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HRTV: A look back at 2010

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This year has seen a lot of ups and downs as the global economy picked itself up from the recent financial crisis.

From topics like employee engagement to surviving in the corporate world, HRTV has brought the opinions and advice of many HR professionals straight into your office.

HRTV does a quick look back on key points in 2010. We also talked to the public and heard what they had to say when asked why HR is important and if anything should change.

In 2011, HRTV will continue introducing more professionals, and share more tips and secrets on how to better manage HR in your organisation.

Look out for features including executive relocation, global mobility, employee innovation and talent development, amongst many others, on both our printed and online publications.

Stay tuned to HRTV, and don’t forget to follow Human Resources on Twitter, Facebook and our website.

On behalf of everyone at Human Resources, wishing you a joyous holiday season and a great new year!

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

HRTV: Mike Shove on increasing your employability with IT

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There is no escaping technology these days, with everything going online and mobile faster than you can say ‘internet’.

IT is starting to take on a more defined role in the workplace and both employers and employees are becoming more tech-savvy to keep up. Many organisations are making use of social networking sites, and even encouraging staff to communicate in the workplace via instant messaging.

CEO and managing director of IT services provider CSC Asia, Mike Shove, talks to HRTV about how IT can help improve your employability.

He shares that even simple skills such as familiarity with office programmes can help improve your chances at employability.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

HRTV: Bill Manfredi on managing HR globally

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Managing a team is hard enough, but the challenges are even greater with a global team.

Many human resources leaders with global responsibilities often struggle to communicate with their different regional offices. Ensuring that strategies are consistent, as well as, sharing solutions are shared can be tough.

Bill Manfredi, executive vice president for talent management at Wunderman, says the key to bridging that global gap is communication.  He is usually based in New York but spends more than half his time travelling to the different offices internationally.

Manfredi talks to HRTV about the difficulties to managing a global HR team, as well as advice on how HR practitioners can better work around the geographical challenges they may face.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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HRTV: Joel Barker on nurturing innovation leaders

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The future of the world seems to lie in the hands of the innovation of the current generation.

With more companies relying on the next big idea, talent who are creative are more valuable than ever. Organisations need leaders who can move the company and its ideas forward into the future.

Joel Barker talks to HRTV about innovation and its place in today’s workplace. Surprisingly, Barkers says HR leaders do not have to be innovative themselves, but just be able to provide and support an environment that encourages innovation.

He shares his suggestions on how companies can make sure they are providing an environment that encourages and supports innovation, and how managers can make sure the innovation within the company translates into productivity and growth.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

HRTV: Bill Byham on Succession Planning

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Organisations are still failing at creating a healthy pipeline of high potential (HiPo) employees who are ready to take on senior leadership positions.

Although many companies try to keep the ratio of hiring new talent to grooming current ones at 2:8, the reality is almost half of senior management roles are still filled with fresh hires.

Succession planning allows for HiPos within an organisation to receive training and support in order to be promoted to a higher management level. This also ensures each employee is stretched to his potential and contributing fully to the organisation.

Lee Xieli talks to Bill Byham, founder, chairman and CEO of DDI about succession management, and the steps organisations could take to manage it. Additionally, Byham shares the current mistakes organisations are making in succession planning. He further suggests tips for HR professionals who are hoping to groom current talent for senior management positions.

Byham has led the way in human resources technologies in DDI with influences in areas such as management training, and has developed new methods to better identify and train HiPos.

Author Malcolm Gladwell has written in The New Yorker about his DDI assessment experience, and the methodology was also covered in an article, Extreme Hiring, by

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 1, 2010 at 11:53 am