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Why building an emotionally intelligent workforce should be a business priority post-COVID

In the post-COVID work climate, soft skills such as emotional intelligence are more in-demand than ever before. Workforces with high EQ are more agile and much better placed for business survival. Corporate psychologist and CEO and co-founder of Shortlyster, Rudy Crous, discusses the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace and how employers can train for it in existing staff, writes Rudy Crous, CEO and Co-Founder of...

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What are 3 key capabilities of future HR leaders?

The next generation of HR professionals will be a different breed from the current incumbents and there are three professional capabilities which will be critical for HR leaders in the future, according to an expert in the area. The first key professional capability is business acuity, in which future HR leaders will need to possess and demonstrate sound business savvy, acumen and intelligence, said Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith, SVP Global...

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How a “tsunami of change” is shaping the future of HR

While the identity and purpose of HR have sometimes been questioned in the past, the future of HR is currently in the balance as it is currently experiencing a “tsunami of change” like never before, according to an expert in organisational development. “This time it’s different,” said Ben Whitter, organisation and people development manager for The University of Nottingham in China and CEO of consulting firm Tsunami...

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Leadership development opportunities for HR lacking

Organisations could do better when it comes to leadership development opportunities for HR professionals, according to recent research. A global survey of more than 700 executives found that 47 per cent said their organisations do not offer leadership development programs specifically for members of the HR function. For those who do offer programs to this cohort, two-thirds said the development is not as rigorous as it is for other...

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HR not keeping up with the pace of change in business

Organisations are still failing to take action to improve their culture and are potentially jeopardising future growth, according to a Deloitte report, which highlighted a gap between what business leaders want and the capabilities of HR to deliver. The report found that only 5 per cent of businesses rate their organisation’s HR performance as excellent, and said re-skilling HR is a critical business issue that must be addressed...

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The best of best practices

Creating alignment between HR and your company’s business requirements is the first step towards developing valuable HR best practice, writes Wayne Brockbank Through myriad books, journals, consultants and professional associations, HR is on a continual drive to identify best practices. In the midst of our drive for HR best practices, it may be useful for us to recall the basic goal of high value-added HR is to drive business...

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HR in need of extreme makeover: business leaders

The gap is widening between what business leaders want and what HR is delivering, according to a global research report, which found that HR needs an extreme makeover driven by the need to deliver greater business impact and drive HR and business innovation. The Deloitte 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report, which involved surveys and interviews with more than 3300 business and HR leaders from 106 countries, found that while CEOs...

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How HR can boost innovation through diversity

Diversity can play an important role in improving innovation, and HR professionals take a number of steps to improve diversity and link this to higher levels of innovation within organisations, according to management thought leader Fons Trompenaars. “HR leaders must try to get more out of diversity instead of minimising it. Very often we try to kill diversity by adopting one standard or approach, but reconciling diversity would be...