Tom Haak

5 Magazines | 3,199 Articles | 6,801 Followers | 4 Likes | @tomwhaak | Partner Crunchrapps.com | Director HR Trend Institute | 30+ years experience in international HR | ARCADIS, Aon, KPMG, Philips | Focus: innovative HR practices, People Analytics

Basic Architecture HR

For a client we drew a basic HR architecture that is becoming very common in larger organisations. Nothing revolutionary, but it helped in the …

40 Talent Principles That Represent the Future of HR

Photo by istockphoto.com<p><b>The Future of HR Is Already Here — Dominate Your Industry by Adopting These Silicon Valley Principles</b><p>If your CEO expects your …

Employment

A Simple Brain Hack That Boosts Workplace Engagement

Knowing how your brain works under stress can help you manage those unproductive responses that add up to a lack of engagement on the job.<p>No matter which survey you consult, many U.S. workers aren’t engaged at their jobs. According to Gallup’s 2014 "State of the Global Workplace" survey only 34% of …

The Brain

Sustainable Car Free Cities Not An Impossible Dream

Some believe the decline of our cities started in 1939 at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The most popular exhibition was The World of Tomorrow in the General Motors Pavilion.<p>It featured an enormous model of a City of the Future, complete with elevated freeways, on-ramps and off-ramps …

Urbanism

Run Meetings That Are Fair to Introverts, Women, and Remote Workers

In the ideal meeting, all attendees participate, contributing diverse points of view and thinking together to reach new insights. But few meetings live up to this ideal, in large part because not everyone is able to effectively contribute. We recently asked employees at a large global bank a …

Video Conferencing

How Gaming Is Shaping the Future of Work

It’s Friday morning just before 10 AM, and I’m packed in a queuing area with over a thousand fans, all eagerly awaiting the rope drop, and the start of day one of the conference. To my left is a teenager dressed as a leafy sprite complete with vines growing out of her head. To my right is Batman. …

Virtual Reality

Los Angeles to get on-demand 'driverless buses'

This week takes us from Beverly Hills to the streets of Istanbul as we hear about novel transport ideas, nostalgic phone boxes, DIY urbanism and much-loved city cats. Share your thoughts about these city stories – and any others you’ve seen – in the comments below.<p>Beverly Hills<p>LA is certainly not a …

Los Angeles

Trends in HR Jobs

The world of people and work is changing. HR jobs are changing. This infographic gives an overview of trends in HR jobs. Some general trends:<p>We see …

What can HR do to aid innovation in organisations? Plenty…

Driving innovation<p>HR can actively encourage and support innovation by developing the capabilities, behaviours and organisational culture which drive …

Innovation

Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

No matter what industry you are in or what job you do, you probably have experienced the frustration of working within a dysfunctional team — one marked by drawn-out discussions that led nowhere or heated conflicts that made communication difficult. To function properly, teams need to communicate …

University of Michigan

People analytics is still pretty far off

If you’ve never heard of ‘people analytics,’ essentially it’s a concept that takes Big Data and applies it to HR and management. Since I often write …

Analytics

The seven reasons why HR teams are investing in analytics

<b>Why are HR teams looking at bringing analytics into their decision making?</b><p>Perhaps more importantly, why do you and your organisation want to invest …

Analytics

How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World

“Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.”<p>In the medieval period, empires battled and colluded with each other in the quest for land.The resulting system, in which nations became the main actors on the global stage, is perhaps the one most of us know best. …

City Politics

2016 Marketing Technology Update

• 60% of marketers predict Business Intelligence will be the most purchased technology in 2016.<br>• 46% of marketers say their greatest obstacle is gaining access to more advanced analytics and insight to make smarter decisions.<br>• Customer-centric focus (79%) leads the top five priorities for marketers in …

Marketing Automation

Gene-trification? Inside the Brooklyn lab where you can splice your own DNA

On a crowded stretch of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, on the seventh floor of a building gentrification forgot, is a place where you can dabble in genetic engineering. Genspace, a kind of co-working lab for scientists, offers a fully equipped research laboratory available for public use for a modest …

Genetics

Google’s search finds a future where devices don’t matter: It’s all AI

In the foreseeable future, we likely won’t even notice our devices. That’s the vision Google CEO Sundar Pichai cast in the search giant’s annual …

Google

Yes, Human Resources Can Be Friends With Finance

Gone are the days when an HR manager's work was dedicated to "hire, fire and retire" administration. HR leaders are now stepping up as strategic …

Management

What your city looks like when nearly every store is mapped

The appeal of New York City is, in large part, the appeal of all its amenities: the diners, department stores, bodegas, sushi restaurants and random Polish bakeries. New York is the kind of place where you can run around the corner for a missing ingredient, where you can get a blowout without the …

Cities

Emerging Trends from Sales Incentives Data Analysis

For centuries, salespeople have been paid in large part by variable pay – including such mechanisms as commissions, sales incentives, or bonuses. …

Data Management

How the World's Most Cutting-Edge Cities Balance Growth and Innovation

Cities such as Medellin, Singapore, and Houston offer lessons in using resources intelligently.<p>Fast-growing cities face similar problems to those of fast-growing startups. Both struggle to maintain their original character and to not let their resources stretch too thinly, especially during growth …

Cities

The 8 fastest-growing tech skills worth over $110,000

In the tech industry, one day a skill is hot, the next it's not. IT professionals spend a lot of their career learning, training, and trying to keep up.<p>Job-hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of …

Hadoop

NPR's visuals team is using an analytics bot to measure if people care about stories

'We'd been playing around with alternative metrics for longer than one and a half years and this idea came out of our questioning of what our mission …

NPR

Life Expectancy — Our World in Data

Life expectancy has increased rapidly since the Enlightenment. Estimates suggest that in a pre-modern, poor world, life expectancy was around 30 …

Life Expectancy

The real reason men grow beards

You might think all the facial hair you’re seeing on the street is a way of attracting a mate. It might not be so simple.<p>What is the point of a beard, evolutionarily speaking? Children, women, and a whole bunch of men manage just fine without one. But take a walk down some streets these days and …

Beards

3 Paradigm Shifts That Will Drive How We Compete In The 21st Century

We can no longer rely on controlling and leveraging assets, but now must take into account new sources of power, which reside not at the top of …

21st Century

Beware Of Simple Rules And Slogans—They Can Kill Your Business

Business today moves fast. So we like simple statements that speak to larger truths. It always seems that if we can find a simple rule of thumb—or …

Investing

The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The Next Decade—Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics

Many people take it as an article of faith that technology is changing the world, but in his new book, <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, economist …

Robots

Innovation Starts—And Ends—With Mindset

In her bestselling book <i>Mindset</i>, psychologist Carol Dweck argues that people who see their skills as a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses tend not …

Innovation

The hidden costs of mediocre employees

<b>By Elsbeth McSorley</b><p>Groundbreaking companies cannot be built on the efforts of mediocre employees. It is absolutely shocking the number of large firms …

Employment

The City of the Future Looks Like a Former Military Bunker in Taipei — How We Get To Next

For decades this status quo held, even as friction grew between the city government and the residents of Treasure Hill. Officials saw it as a …

Bunker