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18 Must-Read HR Articles for Disruptive Leaders: Your Back-to-Work Reading List

Summer is (sadly) now behind us. School is back in session. Work life is back in full swing. To help you gear up for the fast pace of Fall, here are 18 of the most-shared HR articles. Their common theme? HR that doesn’t just execute, but leads and drives meaningful change.

Consider the female CHROs profiled in the January/February issue of Workforce Magazine: The CHRO of a leading strategy firm changed the company’s perception of turnover based on a holistic assessment of the market situation. Another from an insurance company focused on changing the gender status quo to improve diversity.

In addition to profiles of disruptive HR leaders, many of the articles we found contain how-to advice and research geared towards reinventing HR. We also found commentary on hot button topics like the highly publicized Uber scandal, which remind us of HR’s vital role.

If you are looking to shift gears and dive into a busy 2017 Fall season, check out these widely-shared HR articles on subjects ranging from recruitment and engagement to performance management:


Talent Acquisition: Operating Expense or Source of Revenue?, by Scott Macfarlane, vice president, client development, Korn Ferry Futurestep,

Recruitment vs Talent Acquisition, by Euan McNair, talent acquisition & employer brand consultant, Standard Life Aberdeen,

The Candidate as Customer: The New Dynamics of Talent Acquisition, by Arthur Mazor, principal, Deloitte,

Employee Engagement

How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time, by Jack Zenger, CEO of Zenger/Folkman, and Joseph Folkman, president of Zenger/Folkman,

Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little, by Jacob Morgan, keynote speaker and futurist,

Research: How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust, by  Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Eastern ARC Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science, et al.,

Learning and Development

Learning and Development Today: Microsized, Personalized and Really, Really Short by Sarah Fister Gale, contributor, Workforce Management

Everything I know about Learning and Development by Didier Elzinga, CEO of Culture Amp,

5 Learning and Development Questions You Can’t Answer Without Analytics, by Ian Cook, head of workforce solutions,

HR Leadership

The Awesome Influence of Women in HR, by Andie Burjek and Michelle V. Rafter, contributors, Workforce Magazine

Uber’s Toxic Culture Highlights the Need for Strategic, Courageous HR, by Pam Ross, business consultant, Blue Rebel Works,

HR Manager Evolves Into a Strategic Business Role, by Emma Jacobs, columnist, Financial Times

Performance Management

The Future Of Performance Management: How AI And Big Data Combat Workplace Bias, by Bernard Marr, big data expert and speaker,

3 Signs That Managers, Not Employees, Are the Problem With Performance Management, by Andre Lavoie, CEO and co-founder, ClearCompany,

The Benefits of Integrating Workplace Wellbeing Into Performance Management, by Charlotte Rogers, senior writer, Marketing Week

Data-Driven HR

Analytics on HR Analytics: What Really Works, by Dave Ulrich, HR and leadership expert,

The Disconnect Between People and Business Strategy, by John Schwarz, CEO and co-founder,

Six Powerful Ways Your HR Team Can Leverage Big Data, Forbes Human Resources Council,

About the author: Karra Barron

Karra Barron is Visier's Sr. Content Marketing Manager and has over a decade of experience using storytelling to move people into action. At Visier, she is responsible for developing a wide range of thought leadership resources that educate and inspire business users to become data-driven leaders.

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