2014 Global Human Capital Trends Report Available Now!

The Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report highlights 12 trends that embody ways that the 21st-century workforce is pushing organizations to innovate, transform, and reengineer their human capital practices. Follow the link to download the full report and explore survey data on current human capital trends. 


CEOs with the highest pay

CEOs with the highest pay

Excerpt from full text:

“…But does excessive pay CEO really matter? Yes, for several reasons. It’s often a red flag that board members are mere CEO lapdogs — not great news for investors who need boards to nudge top managers to perform for them. Second, excessive CEO pay can signal that a company has an “imperial CEO” and that it’s doing too little to groom its next leader, which makes for poor succession planning.

Big picture, there’s also the issue of whether widening pay gaps and the increasingly stratified class structure in the United States is eroding the historically egalitarian underpinnings of U.S. capitalism — and thus demoralizing the workforce.”

A Business Case for Health/Wellness

Should companies care about the health and wellness of their employees?

Alere Wellbeing  recently presented a webinar hosted by Dr. Ron Goetzel of Emory University and Thomson Reuters, discussing the cost of health and productivity-related expenditures that employers face, the role obesity plays in creating or exacerbating these conditions, and how employers can support obese and overweight employees.

Here are a few highlights:

U.S. Health Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP: 

-1970: 7.2% 

-2011: 17.7% 

Projected annual growth for healthcare expense is 5.8% until 2020 

*Keehan et al. Health Affairs. 30:8. August 2011

 According to Ken Thorpe, while approximately 37% of the rise in annual healthcare expense can be attributed to innovation and advances in technology, 63% is attributed to increased disease prevalence.  An estimated 27% of these costs are associated with obesity. 


  If you improve the health and well being of your employees: 

  1. Quality of life improves 

  2. Health care utilization is reduced 

  3. Disability is controlled 

  4. Productivity is enhanced through both attendance as well as presenteeism

    In short, healthy people get more done.  Without even factoring in reduced medical expense to the firm, employee morale, productivity, presenteeism, attendance and in turn, organizational effectiveness, all increase.  It pays to care about the health of your employees.

     Does your company invest in your health/well-being?  If so, how?  

The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Whether you are entering into a new job, a new role, or simply find yourself struggling to settle into your own skin in your present situation, this TED Talk can help you better lean into your vulnerability to emerge stronger.


Supersized Labor: Detroit Sees Largest Fast-Food Strike in U.S. History

Supersized Labor: Detroit Sees Largest Fast-Food Strike in U.S. History

Today, workers are striking in Michigan once again, but the picket line isn’t in front of an automotive factory. Following surprise strikes in New York, Chicago and, earlier this week, St. Louis, fast-food workers across Detroit walked off the job today, demanding the right to form a union and a base-pay rate of $15 per hour.