HR Basics

HR Basics, Talent Management

HR Basics: How to Reduce Chronic Employee Absenteeism

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Employee absenteeism is more than just an inconvenience – it’s costly to employers.

Of course, all employees will get sick and need time off from work occasionally.

Employee attendance, however, is often affected by issues unrelated to illness. Chronic absenteeism can be caused by a number of factors, including poor management, high stress, and low employee morale. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

The 3 Critical Tasks Every HR Manager Must Work On Every Single Day

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It’s graduation season, and soon many new human resource brothers and sisters will be entering into their first real HR gigs.

Many will be titled, “HR Manager,” even without one day of experience. That’s because in many organizations, “HR Manager” is the only HR position they have, and they’ll gladly take a young, fresh new HR grad.

The tendency for new managers, especially HR Managers thrust into a generalist role, is to get buried with tasks. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Avoid the Most Common HR Mistakes

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We can all agree that it’s not easy managing human resources in any size organization.

Employer regulations at the state and federal level are only increasing, the workforce is becoming more dynamic, the expectations on supervisors and managers is more complex, and most businesses are trying to do more with less.

These reasons make it easy to understand why mistakes can happen in the world of HR management. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things You Should Be Doing to Retain Your Best Employees

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Regardless of industry or company size, high employee turnover is bad for business.

Not only does it lower employee morale and decrease productivity, it’s also costly.

Finding and training replacements is significantly more expensive than retaining your initial hires, so consider the following tactics to improve your employee retention. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

HR Basics: When Do You Have to Pay Your Employees For Travel Time?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Let’s start this post off with a disclaimer:

I’m going to address travel time under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Many of you folks live in crazy states, like New York, that have more lenient state versions of the FLSA.

I’m not giving any advice about state laws or local laws. Heck, I’m not giving any legal advice at all. The blog’s general disclaimer applies with equal force to this post. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Conduct Really Effective Exit Interviews

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When an employee resigns, exit interviews are hopefully conducted by the Human Resources staff to gather honest feedback about opportunities for organizational improvement.

If you aren’t conducting these exit interviews today, you should start right away.

Ideally, HR staff can also use the information obtained during an exit interview to retain valuable employees and prevent future turnover. However, exit interviews are only useful if conducted effectively. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things Your Employees Can Safely Post on Social Media

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Social media is everywhere. An employer would be hard pressed to find an employee without some form of social media presence.

Because of this, you always hear horror stories about someone getting fired for badmouthing their boss or harassing a co-worker online. In fear of losing their job, many people avoid posting anything online relating to their job at all.

While employers definitely don’t want their employees bringing negative attention to them online, having no attention can also have adverse effects. The beauty in social media is, a single post can empower your organization’s brand and show your network who your company truly is and what it stands for. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Putting Out the Fire: Dealing With Conflict in Your Workplace

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How many times have you witnessed conflict between employees create uncomfortable tension at work?

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fire continues to burn, greatly affecting the atmosphere, which in turn affects everyone’s productivity.

The truth of the matter is that on-the-job conflict is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to find a resolution in a quick and professional manner. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Four Steps to Less Dreadful (and Stressful) Performance Reviews

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If your role involves managing employees, you most likely have something in common with just about every other manager — you dread performance review time.

On the other side of this is your employee, who probably looks forward to the process being over just as much as you do.

It’s a similar scene for many companies; create the annual review for each employee and ask them to fill out a self-evaluation form as well. Set a time to meet, and awkwardly discuss each other’s feedback. And we wonder why no one seems to embrace the annual performance review process. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Rejection Letter Dos and Don’ts: How to Treat People With a Little Decency

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A number of years ago I got rejected for a job.

I know, I know, you are probably as surprised as I was. The funny part is, I got the hard copy, snail mail rejection letter 18 months after I had apparently applied. I went back into my email to try to figure out what really happened.

You see, as a Recruiting Pro, I wouldn’t actually apply through an ATS, especially for an executive position, which this was. My email confirmed that fact; I had sent the Chief HR Officer of a large organization my resume directly. This rejection letter was from that contact. Read more…