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Diversidad en el lenguaje, da lugar a más diversidad en el lugar de trabajo

Alicia Roy

Content Marketing Strategist

El entorno empresarial actual exige nuevas formas de trabajar y liderar. Las empresas necesitan líderes que centren toda su atención en las personas, que sean empáticos y que apuesten por la comunicación, la colaboración y el trabajo en equipo. Estas habilidades han ido adquiriendo mayor importancia en los últimos años, pero la pandemia del COVID-19 no ha hecho más que poner de manifiesto su valor. Es el momento de un nuevo tipo de liderazgo en el que las mujeres tienen mucho que aportar ya que cuentan con las cualidades necesarias para ello.

Muchos estudios recientes confirman que las mujeres tienden a ser muy empáticas y poseen una inteligencia emocional muy desarrollada. Suelen ser mejores a la hora de practicar la escucha activa y piden ideas, colaboran, reconocen el mérito de los demás y cambian de rumbo cuando las circunstancias lo requieren. Todo esto contribuye a que haya un buen clima de trabajo que se plasme a la hora de conseguir objetivos. Se ha demostrado de forma reveladora que la inteligencia colectiva de los grupos pequeños aumenta cuando hay más mujeres en ellos. Además, las empresas con equipos directivos en los que existe paridad de género son más innovadoras que sus competidores y registran mejores resultados.

Un nuevo modelo de liderazgo

El modelo operativo de la mayoría de las organizaciones está evolucionando debido a las disrupciones relacionadas con el talento y la tecnología. Para tener éxito en ese entorno, creemos que las organizaciones necesitarán dos conjuntos fundamentales de habilidades. El primero está compuesto por capacidades digitales (hard skills); muchas organizaciones están contratando activamente desarrolladores de software, científicos y analistas de datos, diseñadores de experiencias de cliente y otros perfiles con conocimientos digitales avanzados. De hecho, en Cornerstone hemos apostado por movilizar el talento ejecutivo interno para acelerar el crecimiento y poder brindar la mejor experiencia para el cliente. Además, recientemente lanzamos el Cornerstone Innovation Lab apostando por la IA que se incorporó a la cartera de productos de la compañía. La IA y sus algoritmos nos ayudarán a automatizar procesos y tareas, pero hay algunas decisiones o habilidades que solo posee el ser humano, como la empatía, la creatividad y el buen criterio que son primordiales para resolver problemas complejos.

Las soft skills son tan importantes como las digitales

Estas soft skills (habilidades "humanas") son tan importantes como las capacidades digitales para el éxito de cualquier empresa, y aunque algunas como la empatía y el desarrollo de relaciones pueden parecer poco comunes entre los candidatos a puestos de responsabilidad, la mayoría de las empresas las encontrarán en sus propias canteras de empleadas y directivas aún por descubrir. Esta pandemia ha traído consigo la necesidad de nuevas habilidades para dar respuesta a las demandas del mercado.

Un estudio reciente de Harvard Business Review reveló que las mujeres que ocupan puestos directivos obtuvieron mejores evaluaciones que sus homólogos masculinos en una serie de competencias clave, como inspirar y motivar a otros, establecer relaciones y trabajar en equipo.

Sin esta capacidad, se corre el grave riesgo de hacer las cosas mal y terminar obteniendo resultados que no son los que realmente se buscan. Si la gente tiene una visión, un propósito y una estrategia comunes, es más fácil promover la colaboración para lograr esos objetivos. Además, hay que destacar la importancia de la diversidad en las empresas ya que aquellas organizaciones que no dispongan de una plantilla diversa se están perdiendo una larga serie de ventajas respecto a aquellas que sí la tienen.

Para las organizaciones que entienden la necesidad de trabajar y liderar con unos nuevos principios y filosofía de trabajo y que la diversidad es buena para los negocios, el mensaje es claro: las empresas necesitan identificar personas que cuenten con estas capacidades y asignarles puestos de liderazgo. El liderazgo ha evolucionado a lo largo de los años y si bien esto ya era cierto incluso antes del COVID-19, ahora la pandemia ha puesto de relieve la importancia de un liderazgo empático y de colaboración que sea ágil en la toma de decisiones e implementación de las mismas. Las empresas que quieran beneficiarse de estas habilidades deberán redoblar sus esfuerzos para atraer, retener y motivar a las mujeres.

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Alexander Mann Solutions wins Cornerstone OnDemands sponsored categories at the TIARA 2020 Talent Solutions Awards

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Alexander Mann Solutions wins Cornerstone OnDemands sponsored categories at the TIARA 2020 Talent Solutions Awards

Here at Cornerstone, we absolutely love to hear inspiring stories and share them far and wide, especially when they are about talent management! We were recently headline sponsors of the TIARA 2020 Talent Solutions Awards. These annual awards, hosted by TALiNT International, celebrate excellence across the RPO, MSP and Talent Solutions marketplace, and recognise the wonderful ways companies are demonstrating exemplary growth, innovation and leadership. For 2020, it was the usual great awards with a bit of a difference. As we know, everything has now moved online – even this year’s Convergence! But this didn’t seem to impact the TIARA Talent Solution Awards at all. Despite not being able to celebrate face-to-face, the event was filled with laughter, engagement, and most of all, lots of fun! This year, we also supported the Best Use of Technology Award as well as the Overall Winner. The winner – triumphing in both categories – could not be more deserving, and so we duly wanted to pass on our huge congratulations to Alexander Mann Solutions! Alexander Mann was awarded the Cornerstone OnDemand Best Use of Technology Award for their brilliant ‘Find Your Fit’ technology solution. The platform offers users personal preferences and assisted future growth through interactive videos, personalised one-to-one calls, and a dedicated platform to match skills with current roles within the organisation. The solution had 1,200 employees enrolling within just six months of implementation and is continuing to improve every day. Find Your Fit helps employees to understand how their organisation functions better, including the areas that are growing the most rapidly. In turn, this helps employees to develop the skills they need in order to take advantage of these developments to enhance not only their personal career progression, but overall business performance. After all, businesses don’t innovate, people do! The judges commended this entry for “the clear way in which an innovative technology solution clearly delivered in results”. The judges also applauded Alexander Mann for demonstrating customer care by really listening to client’s individual challenges and using inventive technology solutions to help design a custom built solution that helps to support the overall internal career options and pathways available to each organisation. The award was accepted virtually by Stephen Gordon, Recruitment Tech Lead at Talent Collective/AMS. In addition to being awarded Best Use of Technology, Alexander Mann was also recognised as this year’s overall winner of the Talent Solutions Awards. Chair of Judges, Jim Richardson highlighted that “the overall winner is based on the organisation that consistently demonstrates excellence and innovation across all of its activities”. Both Peoplescout and Guidant Global were highly commended by the judges for their brilliant work, but ultimately, Alexander Mann took home the award for demonstrating consistently high standards across all areas. Jim Richardson added that although Alexander Mann has the resources to support many initiatives, it has still managed to deliver consistently on large scale and complex global projects. This is a phenomenally impressive achievement that all of us at Cornerstone also wish to say a huge congratulations for! The other winners and nominees from this year’s TIARA Talent Solutions Awards have highlighted more excellent work and brilliant stories across the recruiting sector and HR community. For the full list of winners, check out the TALiNT International’s September/October 2020 edition here.

Blog: Why HR need to lead the agile change journey

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Blog: Why HR need to lead the agile change journey

It's been going on for a while now - the shift towards more agile and flexible companies that quickly can adapt to the fast-changing times of today. Organisations that are unable to make this move are gradually losing competitiveness and finding it more difficult to prove themselves against smaller and faster players. Those who recognise the need and are able to create new conditions for the business, in the form of new structures, will survive and flourish in tomorrow's economic reality. Agile HR can be viewed from two different angles; How HR should work together within the HR team and what / how HR should deliver value to the business for which they exist. All HR processes that are part of Talent and People Management will be different when you start working agile, and each of the processes have their specific tools and working methods. Here we will look at HR from a more general perspective, to get an overall understanding of how the HR role, and the corresponding deliverables, change in a company that wants to increase its business agility. The goal is to focus on creating better workplaces through the development of teams and individuals, throughout the whole organisation. Small and medium-sized companies are easier to change, as they have less hierarchical structures, and often a more decentralised business, where everyone has an ability to make the decisions that need to be made, locally rather than centrally. The larger and more complex a company is, the more systems, processes, and structures there are that cannot be easily and quickly changed. Although it is possible to change a department in the organisation, some issues might remain that forces the department back into the central structures. This happens because it is not possible to isolate a specific part of the business. You can compare it to an attempt to change a rubber ball. It changes when it is being squeezed, but when you let go, it quickly returns to its old shape. However, there is one functional department in most large organisations that can influence all the other parts at once – HR. In many large companies, HR controls; ● Leadership programs and development ● Change management ● Organisational development ● Employee engagement ● Employee training and skills development ● Rewards and bonuses ● Recruitment ● Goal setting and performance reviews ● Long term mix of employees All these processes or areas flow through the entire organisation. These are the structures that can support, or prevent, a more radical change towards a more agile company. It all depends on HOW we work with processes and programs. They can be developed in a way that, paradoxically, prevents performance and commitment. Or they can optimise performance and employee satisfaction. HR struggles with criticisms, it is accused of being some kind of "organisational police", which hinders performance and commitment by implementing Talent management processes in a way that was intended to increase the same. This needs to change. HR has been in the back seat for too long and now it is time to take responsibility for a change in how to support the organisation. Because it is about people, and relationships between people, this is the key to how the company performs as a whole. It is the system that fundamentally needs to change, not the people. We do not need to do more things or implement complicated frameworks and methods. Instead, we need to understand how we can make it easier for people to make their best contribution to the company, by providing supportive structures, instead of hindering structures. It is through more experiments and by trying different working methods, that one can find the best path for each organisation, and each team/individual. Here, the agile principles and the agile mindset serve as a guide. Agile tools and frameworks work sometimes, but not always. The only way to continually improve is through constant learning, which also means that we sometimes fail. Companies that learn faster than others, and turn that knowledge into new ways of working for employees, but also new products and services for external customers, gain a competitive advantage and will be the winner of the future. HR has the power and the ability to design the structures that aim to either support or make it harder for employees to contribute in creative and innovative ways. If HR sticks to the old, traditional ways of working, the consequence will be rigid and non-agile organisations that use inefficient systems and processes. HR can either hinder or support the change, so HR must show the way. By providing opportunities for alternative and more agile working methods, and by focusing on value creation and value flows for the internal and by extension also external customers, HR can lead companies through changes that no other department is capable of. The next blog chapter will dive into HR's changing role.

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