HR Management

HR Management, Talent Management

When You Have to Let People Go, Do It With “Professional Kindness”

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I hate firing people. My heart always wonders if I could have done more to make it work, or if I should have given them another chance. But my head knows that I cannot run a profitable business AND employ people who don’t meet the standards of the company.

As harsh as that may sound, that leader is entirely correct.

At some point it becomes obvious that a team member or colleague isn’t making the cut, no matter how many opportunities they are given. And while we tend to look at firing someone in a negative light, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

High-Deductible Health Plans: Savings Now, But Problems For Workers Later?

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Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn’t pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars?

If so, you or your employees are foot soldiers who have been drafted in the war against high health costs.

Companies that switch workers into high-deductible plans can reap enormous savings, consultants will tell you — and not just by making employees pay more. Total costs paid by everybody — employer, employee and insurance company — tend to fall in the first year or rise more slowly when consumers have more at stake at the health-care checkout counter whether or not they’re making medically wise choices. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Many Ways We Seem to Discount Employees

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No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!

Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…
HR Management, Legal Issues

4 Things We Learned From a Recent Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

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A small business located in New Castle PA, Ezeflow USA, Inc, recently settled a disability discrimination lawsuit for $65,000 before it went to trial.

On top of the $65,000 settlement and legal fees, the company has agreed to invest further time and money into revising its policies and provide training to its employees. This amount of time and money spent would have a serious impact on just about any small business.

For some, this might put them out of business entirely. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Why You Need to Get Employees to Cultivate the High Potential Ultimatum

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These days you can’t go a week without hearing about the virtues of flexible schedules. They greatly reduce absenteeism and environmental impact, and spur faster company growth.

As the workforce becomes more and more mobile, the 9-to-5 grind is becoming less and less attractive.

But for every company that gets lauded for instituting a four-day work week or allowing employees to make their own schedules, there are hundreds of “in-between” companies that hear the benefits loud and clear, but are unable to affect a major policy change for various reasons. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Want a Game-Changing Position? You Should Try “HR Advisor” on for Size

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Do you work in HR?

Do you want to be promoted and make more money? Do you like being in charge? Are you ready to help your company make some important decisions?

Well, sorry, your options are limited. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Dear HR Leader: It’s Time to Pass the Baton to a New Generation

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It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.

There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.

I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Stop Relying on Job Descriptions and Find Candidates You Really Want

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Job descriptions, those horribly written, barely comprehensible strings of roughly 500 words of stuff that only barely resembles reality if you squint hard, are the coin of the realm in the recruiting world.

And no matter how much we complain about them to each other, they remain as unchanging as a rerun.

Not only do they persist, but recruiters and talent acquisition professionals continue to rely on them at every stage of the recruiting process. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What I Learned About Fast HR From Turning Down a Top HR Position

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Have you tried Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (err, subs)?

My family loves Jimmy Johns! Way too much of my annual income goes to this company!

Here’s a little known fact: I was once offered the head HR position at Jimmy Johns. 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…