HR Administration

Unemployed Workers Opt for Video Games Over Work

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell debate a recent jobs report citing one reason for people being unemployed: video games.

In this week’s 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce’s Rick Bell and Frank Kalman discuss the role of video games in labor participation rates, especially in one key demographic. Also, General Motors hires a new head of HR. What about this news was surprising and unique? Rick Bell explains. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

Starbucks Names Veteran Insider Lucy Helm as Chief Partner Officer

Helm, the coffee chain’s former general counsel, will head people management for 300,000 workers at a time when the company is tackling a number of employee-related issues.

Lucy Helm, an 18-year veteran of Starbucks, is the coffee chain’s first first chief partner officer. Starbucks tapped a well-liked company insider as its first chief partner officer, one of a broader set of moves the global coffee chain’s new chief executive is taking to strengthen operations and employee morale. On July 11, Starbucks said it was promoting Lucy Helm,…

Finalists for the 2017 Workforce Optimas Awards Announced

Finalists will win Gold or Silver honors and one will be named as the overall winner of General Excellence.

Workforce has named its 2017 Optimas Awards finalists. Now in its 27th year, these organizations join an elite group of past winners that is reshaping people management strategies around the globe. Finalists will be a Gold or Silver winner in the categories of: Benefits; Business Impact; Corporate Citizenship; Global Outlook; Innovation; Managing Change; Partnership; Recruiting; Training; Vision; or as the overall winner of…

2017 Game Changer: Jonathan DeGraff

“Jonathan continues to have a significant impact on our company and our industry, and his innovations in workforce management make him a true game changer,” says Nicholas Campagna of DeGraff, his HR partner at IBM.

Jonathan DeGraff is a model for transformation in the HR function, wrote Nicholas Campagna, regional HR manager at IBM, in his award nomination. DeGraff’s accomplishments at IBM have been large and varied, including leading a successful employee engagement program, adopting social technologies to advance business, leading an executive shadow program and recruiting at Cornell University. A particularly notable HR intern…

2017 Game Changer: Christopher Willis

Energy, geotechnical construction, waterway development—Christopher Willis builds it all.

Christopher Willis is in the business of building things. His construction company, SDI Gas, serves such complex industries as energy, geotechnical construction, waterway development and civil engineering on a global scale. Christopher Willis, director of human resources and marketing, SDI Gas LLC, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania Arguably his most profound construction project started in 2009 when, along with his supervisor, he began…

2017 Game Changer: David Ziebler

Organizing development, leadership programs and working on company culture is normal for Superman David Ziebler.

As a certified organizational development specialist, David Ziebler works to enhance the onboarding and assimilation of team members at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Ziebler has been credited with kick-starting and implementing an organizational development curriculum available to staff and faculty across the entire university. David Ziebler, HR associate, organizational development specialist, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield,…

2017 Game Changer: Amy Klose

This Game Changer's main priority is making sure she is doing all she can to create a work environment that employees don’t dread coming to.

Amy Klose, director of HR and compliance, Undisclosed, Plantation, Florida After first starting at the city of Miami in 2012 as the equal opportunity and diversity programs administrator, Amy Klose immediately began bringing forth new ideas by way of diversity, training and customer service. She was promoted to director of human resources in 2014 when her innovation in employee development…

2017 Game Changer: Sony Mehta

Sony Mehta brings innovative HR practices to her workplace with an array of planning and leadership skills.

In less than two years at TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd., Sony Mehta has been named a people and organization development practitioner and has implemented different transformational projects to manage transactional HR activities. Before joining TRL Krosaki, Mehta set off HR initiatives as a strategic HR partner and executed best practices to align the objectives of the organization. Within a year,…

Workforce Game Changers 2017: A Day in the Life

Workforce introduces its class of 2017 Game Changers and explores a day in their lives as busy human resources professionals.

This year’s collection of Workforce Game Changers is a varied bunch. We’re shining the spotlight on people in small companies and big corporations, in local governments and media companies, in recruiting-centric roles and benefits-focused roles, and more. Which made it all the more interesting to hear about “a day in the life” of a Workforce Game Changer. What they complete…

2017 Game Changer: Jessica Watts

"I like that I get to help real people solve real problems with best-in-class solutions," said Watts, vice president of sales at Chicago-based Jellyvision.

Jessica Watts is all about growth — personally as well as professionally. And her company, Jellyvision, is the beneficiary of her attitudes about growing and nurturing her team. Jessica Watts, vice president of sales at Jellyvision Inc., Chicago In 2015, Watts joined Jellyvision, an interactive software company whose platform, Alex, helps employees at companies make decisions about their benefits and…