HCM Research Sampler

A lot of interesting HCM research has been published over the past few months. Whenever we come across new research, we tweet about it. If it resonates with us, we reference it in a blog or even dedicate a full article to it if we find the research especially relevant. A couple of things struck me the other day:

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  1. Twitter feeds fly by and few people regularly review historical tweets.
  2. HR practitioners and decision makers are often too busy to find and read the available research.

So, for those of you who may have missed a tweet or don’t have the time to sift through what’s out there in the world of HR research, here is a quick sample of what we’ve found interesting so far this year.

Bersin by Deloitte: Predictions for 2014

This report offers a detailed look at global trends shaping human capital management. The sixty-five page research report begins by identifying 2014 as “the year of the employee” and then documents the top 10 trends that will impact us in 2014 and beyond.  Read a summary of the top 10 trends or download the full report.

ADP Research: Employee Self-Service and Mobile HR Applications

The proliferation of bring BYOD policies in the workplace and the ubiquity of mobile technology has many employers scrambling to bring mobile functionality to the HCM space. This research by ADP set out to gauge actual mobile application usage in midsized U.S. organizations (employers with 50-999 employees). Specifically the report looks at how often employees access HR related information and functions via mobile devices and which behaviors are most common. This research provides useful information for employers contemplating adding mobile to their employee self-service options.  Download the full report here.

Harvard Business Review (Achievers): The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance

Harvard Business Review Analytic Services conducted surveys and interviews with more than 550 business managers and executives, including twelve best-practice company leaders, to better understand the impact of employee engagement on overall business performance.  The research found that leaders understand the importance of engagement but are not always sure how to generate it and that significant gaps exist between the views of executives and middle managers.  In spite of the fact that it's difficult to measure the impact of engagement on financial results and challenging to keep employees engaged, the report identified a group of companies that saw engagement as an extremely important priority. In the report these companies share methods they are using to effectively tie engagement to business performance.  Access the full report here.

Human Capital Institute: 2014 Talent Pulse: HR Strategy and Analytics

The Human Capital Institute (HCI) publishes Talent Pulse quarterly. Each issue summarizes recent research that explores the latest trends and challenges in managing talent. This issue focuses on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HR data analytics and workplace agility and can be accessed here.

This is just a small sample of the research we’ve reviewed this year. We are living in complex times and Human Capital Management clearly reflects that fact. At times, the big picture can get lost in the busyness of daily tasks and the inevitable crises that come with a role steeped in human interaction. Sometimes it helps to take the time for some broader industry perspective. We hope this helps.


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