HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Yes, Employees Can Curse Their Boss on Facebook and Get Away With It

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By Eric B. Meyer

Can an employee curse out their boss on Facebook and get away with it?

It’s easier than you think. Indeed, a recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board bears this out.

As we’ve discussed before, the National Labor Relations Act, gives covered employees (that would include not just those in unionized workplaces, but many, many folks in non-union jobs too) the right to discuss the terms and conditions of their jobs (stuff like pay, benefits, crappy bosses, etc.) together. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: The Importance of Real Time Performance Management

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Imagine you’re an HR manager.

It’s March. The head of retail operations comes to your office. She says that smart phone sales are going nowhere, so the sales strategy needs to change. She say she’s going to focus on selling 3D printers.

Is your reaction, “OK, but why are you telling me?Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Question If You’re in a Bad HR Organization: When Is it Time to Go?

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I have encountered numerous HR professionals recently musing about the difficulty of doing their profession in an organization that could care less.

They read, they discuss where HR is headed, but in their current space, it is light years away from where it should be.

They want more, they dream of more, but they get no more.

After one blog post of mine, someone wrote to me about the frustration she faces. After years of toiling in the transactional nature of her job, it is at a point that she wants to pull her hair out. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Blessings in Disguise When You Make a Bad Hire

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Once you get over your disappointment because the “eagle” you thought you hired turned out to be a turkey, here’s a simple way to turn this unfortunate experience into a blessing.

Just ask yourself: “Where did we go wrong?We learn far more from our mistakes than our successes, so this is a golden opportunity to improve your hiring system.

Here are some things to consider: Read more…

Culture

Understanding Employee Needs: Key to Creating a Highly Motivated Workforce

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One of the most important tasks in creating a high-performance culture is taking care of employees’ needs.

When employees’ needs are met, and employees feel aligned with the mission, vision and values of the organization, they respond with high levels of engagement and commitment. They come to work with enthusiasm and are willing to go the extra mile to support the organization in its endeavors.

Thus it is important to address the question: What do organizations need to do to create a highly motivated workforce where employees are willing to devote a significant amount of their discretionary energy, as well as their commitment and creativity, to making the organization a success? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

The Market Basket Shutdown: It Taught Us What Matters to Workers Most

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the unfolding saga of the Market Basket grocery store walkout.

For those not in the know, non-unionized employees walked off the job or protested outside of stores in support of their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas (called ATD). Market Basket is a family-owned business of several dozen grocery stores across New England. But the family that owns it was fairly evenly divided between those in ATD’s camp and those on cousin’s Arthur S. Demoulas side.

Arthur S. owned 51 percent of the chain and, I think it’s fair to say, had an acrimonious relationship with his cousin, ATD, who owned the remainder. ATD served as CEO until mid-June, when he was fired by the board, led by cousin, Arthur S. That prompted the employee walk-out, demanding the return of ATD. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

For the First Time, EEOC Directly Challenges a Workplace Wellness Program

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By Russell D. Chapman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed its first lawsuit directly challenging the operation of a wellness program.

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, the EEOC alleged that the employer imposed a wellness program on its employees in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 20, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the EEOC claims that the defendant, Orion Energy Systems, administered a wellness program in which employees were asked to complete a health risk assessment, which included questions regarding medical history and blood work. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

11 Non-Traditional Ways to Reward Innovative Employees

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Where end-of-year bonuses once stood as the gold standard, today’s reward programs are more varied and reflect an organization’s unique culture and creativity.

From peer-to-peer rewards to gamification and front-row parking spots, the reward space is evolving with the speed of an Internet meme. Your own incentive program plays a key role in driving innovative behavior, so it must serve your business goals while offering an array of aspirational carrots. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Letting Go of Passive Candidates: It Might Help Jump the Skills Gap

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There are two words with the power to make most employers and recruiters shiver: skills gap.

The skills gap continues to plague employers, even as unemployment remains high and more candidates flood into the job market. An article by Dr. John Sullivan on ERE.net cited the number of resumes per corporate job listing as a whopping 250. Yet, employers are having a more and more difficult time finding the right candidates.

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 38 percent of companies have open positions they just cannot seem to fill with skilled talent — but 60 percent of companies aren’t doing much of anything to bridge the skills gap. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

In the Workplace, Time Spent on Social Media May Be a Bad ROI

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Every hiring manager has a story about someone who has botched a job interview or torpedoed a career due to thoughtless comments on social media sites.

I know someone whose close friend, a technical writer, lost his job after making negative comments about his company’s investment prospects on MySpace (remember them?).

Few people think twice about posting embarrassing party pictures on their Facebook pages or casual trash-talk on Twitter. However, your prospective employer or current company also has an online presence, so you are the face of the company. Accordingly, they may keep an eye on you, which is not tough when you voluntarily post content for the world to see. Read more…