Shell changes talent mix to meet energy market challenges

Article Summary Royal Dutch Shell has continued recruiting despite laying off up to 7,000 staff in the past few years as it continuously “reprofiles” its talent mix, its HR chief HR has said. Hugh Mitchell, Shell’s chief HR and corporate officer, told the Economist’s Talent Management Summit yesterday that as demand for energy increases worldwide, employers in the sector face a “phenomenal” skills challenge.…

16 Jun 2011
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Looking For Talent? Here Are Three Steps To Making The Right Hire

Article Summary Eric Ryan, the cofounder of cleaning-product company Method, discusses his tried-and-true screening process. The surest way to thwart a fast-growing company is to let the wrong employees on the bus, as Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, would say. During Method’s explosive growth years, we would hear things like “I just need a warm body to fill the seat” —…

15 Jun 2011
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5 Rules You Should Eliminate Now

Article Summary The dirty little secret of business today: there really are no agreed-upon ways of doing business anymore. Every company does everything differently, and you can’t really compare them because there are no controlled experiments. So it isn’t a science. But here are five very old rules that I see successful companies breaking all the time. I thought they’d give you some food…

13 Jun 2011
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Think Global, Hire Local

Article Summary Rising violence against expatriates and growing local unemployment has changed the dynamics of oil and gas recruitment…. All was okay until recently. There has been an increase in violence directed at expatriates in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile local unemployment has been growing; Arthur Little’s report released this week highlights how this problem has been growing in the region. Yemen’s unemployment rate is 36%,…

08 Jun 2011
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Are You Examining Your Compensation Practices? 5 Questions to Get You Started

Article Summary Are you statistically examining your compensation practices? If not, you should be, because someone else will. And that someone else just might be the Federal Government…. It’s important to know what story can be told by your data. The best way to find out is to statistically examine it. Not only will this help you prepare for what the government may find…

08 Jun 2011
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2011 eCommerce Assessment

Report Summary To assist retailers in evaluating their overall customer experience, Deloitte performs an annual assessment of the business capabilities of the online channel. By performing this assessment, Deloitte is in a unique position to help retailers examine eCommerce market trends and determine which online capabilities might be prime for investment. In our latest report, we evaluate the 100 largest Web retailers in terms…

06 Jun 2011
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Behind the Numbers: Medical cost trends for 2012

White Paper Summary This year’s report from PwC’s Health Research Institute finds that the medical cost trend is expected to increase from 8% in 2011 to 8.5% in 2012. An interesting blend of reactions to the recession, the slow recovery, health reform, and other variables are factored into the medical cost trend in 2012. The report shares key findings, which includes an explanation of…

03 Jun 2011
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How Stephen Elop got Nokia’s Workers Talking

Article Summary Finns are notoriously taciturn, so when Microsoft executive Stephen Elop went to Helsinki to take over as Nokia’s CEO, he made a point of telling his team that long silences were no longer acceptable. To turn the struggling phone-maker around, Elop bombarded workers with e-mails demanding feedback and advice, and held soul-baring meetings at which managers were expected to speak up about…

03 Jun 2011
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The Search is on: 7 Questions to Ask When Recruiting E-commerce Leaders

Article Summary Think of it as E-Commerce 3.0. If the first stage of e-commerce was most memorably signaled when Amazon.com opened for business just 16 years ago and the second stage was the subsequent proliferation of all manner of web stores, today another fundamental shift is under way that is transforming the business landscape. In this paper, Margot McShane and the e-commerce team at…

03 Jun 2011
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A Vital Economy Gives Access to Women

Article Summary More than 70 years ago, as men returned from World War II, women who had gone to work in our factories were told to go back home. Today, it seems, we are content to replay the experience of these “Rosie the Riveters.”…. The reality is this: Despite women now comprising slightly more than half our nation’s work force, women are unlikely to…

02 Jun 2011
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