By Eric B. Meyer
Telework is among the array of possible reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that may enable an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
Now, as a federal appellate court confirmed last month, there are situations in which telework is not a reasonable accommodation; namely, where attendance and face time are essential functions of the job. But, other times, telecommuting may be just what the doctor ordered.
When employers try to play the role of doctor, well, that’s when problems ensue. Read more…
As technology continues to improve, the world seems to be getting smaller.
More and more businesses are becoming international, whether it’s about doing business with or employing folks in other countries. One of the practices that always jumps out to me when working with international companies is how they handle maternity leave.
One of my international partners recently had a baby girl. Had she lived in the U.S. she would have most likely been out a few weeks (maybe less) and chances are she would have used up all of her vacation time, and might have been lucky enough to have Short Term Disability Insurance to cover a percentage of her pay. Read more…
“I arrived early excited about my first day and my first real job from college. I just could not believe how disorganized they were. It was like nothing you said. As a matter of fact, they were not expecting me until the following week. When I showed her the letter, she had to make phone calls to HR. It was a total mess. I knew then that I would not be here long.”
That short message was told to me by my daughter, who after finishing college, got her first “real” job. Because of my background in HR, I told her what the first day would probably be like since this was a well-known brand.
I had flashbacks of that encounter a few weeks back as I gave a presentation around that theme at the Global HR Summit in Doha, Qatara last week. Read more…
It is clear why open floor plans are so popular in offices today. They bring people together to collaborate in ways that just weren’t possible in the cubicle mazes of the past.
In theory, an open office plan stimulates connections between employees and productive cooperation that can support a vibrant, high-performance culture.
In practice, though, an open office design can struggle with an important detail — how do you reward managers without taking them out of the collaborative environment? Read more…
Second of two parts
Yesterday, I listed 10 reasons why turnover might actually be a good thing and why you might not necessarily want to keep long tenured employees.
As I pointed out, you need to step back and think about it: Should all employees be kept or just the ones who currently and in the future produce high value?
In particular, should the employees with the most tenure be automatically kept, even though they may be expensive, and in some cases, they may be one of the primary roadblocks to corporate change? Read more…
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.
By Diane J. Gherson
It isn’t often that a group of professionals can say with confidence that they stand at an important moment in history. This is one such moment for HR.
If that sounds like overreach, step back and consider the moment in which we find ourselves today. Over the past decade, we have seen the convergence of three historic shifts that are reshaping business and technology. They are: Read more…
First of two parts
As turnover rates for employees continue to increase, there seems to be an almost universal agreement among HR and managers that “we must do something” to retain our employees.
But take a step back and think about it: Should all employees be kept or just the ones who currently and in the future produce high value?
In particular, should the employees with the most tenure be automatically kept, even though they may be expensive, and in some cases, they may be one of the primary roadblocks to corporate change?
In fact the goal is to identify the top potential issues that can be attributed to long-tenured employees. Read more…
Do you remember your first time?
I was 26-years old. At the time, I was living in Michigan and working in my first job right out of college. I had been doing pretty well for myself and began moving up in the company.
I had just got put into a position where I had a couple of people reporting to me, and I had to hire a new person to report to me as well. I hired this smart, young person right out of college. Their passion and energy immediately attracted to them.
Oh, wait, you think I’m talking about… Read more…
It’s no secret that business leaders are challenged by an extremely dynamic business environment in which they must work their corporate magic.
Characterized by technological innovation, blurring boundaries among industries, shifts in customer behavior, scarcity of talent, and huge variations in growth across regions, the business landscape requires all of us to contribute our best effort every day in order to have a fighting chance at success. Read more…