HR Management, Legal Issues

Will You Be Forced to Pay Overtime For Employee Smartphone Use?

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By Eric B. Meyer

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

(I’m pretty sure that was from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

This week, in The Wall Street Journal, I read Lauren Weber’s article Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email? And the answer is yes, provided that you are a non-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the time you spend answering that email is more than a few minutes a week. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Why Meddling Management Can Be Just as Bad as Micromanagement

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It’s long been established that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Why then, do so many leaders beg to disagree?

If not, how to explain the prevalent leadership practice of inserting oneself (loudly and with much fanfare, in some cases) squarely between Point A and Point B, when there is absolutely no need to do such a thing and when doing such a thing is inefficient, cumbersome, and awkward? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

5 Ways You Can Proactively Work to Improve Your Employee Retention

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.8 million people quit their jobs in March 2015, putting it back to pre-recession levels.

This is expected to accelerate as employees grow more confident in the economy amid a rising number of job openings.

That’s why employee retention should really worry companies, from a talent drain perspective and from a competitive standpoint. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The One Critical Skill That Most Managers Never Seem to Learn

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

Let it go.

Since the beginning of time, those three words have never been repeated more frequently by more people or in more places than they have since the release of Frozen. Whatever else Elsa was singing about, however, she may as well have been delivering her primary message – let it go – to the modern manager.

Why is it that managers struggle to let things go? Read more…

Legal Issues, Talent Management

Are Sleepless and Fatigued Professionals Going to Cost You?

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By Howard Mavity

Big law firms, accounting houses, and especially hospitals, have long prided themselves on requiring young professionals to work extraordinary hours, and perversely, young professionals wear their sleep deprivation as a badge of honor.

Their seniors reason that they put in such absurd hours, so why should the youngsters be any different. Why indeed?

Perhaps because fatigued professionals may make mistakes? Or because they burn out early and the employer’s investment in them is lost? Read more…

HR News & Trends

The Zappos Experiment Eliminating Managers? They’re Having Some Issues

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I’ll believe in holacracy when CEOs start giving up their titles and submit themselves to it.

Don’t know what holacracy is? Holacracy.com says it is “a new way of running an organization that removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across clear roles, which can then be executed autonomously, without a micromanaging boss.”

Lord knows we can do a lot better without micromanaging bosses, and I’ve worked for a number of them, but I’m always leery of a definition like this one that seems to believe that a “micromanaging boss” is part and parcel of the management process. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Should Employers Keep Time Records For Exempt Employees?

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By John E. Thompson

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption?

At the risk of giving the proverbial “lawyer’s answer,” it depends. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

One Answer to One of America’s Toughest Recruiting Problems

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Hey Tech Recruiters — your job is really hard, isn’t it?

Do you want to know a recruiting job that is about a hundred times harder than yours? Try recruiting Truck Drivers!

The truck driving recruiting industry is insane. It’s reported that right now there are 36,000 truck driver open position in the U.S.! Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Trust in the Workplace: It Takes Both Humility and Vulnerability

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We know trust when we see it.

It has a significant impact on every interaction. It’s the foundation of all of our relationships, work and personal.

Some research indicates a lack of trust in the workplace, especially during tough economic times, or when an organization is struggling. One poll by Maritz found: Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

12 Coming Disruptions That HR Needs to Understand and Prepare For

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Editor’s Note: This is the sixth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By Seth Kahan

Below are 12 significant and powerful changes that will impact the world of work over the next five to 10 years. HR professionals need to take these into consideration to be effective in both today’s and tomorrow’s business worlds.

Society is undergoing massive shifts that are difficult to imagine. We are all familiar with change and its increasing presence. It is now clear that this change will continue to not only increase but also become more powerful and complex. Read more…