How do we methodically measure the true value of our human resources function?
—Method Actor, general manager, human resources, automotive, Lahore, Pakistan
As companies warm up to Apple's voice-controlled assistant, apps are appearing on iTunes, and rival software from Google and Microsoft are in the works.
The iPhone 4S voice-activated assistant can make calls, schedule appointments and a lot more.
How many employees should we have to justify hiring a human resources manager?
Our company has 60 employees and has acquired a new company with 80 employees. It has turned around since the economy and expects to add to staff and have additional acquisitions. However, we have no HR staff and don't know how many employees is the "right" number to justify hiring one. (This would be the sole HR position in this company: no subordinates.)
Right now we are implementing HR policies with the assistance of outside consultants.
—Anxious to Grow, vice president of operations/administration, aerospace, Laguna Beach, California
Observers find proposals to be well intended, but add that workers have a lot to learn on annuities.
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