Benefits, HR Management

Nobody’s Laughing, But Unlimited Vacation Policies Are a Complete Joke

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Well, it had to happen — unlimited vacation policies have jumped the shark!

Billionaire Richard Branson recently announced that his company, Virgin Group, would begin offering unlimited vacation to all corporate employees. Here’s a statement from a CNN interview with Richard:

Take a holiday whenever you want. Take as much holiday as you want. We’re not going to keep a check on how much holiday you take. Treat people as human beings, give them that flexibility and I don’t think they’ll abuse it. And they’ll get the job done.” Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

3 Ways You’re Killing Employee Motivation — and How to Stop

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Employers are always looking for ways to boost employee engagement and get the best out of their people.

But even as they do, many are inadvertently causing their workers to disengage. Could you be one of them?

Are you guilty of any of these common motivation killers? Read more…

Culture

Transforming Culture Is Simple: All It Takes Is Changing People

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In a survey of top leaders by Booz and Company last year, 84 percent said culture was critical to success, and yet the majority admitted their culture was in need of a major overhaul.

So, how do you transform a culture to meet your company’s needs today? How can you get employees or teams to behave the way you need them to execute your strategies and enhance your performance as well as your employee engagement and the customer experience?

How do you get the innovation and agility you need in fast-changing markets? How do you get the cross-organizational collaboration that makes one plus one equal three? Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need to Be Careful Emailing Employees FMLA Paperwork

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By. Eric B. Meyer

Remember, over the summer, when I wrote about how sending Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee via first class mail is a big mistake.

Why? Because if the employee claims not to have received the paperwork, then you have no proof of delivery, and possible FMLA interference issues if the employee is somehow precluded from taking FMLA leave.

So, I offered three alternatives: Read more…

Talent Management

What Do You Do When Your Career Suddenly Gets Cancelled?

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“I would advise all of them if they find another career, take it and do not look back.”

This statement came from a captain in a local police force. He was referencing the layoffs that had hampered the police department in a large East Coast city.

Close to 200 officers had been laid off, and according to the newspaper article, only a handful had been rehired back into their career of law enforcement. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

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The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss a factor of the workplace which is too often overlooked.

What is that factor? Behavior.

The reality of HR is that we are constantly surrounded by, and have to work with and/or address, the behavior of others. The Roundtable wanted to delve into this so that HR people would no longer overlook behavior, but own it and work with it. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Can You Afford to Put Up With Mediocre Employees?

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Why do so many managers continue to accept mediocre, second-rate results?

Hundreds of research studies have quantified the difference between having an “A” player versus a “C” player in a job, any job.

Every one of them concludes the difference in productivity and the impact on the bottom line is anywhere from 20 percent to over 1000 percent greater return when you compare the best, most productive employees to those who are average. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Ebola Crisis Plan? Here’s What HR Should Do If They Get Asked About It

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Wait for it…

Any minute now some executive is going to come into your office and ask “you” what you’re doing about this Ebola outbreak!

I’m not trying to slight the importance and the tragedy that disease is creating in West Africa, because it’s horrific. But our American media is bringing this to hysteria levels in the States (see video below)! As of this writing, there are three (3) confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. and one death. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…
Legal Issues

The One Thing HR Can’t Do If An Employee Reports a Noose

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By Eric B. Meyer

One employer appears to have screwed up royally, which seems to be part of a trend this week.

Yes, there are several things you don’t want to do if an employee reports a noose in the workplace, among them: