The Reading List: HR-focused deep reads for the weekend

It’s almost the weekend! Here are some key investigations, research and news analysis from around the world, curated by Chief of Staff Asia to help with your HR fix during your time off.


Coaching a direct report who asks for your help | Harvard Business Review

HR professionals are often the people that other employees in the office turn to for help. But it may be hard to strike the difference between micromanaging and under-leading. Deborah Grayson Riegel, who teaches leadership communication at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, is here with tips on how to communicate your openness to help without spoonfooding your personnel.

China’s robots can’t do it all. They need people | Bloomberg

A shortage of skilled workers and advancements in automation has prompted China to put more robots in factory floors. Now there might not be enough jobs for human factory workers, who are ready to go back on site after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. At the same time, there isn’t enough highly skilled, Chinese college graduates who can and want to manage these new technologies. Bloomberg’s Anjani Trivedi looks into this issue and what it might mean for China’s labour market moving forward.

Twelve ways CEOs and companies fail chief diversity officers | Forbes

Shaun Harper, executive director of the University of Southern California Race and Equity Centre, starts his article with a hard truth: that chief diversity officers (CDOs) are often set to fail by the companies they work for. With over two decades of working with CDOs, Harper points out harmful practices that prevents them from doing their jobs, and what can be done to address these.

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