HR Management

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things You Should Be Doing to Retain Your Best Employees

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Regardless of industry or company size, high employee turnover is bad for business.

Not only does it lower employee morale and decrease productivity, it’s also costly.

Finding and training replacements is significantly more expensive than retaining your initial hires, so consider the following tactics to improve your employee retention. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When It Comes Right Down to It, HR Doesn’t Care About Your Problems

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HR doesn’t care about your work-life balance.

Well, that’s harsh. They care, but they have problems of their own.

Human resources departments have undergone a transformation. They are agile, data-driven, and aligned with the executive agenda. Employee advocacy, when it happens, happens because it benefits the company’s bottom line. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Is HR Simply Too Snooty for Its Own Good?

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A friend (let’s call her Jeanine) phoned the other day with some great news and some not-so-great news.

The great news: She applied for an HR consultancy with a large, well-known consulting group and was accepted into the fold.

The not-so-great news: She wasn’t certain she was good enough.

Orientation for the new gig found Jeanine surrounded by fancy-degreed HR pros who’d worked at big-name, global companies while sporting impressive job titles. It was “Dr. this at Fortune 500 that” in the C-Suite all the way. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Open Office Backlash: Did Anyone Ask Employees What They Thought?

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According to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of corporate offices now have so-called “open-plan” offices, or work environments with no walls or cubicles.

Google uses them, as does eBay, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, and American Express. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design his company’s new office expansion, which when completed will be the largest open-plan office in the world, housing 3,000 employees with no walls.

The freewheeling open office has become a hallmark of sorts for hip, forward-thinking companies, professing to create a more desirable, collaborative, and productive work environment. However, new research suggests that open-plan offices may be having the reverse effect. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Here Are Some of the Various Ways You Can Get Sued by Employees

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Don’t give co-workers erotic books

A recent Law 360 headline described a corporate senior counsel explained providing an erotic book with “playful and provocative” drawings to a fellow manager as an “innocent gift.”

He had even written an inscription which read, “a taste of Dharma Bum to remind that the Dharma breathes in and out and is nothing special,” referring, in part, to the Buddhist philosophy of life and the novel by beat writer Jack Kerouac. There are many other allegations and facts associated with the underlying discrimination claim, and I have no idea as to whether unlawful conduct actually occurred. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenge in Tackling What Diversity Really Is

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The topic for the March HR Roundtable in Cincinnati generated some buzz even before it convened.

There were people who chose not to attend because they didn’t feel that the topic needed to be discussed anymore because “everyone understands and gets” diversity.

That really isn’t the case, but that was their perspective. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

There’s a Good Reason Why HR Should Lead Change Initiatives

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Change management is about people, performance and leadership, ergo, one would think HR should be leading the charge (or at least playing a major role).

Unfortunately in many cases, HR is not involved because it does not bring the skill sets that would be useful to organizational change, or, is simply not even invited to the party. More concerning is that CEO’s don’t hold their HR leadership accountable for building the necessary expertise that would facilitate effecting change.

Without the internal expertise, organizations, more often than not, look to outside consultants to provide the needed assistance to effect the organizational changes they’re looking for. Read more…

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…