As important as technology is, the first step for companies is understanding the problem that a tech offering is supposed to solve, says Fred Millen, HR director at Alyeska Pipeline. "If organizations don't keep up, they not only will be less competitive, they will lose engagement of technically savvy employees," he says.
Successful CEOs want HR leaders who prepare the business for the future, maintain an effective company culture and focus on strategies and productivity, writes Rohit Hasteer, a group chief HR officer. "A CEO looks up to the CHRO to drive leadership and build consensus on how to contribute and keep the organization's culture relevant, alive, evolving yet consistent, while the world is changing at a speed of knots," Hasteer writes.
A Mercer study suggests that companies must become more agile, define their vision and adapt to flexible work schedules, writes Kate Bravery, global practices leader at Mercer. "What is clear is that as companies reimagine work, we need to take great care of the human operating system that powers them," Bravery writes.
Companies are exploring unconventional organizational configurations that aim to give employees more freedom to be creative and productive. Holocracy takes managers out of the equation, flatarchy limits the monitoring of employees and a matrix approach gives individuals more than one role.
Creating the right company culture and keeping it "fresh and magical" is a priority for Gurveen Singh, chief HR officer at Reckitt Benckiser Group. Regarding diversity, her company "is clear that we need the partnership of all genders to make the ecosystem inclusive, nurturing, and supportive," she says.
Anheuser-Busch InBev's parental-leave policy for salaried employees now gives primary caregivers 16 weeks off with full pay and secondary caregivers at least two weeks off while also allowing leave for in-vitro fertilization. "In a lot of the markets where we operate, where we have a very strong presence, we tend to lead the way and other companies follow," says David Almeida, AB InBev's chief people officer.
Many employees are going to work even when they're sick, while others are taking sick days because of mental health issues rather than physical ones, according to data. "The scale of this problem is huge -- and it is being massively underestimated by employers, with employees feeling that they have to mask the issues they are facing," says Dr. Philip McCrea, chief medical officer at BHSF Occupational Health.
Assign a specific time each day to work on a side project, even if it's just half an hour, to help manage it while working a full-time job, Simon Slade writes. Don't be afraid to turn down additional work that you can't take on, and try to find opportunities in your full-time job that overlap into your personal venture.
Don't share "unconstructive criticism" with colleagues, keep feedback useful and honest and stop yourself before partaking in office gossip, career coach Heather Huhman says. Try not to vent to co-workers about a manager you're struggling with and never share sensitive information about a client, career expert Jill Jacinto recommends.
If you have a gap in your resume due to personal circumstances, be honest but brief to explain why, Vicki Salemi writes. If you were let go by a previous employer because of cutbacks, highlight your performance strengths and ensure that you have references who will vouch for you.