HR Driving Business Results: A Look at Turner Broadcasting System’s Award-Winning Strategy
By Art David, Vice President of Effects, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

The media business can be tumultuous, and in visual effects and animation changes have been coming at an exponential rate.  For Turner Studios Effects, an organization whose internal “clients” must shift strategically and creatively in order to gain market position, the need to change had come in 2013. We set out with a goal of improving client service and increasing staff utilization.   Our HR team used Turner’s Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) framework to assist us with accomplishing our objectives.  Not only did we achieve our goals, but my team grew as leaders as a result. [Read More]

How HR Pros Can be Take-Charge Strategists and Agents of Change
In a Corporate Executive Board survey, 95% of managers said they were dissatisfied with their performance management system, and 90% of CHROs said they didn’t believe those systems yielded accurate information. Caroline Stockdale, Chief People Officer at Accretive Health, believes most performance management practices damage the performance they are trying to improve. During CTHRA’s Symposium, Stockdale cited that conventional performance management systems are linked to high attrition levels, low productivity and significant problems with collaboration. Why? It has to do with how people are wired. To find out the five factors that neuroscientists determined to have a significant effect on negative human reactions and learn about Stockdale’s unconventional approach to HR processes, keep reading.

Invitation to Participate in Annual Compensation Survey Planning Meetings
Unlike many industry benchmarking initiatives, CTHRA actively involves survey participants in crafting the upcoming year’s Compensation Surveys to ensure the survey collects data on emerging job titles and more. The 2015 planning meetings will be held in Denver with MSOs convening on December 3 and Programmers on December 4. For more information on CTHRA’s Compensation Survey and planning meetings, click here.

Insight & Impact Symposium Successfully Delivered Knowledge, Networking and More

Earlier this month, nearly 200 human resource professionals gathered in Philadelphia to participate in CTHRA’s Insight & Impact Symposium. After a networking breakfast, two familiar figures in sports took the stage to discuss the importance of inclusion. NBA player Jason Collins and ESPN and CNN commentator LZ Granderson shared their personal stories about being gay in the male-dominated world of sports. Their stories shed light on how companies miss out when LGBT employees don’t feel comfortable being their true selves in the workplace. [Read More]

Leading Through Chaos
By Seth Feit, Group Vice President of HR, Time Warner Cable
Crisis comes in many forms, from tsunamis to terrorists. In all cases, HR plays a critical role. This article recaps lessons learned by two industry professionals, Jeff Hamstad, Vice President of HR at Comcast’s Mile High Region and Ben Kaiser, Executive Producer of CNN News Source. The two shared their front-line experiences during a session at CTHRA’s 2014 Symposium. [Read More]

Member Accolades
On October 14 in Philadelphia, CTHRA honored five women for their extraordinary achievements in HR.  Click here to discover who they are.  

Discovery Communications, Turner Broadcasting System and Viacom made Working Mother magazine’s annual list of Best 100 Companies based on leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women.

NBCU’s Hispanic Enterprises group announced that Enrique Caballerohas been named SVP of HR. He previously served as VP of HR for Universal Studios Hollywood. Congratulations, Enrique!

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