ICYMI: 6 Articles for HR Professionals to Read in July


It’s been a whirlwind for HR professionals over the last few months with the industry and the business landscape shifting quickly. From corporate learning to shared services, new processes and the issues around workplace safety and diversity, change is coming quickly.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of content out there to help you learn what you need to know and how to develop plans for dealing with that constant state of change we all find ourselves in. With that in mind, here are 6 articles to check out in the month of July that are bound to help any HR practitioner better understand where things are headed and how to adapt with the times.

Shared Services Conference Recap

Our friends over at the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network recently held Shared Services & Outsourcing Week, an online event that gathered more than 850 professionals from the shared services space to talk about the acceleration of digital transformation, efforts to increase agility, future of work models and more. Learn more about what was covered in this conference at SSON.

Operational Excellence

The folks over at the Process Excellence Network take a look at patterns that will define the future of operational excellence. As we grapple with an ongoing crisis, questions over automation and what the future of the business looks like, there are themes emerging from the market that can tell us a great deal about challenges companies face in terms of process and operational excellence.

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Rethinking Corporate Learning

Corporate learning is quickly getting a great deal of attention from all organizations, some of whom weren’t even aware of the internal learning and development capabilities they have. For many, however, the question they need an answer to is how to motivate learners as they move to remote environments. Our colleagues over at the Corporate Learning Network recently did a deep dive into the topic with Stephen Shedletzky, Head of Brand Experience for Simon Sinek’s team.

How to Be an Ally

Diversity is top of mind for all of us right now, regardless of the size or scope of our organizations. With complex issues come complex questions and one that has many turning to their colleagues in curiosity is how to be a better ally to black colleagues around the workplace. The Society for Human Resource Management recently shared a framework for developing allyship called LEAP that is valuable reading for anyone looking to do more.

READ: Is Your Organizational Response to Racial Injustice Enough?

Don’t Forget About Security

As if there wasn’t enough going on around the organization, the rise of remote work has created a plethora of new cybersecurity concerns. New ways of working mean new threats, while COVID has had some serious implications for the cybersecurity budget and talent pool. To help you understand everything that’s unfolding around cybersecurity, our friends over at CS Hub took a look at some of the things driving change in just the last few months.

Career Mapping

I hate to toot our own horn here, but what is a listicle without a bit of shameless self-promotion? Dip your toes into the waters of the learning & development landscape right now and you’re going to hear the word reskilling used at some point. It’s inevitable, as companies look to make the most of the workforces they have and create more agile business models capable of dealing with something like COVID-19. Career mapping exercises that help employees understand their route forward and the skills they’ll need is going to be an important part of HR’s function in the coming months. To help you get the most from your efforts, we developed a guide to career mapping that can help you develop an approach to reskilling that accounts for both the needs of the business and the employee.

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