Articles tagged 'HR communications'

Recruiting and Staffing

The Important Design Components of a “Buddy” Hiring Program

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Second of two parts

As I told you here yesterday (see Few Recruiting Tools Work Better Than a “‘Buddy Hire” Program), the buddy hire approach is where you offer to hire your target star candidate and a close colleague or friend of theirs as a package deal.

This is an amazingly effective recruiting strategy simply because most of us do have a close colleague or friend who we’ve always wanted to work with.

But, buddy hire programs work best if they are designed to avoid the naturally occurring problems associated with hiring any friend. Read more…

Legal Issues

Here’s Why You Need to Take All Forms of Discrimination Seriously

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By Eric B. Meyer

Here are 100,000 reasons to take all forms of discrimination seriously. And, that includes discrimination against men.

Remember my January post about the EEOC suing Ruby Tuesday, alleging that the restaurant chain discriminated against male employees for temporary assignments? Well, that case just settled for $100K!

But, wait! There’s more… Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Will You Be Forced to Pay Overtime For Employee Smartphone Use?

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By Eric B. Meyer

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

(I’m pretty sure that was from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

This week, in The Wall Street Journal, I read Lauren Weber’s article Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email? And the answer is yes, provided that you are a non-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the time you spend answering that email is more than a few minutes a week. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

5 Ways You Can Proactively Work to Improve Your Employee Retention

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.8 million people quit their jobs in March 2015, putting it back to pre-recession levels.

This is expected to accelerate as employees grow more confident in the economy amid a rising number of job openings.

That’s why employee retention should really worry companies, from a talent drain perspective and from a competitive standpoint. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Should Employers Keep Time Records For Exempt Employees?

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By John E. Thompson

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption?

At the risk of giving the proverbial “lawyer’s answer,” it depends. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

A Good Look Into Referrals and Why You Must Treat Candidates Right

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There is a robust conversation in the talent arena about the “candidate experience,” led largely by Gerry Crispin and Elaine Orler, founders of the Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards (#CandE).

There are lots of opinions about whether ensuring that candidates for hire have a high quality experience is meaningful. Some think the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. But I think most believe treating candidates like consumers is smart business. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

8 Signs That You’re Probably Stuck in a Talent Time Warp

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Just because the economy has rebounded from the Great Recession doesn’t mean that your talent mentality has also rebounded.

Here are eight (8) signs you and your organization may be stuck in a talent time warp: Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Some 58,000 Reasons Telework Could Be a Reasonable Accommodation

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By Eric B. Meyer

Telework is among the array of possible reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that may enable an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Now, as a federal appellate court confirmed last month, there are situations in which telework is not a reasonable accommodation; namely, where attendance and face time are essential functions of the job. But, other times, telecommuting may be just what the doctor ordered.

When employers try to play the role of doctor, well, that’s when problems ensue. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Here’s Why Your Company Should Offer Paid Maternity Leave

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As technology continues to improve, the world seems to be getting smaller.

More and more businesses are becoming international, whether it’s about doing business with or employing folks in other countries. One of the practices that always jumps out to me when working with international companies is how they handle maternity leave.

One of my international partners recently had a baby girl. Had she lived in the U.S. she would have most likely been out a few weeks (maybe less) and chances are she would have used up all of her vacation time, and might have been lucky enough to have Short Term Disability Insurance to cover a percentage of her pay. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Managers and Executives? They Just Need to Stop and Talk to Each Other

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I work as a business advisor to executives, and in doing so also I often also have one-on-one conversations with their direct reports.

I can’t count how many times, though I am having confidential conversations with each of them, I am left thinking, “Do you two ever talk to each other?

They often are in violent agreement about how they feel about what needs to be done, and what role each of them should play in doing it. But to talk to either of them you’d think that they lived on different planets. Read more…