HR Management

HR Management

HR May Not Be Ready For Big Data (Yet), But Here’s How to Gain Ground

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Nearing the end of 2014 and heading into 2015, we’re now firmly entrenched in an era in which widespread technology and the availability of data are changing just about everything in business.

Now that professionals of all kinds can so easily access relevant information about their trade with just the click of a mouse, this capability is making a profound difference with everyone.

While most HR professionals still don’t quite understand Big Data, advanced analytics are clearly making their mark in human capital management. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Avoiding the Holiday PTO Trap: You Need to Get Line Managers On Board

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If you work in HR, this is the time of year when you may be itching to discuss holiday PTO with line managers.

But there is likely a topic that you are hesitant to broach because it could put the line manager on the defensive: Whether employees who are owed PTO (paid time off) are actually going to be working from home when the books say they are officially “off.”

This is what I like to call the “Holiday PTO Trap.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

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Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Employee Habits Kill Most HR Initiatives – and 3 Strategies to Fix That

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Does it feel like your employees are on autopilot? That they don’t listen to HR communications and don’t engage with new HR initiatives?

Well, they are on autopilot. In fact, we all are.

Behavioral researchers estimate that 45 percent of our daily lives are rigidly controlled by habits. When we face a familiar situation, we don’t think consciously about what we’re doing and we just do what we’ve done before. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

HR Roundtable: What Do You Do With Ambiguous Leadership?

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Everyone clamors for fantastic leadership in their organizations.

Books, blogs, and conference sessions are dedicated to outstanding leadership. But, what happens when your leadership is ambiguous?

This is more common than people are willing to admit in today’s workplace. So, the December HR Roundtable in Cincinnati decided to take this topic on and started with these three questions: Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Dear New Managers: Here’s the Style That Drives Innovation

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Making the leap into management can be an exciting and challenging time.

Switching roles from contributor to leader can be a confusing proposition. You’ve done so great with your job that now you’ve been asked to stop doing it, and instead, to start using a different set of skills to supervise a team of people.

The knee-jerk reaction to the added responsibilities and altogether new situation might be to get out in front of your new team, take on more of the work that you’re already comfortable with, and set up processes designed to your habits and personality.

After all, that’s what got you the new promotion, right? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Annual Office Holiday Party: Is It Really Worth Having One?

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Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again when companies may feel inclined to celebrate the holidays with an office party.

Do you work for one of those companies?

I know that after 2008, many companies opted out of the annual celebration for economic reasons, but there are still those who are offering this type of annual group merriment.

But, I wonder — is it worth it? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Flexible Work Arrangements: Managers Are Key to Their Success

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How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind?

In a new SHRM survey on flexible work arrangements (FWAs), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flex time,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition:

… A dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).” Read more…

HR Management

HR Roundtable: Is It Actually Possible to Differentiate HR?

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One of the biggest struggles human resources has in organizations is that it tends to blend in with everyone else and doesn’t take steps to differentiate itself.

The November HR Roundtable in Cincinnati got together to talk about this and see if differentiating HR would be possible. They kicked off the forum with the following three questions:

  1. Why is it so difficult for HR to differentiate itself in an organization? Read more…
Benefits, HR Management

The Challenges an Employee May Have Switching to a Spouse’s Insurance

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If a married couple who each have health insurance through a job want to switch coverage from one employer to the other, usually it’s a snap.

During the fall open enrollment period the husband, for example, can simply drop his on-the-job coverage for the new year and his wife can add him to her plan Jan. 1.

Since many companies have calendar year coverage periods, that’s the way it typically works. Read more…