The Cornell HR Review is a student-run HR publication that provides timely articles, essays, and executive commentary.

Telework is work: Navigating the new normal

May 10, 2016

Over the past couple of decades, multiple factors have conspired to loosen the ties that once bound workers to their cubicles and 9-to-5 schedules. The practice of teleworking–also known as remote working or telecommuting–has been growing for years, with recent polls putting the proportion of teleworkers at 37% in the U.S.[i] Telework isn’t so much […]

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Employee privacy in light of new technologies: An ethical and strategic framework

May 10, 2016

If freedom comes with responsibility, then the spate of new tools enabling employee surveillance calls for careful consideration among HR leaders. Although court rulings will eventually provide more legal guidance on the issue, as strategic business partners HR departments must reach their own conclusions about how to integrate employee tracking technology. Given the generally employer-friendly […]

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It’s important to keep flexing

May 10, 2016

A recent study of more than 1,500 workers found that nearly a third considered flexibility to be the most important factor when considering employment offers.[1] Surprisingly, employers are just as quick to sing praises of the benefits associated with accommodating their workforce. When asked in a survey, 91 percent of HR professionals agreed that flexible […]

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How to Continue to Innovate with Fewer “Water Cooler” Conversations

April 26, 2016

Introduction As companies continue to grow globally, learning how to innovate across geographic lines has become even more important as “water cooler” conversations become less of the norm. This challenge is even more pertinent for the tech industry, where innovation is at its core. I sought to answer the following question: As tech companies continue […]

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Student Loan Repayment Assistance: A Perk for The New Generation of Workers

April 26, 2016

As the cost of college education continues to rise and more graduates are entering the workforce with excessive amounts of student loan debt, employer repayment assistance is becoming a new trend in the organizational perks industry. The rise in popularity as a new perk has been slow, but is quickly taking hold as a benefit […]

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The Potential of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) in Labor Adjustment Policy

November 9, 2015

Through labor-management policy, the management is responsible for establishing mutually beneficial relations between workers and employers. Establishing proper relations from the perspective of the worker refers to protecting workers’ rights by guaranteeing their quality of life.[1] Areas of labor-management policy set by management include those that appropriate wages and labor conditions; stipulate and settle collective […]

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The Benefits of Corporate-Funded Childcare

November 2, 2015

The Problem If there is a lack of qualified workers to fill openings, the problem lies in the pipeline. Although it is possible to retrain employees and potential candidates to have the necessary skills that a business requires, this can often be costly and cumbersome.

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Leadership: An HR Leader’s Perspective

October 22, 2015

From time to time, the Cornell HR Review’s staff contributes summaries of speeches from HR thought leaders, often given at Cornell University. The intent is to disseminate the content of these speeches to the wider HR community of practitioners and researchers.

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The Role of Human Resources in Developing Diverse Leadership Paradigms

October 1, 2015

As US-based companies continue to expand internationally, it is critical that the HR function plays a major role in developing a leadership paradigm that can be effectively leveraged by the entire company and considers diverse or “non-western” styles of leadership.

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The Theoretical Implications of HR on a Growing Corporation

September 4, 2015

There seems to always be the issue of business size versus business agility. Time and time again businesses have fallen behind due to their sheer size, along with their inflated bureaucracies and their inability to further innovate. However, that does not necessarily have to be the case.

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Sieving through the Data to Find the Person

September 4, 2015

With “big data” and “analytics” atop human resources (HR) professionals’ dictionaries, it is no wonder that some are calling it time to think of employees as data points[1] and to scientifically make people decisions.[2] These beget horrific images of what many employees already believe HR promotes: incessant change and downsizing solely for profit maximization.

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A Multilateral Approach to Bridging the Global Skills Gap

May 8, 2015

In 2012, McKinsey & Company forecasted a troubling outlook on the labor market through the year 2020. The report highlighted three talent shortages across the globe:

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