moving ahead

Time for our Year in Review Great Big List. The close of one year and the start of a new one is always a great time to pass the torch from one year to the next, to reflect, reassess, and look future goals. Here’s a recap of 2016 events that affected the workplace, as well as a look ahead to trends and issues that are likely to impact you in the coming year.

And because we’ve all eaten dessert before the main course on occasion – especially over the holidays – we’ll kick things off with some of the odder, more amusing HR moments in the past year.

Melissa Blazejak of HR Daily Advisor brings you smell harassment, vegan discrimination and flatulence in the roundup of
Top 20 HR Strange But True Stories for 2016, Part 1 and Part 2.

Christian Schappel of HR Morning offers The dumbest things employees, applicants did in 2016.

And Andrew G. Simpson of Insurance Journal Top 10 ‘Most Ridiculous’ Lawsuits of 2016, according to the Chamber of Commerce

For the meat and potatoes, see the Top [HR] Stories of 2016, Michael J. O’Brien’s picks from Human Resource Executive Online.

Get the Top 10 EBA stories of 2016 slideshow style.

In case you missed them, Christian Schappel of HR Morning offers the Top 10 biggest HR stories of 2016

Romy Newman of Human Resource Executive Online believes that even though a woman didn’t yet make it to the White House, she explains why 2016 was a good year for gender diversity in corporate America.

Kevin Hyde of EBN notes that all politics are local and in 2016, employment law is local too

Mike Aitken recaps SHRM’s Top 10 Advocacy Accomplishments for 2016

Richard Meneghello of Fisher Phillips offers Don’t Read This: 2016 Workplace Law Year In Review

Employment law attorney Cepideh Roufougar looks at key disability leave management issues at National Law Review: Saying Goodbye to 2016 – It’s Been Quite the Year!

HR Bartender Sharlyn Lauby offers stats from LinkedIn’s annual Talent Trends Report: 2016 talent trends

Astronology looks back and looks ahead in HR End of 2016, Beginning of 2017.

The Leading Blog offers its picks for The Best Leadership Books of 2016
And as a backdrop, James Surowiecki offers The Five Biggest Business Stories of 2016 at the New Yorker and at USA Today,
Paul Davidson and Kevin McKay look at The top 10 business stories of 2016

In the HR crystal ball department, here’s a roundup of thoughts, predictions and guesses for the coming year.

And in the interesting and notable categories

We take a look at general recap stories, but be aware – we tried to ferret out quality stories, but these things are on the Internet, so proceed at your own risk!

See what was trending in Google search in 2016

Twitter’s take on things:  #ThisHappened in 2016

Facebook’s 2016 Year in Review

BBC North America technology reporter David Lee looks at what made it big on the Internet in 2016: The top memes and viral videos of 2016

Dave Barry’s offers his annual humorous and irreverent take on things:  Year in Review: 2016 — What the … ?

Oxford Dictionary names its Word of the Year 2016

The Year in Pictures, New York Times

Alan Taylor curates 2016 The Year in Photos for Atlantic magazine
January-April; May-August; September-December

Notable deaths of 2016

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