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.
- 10 Trends Shaping the Future of HR in 2017
- 10 top compliance issues for 2017 benefit planning
- 4 HR Trends to Put in Play for 2017
- 13 Recruitment Trends You MUST Know for 2017
- Predictions for 2017: How Will the Digital World of Work Transform HR?
- Workforce Trends for 2017
- 11 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2017
- What Will Wellness Look Like in 2017?
- The Freelance Economy: Top Trends to Watch in 2017
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
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