By now you've probably heard the big news: Microsoft has agreed to purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. As much as you like searching for new jobs, and scrolling through an endless number of memes about achieving your inner greatness, you're probably scratching your head, wondering why Microsoft would dump about a third of its worth on a social network that doesn't even crack the top three in popularity. It's fair to question whether or not the acquisition makes fiscal sense, or whether the two tech giants can form a cohesive and practical business unit. However, the acquisition doesn't entirely come out of the blue, especially if you've been closely following Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his machinations.
Less than a year ago, Nadella emailed his 118,000 global employees to lay out his vision for what Microsoft would become under his leadership. In that memo, he said Microsoft would invest in three interconnected goals. The second and third goals on his list were to build a more intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.
Nadella's primary objective is to reinvent productivity and business processes. The LinkedInFree at iTunes Store acquisition strikes at the heart of this goal. A Microsoft-LinkedIn marriage could not only reinvent productivity and business processes for Microsoft customers, but also for the Redmond-based giant itself.
1. Access to Every Company's IT Decision-Makers
2. Access Experts via Word and PowerPoint
3. Create an HR Platform that Ties into Microsoft Dynamics
4. Compete with Facebook and Twitter
5. Skype and LinkedIn Become One
6. All of the Above...Combined
-Juan Martinez, June 13, 2016
Click HERE to read details on these 6 potential benefits.
Summer has arrived, which means vacation time! But, a recent survey by Namely shows employees' attitudes towards time off has shifted with the modern workplace. While employees are wiling to make big sacrifices for time off, they seem more interested in short bursts of vacation, rather than extended summer getaways.
Vacation, All I Ever Wanted
Our recent survey of 471 employed adults in the U.S. revealed that paid time off is the most important employee benefit for several employees. 1 in 5 are willing to give up a higher salary for more PTO or an unlimited policy. Furthermore, 87% of employees rated PTO policies a high priority when evaluating a new job’s benefits and compensation package—with over half calling PTO “very critical.” And just how much time off do people plan on taking? Over half of employees plan on 15 days or more of paid time off this year, with 20% planning on taking more than 20 days.
So, what’s the kicker of it all? Those carefree summer days and summer nights just aren’t coming to fruition.
--Ben Mueller, May 4, 2016, Namely.com
Read more from the Namely survey.
As of May 18, 2016, President Obama announced the Department of Labor's final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Effective December 1st, 2016, this new law will extend overtime pay to roughly 40% of the population, as opposed to about 8% prior to this final rule. As this law will impact workers and employers, here are the basics of what you need to know:
The Villanova chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1974. Each year since then, our chapter has inducted between 150 and 200 of the top seniors and juniors in the University. In 1999, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our chapter, and we were honored for that at the most recent triennial meeting of the National Society. During our tenure as a member society of Phi Kappa Phi, Villanova inductees have won many graduate fellowships from the Society.
There will be graduating HRD students that will be distinguished with this honor upon graduating on May 14th, 2016.
To read more about the honor society, please visit the homepage on Villanova's website here:https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/resources/phikappaphi.html
At the Annual Networking Reception – Future of Work, Microsoft Corp. provided a demo of the latest software that they are introducing to support work and improve efficiency. The links below are to show you what was demonstrated.
There were two highlights that stood out for me. The Windows Continuum links a Microsoft phone with a monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse. Your phone becomes your computer. The software is full featured and looks exactly like it does when running on a regular computer. The other was the Microsoft Band 2, which allows you to receive messages and even respond to them from a wearable device. Wearables are becoming more popular and will definitely be part of the future of work.
- We will have a Windows 950, Microsoft Display Dock, display to let the attendees see how to use a phone the same way you can use a laptop.
- Connect your Lumia 950 to a Microsoft Display Dock and use it with an external monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse. Office apps and Outlook scale up to create a big screen-optimized work environment that makes you more productive. It's a PC-like experience that's powered by your phone.
- Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 demo
- Surface Book: Portable clipboard; Creative canvas
- Cortana is an amazing digital assistant
- Edge browser
- Markup webpages on a live webpage (Inking)
- Wireless Adapter on a display
- Inking to take notes
- Surface Dock/Display
- New, productive features of Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Live collaboration
- OneNote Class Notebooks
- Skype for Business
- Office Mix
- How it can be used to be more productive
-Dr. Larry Cozzens
by Alex Miller, Graduate Sutdent for the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova University
My name is Alex Miller and I am currently finishing my second year in Villanova University’s M.S. Human Resource Development Program. I was fortunate enough to participate in an annual mentoring program designed by the faculty of the Human Resource Development program. Each year, the program faculty selects current students and matches them up with seasoned HR professionals depending on experience and interests. The mentoring program provides graduate students with the opportunity to work with successful HR professionals and to continue to develop a range of skill sets. Mentors benefit by accessing fresh talent, improving their leadership skills and building a rapport with Villanova’s reputable HRD Graduate Program. I was lucky enough to be paired with an HR professional who shared similar interests within HR including employee relations, compensation, recruiting, and strategic HR. Listed below are 5 reasons why every young HR professional should seek a mentor.
Networking is an essential part of the business world. It’s how we make connections and build relationships. We have all heard about the power of connections. But are true connections really being made, or are we simply meeting people and forgetting them afterwards? Networking is not just meeting for the sake of exchanging business cards and adding them to the collection, but rather as a way for us to build mutually-rewarding relationships that can help us develop professionally as well as personally. Networking takes practice. Very few of us know how to “work the room,” leaving with meaningful interactions. Some people are gifted in the art of networking, but for the majority of us, we need a little help.
This brings me to the idea of interactive networking. Why don’t we create networking events that include a theme around which we can debate and share experiences? Similar to a museum, people can feel free to talk with others or interact with the space. These museum-like exhibits could help facilitate conversation between people. Conversations are ignited around exhibits because while you might all be looking at the same thing, each person carries a different interpretation. In addition to learning that person’s name and the company where they work, you are also gaining some insight into the way that person thinks. Perhaps you will find a connection on a topic not discovered through small talk. Interactive networking is a great way to meet new people while at the same time expanding your way of thinking.
Each year Villanova hosts their Annual Networking Reception. This year’s theme was around “The Future of Work.” For this event, we decided to incorporate this idea of interactive networking. Our goal was to engage students and professionals in a meaningful networking experience to ignite conversations that will change the future of work. The night was divided into alternating segments of networking and presentations around the four themes of flexibility, generations, collaboration, and technology. We displayed videos with people sharing their ideas for how they will change the future of work, and we placed exhibits around the room to demonstrate some ideas about what the future of work might look like. Questions were posed on the mini tables, asking people to share their thoughts with each other and via social media. Personally, I found great value in this networking experience. As I paused at each exhibit, new people would approach and share their personal stories. I met a woman by the “Workspaces Through Time” exhibit, for example, and this exhibit showing the evolution of work through time sparked our conversation. She reminisced on her experience conducting research prior to all the online databases and journals we have today. We then talked about how gathering information might change in the future. This event pushed beyond the typical networking event by encouraging people to connect by interacting with the space around them.
I believe we need to be more mindful of how we are making connections. Meeting a new person is not enough. We have to share more than our quick elevator speech to form a true connection. Meaningful networking means walking away thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to talk with that person again.”
-Rita Snell, HRD Graduate Assistant, VU SHRM Director of Communications
The Psychology Department is hosting an on-campus reception for HRD's founder, Dr. David Bush!
When: Wednesday, April 20th
Where: President's Lounge of the Connelly Center
The entire extended campus community is welcome!
Join us in celebrating Dr. Bush's retirement and his many accomplishments throughout his time in our program!
Don't mess with the French work-life balance!
The French government is getting ready to propose a new rule next month that would give workers the "right to disconnect" from their emails and smartphones when they're out of the office.
The draft bill, originally leaked by French newspaper Le Parisien, is part of a wide range of labor reforms designed to make France a more competitive, business-friendly country, while still protecting workers' interests.
To read more, please visit here:http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/18/news/france-email-work-law/
Todd Corley, Founder & Chief Strategist at the TAPO Institute
We are so excited to have Todd Corley, Founder and Chief Strategist at the TAPO Institute, as one of our keynote speakers for the Villanova HRD Annual Networking Reception on tomorrow, April 5th, in the Connelly Center on campus! Read on to learn more about Todd's track record of success, advice, and more!
Todd Corley is the creator and catalyst of the TAPO Institute, a think tank and strategic advisor advocating inclusive leadership. He is the former corporate officer in charge of global diversity and inclusion for the iconic retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch.
In that role, he led an enterprise-wide transformation that included: 1) increasing the in-store minority population from below 10% to over 50% of total population (100,000 people) across all positions 2) achieving significant gender diversity among its senior ranks, with over 40% of the company’s vice presidents and 75% of executive vice presidents being female 3) positioning the brand as an LGBT-friendly employer, by securing a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, for nine consecutive years.
Dear Villanova HRD Graduates,
As May 2016 Commencement rapidly approaches, we want to make sure you have all the information you need regarding the weekend events. Listed below are a description and timeline of Commencement activities. You are welcome to all events listed below and are highly encouraged to attend the HRD Graduation Reception and Graduate Studies Convocation on Saturday (details below).
The Villanova University Graduate Programs in HRD & VU SHRM Chapter cordially invite you to join us for our
18th Annual Networking Reception!
THE FUTURE OF WORK
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 5-9:30PM
The Villanova Room | Connelly Center | Villanova University
This year the Villanova University Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development & VU SHRM Chapter will be hosting our 18th Annual Networking Reception! Each year this event brings together human resource professionals, business professionals, Villanova students, faculty and alumni for an evening of networking and learning!
The theme of this year’s event, THE FUTURE OF WORK, will explore how our work environments will change in the coming years through encouraged collaboration, increased flexibility, changing technology, and diversity of generations! The event will feature a slate of dynamic, innovative speakers giving TED-style talks mixed with meaningful networking!
IMOGEN PUDDUCK & CARLA CRINGLE
Founders of FizzPopBANG!
ANDY ELLWOOD CAROL HATTON-HOLMES TERA HOGAN
President of Basket Co-Founder of Gener8tional Connections Recruiting Manager at Google
Company Profile: ThinkHR Launches Premium HR Solutions Suite To Give Insurance Brokers Competitive Edge (PRNewswire.com)
How might innovative technological solutions help companies remain competitive and change productivity in the workplace?
"ThinkHR, the leader in expert HR knowledge and training solutions for insurance brokers and employers, announced Workplace Pro, an expanded suite of premium HR solutions built to help companies stay informed and compliant in today's complex regulatory environment. Workplace Pro includes a compliance calendar that is automatically populated with compliance deadlines, and a mobile app that enables employers to get immediate answers to critical HR questions. For ThinkHR's insurance partners, Workplace Pro delivers an expanded portfolio of products that have been architected for the modern workplace to make broker services indispensable for their clients."
-March 16, 2016/ PR Newswire
Read more about the new compliance calendar and mobile app HERE!
Over Spring break 5 Villanova HRD students traveled to Atlanta, GA to compete in the SHRM Student East Division Case Competition. This year's case was based on a fitness focused nonprofit in Michigan that displayed issues in all areas of their HR function. In response they wrote a 2 page executive summary and created a 15 min. presentation on the case and their proposed interventions, which included a comprehensive HR audit, implementing a workplace violence prevention program, and aligning their HR strategy with the mission and goals of the organzation. While there, Alex Miller, Rita Snell, Nick Kruger, Rebeca Pareja, and Samantha Khan presented their findings in front of a panel of judges and again in front of the conference as a whole and in the end they were rewarded with the 1st place prize at the 2016 East Regional SHRM Case Competition. This prize includes tickets for all competition team members to the SHRM Annual Conference in Washington DC as well as $2500 for travel to the conference!
Interested in being on the case competition team next year? Contact 2016-2017 VU SHRM co-presidents Rita Snell (email@example.com) or Nick Kruger (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about how to get involved.
Author Todd Corley, former Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) Senior Vice President & Global Chief Diversity Officer and liaison to the A&F Board of Directors’ Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, experienced the impact of Millennials and rising iGens during his time at Abercrombie & Fitch from his office at the World Headquarters located on Fitch Path in New Albany, Ohio (2004 – 2014). During his tenure at Abercrombie & Fitch, he came across several high profile discrimination cases including Gonzalez v. Abercrombie, which was at the center of a $50M class-action settlement, which forced A&F that is his position be created and EEOC v. Abercrombie, which was argued in front of- and decided by-the U.S. Supreme Court fifteen months after he decided to leave the company. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court came to an 8 – 1 decision on June 1st, 2015 in favor of a Muslim woman who wore a hijab to her job interview. It is a cautionary tale; one that all organizations and leaders should take note.
To purchase the book, please visit www.fitchpath.com.