Top Business Leadership Articles of 2014

Employee engagement, leadership concerns round out most-read articles

Dec 19, 2014
According to the number of visits to certain articles on SHRM Online, HR professionals in 2014 wanted advice on how to keep employees engaged, create a values-centric culture and make HR more of a business partner.

Here’s a brief roundup of the business leadership articles from 2014 that attracted the most attention on SHRM Online:

  1. How to Improve Employee Engagement
    According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report in the spring of 2014, 70 percent of U.S. employees were either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work—at a cost of $450 billion to $550 billion per year. Understanding and assessing employee engagement starts with understanding employee experiences—specifically, the critical touch points in the employee life cycle. The article offered five steps HR professionals can take to transform their employees’ experiences and move the needle on engagement.

  2. How to Create a values-Centric Culture
    Want to consistently be seen as an employer of choice? Develop a values-based culture, Ann Rhoades, founder of HR consultancy People Ink, author and member of the JetBlue Airways board of directors, told attendees at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) inaugural conference for aspiring leaders, Emerging LEAD(HR).

    First, start by “describing who you want to be,” she said. The next step is “getting the right people in the room,” and that includes senior managers. “You can do it in your own department first,” but creating a values-based culture works better if it is companywide, she said.

  3. How to Make HR a True Business Partner
    An “HR business partner” is a strategic contributor who understands and plays a role in achieving the vision, mission, goals and results of the organization, explained Louisville-based consultant Sandy Allgeier, SPHR, during a session at the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Allgeier, who has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate HR professional at KFC, Providian and Atria Assisted Living, compared HR business partners to internal consultants who work with line managers and executives, helping them to better manage their people and teams, thereby improving business performance.

  4. Is Family Conflict a Woman’s Issue?
    It may not be a man’s world anymore, but male executives still view work/life balance as a problem that should be handled by women, according to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. The sentiment matches findings reported last year by researchers at the City University of New York and Manhattan College, which revealed that supervisors’ perceptions of who requires work/life balance are often based on gender stereotypes.

  5. Good Leaders Avoid These Five Temptations
    Best-selling author and consultant Patrick Lencioni closed SHRM’s Emerging LEAD(HR) conference by telling attendees what makes a leader unsuccessful, and encouraging HR professionals to take the risk of speaking candidly with their companies’ leaders to improve the overall health of their organizations. Using humorous anecdotes, Lencioni outlined five temptations that leaders often succumb to.

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