Business success: HR becomes strategic, Amazon accelerates return to office, and hybrid events gain momentum



Main story – Strategic HR – Leaders face the technological challenge of HR.

Remember when the hardest decision in HR software was to choose your payroll provider? Well, today’s HR technology decisions are a pit of competing agendas. Now add the pandemic and all of its security and remote working requirements.

How to live with it? Start with Brian’s Scoping, today’s IT HR strategic planning environment:

HR managers definitely have a prioritization problem today. For a function that often lacks IT and capital (to upgrade its technology), there may not be enough budget, talent, time, or bandwidth to do everything it needs to do. HR needs: a major technological upgrade. So how should HR do it?

One thing Brian can guarantee: Yesterday’s HR plan won’t work. What we need is an IT HR strategic plan – and it’s not a “towel” effort. But not so fast. As Brian cautions, today’s HR technology solutions don’t stop with your employees. If your recruiting tools are a UX slopfest of inferior quality, you will pay the price for talent:

An HR IT strategic plan that exists only to make HR staff more productive / less frustrated is insufficient. New solutions are expected to boost productivity across the business. The new solutions should also delight (not frustrate) non-employees. You can’t win the war for talent if your recruiting apps are archaic, ugly, time consuming, and painful for job seekers to use.

Just one question, Brian: will HR managers need chatbots? In fact, it takes care of that too … (Answer: yes, for employee self-service and reduced HR administration). Let’s go crack.

Diginomica’s choices – my top stories on diginomica this week

Supplier analysis, diginomica style. Here are my top three picks from our supplier coverage:

Some other supplier choices, without the quotes:

Jon’s handbag – Gary is keeping it real in his latest use case, Taking Care of the Basics of Life and Computing at Severn Trent. Derek is not a fan of siled approaches: the UK government’s approach to the problem of the productivity of the economy needs to be rethought. Nor is he a fan of a compulsive return to the office (leaders have lost control of the office – they must realize that choice is the key): “I truly believe that the tide has turned and job seekers now have some control over the terms that will be dictated in the future.. “

I think that’s 100% fair – in terms of top performers and the skills they are looking for. I’m concerned, however, for those who would thrive in remote areas, but who might not get the chance if instinctive management habits prevail. The debate is overdue.

The best of corporate web

My top seven


So I wanted to continue with this story about a “woman thinks she has a free dog in Detroit, ends up with a hyena” – after all, hyenas make such adorable pets. But it turns out that the photos were tampered with, the story was wrong here we go.

Let Facebook use an FTC edict to justify the behavior the FTC is trying to stop:

New proposed adjective: “Facebooky”, as in: it’s pretty Facebooky, eh? And, this week in algorithms-r-us:

The fantasy that machines know how to personalize better than us becomes quite boring … I still eat away at the “It’s time to say goodbye” part. Why, and why now? Because a machine told Netflix it was a good idea, that’s why.

Snarking isn’t always a dead end, however:

Which led to a great result, and a collaboration of startups:

Maybe ventilating Twitter’s spleen isn’t as fleeting as it was thought … I’m leaving next week, so I’ll see in two. Guest writer for hits and misses next week …

If you find a #ensw coin that qualifies for hits and misses – good or bad – let me know in the comments like Clive (almost always. Most of the articles on Enterprise successes and failures are selected from my selection @jonerpnewsfeed.


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