HR Basics

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting Is an Ongoing Process, Not a One-Time Event

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How often have you heard this scenario?

A business loses an important employee and goes into recruiting mode. Time to update (or sometimes create) the job description and post it on Monster.com, LinkedIn, local paper, etc.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Too many businesses operate this way when it comes to recruiting.

You know who doesn’t operate this way? Your more successful competitors. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Five Things You Simply Can’t Forget in Your New Hire’s First Week

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For new hires, the first day on the job can feel like they’re at the foot of a mountain about to take the first step up a ridiculously tall peak like Kilimanjaro or Everest.

Even if they’ve prepared for years to hone the right skills and are excited about this new adventure, it is still a hard, uphill journey that requires lots of endurance.

Keeping that in mind, here are five things you cannot forget if you want to start your new hire’s first week off on the right foot: Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Yes, Employers Can’t Require a Note for Each Intermittent FMLA Absence

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By Eric B. Meyer

Those four-letter federal employment statutes — FMLA and FLSA — can be a real pain in the rear,  am I right?

Today’s let’s focus on a major employer pitfall: intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The FMLA regulations define intermittent leave this way: Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenges Handling Religion in the Workplace

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The February HR Roundtable in Cincinnati met under a “cloud” because January’s Roundtable was canceled due to the serious winter weather – not because the topic of “Religion in the Workplace.” (or so Steve hoped !)

This topic could become very divisive and heated, but Steve encouraged the attendees to look at this from some different angles.

Here are the three questions the small groups took on:

  1. What misconceptions do people have about religion in the workplace?
  2. What’s the difference between tolerance and being knowledgeable? Read more…
HR Basics, HR News & Trends

The Toll Snow Days Can Take on Your Background Check Process

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Brrrrr it’s been cold … and snowy … and icy!!!!

No, this isn’t my way of forcing uncomfortable chitchat while we wait for a conference call to start. I actually have a point here.

The Winter of 2014 is wreaking havoc on employment background checks. More specifically, the winter weather has caused more courts to close in more jurisdictions across the country than I can ever remember.

And when the courts close, that delays criminal background checks. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Getting (and Giving) References Made Easy

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Most of us have simply given up on trying to get meaningful references on job applicants.

From frustrating experiences calling applicants’ former employers and our own company policies, we assume that most firms will only confirm dates of employment and starting and ending salaries at best.

This information clamp down is the understandable, but misguided, response to the number of lawsuits that have been filed – and won – by former employees who went to court to dispute what they believed were unfair, unfavorable references. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Top Troubles With Terminations (What You Really Need to Avoid)

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As promised in my webinar last week, here are my official Top 11 “Termination Troubles” that organizations frequently run into.

(Please note: Most Top 10 lists only go to 10. Ours go to 11. We reallllly want you to get your money’s worth.)

  • No. 11 — Not telling the real reasons. Always, always, always tell the truth. It doesn’t do you or the departing employee any favors if you either (1) sugarcoat or (2) over-exaggerate the reasons for the termination. Either approach can kill your case in court. Read more…
HR Basics, HR News & Trends

There’s Still Time to Evaluate Your Background Screening Program in 2014

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Let me officially be the last person to wish you a Happy New Year!

I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Why should you wait until January 1 to do something you should have been doing when you recognized a problem?

Case in point: My least favorite New Year’s resolution is for those who vow to work out more. From Feb. 15 through Dec. 31, there’s never a problem using equipment at my gym. Show up during the first 45 days of the year, however, and your 45 minute workout turns into an hour and a half snore-fest.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for getting into shape, but 45 days does not make a year. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Insights

What Martin Luther King Taught Us About Dealing With Change

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20 is celebrated by many people all around the world.

There are many different things that King has taught us about the way we communicate, empathize, our dedication, and convictions. All of these principles can be viewed from all sorts of angles and applied in many situations, including business.

While organizational change initiatives can be very frightening for some people and are often met with resistance, they are a necessity for contemporary businesses to be able to advance and become successful. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

Why You Need to Be Brutally Honest With Poor Performers

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Allowing poor performers to remain on the payroll is a form of dishonesty that harms the entire organization.

Yet managers claim giving poor performers negative feedback either to help them improve or to warn them of the consequences of not making changes is one of the toughest conversations they face. As a result, those conversations often don’t happen.

But, here are five good reasons to motivate yourself to have those conversations — even if they feel uncomfortable. Read more…