Posts made in September, 2015

Aging Workforce Cited as Greatest Business Risk Challenge

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Business risk caused by demographic change (aging) was cited as the greatest diversity challenge by 48 percent of the survey respondents. Rounding out the top three challenges were gender (29 percent) and nationality (18 percent). Thanks largely to a debate in Europe about quotas for women and about the immigration of foreign talent, the topic of diversity management appears to be a focus at most companies: 80 percent of respondents said that their company had implemented at least three measures to enhance employee diversity. For example, the measures cited most frequently included flexible working-time models and parental leave—both seek to increase the proportion of women in the workforce. However, the survey also found that most companies apply these initiatives only selectively.  “Our research has shown that the business case for diversity is clear and that HR needs to integrate such measures into its broader people policies. A modern workplace must represent its customer base in order to be truly effective and to deliver products and services that drive it to the competitive edge in a global environment,” explains Stephanie Bird, an author of the report and the director of HR capability for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In addition, the survey results reveal considerable differences in how various groups of employees view the effectiveness of diversity initiatives. For example, older workers rate measures for promoting age diversity as less effective than their younger colleagues do. “In order for diversity to be successful, top management must visibly support the objectives, and the entire workforce must be integrated in the development and execution of the programs,” explains Jean-Michel Caye, senior partner at BCG, expert in talent and leadership, and an author of the report. Diversity Is an Integral Part of HR—and the Entire Company “Diversity is an integral element of HR work. It’s a recurring theme that touches all topics, including workforce planning, recruiting, and career management,” adds Pieter Haen, president of EAPM and an author of the report. Only initiatives that go beyond the minimum level of diversity required by legal mandates and social norms can help companies gain advantage. As a first step, companies must analyze which aspects of diversity can promote their business success. The BCG/EAPM report explains how employee diversity can be increased to advance business imperatives through several steps. • Create transparency. The foundation of all strategic HR work is strategic workforce planning—the quantitative and qualitative analysis of workforce supply and demand and of the individual capabilities of workers. Workforce demand should reflect overall business trends as well as a company’s business strategy. • Redefine recruiting. Tailored recruiting campaigns expand the existing talent pool by targeting underrepresented groups, such as female engineers. In addition, the employment of HR officers from outside Europe enables more efficient recruiting of international talent. • Promote diversity. It is equally relevant to promote diversity within the company’s existing workforce and among new hires. Evaluations of employee performance and potential, as well as career moves by managers, should be assessed for how permeable they make the company for new talent groups. The sooner the promotion of diverse talent is achieved at the lower levels in a company’s hierarchy, the better the chance that the organization’s internal diversity can be tapped and enhanced. • Build leaders for the twenty-first century. At many companies, a 2x2x2+5 development program has proved successful. In such a program, aspiring managers are exposed to two business units, two countries, two functions, and at least five different projects. • Retain employees. New groups of employees are presenting employers with new challenges. Financial incentives alone are losing their attractiveness—the ability to...

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How Technology is Changing Health Care

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in News | 0 comments

You can video chat with family while riding the bus, order a whole new wardrobe while sitting in a coffee shop and file an important business report before getting on an airplane – how amazing is wireless technology? It has changed people’s everyday lives in many ways, and it’s transforming how they care for their health, too. From hearing implants with Bluetooth-enabled wireless accessories that let you stream a call directly from your smartphone, to pacemakers that upload data about your heart to your doctor’s computer, wireless technology is giving patients and health care providers even greater control over their health. Here are four amazing ways in which wireless technology is helping Americans stay healthier, happier and more connected: Cochlear hearing implants are already amazing in that they help you regain access to the sounds you’ve been missing when your hearing aids are no longer enough. And, with the new Cochlear Wireless Accessories, hearing through your cochlear implant is taken to a whole new level in that they are designed to help you hear even better in a variety of settings and situations. There are a total of three wireless accessories available – the Mini Microphone, Phone Clip and TV Streamer – that may help improve the clarity and quality of sound provided by your hearing implants, especially in noisy environments. The mini-mic transmits speech and sound directly to your implant – you’ll hear conversations directly in your ear! The Phone Clip allows you to listen to phone calls and stream music from your smartphone, and the TV Streamer transmits sound from the television directly to your sound processor. Wearable heart-monitoring devices can make your life easier in a number of ways. Devices can keep tabs on your heart rhythm to assist doctors in diagnosing or monitoring a condition, identify heart malfunctions that require immediate attention and even make it easier to keep pacemakers in good working order. Monitoring can help eliminate the need for more invasive or inconvenient tests, and provide physicians and patients with a better understanding of your heart health. Biometric devices can help you with your weight-loss efforts. Basic wearable health monitors are popular for monitoring workout progress, but biometric devices provide more in-depth health information. Wearable patches can monitor the amount of calories you burn, how many steps you’ve walked or run, your activity levels throughout the day and even your sleep patterns. The devices, which can be worn for hours or days depending on what information your doctor needs, can upload the data they collect to your doctor’s computer or your mobile device. Glucose monitors that communicate with your smartphone are making it easier than ever for people with diabetes to keep a close watch on their blood sugar levels. The monitors work like traditional blood sugar testing devices to read glucose levels in a drop of test blood. The device then uploads the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, which uses the data to help you track and manage blood sugar levels, take readings before and after meals, and even monitor your diet. Such technology can empower you to better manage your blood sugar – a key objective in maintaining your overall health while living with diabetes. Wireless technology has been used by hospitals for years now, and wearable technology is rapidly entering patients’ everyday lives. From hearing better to monitoring key health indicators, you are now able to improve your quality of life and overall health right from the palm of your...

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