Why evidence-based HR is critical to success and how to get started

I am huge fan of HR Data & Analytics and I have had the privilege of working with it for many years now. However, it is important to remember one thing; HR Analytics is only a mean to and end; one tool and one mean to better HR. I talked about exactly that at HumanContinue reading “Why evidence-based HR is critical to success and how to get started”

New research: Companies with diverse leadership yield higher profits

Let’s start with the good news: The conclusion. The companies in Denmark with the most diverse leadership earn on average 12.6 percentage points more than the companies with the least diverse leadership. Not only that, the study also concludes that companies with the most diverse leadership average an operating margin that is 5.7 percentage pointsContinue reading “New research: Companies with diverse leadership yield higher profits”

Prediction #2: HR will outsource a lot more

My second prediction – in this series of five predictions for where HR is moving (se #1 here) – I predict that HR will outsource a lot more in the future. A lot more. There are three primary drivers for this: Technology will make new solutions possible by vendors. Technology will be a major driverContinue reading “Prediction #2: HR will outsource a lot more”

The number one reason why HR is still an art

Is HR a science or an art? You might think that with the advent of Workforce Analytics, Performance Management, tests in recruitment, ROI measurement and much more that HR is becoming more of a science than an art. I am afraid not! One of the problems is that HR fundamentally is based on studies doneContinue reading “The number one reason why HR is still an art”

A HR tribute to Kierkegaard

Today is the 200th birthday of Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – the Danish thinker and philosopher. Kierkegaard is probably best known as the first existentialist philosopher and as a religious writer but he was also a critical writer within psychology, moral and ethics. He wrote of many Freudian concepts long before Freud was even born. KierkegaardContinue reading “A HR tribute to Kierkegaard”

The Top 5 Posts of 2012 from the ‘All About Human Capital’-Blog

It’s been a fantastic and fun year writing blog posts on this blog and in honor of the New Year, I’d like to share the most popular posts to my readers over the past year. Here are the top 10 posts in terms of views and re-tweets from this blog for 2012, enjoy: 5: TheContinue reading “The Top 5 Posts of 2012 from the ‘All About Human Capital’-Blog”

HR KPIs: The good, the bad and the ugly

This week I have had meetings with two HR executives about their HR KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).  They both complained about two things I hear a lot; 1) we have too many and 2) they are not very good. While recognising that they have too many they both found it hard to actually get ridContinue reading “HR KPIs: The good, the bad and the ugly”

The ultimate definition of Human Capital

If you Google “definition of Human Capital” you will be surprised and overwhelmed. It is a vast and contradictory  amount of definitions you will get. And frankly not very helpful as they don’t explain exactly what it is. For example, if you look at Wikipedia under ‘Human Capital Management’ you will find that it redirectsContinue reading “The ultimate definition of Human Capital”

Human Capital move stock prices

I went to a very interesting event in London a few weeks ago. It was arranged by Human Potential Accounting and the event was titled “The Future of Investment: Human Capital”. A panel composed of people from different parts of the investment community – private equity, regulators, pension funds, investment banks etc. – discussed howContinue reading “Human Capital move stock prices”

HR due diligence just got a lot harder

 M&A due diligence is important. Very important. Dependent on which study you read, 60%-85% of all mergers and take-overs do not deliver the financial and/or strategic benefit it was expected. The due diligence process is supposed to assess if the deal makes strategic and financial sense AND if the two companies together can execute theContinue reading “HR due diligence just got a lot harder”