Benefits, HR News & Trends

Senate Committee Told EEOC Must Provide Guidance on Wellness Plans

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Editor’s note: Weekly Wrap is taking the week off. It will return next Friday.

By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

Recent actions by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were under scrutiny this week during a Senate hearing on wellness programs.

The EEOC bore the brunt of the criticism unleashed during the hearing for acting at odds with provisions the Affordable Care Act to promote the use of such programs. Both Democratic and Republican members of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions advocated employer-provided wellness programs, and asked witnesses to explain the difficulties they have faced in implementing such programs. Read more…

Talent Management

Why It’s Important to Calculate the Lifetime Value of Employees

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Only recently have organizations begun to view employees as value creators rather than as expenses.

Savvy employers have come to understand that a company’s main competitive advantage comes from its people. It’s the employees’ energy, passion, talents and creativity that makes a company stand out and excel.

That’s why it’s extremely important to be able to measure the long-term financial contribution of employees, similarly to how we have benefited from the tremendous advantages of being able to measure the lifetime value of customers. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Did HR Certification Start Focusing on Who Has the Bigger Pin?

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I must admit, when SHRM announced that it was going into the certification business last year, I was one of many who were skeptical, even feeling deceived, disillusioned, and dissatisfied that the organization responsible for promoting the HR profession had so blatantly shown its real intent.

The real intent, that is, of self-promotion and self- preservation.

None of us should have been surprised though. The reality is that for any professional organization that has success over a period of time, and grows in membership and budget, the primary goal ultimately becomes more about protecting and promoting its own interests than that of its members. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Why Target Canada Failed (Hint: It Was Culture – and Management)

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In case you didn’t hear about it, Target recently announced they’ll be ceasing operations in Canada.

What looked good on paper turned into a multi-year, multi-billion dollar loss. This begs the question – just why did Target Canada fail?

Look no further than the feedback from Target Canada employees (and customers). Employees make or break the customer experience. Unhappy employees equals unhappy customers. Unhappy customers equals declining profits. Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Makes A Good Manager? 7 Things To Ask Before You Promote

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?

In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.

This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

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Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

10 Tips For Keeping Your Best Employees Happy

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Your best employees are the people who drive your organization forward – they are more creative, more productive, and bring more value to your organization.

So, keeping them happy must be a priority, because these are the employees that are typically not replaceable.

Here are 10 tips on how you can do that: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: Demanding a Social Security Number Isn’t Religious Discrimination

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By Eric B. Meyer

Remember that blog post I had from July of last year, the one you contemplated getting tattooed on your back?

Yeah, you know the one — about the Fundamentalist Christian, who, upon filling out his new-employee paperwork, refused to provide a Social Security number because it would cause him to have the “Mark of the Beast.” He sought a religious accommodation, which the company refused to provide because obtaining a Social Security number is a federal requirement.

Well, the employee appealed the decision to a federal appellate court. How you think that one finally turned out? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Pre-Employment Test Trends You Need to Know About

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The year 2014 was a great one for job growth.

December alone added 252,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent. American economist Mark Zandi predicts that “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by early 2016.”

That means that 2015 will be a busy year for hiring managers and HR leaders. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Predicting What the Global Workplace Will Look Like in 2030

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CBRE and Genesis recently released a report – Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace – which provides meaningful insight on the behaviors, ideas, and trends, that will shape work and the workplace in 2030.

The report analyzes responses from 220 experts, business leaders, and young people from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America who shared their views on how the current workplace is evolving. The goal was to look towards the future and identify trends that will change the way we work over the next 15 years globally, with a key focus on China and Asia. Read more…