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Cultural fit and diversity: can they go hand in hand?

Cultural fit and diversity: can they go hand in hand?
Diversity is a hot topic and no longer just a compliance measure but a key in fuelling innovation in organisations. Organisations agree that you need diversity of thought to solve problems in an effective way.

At the same time, hiring for cultural fit is increasingly becoming important as employers see the benefits of a cohesive work culture. Research suggests that when employees fit the work culture they are more engaged, which leads to better performance, retention, customer service and happier employees.

 
 
 

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change
In Japan there is a term called mottainai, which expresses regret when something good is wasted. For environmentalists, avoiding mottainai involves the four Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair.

In my outplacement work with organisations, I deal with another form of mottainai: is the waste of talent that can occur when companies don’t proactively manage their workforce. When time is tight and with the imperative to cut costs or patch crucial talent gaps, companies often feel they have no choice but to do it reactively – wasting resources, in-house talent and hard-won morale.

Hudson avoids mottainai in the context of managing workforce change by using another principle of four Rs:

 
 
 

Three career transition lessons from an industry shutdown

Three career transition lessons from an industry shutdown
If your organisation only provides career transition support in the form of outplacement services for employees once they have been made redundant, you’re missing out.

There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to career coaching and transition support – especially for transforming industries.

If you’re in an industry or sector that is rapidly changing – whether that’s due to automation, digital technology or global economic shifts – you’ll know that some roles will ultimately become redundant as a result of changing skillsets and business requirements. For example, we’ve all seen this playing out in postal services, print media and publishing, financial services, and in manufacturing.

 
 
 

How success profiling can help you make better hiring decisions

How success profiling can help you make better hiring decisions
Any manager who has ever hired someone who didn’t end up performing as well as expected – or perhaps was a complete disaster – knows that recruitment selection can be an inexact science. As human beings, our unconscious biases lead us towards hiring people we like or who resemble ourselves. We can get swayed by CVs that tick all the boxes, or by someone’s impressive interview skills.

When a new employee doesn’t fit well into your team or struggles to perform, it can be a humbling experience to realise that you’ve made the wrong call – as well as being a negative experience for the employee and the team, potentially with serious consequences.

 
 
 

The most important leadership strengths for four different business scenarios

The most important leadership strengths for four different business scenarios
A politician achieves mass popularity due to a strong vision of the future, but fails to deliver on key promises.

A football coach leads a struggling team to victory, but gets fired the next season as the team can’t maintain their winning streak.

A manager delivers on a major project, but most of the team quits within a year.

I’m sure we’ve all seen people who clearly have exceptional leadership strengths, yet are ill-suited to the situation they are in.

 
 
 

Hiring for cultural fit: why managers find it so hard and get it wrong so often

Hiring for cultural fit: why managers find it so hard and get it wrong so often
I’m sure we can all think of a time we’ve worked with someone who wasn’t a good cultural fit. For hiring managers, you might even think of a specific person who you hired with high hopes, who turned out to be a square peg for a round hole.

I’ve heard of a case where only three weeks after starting, the new hire decided that the role and the company wasn’t what she wanted. She didn’t share the values, nor did she feel challenged in her role. Yet when she was hired, she had the perfect resume, interviewed well and what she said seemed to point to the fact that she wanted to work for the organisation.

 
 
 

Don’t forget the big stuff while you sweat the small stuff

Don’t forget the big stuff while you sweat the small stuff
As leaders, sometimes we can become so busy with our heads down, getting things done, that we can forget to look up and see how the world is changing around us.

In today’s volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous business environment, it’s important to use the leadership quality of vision, to gather information and make a critical assessment of whether we’re still heading in the right direction, so we can make adjustments if necessary and take advantages of opportunities in a more agile way.

 
 
 

Why we all need to start thinking, and acting, ‘like a boss’

Why we all need to start thinking, and acting, ‘like a boss’
I have a question for every professional reading this: Do you consider yourself a leader?

If your answer to that was “No”, it might be time to re-think how you approach your job and your career.

 
 
 

Leadership for a new era: the 5 elements you need to lead through changing times

Leadership for a new era: the 5 elements you need to lead through changing times
Does it sometimes feel to you like leadership strategies never survive beyond a year? It seems commonplace now that organisational strategies and their supporting leadership frameworks are no sooner decided and set than they are canned and replaced.

As the pace of change in today’s business landscape accelerates, this perpetual shifting of priorities and objectives can cause anxiety and disengagement among teams. And it’s up to leaders across the organisation to manage the fallout.

 
 
 

How to ensure your leaders are armed for change

How to ensure your leaders are armed for change
In a recent study of over 7,000 employers across APAC we found that the ability to manage and drive change was the number one competency lacking in workplaces today. While we were not surprised at the veracity of the finding, it is a concern given the pace of change currently going on.

Incredibly turbulent and characterised by short economic cycles, external market influences, interest rate unpredictability and shifting geopolitical patterns, our world is being reshaped and resized by the digital revolution. With the advent of new technologies and digital disruption has come a change in customer expectations and a paradigm shift in how businesses think and operate.

 
 
 
 
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Hudson is a talent solutions company. We help transform the workplace and unleash the full potential of organizations and individuals. Our expert team and assessment tools provide you with unique insights and services that help you maximize your success. Across APAC, we deliver a range of recruitment and talent management solutions to get you and your business where you want to be.

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