Top Organizational, Employee Development Articles of 2014

By SHRM Online staff Dec 30, 2014
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From succession planning to a new job training law to quelling the tension between HR and line managers, the following organizational and employee development stories resonated with SHRM Online readers, making them among the most viewed for that discipline in 2014.

SHRM Identifies Top OD Trends Affecting HR

Developing five generations of workers and managing the environments and tools they need to be effective are among the key challenges OD and HR professionals face, according to a trends report that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) produced.

HR Can Boost Workers' Skills Under New Job Training Law

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, supported by the Society for Human Resource Management and signed into law on July 22, 2014, replaces the Workforce Investment Act, which had been on life support for years. The new legislation was crafted to unsnarl existing training programs and to encourage businesses, educators and community organizations to collaborate more closely to close the country’s skills gaps.

Will They Be Ready to Lead When You’re Ready to Leave?

Succession plans can be as intimidating to make as wills and funeral arrangements. Company leaders have a hard time addressing the issue emotionally and an even harder time talking practically about who might take over for them when they’re gone. Many succession plans are irrelevant to today’s business challenges because they aren’t integrated into businesses’ strategies.

Employers, Students Benefit from High School Internships

Career development activities, such as internships and volunteering, are becoming increasingly important for high school students who want to get into better colleges and find future employment, according to a study released Feb. 3, 2014, by and the research and consulting firm Millennial Branding. Companies are finding that they, too, can benefit from such arrangements.

More than One Way to Close a Skills Gap

There’s book learning and there’s on-the-job training, and when it comes to the subject of bridging the skills gap, the question of how much of each makes individuals employable is a confounding one. But it is becoming quite clear that a continuing combination of both is one of the best ways to ensure industry skill gaps are addressed. The oil and gas industry addresses needs through technical and soft-skills training.

Massive Open Online Courses at Work

Experts believe the different dynamics at play with massive open online courses (MOOCs), which can include more motivated learners, have the potential to make them valuable and cost-effective enhancements to internal training curricula. But the key to their success rests in their design.

HR, Line Managers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

A November 2013 Hay Group study, Bringing the Line to Life: How Activating the Relationship Between HR and the Line Can Impact Organization Performance, suggests that tension between HR and line managers is stifling employers’ ability to design and implement workforce strategies to achieve business objectives.

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