Beyond wondering about the gig economy to preparing to lead it. Five observations.

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Posted by Balaji Bondili, Jeff Schwartz, and Rebecca Greenberg on February 13, 2019.

There is growing debate in the market around the size and growth trajectory of the gig economy. Some prior research is being backtracked and some earlier projections are being tempered; all the while, research is emerging with new conclusions. There are some fundamental questions here. How should we define the gig economy? What are the different parts of the alternative talent economy? What data sets can, and should, we use to explore the demographics and economic impacts of the gig or alternative workforce? Perhaps more importantly, what current workplace and workforce supply and demand trends can provide insights on how to best guide organizations to prepare for the future?

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Can tapping the power of the individual influence a more positive future of work in manufacturing?


Posted by Paul Wellener, Ben Dollar, and Heather Ashton Manolian on February 11, 2019.

As the Deloitte 2018 Human Capital Trends study highlights, the power of the individual is growing. And it’s being propelled by the rise of the social enterprise, a massive shift in which organizations are no longer judged solely on business performance, but on their relationships with their communities and their impact on employees, customers, and society at large. It’s a shift that is exacerbated by today’s hyper-connected world where individuals can research companies instantaneously and express their perspectives—anywhere, at any time. The new dynamics of the workplace are having a profound impact on how employees view their careers and, in turn, how employers need to approach talent management.

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What gets measured gets done…unless you’re HR?


Posted by Arthur Mazor and Michael Stephan on January 24, 2019.

Raise your hand if you’ve received a survey in the last week asking for your feedback on a purchase or transaction, posted feedback online, or read others’ reviews to help you make a decision. There’s no disputing the prevalence and importance of measuring customer satisfaction and the widespread use of metrics in just about every facet of business as a tool to evaluate and improve performance. So, if workers are HR’s customers, with the power to make or break business success, how well are you tracking and measuring their experience and satisfaction? And, more importantly, what are you doing to improve it?

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Prediction: Data will reveal relationships that ignite productivity


Posted by Timothy Davis and Jeff Mike on November 30, 2018.

Last year we noted that organizations were in the early stages of adopting Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) tools to measure followership and mentorship, as well as help leaders understand how teams and the company as a whole communicates.1 In 2019 we will see organizations transforming through the use of ONA, revealing the informal linkages that show how work actually gets done.

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Prediction: Organizations will rethink work for a more productive workforce.


Posted by Kathi Enderes on November 29, 2018.

The world of work has become incredibly complex. Workers are trying to navigate a maze of hierarchies, work processes, and never-ending new communication methods that are all meant to make them more productive, but ultimately having the opposite effect. The rise of the social enterprise means that organizational boundaries are becoming permeable, while what and who constitutes an “employee” will be redefined with broader, more inclusive concepts. And teams are rising to the fore as work processes become project-based, even as many organizations cling to industrial-age hierarchies.

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7 truths about the organization designs of the future


Posted by Tiffany McDowell on November 19, 2018.

I’ve been neck-deep in organizational theory and structural design for the last 20+ years. In that time I’ve seen the whys and hows of organizations evolve as the world around us has changed—why they exist, for what purpose, and also how they are structured to fulfill that purpose. There’s also been an element of “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What will the future hold? Looking ahead, I believe I will see these seven truths go from early concept to standard operating procedures in my time as an influencer in the organization design space!

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Putting big data to work

Organizational Network Analysis helps reveal insights “hiding in plain sight” in untapped email data


Posted by Greg Szwartz and Nikola Andric on November 13, 2018.

We recently had the opportunity to work with a leading global Life Sciences company to leverage some of its “dark” email-based metadata. This is data that companies generally don’t tap into, let alone turn into valuable information. What we found yielded surprising insights into how the organization and its people work and interact. This knowledge can now be applied to fuel an insights-driven High-Impact HR operating model—with a more systematic and quantified perspective on ways to boost new employee success, reduce turnover, and lift the overall productivity of the entire organization. Here’s how it happened.

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Redesigning organizations to unleash the untapped power of teams


Posted by Kelly Monahan and Sally Schmall on November 6, 2018.

Calling all HR organizational designers! The future of work (FOW) is here and your organization needs you more than ever—not to stay the course but rather to design the right path to empower employees to learn, experiment, collaborate and innovate. Building the successful organization of the future will require agility and the ability to adapt to rapid changes unfolding now. How are you designing organizations today to be effective tomorrow?

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How human capital can help the sports industry win


Posted by Jamie Breshears and Pete Giorgio on October 22, 2018.

The final second ticks off the clock and the stadium roars with applause; the confetti streams down as a champion is crowned. This is the joy that players are playing for, the excitement fans are cheering for, and the success executives and owners are expecting. That said, what about the administration and staff that provide support away from the limelight? How are they being positioned to succeed in their roles and deliver these championship efforts day in and day out? Sports organizations, like other businesses, are facing critical human capital issues related to the future of work, the rise of the social enterprise, and the workforce’s increasing expectation for an irresistible employee experience. To excel in this disruptive environment and be well positioned to adapt in an ever-changing industry, sports organizations must reevaluate their priorities and adopt a holistic approach to managing human capital and driving performance.

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The flexible organization

Leverage Organizational Network Analysis to create a networked organization


Posted by Tiffany McDowell on October 17, 2018.

Network-based teams are a key component to unlocking a more flexible organization poised to deliver the agility, customer centricity, and front-line empowerment needed to succeed amidst massive disruption. By realigning select individuals across functions into networked teams, they can be focused on collaborating to achieve specific shared outcomes. But how can organizations identify individuals and teams to target to drive increased flexibility? This is where Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) comes in.

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