Articles tagged 'HR basics'

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: 3 Ways to Help You Ask Better Interview Questions

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Often, it’s not about what you ask, but how.

Here are three (3) tips for improving the way you ask interview questions of job candidates, and the responses they should elicit:

  1. Be curious. Doing all the talking doesn’t make you an effective leader. Be inquisitive and ask about topics that are important to you and to the person you’re talking to. Read more…
Classic TLNT

What Do You Do When Everyone Thinks They Are Exceptional?

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”

This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.

Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Six Things You Need to Know to Be Really Great at HR

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The one great thing I love about going to HR and talent conferences is that you always get reminded about what really good HR should look like.

It doesn’t mean that your shop will be there, but it gives you something to shoot for.

I’ll admit, sometimes it can be frustrating listening to some HR Pro from a great brand tell you how they “built” their great employment brand through all their hard work and brilliant ideas. And all the while, not mentioning anything about “oh, yeah, and we already had this great brand that marketing spends $100 million a year to keep great!Read more…

Culture

Want a Compliant Workplace? Then Foster a Vibrant and Positive Culture

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If you’re a parent, you’re probably familiar with the expression, “Do as I say, not as I do.

As we strive to set a good example for our children, and recognize that they’re watching our every move, we often wish they’d only heed our advice and not our actions.

It’s not much different in the workplace. In an effort to create a vibrant, positive and respectful workplace culture, it’s essential that your managers and leaders set a good example. While the connection may not be obvious, that includes compliance with labor laws, particularly with respect to the legal rights of your employees. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Need to Stop Going Through the Motions on Exit Interviews

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The exit interview — Has it become one of those going through the motions actions in your organization? –just another box to check off in a folder before you give the latest employee the old heave-ho?

It shouldn’t be. Despite their inherent awkwardness, exit interviews are becoming even more common (due to the shortening duration of most employee relationships) and can be very valuable from a risk management standpoint (not to mention keeping your brand as intact as possible during layoffs, terminations and difficult transitions).

Although exit interviews represent several opportunities for both parties, exiting employees are very often reluctant to divulge honest information about their experience with the organization. Read more…

Talent Management

The Keys to Coping With Bully Behavior in the Workplace

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The phrase workplace bully holds many meanings and comes in many forms.

Just about every office has one – that person who makes life around the office challenging, toxic, or even downright frustrating. Sometimes it’s not even on purpose.

Workplace bullies are distracting. They derail performance and can impact the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission. Sure, sometimes their “bully nature” may be known to drive work to completion. They may even be very effective at their job.

But alienating people and making enemies is never a good long-term solution for success. Workplace bullies can cost your organization time, money, and productivity. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Job Descriptions? They’re a Waste of Time, So Hand Them to Marketing

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Only employment lawyers and HR Pros from 1990 believe that job descriptions are important, legal-type documents that are still needed in 2014.

Most companies have given up on job descriptions (JDs). At best, you’ll find people today using ones from back in 1990 when people thought writing JDs was an important part of human resources.

You’ll also still find a few HR Tech vendors around trying to make you believe this is an important skill to have. Read more…

Global HR

EEOC, Mexican Consulates Join to Provide Guidance, Training, Checks

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By Mel M. C. Cole

What started as a local effort has now become a national endeavor, as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially agree to join forces to create programs that will benefit both Mexican nationals working in the United States as well as their employers.

Late last month, Jacqueline Berrien, the Chair of the EEOC, and Eduardo Mora, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, signed a national Memorandum of Understanding, committed to strengthening outreach on workplace rights, as well as reducing violations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act of 2008. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

5 Keys to Avoiding Wrongful and Discriminatory Termination Claims

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While most employers would hope to avoid terminating employees, it’s a reality for most at some point.

Whether the business needs to make the decision for financial reasons, or because of performance issues, any termination needs to be handled appropriately to avoid potentially costly consequences.

We are living in an increasingly litigious society, where it has become easier, and seemingly more popular to sue. Even if a lawsuit is not filed, an ex-employee reporting their termination to the EEOC or department of labor could end up being more costly to the business, if found at fault for wrongful termination or discrimination. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Software Flaw Lets Employers Offer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

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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…