Editor’s note: Weekly Wrap is stepping back and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela today. We’ll be back with our regular format next Friday.
By Howard Mavity
After 30 years of seeing the worst of the workplace, I have few heroes left. This week, I lost my JFK or MLK.
I’ll remember where I was sitting when I learned that the lion who was Nelson Mandela, had roared his last. I choose to believe that’s how he went out. –as a lion of a man.
My 19 year-old son and I were in Soweto last June when everyone expected Nelson Mandela to die. It’s hard to describe our feelings as we sat in his church near his home. We pondered all that we had learned in South Africa in the preceding weeks. Read more…
Are you getting hot and sticky with your employees?
Well we know you are not allowed to do that in the 21st century – HR or legal would be onto you in a flash, quicker than you can say the words “sexual harassment.”
However, I would argue that we do want “Hot” and we do want “Sticky” employees.
Hot employees are those that are engaged and motivated, and truly bring their passions to work. You know it when you see these employees. They have a spark in their eyes, fire in their bellies and just can’t wait to get on with the tasks in front of them. Read more…
Unemployment fell to the lowest level in five years in November as employers added 203,000 jobs, demonstrating an economic strength that surprised economists who had been expecting lower numbers.
The U.S. Department of Labor report said the unemployment rate declined to 7.0 percent from October’s 7.3 percent, even as more workers joined the labor force and the total employed population rose, in part reflecting the return to work of furloughed federal employees.
“This is just a clean sweep,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services Group. “It’s a very good report. It’s across the board.”
Economists polled by Reuters had been expecting a much more modest improvement in the numbers to 7.2 percent unemployment and the addition of about 180,000 new jobs. Dow Jones Newswires found economists anticipating similar results. Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
OK, before we get started, stop it.
I could have titled this “The One Thing HR Wants for the Holidays” or “The One Thing HR Wants for Chanukah,” but I didn’t because the majority of people here celebrate Christmas, so I used Christmas.
Breathe in deep HR people (for the record we celebrate both Chanukah and Santa in my house – my kids are equal gift getters!).
So, what would it be? If you could have one thing in HR for Christmas, what would you ask for? Read more…
Think of performance feedback like traffic signals and signs. They are indicators that keep you moving, tell you when to stop and guide you in the right direction.
What if your performance management process was like this? Simple and easy to understand.
Most traditional performance processes are cumbersome, complicated and often do not align with organizational goals or culture. Many of us don’t see the value. Read more…
Good people resist change for lots of reasons.
Perhaps they’re comfortable with the way things are. Perhaps they feel threatened. Perhaps they think the new way won’t work.
As a leader, how do you respond? If you try to “sell” change, your people will feel, well, sold. And if you simply demand change, you get reluctant participation at best.
So what’s the right answer when it comes to getting employees on board when its time for your organization to make big changes? Read more…
By John E. Thompson
Yet another “misclassification” bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would impose new prohibitions, requirements, and penalties relating to categorizing a worker as being either an employee or a non-employee.
The “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013” (S. 1687) would among other things make it a freestanding violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act “to wrongly classify an employee … as a non-employee …” Read more…
China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work, wrote an excellent Thanksgiving Day TLNT piece on San Francisco’s new Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) that goes into effect on New Year’s Day.
“The Flex Work Question: Is Legislation Really the Right Approach?” asks many questions we all should be asking – and answering.
This is not one more HR or legal blog post noting just that 1) a UK practice of many years has skipped the Washington logjam and come to San Francisco; and, 2) it requires a set of (pick one) modest or burdensome steps for employees and employers to follow in dealing with flex requests. Read more…
Last of three parts
Note: In case you missed them, the first two parts are The Many Benefits That Come From “Stay” Interviews and 20 Possible Questions You Should Consider Asking
If you know why an individual employee stays, you can obviously reinforce those factors.
And if you know far enough in advance what factors might cause them to leave, you can get a head start in ensuring those turnover causes never occur.
If you have decided to try these stay interviews, here are four “why-do-you-stay?” formats to consider using depending on your situation. Read more…