Culture

Want a Culture of Appreciation at Work? It All Starts with You

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Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office?

Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?

What’s your personal reaction to this environment? How do you work within it or contribute to improving it? Do you see this as your responsibility? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

It’s Not About HR Strategy – It’s About PEOPLE Strategy

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HR Strategy? No, People Strategy

What’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked!

I don’t think that there is anyone in the human resources profession who doesn’t yearn to be “strategic,” but what does that really mean? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Costs Are Rising (Even If Premiums Aren’t) For 2015 Health Care

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Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace.

Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their costs and incorporate health law changes.

Experts anticipate that premiums will rise a modest 4 percent in 2015, on average, slightly higher than last year but lower than typical recent increases. Read more…

HR Insights

It’s Sad But True: Don’t Expect to Get a Thank You in HR

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I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.

She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.

This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.

For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

What PTO Abuse May Be Costing You

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When busy managers spend a lot of time out of the office, it translates to loose constraints for employees who don’t punch a time clock. You want to trust your employees. After all, you hired them for a reason.

A CareerBuilder survey reveals 23 percent of employees arrive late to work at least once a month, and 15 percent once per week. Research by Circadian shows partial shift absences like these lead to an average payroll inflation of 72 percent.

Even more shocking, companies lose $2,650 per salaried employee and $3,600 per hourly employee per year due to unplanned employee absences. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports business lose an average of 2.8 work days due to unplanned employee absences. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

3 Ways to Identify and Develop the Critical Talent You Need

Is HR at the top of the pyramid? (Illustration by Dreamstime).

Talent is getting unprecedented recognition as a key determinant of business success, and talent management has become so crucial to business growth that it’s forcing organizations to re-examine how they attract, develop, retain and engage employees.

Therefore, building leadership capacity is perhaps the most pressing strategic imperative in business today.

In a global survey of business executives conducted by Right Management and The Conference Board, over 80 percent of companies reported they intend to grow talent internally versus hiring leaders from the open market. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Domestic Violence Leave Now Required in Massachusetts

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By Asha A. Santos

Massachusetts’s new domestic violence leave law – which became effective on Aug. 8, 2014 – created new obligations for Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees.

Covered employers must permit an employee to take up to 15 days of leave in any 12-month period when the employee or a family member of the employee (as defined in the law) is the victim of abusive behavior. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Here’s Why Women (and Men) Really Do Need to Ask For a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix.

He said:

It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,”

I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it’s probably a good thing that my plans changed because I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, “He’s wrong! Please don’t do this!Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

It May Not Be Good to Ask Entry Level Workers to Sign Non-Competes

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By Eric B. Meyer

My Facebook and Twitter feeds were blowing up yesterday with links to articles at NYTimes.com, The Huffington Post, and Jezebel about how the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain supposedly makes its sandwich makers and delivery drivers sign non-competition agreements.

These agreements purport to preclude employees from working for certain nearby competitors for two years after their employment with Jimmy John’s ends.

I’m not going to comment specifically on Jimmy John’s and its purported practice other than to say that I work in Philadelphia and it would be sacrilege to let a “sub sandwich” pass between these lips. But, I do have a few general pointers from employers about restrictive covenants. Read more…

Talent Management

Here’s a Newsflash – Going Back on Your Word Ticks Employees Off

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Addressing attraction and retention was cited as the top business challenge for 52 percent of employers in a recent HireRight survey.

Attracting quality talent and keeping them is vital, for obvious reasons, but employers are frequently shooting themselves in the foot by not following through on promises they made in the recruiting and hiring process.

“The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs 4.4 years according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.” Read more…