In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered policy and basic issues HR managers will face for the rest of the year; today, strategic issues, plus an introduction to a free Sue Meisinger webcast on challenges for HR in 2014.

Strategic goals sound so simple (align work with company strategy, develop an employment brand, develop good metrics) but they can be the devil’s own to bring to reality. Here are some issues to ponder through 2014:

Alignment. How can you ensure that HR strategy is in line with corporate strategy?

Talent management. How can you best deal with talent management in all its challenging components?

Specific positions that are hard to fill because of:

Bloated salaries

Unattractive location

Simple shortage of competent workers in the specialty

Loss of corporate knowledge and legacy systems expertise as Boomers retire.

Or the flip side, if they don’t retire, what to do for high potential younger managers with nowhere to go.

Culture. How do you define it and how can you make it universal in your organization?

Metrics and Big Data. How can you use the amazing amount of data now available in a meaningful way?

Agenda for 2014?  Start on May 7, 2014, with a free interactive webcast What HR Needs to Be Prepared for in 2014. Features Sue Meisinger. Learn More

Engagement. There is increasing recognition that engaged employees are significantly more productive and easier to retain than those who are not engaged. How can you identify engagement and how do you increase it?

Retention. Are you at risk of losing your high potentials as the economy improves?

Branding. How important (and how easy) is it to focus on your employment brand  (I want to work there!)?

Outsourcing. How much can you outsource and still retain the control you need?

Technology. Does it help or hinder good decision making?

2014 is going to be a challenging year. What do you have to look forward to? Where should you focus your energy? Fortunately, there’s timely help in the form of a free webcast—What HR Needs to Be Prepared for in 2014. In just 60 minutes, you’ll gain valuable insights from one of the most well-known HR leaders in the business—Susan R. Meisinger, former president and CEO of SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management. (See bio below.)

Register today for this free (thanks to sponsor Kronos) interactive webinar.

SHRM ex-president dishes on what to look for in the year ahead. Join us for a free interactive webcast on What HR Needs to Be Prepared for in 2014. Earn 1 hour in HRCI Recertification Credit. Register Now

By participating in this interactive webcast, you’ll learn about:

Economics and Employment

Recovery will drive greater focus on retention and talent acquisition strategies.

Baby boomers/need for succession planning.

Science and Technology

Technology trends that may impact current employment policies.

Technology trends that may impact how your business operates (Cloud, Gamification, and Mobile).

Need for more competency from HR executives in data analysis; statistics; and the ability to distinguish between what’s interesting and what’s important.

Public Policy and Federal Law:

Prohibition on refusal to hire the unemployed.

Prohibition on asking for passwords for Facebook.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central)

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Mountain)

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Approved for Recertification Credit

This program has been approved for 1 recertification credit hour toward recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Join us on May 7 for the free, in-depth What HR Needs to Be Prepared for in 2014 webcast.

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Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, JD, is a widely read columnist on HR Leadership for HRExecutive Online.  She speaks and consults on human resource management issues, and is the former president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management with more than 250,000 members.  Before joining SHRM, Meisinger was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Deputy Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor, and was responsible for more than 4,000 employees and enforcement of more than 90 U.S. employment laws. Meisinger is a former board member for the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, SHRM, and the HR Certification Institute and has corporate board experience.  She is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and the Human Resource Policy Institute.  She currently sits on the board of the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, the Kronos Workforce Institute Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the University of Mary Washington College of Business, and the National Academy of Human Resources board of directors. Meisinger also coauthored and edited "The Future of Human Resource Management," which was published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons.

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Jim Manfield—Product Marketing Manager—Kronos Incorporated

Jim has approximately 15 years of experience working with workforce management and human resources information systems and technology.  This experience includes time spent working in the design, implementation, pre-sales, sales, and marketing of these applications.  He has worked with organizations in Kronos’ five vertical areas: health care, manufacturing, public sector, retail, and services and distribution.  He also has experience working internationally with various clients, including but not limited to European- and Asia/Pacific-based companies.  Before joining information services and technology disciplines in 1999, Jim had 5 years of professional experience in multiple areas, including sales, account management, consulting, market research, and accounting. 

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