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Ellyn Shook spent a third of the past year restructuring performance reviews — 'probably the most significant talent transformation we’ve ever undergone.'

Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture. CEO Pierre Nanterme broke the news when Accenture switched up performance reviews in 2015, but the heavy lifting fell to Ellyn Shook, the management consultancy’s chief leadership and human resources officer. Accenture isn’t the first U.S. multinational to move away from once-a-year ratings-based reviews. But with 375,000 employees worldwide, it is…

Astutely Making Inroads

No two ways about it: Natalie Stute was born to be in HR.

Many children grow up wanting to be an athlete, a dancer or a singer. Natalie Stute started out young on a totally different career path: human resources. Natalie Stute, Chief HR Officer, Consilio LLC, Washington, D.C. She was groomed from a young age. Every Saturday from seventh through 12th grade, Stute attended INROADS, a leadership development program for children of…

MiniBios: Honoring HR’s Female Influencers

Diane Gherson, Patty McCord and Cindy Robbins stand among the profession's leaders.

Diane Gherson In February 2016, IBM joined multinationals such as Accenture and GE in tossing out yearly performance reviews, with Diane Gherson leading the way. Under the senior vice president of HR’s direction, IBM dumped a contentious, 10-year-old system where employees set annual goals and checked in with managers twice a year. After crowdsourcing ideas from its 380,000-person workforce, IBM…

Workforce Game Changers 2017: We’re Looking for You!

From entrepreneurs to established practitioners, HR’s best and brightest rising stars can receive the recognition they so richly deserve.

With a new year comes many new things in the workplace. New styles of Keurig cups, a clean refrigerator, a firm resolution to call fewer meetings, you know, the things that push people management forward. While these are all fine motivators, here at Workforce we like to recognize the people who are truly advancing the HR profession. We started the…

An Early Contender for Employee of the Year

A bag of d--ks in the mail rankles one HR director.

It’s only the 4th day of January and we already have an early contender for employee of the year. I cannot do this story any justice better than the original article in the New York Post. HR director sues to find out who sent her ‘a bag of d–ks’ This human resources director is taking legal action to find out…

Defining Trump: ‘Stop it’ and ‘You’re Fired’

Our new president's words will go a long way in determining whether HR has to play hall monitor or work as a strategic business partner.

I once had two employees whose working relationship blossomed into a workplace romance. At first it was an all-out lovefest; footsies under the table during staff meetings, goo-goo eyes at each other at lunch … ain’t love grand? It sure was; until it wasn’t. Their chocolate kisses turned sour. Tart words and icy glares soon took a toll on the…

4 HR Trends to Put in Play for 2017

Stash the generational tags, focus on agility and innovation and — gasp — bring back the performance review.

Retaining performance reviews is one recommendation for HR in 2017. By Greg Moran A new year means new goals, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that HR folks have no problem making lists of important things to do — only to get stifled by budget or resources. As we look ahead to 2017, we’re watching for trendsetters who…

By The Numbers: It’s All Happening at the Zoo

What's it like working in the animal kingdom?

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. This month?: how does it all happen at the zoo? Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews. Tags: By the Numbers, talent, zookeeper

Beyond the Board: Succession Risk Should Be All-Inclusive

HR plays a key role in paving the avenues to an honest and robust succession framework.

The most effective succession plans are owned by the CEO and senior leaders, accountable to the board, and managed by the CHRO. By Mark Streifer As companies strive for success in a rapidly changing global marketplace, ensuring alignment of the talent portfolio to changing business requirements is increasingly critical. Succession risk management engages companies to plan today for the evolving,…

The 12 Myths About Independent Contractor Misclassification

In all but the clearest of cases, assume that everyone you pay in exchange for services is an employee.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor published a new web guide on the issue of independent contractor misclassification s. The DOL’s tagline, “Misclassification Affects Everyone,” along with the comprehensive content contained therein, makes it clear that this issue remains hot for the agency. Contained the guide is a document titled, “Myths About Misclassification” listing 12 myths the DOL believes businesses…