I’ve attended quite a few HR and talent management-related conferences this spring, but the one that really got my brain going came wrapped up in the wonderfully warm, dry Arizona desert right before the heat of the summer kicks in.
Yes, it was in that marvelously pleasant environment that Littler Mendelson, the largest U.S. labor and employment law firm, had their annual Executive Employer Conference.
It was two days of panels, presentations, and discussions that were forthright and fascinating, and although the subjects might be different, the underlying message from all of them was basically the same:
There’s a lot of regulation and legislation coming out of Washington right now, and more to come, so you better be on your toes and ready to deal with it before it deals with you. Read more…
Employer liability for violating the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is no longer theoretical.
The EEOC has announced its first-ever GINA settlement. A large fabric distributor agreed to pay $50,000 and provide other relief to resolve alleged violations of GINA and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
What did the employer do wrong?
According to the EEOC, it erred when it asked an employee for her family medical history as part of its post-offer medical exam. The claimant was required to fill out a questionnaire that inquired whether she had any family history of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions. Read more…
Want to know what’s reeeeeeally going on in the world of work?
Right Management, the talent and career management arm of ManpowerGroup, has released a flurry of study results in recent weeks. Here are the highlights:
What’s the No. 1 Worry?
For the third year in a row, a lack of high-potential leaders is the top concern for U.S. HR execs, 32 percent of whom put it at the top of their list.
“The year-to-year consistency in our findings tells us that future leadership or lack thereof is top of mind for organizations nearly everywhere,” says Gerald Purgay, SVP of Right Management. Read more…
For years, there have been worries that there was a big employee exodus coming — when the economy finally started to show some improvement and began growing jobs again.
Yes, this has been the worry — and why employee engagement is such a hot topic — but given the mediocre recovery, there hasn’t been all that much to really worry about.
A new survey released this week from OI Partners, a global coaching, consulting and leadership development firm, says that half of companies are reporting higher turnover this year compared to last, and three-quarters are bracing for still more employees to leave. Read more…
We want a seat at the table? We want to add value? We want to positively influence the success of the business?
OK, then let’s stop giving away one of our best tools – the art and science of performance improvement!
No, not performance management, where managers spend as little time as possible each year providing feedback to employees that is as bland as possible.
I mean real performance improvement; the sort of improvement that gets the attention of executives and builds the bottom line. Performance improvement that brings together the social sciences to examine and adjust human behavior through assessment, action and evaluation. Read more…
Here’s a question I have heard repeated for years — does anyone out there actually like meetings?
I ask because in the world of business we seem to spend a lot of time in meetings, yet just about everyone I know, and every survey I’ve ever seen, indicates that most people say they would rather endure a root canal than be forced to attend yet another meeting.
John Cleese, the great comedian of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame, once did a corporate training video (several of them, actually) titled Meetings, Bloody Meetings, and Cleese, in his wickedly humorous way, did a great job capturing the many things that drive all of us crazy from all the meetings we’re forced to attend. Read more…
Just when I think I have seen just about everything happen when it comes to dealing with SHRM — the Society for Human Resource Management — something like this pops up and makes you wonder, “What could they be thinking?”
SHRM’s annual conference & exhibition, which is the single largest event in HR each year, will be held this year in Chicago June 16-19. Chicago native and former First Lady/Secretary of State/U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the opening general session on Sunday.
However, SHRM says that the media will NOT be permitted to cover Secretary Clinton’s SHRM speech. Read more…
By Howard Mavity
When Jordan Barab famously admitted that OSHA was utilizing large penalties accompanied by harsh press releases to “motivate” employers to comply, I had mixed feelings.
Fear is a great motivator. Aggressive publication of legitimate noteworthy OSHA citations has a role in the “carrot and stick” process of safety enforcement. Moreover, I understand that the former OSHA Region IV Administrator first used the phrase, and frankly, I doubt that she misused the approach. Read more…
More technology start-ups will be looking to hire than at any time in the last four years, says Silicon Valley Bank, but they worry they won’t be able to find the talent they need.
Even as most leaders and founders of the firms surveyed by the bank for its annual Startup Outlook report say conditions in the U.S. are better this year than last, the number of them who report hiring talent is their biggest challenge has grown. Nine out of 10 executives report finding and hiring the talent they need is their biggest challenge.
The annual survey says 87 percent of the tech start-ups reported plans to add staff this year. That’s up four points from last year, and 14 points from the first survey conducted in 2010. Read more…