HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Do You Do When an Employee Says They’re Quarantined With Ebola?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Five minutes ago, after taking the obligatory selfies and between games of Candy Crush, one of your employees texted from an Ebola quarantine tent to alert you that she will be out of work for 21 days while under observation for Ebola.

As an employer, what are your obligations? What workplace laws are implicated?

And of course, because half of you are thinking it, can you just fire her? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

What You and Your Business Need to Know About Obamacare, Year 2

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For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers (or those employing more than 50 full-time workers) face penalties if they fail to offer minimal coverage to employees. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance decisions were largely up to the individual business.

Beginning in 2016, large employers must report very specific information to the IRS to remain compliant, and the IRS has recently issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms. Read more…

Culture

How to Create a Workplace You Would Love To Work In

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 My vision is to create a world I want to live in.” – Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman, founder of the Bregman Leadership Institute said this at a recent (and amazing) leadership program.

While his vision deeply resonated with me on a personal level, I also found myself thinking about what a great message it would be when applied to the workplace. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Is There Really a War For Talent, or Are We Just Paying Lip Service to That?

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Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.

This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.

Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.

When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A Social Media Blunder Can Cost an Employee of Any Rank Their Job

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By Eric B. Meyer

Here’s more proof that both entry-level employees and C-Suite executives can do dumb stuff.

When I go out to eat, I’m not that picky. While I often have a taste of fine dining, I can do beer and wings with the best of ‘em.

I like my beer cold and my wings spicy. I take these two things for granted when my food is served to me. That, and the person preparing the food has a shirt on. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: Getting Flexibility in Performance Management Platforms

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Recently I was talking to The Gap about their innovations in performance management.

They are working hard so that performance management really is about helping people perform better, based on research around the importance of a growth mindset. It’s a big shift from focusing on the appraisal/review stage of the process.

I mentioned this shift in focus to Connie Costigan, Director Marketing Communications at Halogen Software. She said that this kind of shift would not be a problem for them; a modern performance management module has all the tools needed to reform how the process is done. Even if you never do appraisals, the software stills supports the broader goal of helping people perform better. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Things to Get Your Mobile Recruiting Back on Track

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We sleep next to our phones, unlock the devices an average of 150 times each day, and we’re even seeing mobile device separation anxiety, or nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia), among today’s college students.

Yes, it was only a matter of time before our faithful e-companion would help us find talent to fill open positions, too.

Mobile recruitment has changed the way we hire, enabling us to maintain constant communication through a variety of channels. Though some companies have tried to adopt mobile recruitment strategies, it isn’t going well for all. Read more…

Talent Management

The Magnificent Seven Ways Executives Can Improve Engagement

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Research on the ROI of employee engagement has proven time and again that organizations that create an engaging environment perform better than their competitors.

Results show that engaged companies:

  • Experience a 19.2 percent growth in operating income (over a 12-month period);
  • Grow profits as much as three times more than their competitors; Read more…
Culture, HR Insights

You Can Frequently Boost Productivity by Simply Saying “No”

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Not just no, but HELL no.” — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s response when asked to surrender.

In a corporate environment where a can-do, go-team attitude is important for both personal and team success, it can seem like you must say “yes” to every task thrust your way.

Sometimes, in fact, it seems impossible to say “no.” Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, You Really Do Need to Screen Temporary Holiday Employees

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that means Black Friday, shopping online, and holiday music overload as we get ready for the big gift-giving season.

It’s hard to believe, but holiday hiring season is already well under way. If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones that you can trust. Read more…