The 12 months of 2016: November
Bek Frith, December 22, 2016
As our 12 Days of Christmas countdown look at the most interesting HR happenings over the last year
Trump wins the US election
Trump opposes free trade and immigration, and promised to return jobs to areas in America affected by automation and outsourcing. He hopes to boost growth in the USA to 3.5% per year on average.
The businessman will take on the top job in January, and the world holds its breath in nervous anticipation.
Parker Review launched
The Parker Review, which calls for every FTSE 100 board to have at least one person from a BAME background on it by 2021, was launched in November. John Parker, chair of mining company Anglo American and head to the review, has called for corporations to talk about race more to improve ethnic diversity at senior levels.
“This is an arena many of us in the corporate world find hard to discuss, perhaps because we worry about getting the subtleties of language wrong,” Parker said. “But we can’t let anxiety get in the way of action. When 75% of FTSE 100 sales come from overseas, are we really [meeting] the challenge of aligning our board composition with our customers?”
Our pick of November:
Research has found trust in middle managers is low, so how do we improve the situation?
One year since the Modern Slavery Act was introduced pressure on business is mounting
The language around HR analytics is getting confused. We need to get things straight before we move forward
Robots are breaking out of the factory. But just how far will they go? We explore where technology is headed.
Our November cover story looked at HR career paths and how you get to the top in HR, featuring the results of a survey completed by 500 of our readers.