ICYMI: 6 Articles for HR Professionals to Read from August

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It’s that time again. We know you’re busy and keeping up with all the HR news over the course of a week or month can get lost in the shuffle as you balance work and life.

Priorities are shifting and there’s always a new challenge, so to help you get straight to the best content for HR professionals over the last month, we’ve handpicked 6 articles from the month of August for HR professionals to read.

Dr. Robert W. Swaim writes for our friends over at the Corporate Learning Network about why people fear change and how to overcome it. Pulling from the teachings of Peter Drucker, Swaim lays out methods for effective communication and understanding and understanding sources and reasons for resistance to change. It may well be material you’re already familiar with, but in times like these, where organizations are having to pivot their operations quickly, it’s worth revisiting.

Columnist Samir Bagri has been unpacking a series of articles on the future of work for our friends over at the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network. In this final installment of the series, Bagri unpacks how remote and in-person jobs will co-exist in the future, and how shared services can help address some of the challenges faced by civilians working on the front line of this pandemic.  

As the era of remote work grows and workforces expand beyond geographic boundaries, there is a lot to consider when it comes to what a company offers in terms of pay and benefits. Regulations differ from country to country, whether that’s in how a contractor is defined or what is included in benefits packaging. The team over at Globalization Partners helped to break this down for us in a recent article.

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At a time when everyone in HR is focused on engaging employees and improving their experience, it doesn’t hurt to have some data to justify the effort. Our friends at the Limeade Institute put together a report outlining a study they conducted to better understand the concept of the employee experience and how it impacts the business.

Through four different studies, researchers from Duke University have been studying bias in the recruitment process against black women based on hair type. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, concluded that “Black women with natural hairstyles were perceived to be less professional, less competent, and less likely to be recommended for a job interview than Black women with straightened hairstyles and White women with either curly or straight hairstyles.”

COVID has changed everything, but has social distancing, employees’ shifting views of the workplace and historic rises in unemployment rendered talent management practices irrelevant? Spoiler alert.. no! In fact, the argument is put forth here in an article for C-Suite Quarterly that it’s more important than ever and should be a major component in the business strategy of every employer experiencing adversity or undergoing drastic changes to the business.

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