Free Resources for Human Resources


Harvard Business Review, Podcasts & the Avian Flu

Harvard Business Review offers a plethora of resources for the business professional working in human resources. For several years, I have subscribed to the Management Tip of the Day which is reliably delivered to my email address. For example:

Treat Every Task as Three Steps, Not One
Most managers complain of not having enough time. They rush through tasks so they can move on to the next thing. But this kind of haste creates more chaos than it avoids. Instead, approach every task in three parts: Prep-Do-Review. Spend a minute or two, or even a few seconds, thinking about what you’re going to do before you do it. Ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish and who should be involved. Then, do the task. Once completed, think about what you did and what happened. What did you learn? What will you do differently? Being thoughtful allows you to accomplish more with each task. You may not be crossing things off your to-do list faster, but you’ll find you have more control over the results.
Adapted from “Better Time Management Is Not the Answer” by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback


In addition to Tips, HBR also offers Daily Ideas & Statistics.

The HBR Blog Network provides excellent HR relevant ideas.
For example:

For U.S. Employers, Health Care Reform Is a Watching and Waiting Game
by Maureen Hoch | 3:30 PM July 11, 2013

Understanding the implementation plans for the health care law passed in 2010 is a complicated job for even the most seasoned policy wonks. A cascading series of deadlines, operating systems, and reporting rules have to be arranged, tested, and communicated. Add to this the resounding refrain that many Americans — and perhaps even many employers — don’t fully understand what compliance with the landmark law will mean.

Most recently, I have found the HBR podcasts. Each one lasts up to twenty minutes and explores one topic or several topics. I use the iPad Podcast app to manage & listen during work breaks & lunches. After listening to several of the most current podcasts, I decided to go all the way to first one and listen to them all sequentially. With two podcasts a day, it will take about six months to get through them all. All while keeping up with everything else, all at once.

So how does the Avian Flu figure into all these fabulous HBR resources? The very first podcast discusses the fact that a recent Harvard Business Review was dedicated to one single issue – the Avian Flu. The May 2006 edition.

So what resources do you use for ideas to remain current & lean forward into the future?


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