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This Week’s Blog Roundup

I spend the first part of every morning browsing my favorite blogs and news sources. I read about relocation (of course), HR trends, real estate and tax law (plus a little home décor, cooking, and travel if I’m being totally honest). Most weeks, I work to create content for our readers based on information that I learn from multiple sources but this week is different. This week, I came across too many great posts about too many great topics to choose a direction. So I thought I’d compile a list for you.

2014 HR Technology Conference: The Digital Impact on HR

Hello from the 2014 HR Technology Conference in Vegas! I hope you are having a great show.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a discussion about how the digital environment is impacting strategic HR. Check out the video below for my take on how we can use marketing best practices to segment employee populations for more meaningful benefit delivery and career pathing. Agree or disagree? Please share your comments below.
 

Employee Retention Pitfalls after Relocation

We’ve talked quite a bit on this blog about payback agreements. Oh, the payback agreement. We both love it and hate it at the same time. Is it a necessary evil? Perhaps. We certainly don’t believe that companies should spend thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars on a relocation if there is a risk that the transferee will resign before the contracted period is up. Putting aside financial concerns for just a moment, however, I think we need to take a closer look at why payback agreements are so prevalent (94% of companies require them) and if there is a better, more effective way to ensure that talent stays on board after a transfer or assignment.

It’s Complicated

When I first started in HR, the distribution of benefits was pretty straightforward. Employees were either single or married. They checked the box, we filed the paperwork, and everyone went home happy.

Or, at least, we thought they did.

Millennials are the New Gen X

Before you roll your eyes at yet another Millennials in the workplace post, give me a chance to explain why this one is different. After spending my entire career (thus far) reading about how my generation is a pain to work with and how HR needs to change company policies to accommodate us, I started wondering if all this drama is necessary. Or, is it really just history repeating itself?

Five Tips for Managing Transferee Performance Reviews

Today, I want to talk about performance reviews. We all know that most companies rely on the data provided by performance reviews for numerous business decisions.  When I was in HR, reviews were a useful tool for succession planning, compensation decisions, recruitment and retention strategies, development initiatives and engagement plans. These issues are clearly very important in the workplace, so we never questioned the need for a robust performance program. The question we did struggle with, however, was how to effectively infuse accuracy and timeliness into the process.

Three Repatriation Challenges HR Must Conquer

One of the biggest mistakes a company can make regarding relocation is assuming that an international assignment is complete once the employee returns to the home country. In many ways, it is at this exact moment that HR needs to step in with gusto. A repatriation program is a vital step in the process that should not be taken lightly. In fact, one recent study from the University of Iowa notes that up to 38 percent of repatriated employees quit within a year of returning home. When you consider that companies spend millions of dollars on global assignments, this number is shocking…and depressing.

Three Social Sites HR Should Explore

Last week I wrote a blog post about social media over-sharing and what role, if any, HR should have in managing employee conversations online. If you are in human resources and you are trying to get a handle on social media management, I recommend taking the time to browse the web and see what’s out there. To help get you started, here’s a short list of sites that you should know about:

20 Fun Facts about Relocating Millennials (Free eBook)

20 Fun Facts about Relocating MillennialsThere’s been a lot of talk about Millennials lately. Maybe it’s because we are right in the middle of grad season, but it seems that the conversation about Millennials is everywhere. And it hasn’t been very flattering.

Surely, we’ve all heard the stereotypes. Millennials are coddled. We need constant feedback. We have the attention span of goldfish and the work ethic of a sloth. Every one of us has a shelf full of trophies we received for doing nothing and most of us majored in underwater basket weaving. Some of us still live in our parents’ basements. None of us are capable of functioning in a society of adults.

What Keeps HR Up at Night?

Between meetings, relocation conferences and HR industry events, I’ve been on the go quite a bit. I love it though because I get to meet with and talk to so many different people. Considering some of the uncertainty in the world today, I started asking industry friends what they worry about most. Naturally, my conversations focused on HR trends and correlating concerns, of which there are many.

So, what keeps HR up night?

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