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The Year That Was

Happy New Year, and a look back at 2017

We always find it useful to take a look back at what we published over the year, to find the posts that stood out, that resonated with readers and, in 2017 especially, showed them how to succeed in a digitalizing world. Hopefully readers will also find it interesting to see what was most popular in the past 12 months, as measured by page views. Political change, digitalization and employee experience topped the list of topics.

  1. Brexit: Don’t Delay Decisions, Your Best Competitors Won’t
    Brexit has brought with it the most important, complex, and uncertain negotiations the UK government has encountered. But while there will be ambiguity and complexity, at least in the short-term, the best firms make bigger, bolder bets during such periods to push them even further ahead of the competition.

  2. For US Yoghurt Maker Chobani, ‘HR as PR’ is Paying Off
    US yoghurt maker Chobani’s forward-thinking HR strategies can be risky, especially in a time of severe political polarization. With a tight talent market and consumers increasingly making buying decisions on the value associated with a brand, “HR as PR” is becoming a more important component of many companies’ consumer and employer branding.

  3. Trump Tax Proposal: The Steps Corporate Finance Teams Should Be Taking Now
    For now, the White House tax proposal is short on detail and long on promises, with many of the finer points to be filled in later. While the article was written six months before the law passed, corporate finance leaders were already interested in beginning to plan for the possibility.

  4. Digitization of Business: Why the Economy Still Needs Horses
    Digitalization has resulted in seemingly endless options and technologies available for companies. But as business leaders automate, replicate, and “robotize” human labor, they must also ask themselves how the distinctly human qualities of creativity, problem solving, and invention present in their workforce can be deployed to remain competitive in a digital economy.

  5. Don’t Assume Your ‘Best’ Employees are Always High Performers
    Employees’ ability – and their potential ability – are not nearly as cut and dried as business leaders are led to think. Performance management systems tend to generalize employees based on what might be incomplete information, so the best way for HR managers to get the most from their workforce is to change how they assess employees and gather feedback.

  6. Employees’ Morale Affected by their Beliefs About HR’s Goals
    It pays for companies to be honest with employees. Employees’ perception on whether HR’s main purpose was to help them improve their performance or to save the company money has an effect on how they feel about their jobs, and in turn affects morale and performance.

  7. What to Do if the Trump Tweet Spotlight Falls on Your Firm
    As Donald Trump starts his second year in the Oval Office, many companies are making plans for what to do if they become targets of his Twitter attacks. As with many of Trump’s communications, his timing for highlighting specific companies is unpredictable so corporations should plan to use these tactics to join the social media discussion.

  8. Don’t Treat All Employees the Same When Trying to Protect Your Firm’s Data
    Employees are the most likely cause of a failure to keep data safe, but how risky they are differs by seniority, role and geography. Instead of employing a one size fits all approach, data privacy teams require a greater understanding of the risks posed by different groups of employees.

  9. How to Prepare IT Employees for 2020
    After years of centralization and standardization, IT teams in most companies are risk-averse and process-centric. As digitalization completely changes the way companies work, IT staff can no longer cling to processes and protocols but must become a lot more agile and open.

  10. Time to Employ an Office Seating Manager?
    One of the many ways companies attempt to help employees adjust to a new work environment is the concept of “strategic seating.” Employees who work in close proximity to high performers tend to do a better job themselves. Here’s why you should consider rearranging employees’ desks to maximize performance and collaboration.


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