HR Basics

HR Basics, HR Management

The Essentials of a Healthy Employer-Employee Relationship


It’s no secret that when a new employee comes on board, the employer who hired them is effectively beginning a new relationship.

It is the same relationship that he or she shares with every single one of their employees, and it is this relationship that will determine the success and impact of that employee’s time at the company.

An employer’s relationship with their employees has to be nurtured and taken care of in order to be beneficial for both individuals; their co-workers, and the company as a whole. It has long been noted that strong employer-employee relationships often lead to greater employee happiness and significantly improved productivity. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Crafting an Effective Job Description: How to Actually Do It Right

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I’ve written before about how managers hated job descriptions.

Now, let’s take a fresh perspective and look at how writing descriptions should be handled.

Call this a beginner’s guide, a how-to procedural, or simply a few tips ‘n tricks that can work wonders. Read more…

HR Basics

HR 101: 3 Keys to Giving Effective Performance Reviews


For business professionals who have one or more employees that directly report to them, the performance review is typically an annual task that must be done.

Performance reviews are important for both the employee and the manager, but the review does not have to be the same old routine.

If you want to effectively deliver a performance review, here are some tips you can use. Read more…

HR Basics, Leadership

Should Women Really Be Leaning In? The Power of Humble Leadership


Much of the recent debate around women’s unequal representation in positions of leadership has centered around Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg’s advice that women should lean in and adapt the bold, aggressive characteristics of their male colleagues.

But, is that the best advice?

True confidence is critical for climbing the corporate ladder. Countless studies show that leaderless groups tend to elect self-promoting individuals as leaders, and that women tend to self-promote less than men. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

HR Basics: How to Write a High Performance Job Description

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Determined to find just the right people to fill your open positions?

The process starts long before the interview, and as an HR professional, much of that weight is on your shoulders. By writing accurate, concise job descriptions, you’re more likely to attract prospective employees who are perfect for the position.

The U.S. Small Business Association offers a few valuable tips for those setting out to write job descriptions. In addition, here are a few ideas to help create a great job description. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

HR 101: Just What Constitutes Workplace Harassment?

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What is workplace harassment, anyway?

This might sound like a question with a simple answer, but like most human resource issues, it’s not always easy to answer.

The U.S. Department of Labor answers the question of what is workplace harassment in detail, and breaks it down to two basic categories of harassment.

  • Quid Pro Quo (This for that) – This is when an employment decision is based on an employee’s acceptance or rejection of unwelcome requests. Sometimes this takes the form of a supervisor asking a subordinate for certain things in return for better hours, higher pay or a promotion. It could range from attending certain events with the supervisor, participating in religious activities or sometimes making themselves sexually available. Read more…
HR Basics, HR Management

Why Managers Absolutely Hate to Write Job Descriptions


Every employee out there, no matter what their job, has certain tasks or responsibilities as part of their role that they enjoy doing.

Likewise, there are certain other aspects to the job that they .. enjoy quite a bit less.

Often their negative emotional reaction is strongly felt, and may be accompanied by an unprofessional facial expression. Read more…

Compensation, HR Basics

A New Fad: States, Local Governments Hiking the Minimum Wage

Managers and HR professionals will have to deal with very modest pay increases in 2011. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime).

By Gregory Hanscom

A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.

While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.

In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. Read more…

Classic TLNT, HR Basics, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Maintaining Compliance With Your Remote Workforce

In this one-hour webinar, sponsored by DocuSign, your host Steve Cape will be exploring the “virtual office” and the key State and Federal compliance measures needed for managing this remote workplace of telecommuters and independent contractors. Also gleaned from this webinar will be how to avoid situations that may have serious consequences and also how to preserve the benefits and rewards of the “virtual office” setting. This will be one webinar you cant afford to miss with 21st century technology clashing up against 20th century laws and Steve Cape in the middle to help you grasp a better understanding of it all.

Please join Steve Cape, Chief Compliance Officer of GeniusHR,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here:

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HR Basics, Legal Issues

Alcoholism on the Job: The Tricky Issue Handling It Under the ADA


By Eric B. Meyer

Alcoholism is generally a disability.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the term “disability” is broadly defined.

What matters is that the impairment substantially limits a major life activity. What doesn’t matter are the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures,” including such things as therapy, medication, or reasonable accommodations.

How does that relate to alcoholism? Read more…