- Cultural diversity, IBM style
Cultural diversity initiatives can provide organisations with a number of benefits, however there are a number of variables that can impact upon the success of such initiatives. Kylie Nicolson looks at the history of cultural diversity within IBM Australia, examines the business case for establishing diversity strategies and shares some of the initiatives employed by IBM
- Passing the baton: Restoring trust in the HR profession
The HR profession faces a crisis of trust and a loss of legitimacy in the eyes of its major stakeholders. However, as Tom Kochan writes, the profession can redefine its values, professional identity and responsibilities, and in doing so pass on the baton to a new generation
- Strategic workforce planning enables smarter HR decisions
Companies have made little progress in the area of strategic workforce planning, despite evidence that it can drastically help a firm decipher how to best invest in their workforce and in which areas to trim back.
- Lessons from Great Depression
Innovation, early cost-cutting and investment in R&D are three common strategies of companies which emerged strongly from the Great Depression and from which companies can learn today.
- Breaking the shackles: The pros and cons of telecommuting
Cutting back on office rent, maintenance and energy costs; saving on employee transport and parking costs; and helping to save the planet - what organisation could say no? Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop looks at the benefits for those companies already embracing telecommuting and asks why many others have been slow to take the plunge
- What HR can offer in tough times
An economic downturn is an important time for HR to assist in executing business strategy. Craig Donaldson looks at what HR can bring to the table during a downturn