HR Topics & Strategy Compensation, Reward and Recognition This discipline covers the various forms of direct compensation—i.e. employee’s pay including variable pay, short and long term incentives, company stock awards, as well as promotions and pay increases. It also deals with indirect compensation such as paid leave, insurance, retirement income and various employee services, commonly referred to as “benefits” that employers use to attract, recognize, retain and motivate employees to contribute to the organization’s strategic objectives. Diversity This discipline deals with the definition and multiple dimensions contributing to diversity including age, gender, socio-economic status and beliefs. The business case for managing diversity in the workplace is outlined from creating greater inclusiveness to harnessing the potential of diverse cultures to drive innovation, flexibility and effectively manage change. Employee Advocacy, Relations and Engagement This discipline covers the overall approach an organization uses to maintain a positive, productive and cohesive work environment within its particular business model and corporate culture. It includes developing, implementing, administering the processes of analyzing the employer-employee relationship; performing ongoing evaluation of employee satisfaction and engagement. Executive Coaching and Leadership Leadership relates to providing direction and influencing people to achieve the organization’s vision, mission and goals. This discipline focuses on developing leaders through coaching and developmental activities as well as rewarding and motivating them. The underlying theories, including trait, behavioral and situational, that make for effective leadership are detailed under this discipline, as are Leadership competencies, models and developmental strategies. HR and Social Media Social Media has emerged as a powerful business and HR tool. This discipline deals with selecting appropriate Social Media sites and formats from the myriad options available and leveraging the same to create value for the organization. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key benefits and pitfalls of Social Media and managing these effectively in the organization’s context. Human Capital Standards and Analytics As we move to the intelligence age, organizations are realizing the need to measure the return on human capital, leading to the emergence of the new discipline of Human Capital Standards and Analytics. This discipline deals with developing standards for measurement of human capital to enable organizations to build the foundation for strategic advantage, using predictive or leading business indicators that can inform the business leaders’ strategic planning and decisions. Industrial Relations This discipline covers the relationship of employees with the organization and with each other. Industrial relations is concerned with anticipating, addressing and diffusing workplace issues that may interfere with an organization’s business objectives, as also with resolving disputes between and among management and employees. Learning, Development and Knowledge Management) This discipline covers the overall arrangement of the organization in terms of its long and short term plans for development of its human resources. It includes systematic and planned interventions for enhancing organizational effectiveness and development of its employees; training need identification, learning design and providing its people with the necessary skills to meet current and future job demands. Performance Management A well-developed performance management system is an essential talent management tool for high-performing organizations. This discipline covers the aspects of creating a high performance culture which enables an organization to sustain competitive strategic advantage and exceed the expectations of all stakeholders. It provides techniques for creating an effective performance management system that clearly defines expectations, helps align employee behavior with business needs and organizational culture, while bringing visible value addition to the organization. Strategic HRM This discipline covers the concepts and practices that guide and align Human Resource Management philosophy, tactical planning and practice with the strategic and long term goals of the organization, with a particular focus on human capital. Talent Acquisition and People Flows This discipline covers the concepts, strategies and practices an organization uses in strategic talent planning and attracting the best talent to meet its short and long term business needs. It highlights the key considerations in developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of a talent acquisition framework. Talent Development, Engagement and Retention This discipline covers the management of ‘Talent’ – high performing, high potential employees of the organization - which includes strategies, key elements of talent and leadership development and best practices in this domain.