Is Human Resources Ready for the “Big Table?”


2013 is supposed to be the year human resources get a seat at the “big table,” becoming a strategic business partner.

But is your HR ready for the challenge?

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When thinking about the future, many human resources professionals say  in 2013, HR will finally have a place at “the big table.”

This means human resources will take a larger part in the business strategy of an organization.

Are your human resources pros ready to step up to the plate? Are they prepared to become a “strategic partner?”

The truth is many human resources managers are not particularly interested in a “bigger picture.” That could make their inclusion in overall business strategy a little problematic.

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Human Resources Specialist: 100 Top Jobs in US for 2013


Human Resources Specialist Named One of U.S. News and World Report Top 100 U.S. Jobs for 2012.

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Like most things in the world, not all jobs are the same. Some jobs are clearly better than others. In a recent online post for U.S. News and World Report, they listed the 100 best jobs for 2013.

Human resources (HR) specialists made the list at #72, with an overall score of 5.7 and a median income of $54,310. The jobs were scored by the following components: Continue reading “Human Resources Specialist: 100 Top Jobs in US for 2013”

Crystal Ball Time! Top HR Trends for 2013


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With the rise of cloud-computing, social media, Big Data and mobile, few corporate departments will start the New Year unchanged.

The biggest trends in Human Resources software over the past year will continue to have an impact throughout 2013.

When you consider that the 2012 HR Technology Conference had the highest attendance in the 15-year history of the event, it is more than obvious that HR departments will be become prominent in shaping business strategy, using innovation and technology on the way.

With the focus on technology, here are the top five HR trends to expect for the coming year:

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Wired: Look Forward to a Post-Subscription Software Sales World


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The cloud is everywhere, and it is poised to consume virtually every business. But will it be the same “cloud” we know today?

The spread of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is only just starting to transform the way we consider enterprise software. Cloud-computing and other subscription-based programs are being embraced by everyone from leading organizations (Salesforce, Oracle and IBM) to human resources departments (Taleo, Kenexa and Ovation Technologies), small business and the average consumer (Adobe Creative Cloud for individual subscriptions of their popular Creative Suite).

As of now, the most common form of SaaS is based almost exclusively on subscriptions, with regularly occurring expenses that can be monitored and budgeted.

According to Michael Ni, CMO/SVP of Marketing and Products at Avangate, that may be changing. In a blog post in Wired magazine online, Ni writes:

Subscriptions as we know them today in technology are a small piece of what the software market will look like in the future, much like CD-ROMS became just one small aspect of the overall software market made up of CD/box delivery, downloads, and SaaS.

Ni recommends that, for the future of business, there are four ways for a company to “go beyond just integrating a billing and subscription engine” to making SaaS an integral part of the business model.

Read the entire article at Wired.com.

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2012: The Year of HR Software


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If one thing can be said about 2012, it is that it was an exciting time to be working in the cloud, especially for human resources professionals.

2012 brought several innovations—from advances in Recruitment and Hiring to onboarding, HRMS and payroll—with cloud-based software revolutionizing the way HR works.

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Perception Gap: Between HR and Reality [Infographics]


Perception versus RealityHow do your HR personnel keep a pulse on the organization? Kenexa asked HR professionals and employees about attitudes and commitment.

Unfortunately, gaps still exist between employers and employees—in almost every area—from engagement to benefits administration.

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