The internet’s become the number one information resource for pretty much everything in our personal and professional lives. When it comes to HR priorities, there’s a number of great sites and individuals who can provide tips, tricks and best practices regarding a number of key HR priorities.

1. Attracting top talent

How do potential applicants find work? What are they looking for? This is what top talent says you should consider in order to attract them. With so many channels available to prospective talent, it’s difficult to know which one to concentrate on or what recruitment strategy to use.

attract top talentAttracting the right people for the right job is obviously a top priority for HR, but it’s not just about getting talent to join your organisation. You need to know how to engage and retain them, help them to grow as an employee and remove elements that may cause them to leave.

Talent attraction has changed massively in recent years. The growing popularity of advanced recruitment software, coupled with instantly accessible talent pools on various social media sites, means that companies no longer have to rely on recruitment agencies and costly offline advertising to find candidates.

Last year (2015), Aberdeen Group research found that 73% of 18-34 year olds found their last job through a social network. As JobCast states:

“By 2020, less than 5 years from now, Gen Y will make up 50% of the workforce. According to this stat, that means almost 50% of the workforce will be using social media as a key part of their job search.”

The ability to attract passive candidates is the difference between hiring the very best talent in your industry and losing them to your competitors. There are various strategies that brands can utilise which often prove much more cost effective and successful than traditional recruitment methods.

Brands must prove that they can provide the right working environment and demonstrate the values that applicants are looking for. If business leaders wish to employ and retain the best people, then they’ll need to add value to their employment proposition.
Do you know what brand qualities the candidates you’re trying to attract are looking for? Researching and utilising this knowledge to your advantage can mean the difference between attracting misaligned candidates and sourcing the top talent who are a great fit for your brand.

Talent attraction blogs:

Talent attraction influencers on Twitter

Tony Restell – Social Media Marketing for Recruiters and Small Businesses | Follow for tips + insights that’ll help Small Business Owners + Recruiters |

Keving Green – Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the professional body representing the UK’s private recruitment industry

Andy Headworth – Founder, Sirona Consulting | Social Recruiting, Talent Acquisition & Digital Recruitment Strategy | Consultant | Best Selling Author

Louise Triance – MD of UK Recruiter; industry forum, blog & newsletter. Host of recruitment events. Psychometric assessor. Loves red wine. See @ukrecruiter for industry news.

Greg Savage – Recruitment & Leadership insights: Founder of Recruitment Solutions

2. Developing leaders

develop leadersLeadership is crucial to maximise efficiency and achieve organisational goals. A good leader will pull teams together, inspire others and provide a trusted source of support. Leadership development is vital because organisations take on the personality of and are driven by their leaders.

Good business leaders are aware of and listen to the concerns and comments of their employees and are on top of new leadership best practices and theory, helping to create more effective working environments.

In an age where we have the technology to enable us to work from anywhere using multiple devices there are some new challenges where leadership is concerned. Managing remote teams should not be any more difficult than those in the office, leaders just need to tweak their strategies slightly to suit this way of working.

Working from home is an ever increasing expectation of employees and managing a remote workforce is an essential leadership skill in most businesses.

Leadership blogs

      • Lead Change Group blog – covering all leadership topics, from asking for a favour to leadership credibility
      • NHub – a beautifully laid out website sharing leadership insights from thought leaders
      • John Maxwell blog – leadership blog from an author of over 70 books
      • Michael Hyatt blog – a great blog from your leadership ‘virtual mentor’
      • Jon Gordon blog – leadership advice from a best selling author and keynote speaker
      • Steve Farber blog – Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership Incorporated and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organisations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits and education.
      • Leadership Freak – packed full of useful leadership articles from Dan Rockwell, who is “freakishly interested in leadership”!
      • Teamwork and Leadership – Loads of leadership tips, tricks and best practices

Leadership influencers on Twitter

Bill George – Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, former Medtronic CEO, and bestselling leadership author.

Gloria Feldt – Co-founder/President, Take The Lead @takeleadwomen; Author, No Excuses: 9 Ways #Women Can Change How We Think About #Power; #parity #leadership #speaker

Doug Sundheim – Org consultant & executive coach, @HarvardBiz contributor, author of Taking Smart Risks. Great at helping leaders align strategy & execution, think & grow.

Robin Sharma – #1 Bestselling Author of The Leader Who Had No Title + Founder of The Titan Academy + Humanitarian / Download my FREE eBook at

Tony Robbins – American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author.

3. Nurturing employee engagement and company culture

There are many ways HR can help to improve employee engagement within a business; some of the strategies are low cost (or free) and will also improve productivity and employee happiness.

In the challenging business world today, company culture can often be a make or break for a brand’s success. In many ways, a company is defined by its internal philosophy: the way it’s organised and the people that represent the overall company mission.
Statistics say that 68% of employees feel their company is not a culture in which they have a sense of purpose or make a significant impact. This reinforces the importance of a relevant and inspiring company culture in order for a business to truly thrive.

company culture

It’s vital to have an effective strategy for creating an environment with strong employer branding. It requires a clearly defined vision, effective and open communication to inspire and attract highly engaged employees.

We all want to get up and be happy to go to work everyday; we also want to work in a happy, productive and rewarding environment. Company culture is a vital ingredient to achieving true employee happiness, wellbeing, productivity and engagement. If your culture doesn’t encourage and reward these values, then you need to change – today.

Employee engagement blogs

  • Staff Motivation Matters – experts at getting the very best out of people while at work
  • Learning to Leap – “Learning to Leap is all about developing the most important aspects that you need to be more employable and adapting to change throughout your professional life. It is about helping people to clarify their identities, adjusting their mindset and improving professionalism in the workplace.”
  • TinyPulse – Employee engagement and company culture blog
  • HR Magazine – Employee engagement article from one of the most well known HR sites
  • The Employee Engagement Group blog  – very useful resource of employee engagement articles and advice
  • The Chief Happiness Officer blog – From the founder of Woohoo inc and one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work.
  • Recognizethis blog – a blog about employee recognition and its results
  • Talent Culture – covering a wide range of workplace topics including employee engagement and culture
  • Achievers blog – the employee engagement blog

Employee engagement influencers on Twitter

Achievers – Loads of employee engagement tips and strategies

Erika Anderson – Business thinker and author, keynote speaker, Proteus International founder, wife/mom/grandma/sister/friend, finder of clarity in chaos.

Irene Becker – #Leadership #Communication #Engagement #Career Results | Change Agent, Social Media Influencer, Executive Coach, Inspiring Speaker-Writer-3Q Coaching Pioneer

Meghan M. Biro – CEO @TalentCulture

Holland McCue – Blogger @fistfuloftalent. Employment branding, content and digital marketing.

4. Improving employee wellbeing

Employees are now more conscious of their own health and wellbeing than ever before. Standing desks are just one example of how traditional ways of working have been identified as a potential health threat and subsequently rethought in the modern office environment.
With the increased awareness among employees, employers now need to consider monitoring, identifying and treating such wellness concerns in order to maintain a healthy and efficient brand.

employeewellbeingBusinesses must be knowledgeable about the effects that the working environments they provide have on their employees health.
Ergonomics, air quality and lighting are all areas that most businesses don’t currently take too much notice of, but could have a dramatic effect on running costs, employee productivity, motivation and health, if not addressed.

We all know that movement and exercise during the day is what we ‘should’ be doing, but how can we achieve this when we’re in an office all day? Luckily, there are ways that we can stay active when we’re at our desk, during a quick break or even during a meeting.

Research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association found that 32% of workers spend 10 hours+ sitting every day and half of us don’t even take a break to leave our desks during our lunch break.
Increasing our movement and activity during the day will help to maintain personal fitness and fight off the possibility of developing life-threatening diseases, reported to be caused by sitting for long periods on a regular basis.

Wellbeing blogs

  • Wholeheartedly Healthy – Very useful blog from Laura, a health coach, wellbeing writer and recipe developer, dedicated to supporting you to find balance and become your healthiest, happiest self.
  • Wellness Mama – The Wellness Mama blog provides simple answers for healthier families through research, tutorials, recipes, humor, and living life with lots of kids!
  • Zen Habits – From focus to dealing with stress, this blog covers it all
  • Tiny Buddha – Tiny Buddha is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives
  • Total Wellness – A wide selection of wellness advice and tips for employees and employers alike

Wellbeing influencers on Twitter

Healthy Workplace – “APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence is designed to help employers foster employee well-being, while enhancing organizational performance.”

Work Well Being – “Our mission is to change the way we work. When you feel well, you work well. We bring wellbeing programmes & events to the heart of workplaces.”

Workplace Option – “The worldwide leader in employee well-being support. We serve more than 48 million employees and 56,000 organizations across the globe.”

Total Well-Being – “The latest employee well-being news, research and resources!”

BITC Wellbeing – “BITC Wellbeing works to ensure employee wellbeing is a strategic boardroom issue, and to support healthier, happier & more productive employees.”

5. Making sense of data

In a challenging economic climate and in the war for top talent, data analytics are vital. The ability to identify where your business is performing well and, more importantly, where it isn’t, can be crucial when strategic decisions are being made and executed.

big dataCollecting and recording data from all areas of the business is only the first step, in order to capitalise on this information it needs to be presented correctly.
Static data is simply a series of numbers and is of minimal use, however, data that is processed dynamically will quickly display trends and statistics, allowing for more valuable analysis.

The amount of data available regarding applicants (both passive and active) and the recruitment process as a whole is more abundant and goes deeper than ever before.
As well as being able to interrogate data collected during the applicant process, it’s now possible for brands to extract and analyse data from differing sources, providing all the information a business requires to create highly targeted campaigns.

However, according to the “Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2014” report, only 14% of HR departments use analytics and only 4% of those in order to make predictions. As a result, adapt future efforts.

Data blogs

  • Blog on Big Data and Analytics  – a blog by Harish Kotadia, Ph.D who helps Fortune 500 clients innovate using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics
  • 7Data blog – Insights in The People, Processes, Technology and Visualisations, Making Data work for You

6. Increasing productivity

Increasing employee productivity should be at the forefront of any successful business strategy. Ensuring that you’re getting the most from your employees is paramount to achieving your brand’s goals and growing as an organisation.
HR departments can have a positive influence on employee productivity in a number of ways; these ideas are all in plain sight – part of everyday office life – and, in some cases, are easily achievable.

productivityWorking long hours doesn’t necessarily equate to high productivity. There are numerous ways in which we can become more productive by applying a few rules and using some creative thinking; even something as simple as how we sit can affect our productivity. Achieving more, in less time, is a talent that we would all love to possess. Unfortunately, to do a task well takes time and effort. There are, however, techniques you can employ to boost your everyday productivity.

Office design directly influences employee productivity, making a few simple changes (or large ones) can improve how much employees are able to achieve each day.

Today, companies are forced to look harder at what influences their results, to optimise every process and to make the most of their resources.
One such influence is office design as it plays a large part in the productivity, morale and the overall culture of a brand.

Experts in this field confirm that office design directly affects employee health, well-being and productivity within the workforce.

Productivity blogs

  • DidIGetThingsDone blog – a journey to organisation through using the methodology learned in the “Getting Things Done” Book from David Allen
  • Dumb Little Man – lifehacks and how to’s
  • Lifehacker – one of the most well known productivity sites in the world
  • Productivity501 – Productivity501 is a site dedicated to bringing you regular tips and tricks to help increase your personal productivity.
  • Marc & Angel hack Life – Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.”
  • James Clear blog – James uncovers the habits and routines that make these people the best at what they do.

Productivity influencers on Twitter

Productivity Hacks – Productivity Tips, Tricks, and Hacks. Helping you save time, and gain sanity by reducing stress. Check out the productivity site for more tips!

David Allen – Originator of GTD, founder of David Allen Co.

evernote – You have something to accomplish. We publish stories, tips, and tricks that transform how you work. Need help along the way?

Erik Fisher – Social Media Manager @SMExaminer | Productivity Podcaster

Think Productive – Productivity Ninjas around the world, specialists in inboxes at zero, magic meetings and playful productivity, founded by @grahamallcott.

7. Encouraging teamwork and collaboration

teamworkCollaboration is essential for business success. If your employees find it difficult to work as a team and communicate, then productivity and efficiency can suffer greatly.
Do you supply the best tools to enable your employees to collaborate and work as a team? Are the various departments within your company aware of what each other is doing?

In a world where we can work from any location, and at any time, collaboration tools are critical to remaining productive and effective as a team.
By ensuring that there are solutions available to your employees that allow them to be effective from wherever they choose to work, it’ll not only benefit them, but your brand too.

Working as part of a team, when each team member is at a different location, may at first thought seem difficult, but through the use of online resources, team collaboration need not be an issue. Screen and file sharing, document versioning control and video conferencing allow colleagues to work together as effectively as if they were sat in the same room.

Collaboration blogs