One of the many policies human resource departments develop and implement involve employee sick leave.
Paid sick days are usually offered by an organization as part of their benefits package.
- In some companies, employees are given an allotment of days to use throughout the year.
- There are other businesses where paid sick days are accrued over the course of the year and can vary based on years of service. Read more…
The question caught me off guard.
I’d been offered a promotion, and my manager and I were now talking money. In response to my salary request, he’d asked, “Do you think what you’ll be doing is all that different from what you’re doing now?”
For a split second, I wondered if this was a trick question. If I gave the wrong answer, would I end up making less money?
But my boss seemed genuinely curious, so I paused to give his query some serious thought. Read more…
It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.
Better than 8 in 10 of the MRINetwork recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25-point jump from the 2012 study.
That means the professional, executive, and managerial candidates, who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices, can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept.
In the MRI survey last fall, recruiters said 42 percent of their candidates who got an offer turned it down. In the current survey, recruiters reported that in almost a third (31 percent) of the turndowns, the reason is another offer. Read more…
I’m based outside of Boston, and the big news in these parts last week was the work stoppage by employees at Market Basket, a New England-wide, family owned, grocery store chain with more than 70 stores, 25,000 employees, and annual revenues around $4 billion.
So, what’s so unusual about a work stoppage among dissatisfied employees? In this case, several things:
- The protesting employees are fighting for their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas (called ATD by employees), who was fired last month in, basically, a family brawl. Read more…
The Seattle Seahawks throttled the Denver Broncos (my home team) in the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Yet, these two teams were, arguably, the most aggressive in signing free agents to upgrade their teams during the off-season and both are odds-on favorites to repeat as the teams in next year’s big game.
That’s because when it comes to acquiring top talent, champions are never satisfied with the status quo. The best organizations are always seeking to get better by upgrading each and every position whenever they can. Read more…
Picture the scene:
Your company doesn’t have enough money in the annual merit spend budget to grant more than an average 2 percent increase to employees, so the powers that be decide “let’s give everyone a flat 2 percent increase and call it a day.”
Has this happened to you? The practice is what some would call a “pay-for-pulse” strategy, where if you haven’t been fired on the date of the scheduled increase, then you’re going to get a raise.
Every warm body who occupies a chair at that time will receive an increase — just because. Read more…
The learning landscape has changed substantially; the line has different skill needs, and employees want to learn in new, innovative ways.
As line leaders pursue new growth opportunities — or seek to improve their execution of existing plans — they need employees with new and more complex skills. Clearly, line leaders’ expectations of development interventions are changing.
- Sales leaders, for example, want to build a sales staff that can not only sell products but also challenge customers’ assumptions. Read more…
Call it a combination of ohhhhm and aha!
Those simple, powerful sounds sum up what my colleagues and I think is crucial for organizations when it comes to talent these days.
That is, companies need to be “Enlightened Organizations” in order to be great workplaces and to be successful.
We mean “Enlightened” in both the Eastern and Western senses of the term. Eastern in the sense of principles of wisdom, kindness and harmony. Western in the sense of the Age of Enlightenment, and its concepts of scientific inquiry, progress and analysis. Read more…
If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?
Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.
German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungen, which means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…
Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans.
In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states.
That 2-1 ruling in Halbig v. Burwell could put at risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government. Judge Thomas Griffith, writing the majority opinion, said they concluded “that the ACA unambiguously restricts” the subsidies to “exchanges ‘established by the state.’ ” Read more…