Economic changes. Legislative changes. Personal Changes. HR Folks are dealing with a lot these days and - like all good leaders - they are asking questions to stimulate and challenge their own thinking about how to navigate these times. There are no shortage of topics we are curious about - I've organized them into broad categories to help you sort through all the great posts!
The Economy -Eric Samdahl muses on the "reskilling" trend and asks Will Higher Level Skills Emerge from Today's Economic Gloom? Jon Ingham analyzes an ugly question this economy poses for us HR folks in Human vs. Financial Capital? and suggests that talent crisis has "sort of" disappeared - for now.
Given the lack of a talent crises, Evil HR Lady thinks you should ask yourself if you are living too close to the edge in her post Friendly Warning from the Grim Reaper. And even though layoffs are likely going to be more common in the upcoming months, Susan Heathfield acknowledges that it is not easy for HR folks to terminate employees in Letting an Employee Go.
Legislation -Michael Haberman gives a great overview of potential legislation that will impact HR in More Possible Legislation in 2009. Pennsylvania Labor Blog tackles the elephant in the room by asking Why not educate employees on the importance of union authorization cards?
Leadership -Navigating the waters of change is not an easy task and leaders are going to need to step it up. Wayne Turmel wonders about Santa's Management Challenges and Nina Simosko answers the question "what are the must-have leadership skills?" in Leadership Pheromones. Dan McCarthy can help you out if you are asking how to get your voice heard in 10 Ways to Get Management to Listen to Your Ideas
Rounding out our postings on leadership, Wally Bock addresses the question "what is leadership at it's core?" in Leaders Eat Last . He notes that too many companies don't get what leadership is - this is evidenced when they lay off thousands while the top executives don't even have to switch to paper napkins in the executive dining room. Hands down my fave posting in this carnival - thanks Wally!
Organization Culture - Alice Snell answers your questions about the connection between talent management and a company's brand perception in Talent and Brand Connection. HR Bytes expands the dialogue and wonders how are social networking and branding connected in Gartner Stresses on Employer Branding and Social Networking.
Flip Chart Fairy Tales posts about Mergers and Organisational Culture and suggests the importance of asking "Who are the heroes, villains, and fools?" in any company. Good food for thought there! Personally - I plan to apply that one to my in-laws at our upcoming holiday gathering!
Self-Assessment- I think it's very cool that Mark Stelzer asked how he performed in 2008 and gave himself a performance appraisal that he's willing to share with the world in My 2008 Scorecard - A Look Back. Chris Young answers your questions about how to perform better in your personal arena this holiday season in 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Survive Your Next Family Gathering and Anna Farmery recommends that you Fail Really Well.
And as long as you are engaging in self-assessment, Laurie at Punk Rock HR has an answer for readers who are wondering if it's time to look for a new job in Signs You need to Start Your Job Search.
And finally, what about the future of HR? Guatam Ghosh asks how can HR do it's job better and challenges our thinking in Re-imaging HR.
Best wishes for a very happy holiday season with family and friends, and may 2009 bring joy and peace to EVERYONE!!