Articles tagged 'Best practices'

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Should Your Ultimate Goal Be a Union-Free Workplace?

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By Howard Mavity

Last week’s NLRB Purple Communications decision about employee emails combine with the announcement by the National Labor Relations Board of the so-called “quickie elections” process, is going to stir up employers.

You should expect a bevy of marketing communications trying to sell you seminars and packages on how to remain “union free.”

I want to pose a bit of a contrarian idea.

Why would an employer focus on being “union free?” Do you devise your other business strategies by simply opposing your competitors? Read more…

Classic TLNT

How to Have the Best, Litigation-Free Office Holiday Party Ever

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

It is that time of year again – the holiday season.

Employers are gearing up to have their office holiday parties. Many employees wait all year for the festivities and love reminiscing about the events of the previous year.

In fact, the holiday party festivities often become the “chatter” around the proverbial water cooler, and sometimes, not in a good way. Read more…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated

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They are different in [insert country other than your own.] They want different things than we do.”

How true do you believe that statement to be? Do you wonder if anyone’s recently tried to quantify those perceived differences or, better yet, find the commonalities?

This Fall, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network did just that in their Decoding Global Talent report, which aggregated 200,000 survey responses on global mobility and employment preferences from employees in 189 countries. The survey primarily looked at what would make employees willing to work abroad, regardless of home country.

But one particular finding struck me as most enlightening – regardless of desire to relocate, all respondents “are putting more emphasis on intrinsic rewards and less on compensation.” Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Even in Tough Times, Employees Deserve a Show of Appreciation

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Last Summer, I followed the Market Basket grocery store saga religiously. I was captivated by the story of non-unionized employees willing to risk their livelihood to keep their CEO. (Here are posts about the walkout and the outcome.)

After a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott, it’s fairly safe assumption the company took a pretty big financial hit. Employees were rightly concerned that years-long traditions around holiday bonuses might not materialize.

Then news broke last week that all associates would indeed receive their deserved bonuses. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Enforced Holiday Fun: A 100% Preventable Employee-Morale Issue

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit?

Here’s the deal: I have worked in lots of offices where some of the staff really got into holiday planning and making sure that everyone was involved in the festivities.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, but one of the problems that crops up during the holiday season time and time again is that all that holiday fun can get in the way of getting real, live work done. Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

Becoming a Talent Specialist: You Just Need to Find Your HR Sweet Spot

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We have had approximately 22 speakers over the past few day. Our focus was on Employee Engagement. We have sliced/diced it every way possible.

We have heard theory, metrics, branding, and plain old common sense — all in the guise of getting our employees more engaged. But in order for each of us as HR professionals to get our organizations back on track, we must be engaged with what we do.

Those were my closing words at the recent Employee Engagement Forum held in Dubai Dec. 7-8. I speak at a lot of conferences in the Middle East, and in close to two years working in this region, I have participated either as conference chair or keynote speaker at approximately 18 various conferences from Istanbul to Nigeria and throughout the Middle East. Read more…

HR Insights, Rewards & Recognition

Hiring Wisdom: Workplace Recognition = Better Employee Retention

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As I’ve written here before, all of us are trained from childhood to be recognition-addicts (and we still are because we’re really those same little kids just in grown up bodies now).

That’s why recognition is such a powerful employee retention technique.

Using all of these types of recognition, both formally (in meetings) and informally (passing in the hall) will keep your best people motivated and on-board: Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

How to Strengthen Your Organization’s Brand

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The “Employer Brand” is, to put it simply, an organization’s reputation as an employer.

This brand is what people (employees, applicants, candidates, and the public) associate with the organization whether that be good, bad, or indifferent.

It encompasses culture, history, traditions and all the various touch-points of the employment experience. It includes employee onboarding practices and the office environment. It contains collaborative work efforts, employee benefit package, workplace flexibility practices, and the external reputation of organizational leaders.

For better or for worse, your brand includes it all. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

What Have You Done to Show Your Employees How Much You Care?

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You’re running late to work.

Maybe you’re going a tad bit too fast. You look up and — oh, no! — you see the flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

What goes through your mind at this moment? Does your stomach jump into your throat? Do you think, “Not now. I don’t have the time! I’m already late.” Or perhaps, “Not this time of year. The budget’s already tight for Christmas presents. I can’t pay a speeding ticket, too!Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Dear New Managers: Here’s the Style That Drives Innovation

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Making the leap into management can be an exciting and challenging time.

Switching roles from contributor to leader can be a confusing proposition. You’ve done so great with your job that now you’ve been asked to stop doing it, and instead, to start using a different set of skills to supervise a team of people.

The knee-jerk reaction to the added responsibilities and altogether new situation might be to get out in front of your new team, take on more of the work that you’re already comfortable with, and set up processes designed to your habits and personality.

After all, that’s what got you the new promotion, right? Read more…