Three pieces of environmental scanning for HR professionals

One of the important aspects of being an HR professional is that you are aware of the world around you. Having been in that role I know that in reality it is tough to do the ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING that is necessary to fulfill this obligation. We get so caught up in the day-to-day work of …

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Four Ways to do Environmental Scanning

    If you have read my material on Futurism you know I have mentioned the subject of environmental scanning before. For those of you unfamiliar with this topic environmental scanning is the ongoing year round process of looking for trends and events that may have implications for your organization. It is paying attention to …

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Environmental Scanning Is More than Reading a Magazine

    In the effort to educate HR professionals on being strategic we talk about the skill of environmental scanning and the value of understanding what impacts our organizations on a day-to-day basis so we don’t get caught with our pants down. (If you don’t know what that last phrase means… click here.) Last week …

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Great Posts In HR: Five for Friday December 9th

I am ending the week with some great posts in HR that I have read that I think you should as well. So here are Five for Friday December 9th. First up is Stephanie R. Thomas at the Compensation Cafe. She is a consistently good writer that tackles the difficult subject of compensation. In Pricing …

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Three HR Tidibts from the News

If you pay attention there are HR lessons in little tidbets of news. Here are three of those tidbits in three snippets of news taken from Thursday’s news. So you thought that training was not really all that important? Or training was just for lower level positions? Well the French luxury company LVMH doesn’t agree …

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In 18 Years Half Your Talent Pool Will Be Ethnic Minority

Ok folks. Listen up. Here is an opportunity for you to do a bit of strategic planning. New demographic information indicates that in 18 years half of your talent pool for employees will come from an ethnic minority. Demographer Bill Frey of the Brookings Institute has published the results of his analysis of census data …

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Demographics Alert: Black Women In the Workforce

Here is a bit of “environmental scanning” for you. According to a recent story in Workforce Magazine black women have borne the brunt of job loss since the ressession began. Eliza Ronalds-Hanson writes in Black Women Lost More Jobs During Recovery ” While the recession hit black men harder than any other group, the economic …

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Environmental Scanning: "Meshing" the Future

I am doing some environmental scanning for you and I am certain that most of you will have not seen this video. It is from a TED talk. If you are not familiar with TED it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It is an annual series of talks conducted by “thought leaders” on a …

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Why What Happens in the World is Important to HR

How many of you in HR have been paying attention to the riots on Egypt? How many of you have been considering the impact it may have on the United States? How many of you have been considering the impact it may have on your company? Well the answer shoud be ALL OF YOU! If …

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Thinking STEEP: A Bit of Economic Environmental Scanning

If you have read me for any period of time you know I pay attention to “futurism” topics and I try to make you aware of this issues as well. To me a good strategic HR professional is part futurist. So I eat this stuff up. At the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Growth Expo that I …

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