JAN 2016

CONTENTS

TALKING POINTS

RT @lydiamartinparr: Thx 4 RT fr @IBMSWEurope @LyndaGratton: Why #TheFutureofWork is so fascinating http://goo.gl/DODkLs … #HR #SmarterHR - IBM SmarterWorkforce - Jan 23
@IBMSWEurope

How can business leaders prepare for the impacts of greater #connectivity? @lyndagratton talks #AI & augmentation http://bit.ly/20P2OiJ Tata Communications ‏ - Jan 21
@tata_comm

Some great work championed by @lyndagratton! Click here for a deeper insight: http://buff.ly/1T50pNS #WhenWomenThrive #WEF16 - UK Mercer - Jan 20
@UKMercer

ARTICLES

ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE

We were pleased to hear Hot Spots friend Anne-Marie Slaughter talking to the BBC about work-life balance and her book Unfinished Business on the Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour. Broadcast on 25th Jan, the interview explores Anne-Marie’s assertion that work-life balance is a work issue rather than a women’s issue and that employers and managers need to address it in the same way as other workplace issue, such as succession planning. Among the interesting topics Anne-Marie raises in the interview is the fact that the focus on advancing women in the workplace actually reinforces existing economic and class privilege and mainly benefits those who are already well-educated and well-off. More

DAVOS 2016: MY THREE TAKEAWAYS

By Lynda Gratton

Here are three things that got me thinking after a week at the 2016 World Economic Forum:

1. The rise of the scientists
The dominant Davos talk last year was of the Greek crisis and the possible break up of the Euro - this was a time when politicians and bankers were centre stage as they were called into action to solve the crisis of the moment. This year, whilst bankers and politicians were still around in abundance, now at centre stage were AI scientists, robotic experts, neuroscientists, medical researchers and authorities on the science of climate change. More

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK –
ROB GOFFEE

Our first Hot Spots friend of 2016 is Rob Goffee, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour and frequent contributor to Lynda’s LBS courses on Human Resources in Transforming Organisations. His most recent book Why Should Anyone Work Here? is an in-depth exploration of the six qualities that make an organisation authentic – as well as what leaders need to know to nurture these qualities within their organisation. It provides a refreshing perspective on the interaction between organisations and their employees. We really enjoyed the book and we’re especially excited that Rob has confirmed he’ll be speaking at our April FoW Masterclass on Power and Leadership.

Would you like to hear Rob Goffee at our Power and Leadership Masterclass? There’s still time to join the Future of Work Research Consortium and reserve your place. Contact tina@hotspotsmovement.com to find out how your organisation can become a member.

FoWLAB JAMS:
MAKING THE MOST OF QUALITATIVE DATA

One of the reasons Big Data is taking off in HR is that there is comfort in numbers – or as many like to call them, cold hard facts. When it comes to qualitative data, however, many organisations are less sure. For example how can you analyse a conversation to extract something that is meaningful across an entire organisation? How can you relate something that is personal, subtle and anecdotal to the vast sweep of Big Data?

The answer, of course, is to hold a conversation on a large scale. At the Hot Spots Movement our approach has been to create FoWlab Jams, which generate qualitative comments from conversations amongst thousands of employees. Comments are data – qualitative data. If you generate enough of them, you can start to apply relevant analytics methodologies – including standard quantitative statistical methodologies. The result is deep insights. More

THE GROWING NUMBER OF HEADS OF ENGAGEMENT AND WHAT THEY REALLY NEED TO DELIVER

We’ve seen a marked increase in recruitment demand for Heads of Engagement recently, and naturally this had led us to ponder the question: what is fuelling this demand?

One aspect is this: low engagement levels have been a trend in many companies for some time now, causing them to look beyond traditional methods. Whereas before engagement was a finite activity typified by the annual survey, it has become an ongoing focus.

At the same time, HR is under pressure to become more strategic. And as Harvard Business Review points out, to deliver strategic HR, you need to tap into people analytics. While engagement data is a good place to start, HR teams want to generate and analyse data in a way that goes beyond the scope of the average employee engagement survey. More


HOT SPOTS UPDATES…

HR Leaders’ Take on Strategy
Check out this piece on strategy in The Economist – Lynda was one of the contributors discussing what HR leaders need to do to develop a more strategic approach.

The 100-Year Life Available to pre-order
Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott’s new book The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity is available to pre-order from Amazon. The book will be published on 31st May is already a hot talking point – make sure you get a copy.

What if you are still alive in 2100?
While at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Lynda participated in a panel discussion on longevity alongside fellow experts Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Derek Yach and Tom DeRosa and – it was a great discussion and we’re pleased to note that it is available to watch on YouTube.

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