Performance management, terminations, social media and leadership were hot topics in HR this year, a review of HR Daily's most-read articles shows.
Performance and talent management
Many employers think effective performance management hinges on either retaining or abandoning the traditional system of ratings and reviews, but execution is far more important than the system itself, according to a PwC partner.
In other performance and talent management headlines this year:
- Which talent management programs deliver ROI?
- HiPo misconceptions place programs at risk
- L&D's "new era" has five key traits
Employers that refer to the broader organisational impacts of social media misconduct when deciding on disciplinary responses might be better placed to defend their actions, an employment lawyer says.
Other big news in this space in 2017:
- Social media evidence not strong enough to support 'sickie' sacking
- Benefits of internal collaboration too great to ignore
- Controversial social media policy largely 'reasonable'
Misconduct and terminations
Evidence of a worker's serious misconduct, no matter how strong, is no guarantee an on-the-spot dismissal will be considered fair in court, according to a lawyer.
The top misconduct and termination stories this year include:
- "Sensible" dismissal process a lesson for all employers
- When to settle and when to fight unfair dismissal claims
- Casual employee unfairly sacked for "racist bitch" comment
Leadership was another hot topic, and in this year's most-read article psychologist and author Daniel Goleman stressed that emotional intelligence is twice as important as IQ and technical skills for successful leadership.
Also on leadership:
- "Humanity" the missing link in effective leadership
- Workplace "norms" compromising productivity and wellbeing
- Leadership teams lacking common purpose
Our most popular webcasts
HR Daily published 20 webcasts exclusively for Premium members in 2017. See some of the topics covered here:
- Disciplinary meetings and procedural fairness
- Resilience for HR and leaders
- Minimising workplace psych risks
- Independent medical examinations
- Managing sick leave and absence
Our top premium-exclusive articles
And the premium legal articles and case studies this year included:
- Disciplinary letters to "annoying" worker amounted to bullying
- Qantas transformation puts HR at centre
- "Exemplary" performance management made dismissal fair
- Westpac goes 'all-in' on flexible work
- Annual leave refusal unreasonable, dismissal unfair
- Inside leadership development, recruitment, and disciplinary action at NAB
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