When the CEO of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains announced that the company would stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 drug stores, he made headline news and set a powerful example for others to follow.
CVS Caremark (recently renamed CVS Health) President & CEO Larry Merlo put a firm stake in the ground by voluntarily forgoing a source of $2 billion a year in revenue.
So, you might be wondering, what was he thinking? Read more…
In case you haven’t heard, manufacturing in the U.S. is making a comeback.
Despite the old and outdated notion that most American manufacturing moved overseas, manufacturing has actually been growing steadily and now supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States —about one in six private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Manufacturers.
More to the point, more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the workforce, are employed directly in manufacturing.
Yes, manufacturing is a growing and critical part of our economy, and that’s one of the reasons why TLNT is putting on the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
I recently read this CareerBuilder poll, which found that the majority of workers don’t aspire to leadership roles. Here are the numbers:
- One in five (5) workers (20 percent) feel his or her organization has a glass ceiling — an unseen barrier preventing women and minorities from reaching higher job levels.
- However, when looking only at workers who aspire to management and senior management positions, the percentage increases to 24 percent and is even higher among females (33 percent), Hispanics (34 percent), African Americans (50 percent) and workers with disabilities (59 percent). Read more…
A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants.
The calculator appears to allow companies enrolling workers for 2015 to offer inexpensive, substandard medical insurance while avoiding the Affordable Care Act’s penalties, consumer advocates say.
Insurance pros are also surprised such plans are permitted. Read more…
Job titles have power. Titles set expectations.
Titles attract people and titles repel people. Job titles affect not only the employee, but the customer.
How much time do you spend figuring out what title to give a position? How do you decide if they are: Read more…
“No the manager was cool, it was just that I could not survive in that culture. I had to get out.”
We have all heard the phrase that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Well, hearing that had me thinking.
Yes, this makes sense. I quit Martha Stewart because the culture had changed dramatically. I loved the people, but the toxicity at that time was a bit much. I walked out with a job in sight. Read more…
Have you ever come across a candidate who you thought was “just not that into you?”
Maybe the candidate was not into your organization or the job, but it most likely wasn’t you personally.
It is very possible that you have candidates who have gone through the application process but are not really interested in the job or in the organization. Maybe they feel like the job is beneath them, or maybe they see the job as a “backup plan,” or simply applied to provide moral support for a friend who was also applying. Read more…
Better get ready for all that “seat at the table” talk again.
Global enterprise software developer recently SAP partnered with Oxford Economics on a global study focused on the future of work, but it’s the six critical workforce issues facing HR professionals that they listed that got my attention — and should get yours.
Workforce 2020 is the result of a survey of more than 5,400 employees and executives interviewed by Oxford Economics in 27 countries, and overall, the key finding is that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
You have an employee handbook, an anti-harassment policy, training, the whole nine yards.
But sometimes, notwithstanding your best efforts to create a positive, respectful workplace, you receive a complaint from an employee who claims to be the victim of harassment based on [insert protected class here].
All the measures you’ve already installed mean nothing unless you respond to the that complaint appropriately. Read more…
Cue the Western music….
A lot of employers are nervous about a new villain riding into town called “Ban the Box.” It refers a movement that has been successfully convincing legislators to force employers to remove the box on job applications that asks applicants the question “Have you been convicted of crime?”
There has been a real showdown between advocates and opponents of Ban the Box, oftentimes with employers caught in the middle.
So what are the pros and cons of Ban the Box, and how do organizations avoid having things turn ugly? Read more…