Grab These 5 HR Opportunities in 2017


This article was first published in Forbes on 12 Dec 2016, and has been adapted for this blog. You can view the original here.  Change is afoot in the Asian workplace. Change with seismic impact. I attended seven different human resources (HR) related events last November as a speaker, panelist, event partner, and delegate. Overall, there was some apprehension for economic headwinds coming…

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How Happy Elves Saved Christmas This Year


“The workshop was in crisis in 2015. None of us felt like working” Carol Singalot shared this revealing truth with us. She’s the Head of Production at Santa’s Workshop Inc., and witnessed the meltdown in elves’ engagement and productivity last year. Bloomberg and other major news outlets reported on the effect: retail sales closed at their weakest last Christmas since…

How to Give Effective Performance Appraisals


Last updated: 14 December 2016 HR professionals, managers and employees groan inwardly at the mention of performance appraisals. Yet, annual performance appraisals continue to dominate the workplace. But do we need them? Annual performance appraisals are no longer useful Most performance appraisals are a waste of time and money. For example, Adobe realised that to assess its 11,000 employees, it required its…

Stop Targeting Employee Retention – Do this instead


With the realisation that most products, services and technologies can be copied and even refined over time, the one thing that can give a business its sustainable competitive advantage is its workforce. And with the high costs and disruption involved in turnovers, approximately equivalent to “six to nine months of an employee’s salary” , Employee Retention remains one of the key…