly known). This year’s event takes place in a conference center the size of […]

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Get Your Talent in Shape

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Organizations have been speaking for years about an alphabet of talent shapes—T-shaped, M-shaped, P-shaped, E-shaped, π-shaped, and I-shaped—that can help develop company strategy and maintain a pipeline of diverse capabilities.[1] If you’re unfamiliar with these talent shapes, they may be best understood as members of the following two groups: Semi-specialist profiles: T-, π-, and Y-shaped […]

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Strategic HR: Visa Empowers a Learning Culture in the Face of Disruption

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A Seat at the Table For years, HR has been struggling to gain a proverbial seat at the table in business strategy and organizational leadership. A convergence of factors, including technological disruption, demographic transitions, and a sustained effort by the HR community to demonstrate business impact through people, has now made that seat available. With […]

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The Next Evolution in Career Management

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I recently had the opportunity to present Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends findings to a Bersin member’s global talent team. Each year, the Trends report reveals what ideas are top of mind for more than 11,000 respondents worldwide, and it’s always interesting to suss out a particular organization’s pain points—and perceived opportunities—according to which […]

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Salaries Are Up—Workers Rejoice! (or Not)

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Earlier this week, World at Work, a nonprofit association of compensation and total rewards professionals, reported that its 2018–19 Salary Budget Survey showed a 3.1 percent average salary increase budget for 2018 in the U.S., barely breaking a four-year streak of 3 percent per year from 2014 to 2017.[1] But given the impact of inflation, […]

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Building the Four Pillars to Support a Positive Employee Experience

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Some aspects of employee experience, such as recruiting and onboarding experiences, are temporary, but other touchpoints can span an employee’s entire employment life cycle and color his or her total experience with an organization. Four elements in particular—the HR operating model, technology, people analytics, and the physical workplace—serve as foundational pillars that underlie and permeate […]

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