Articles tagged 'HR communications'

Legal Issues

What Is Work? The Supreme Court’s Decision Will Sort It Out

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By Carolyn A. Pellegrini

“I have to go to work.” “Work was tough today.” “I don’t get paid enough for the work I do.”

We make these or similar statements, and we’ve all heard them. But what do they mean? What is “work”?

Recall that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to compensate employees for “work.” As set forth in the Portal-to-Portal Act, employers need not compensate employees for preliminary and post-liminary activities unless such activities were “integral and indispensable” to a worker’s main activities.

That’s completely clear, right? Wrong. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: It’s Smart to Anticipate the Needs of New Hires

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Put yourself in the role of a new hire.

You are going to start a new job in a week or two and, while the anticipation builds, you wonder about all kinds of things and think of a lot of questions.

As that person’s new manager, you can turn that anticipation into a positive onboarding experience that starts the relationship off on best foot possible, if you will: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

If Google Doesn’t Care About Hiring Top Graduates, Should You?

From the HR blog at TLNT.

By all other accounts, you probably aim to hire the best people for your organization.

This includes targeting those who went to elite universities, were top of their class, and come with a bevy of recommendations from professors and advisors. But, do top grads always equate to the best workers? Not according to Google.

In a recent  conversation with the The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, outlined what Google really cares about when it comes to hiring — and it has nothing to do with going to a top-tier school or earning a perfect SAT score. In fact, Bock asserted that students who traditionally have an “easier” time earning top grades are taught to rely on their talent, which makes it hard to fail gracefully. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Here’s What Great Employers REALLY Do

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I’ve been thinking a lot about great employers lately, probably because I attended the Great Place to Work annual conference in New Orleans last week, and, because I came across this blog post at HBR with this intriguing title — Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don’t).

After hearing two days of great employers from organizations honored as a Great Place to Work talk about what made them so great, I thought this list was a nice underpinning to all they had to say. Read more…

Global HR, Legal Issues

Hong Kong: Workplace Policies That Embrace the Best of East AND West

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By Alice Wang

Hong Kong is not just a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia with soaring towers and enigmatic business opportunities; it also embraces traditions and honors family-oriented values.

Following my earlier article on Employment and Workplace Challenges in Hong Kong, let’s discuss some of the practical implications and recent developments in Hong Kong’s employment arena. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

There’s Something About Harry: Portrait of a Great Leader & Manager

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When you’re in a position of power — whether a manager or a parent — you say things and do things that have a huge impact on those with less power.

You can have a huge impact, for better or worse, without knowing it.

That’s because when you’re in a position of power and you have a negative effect on others, you are rarely let in on the secret. Read more…

Talent Management

Employee Engagement: Managing in the Big Leagues

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26)

In a sure sign that Spring is finally here, another season of Major League Baseball is in full swing.

For everyone officially back to work — players, coaches, umpires, etc. — this is the start of a long six months (Major League Baseball clubs typically receive 3-4 off days a month, or roughly 20 each season).

We’ve discussed how NFL players’ determination stems from their internal desire to be not just great, but among the elite. This isn’t to suggest that baseball players are any less motivated, but they need to withstand the demands of 162 games and living out of a suitcase from March to October to perform their best on the field. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Pixar and the Secrets of Managing Creative People

Creativity Inc

If you don’t find Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. difficult, you are not reading it right.

The book is an engaging and easy to read story; however its best lessons are subtle and challenging.

Catmull is co-founder of Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc. He has a keen interest in simple, well-informed insights. His thoughtful revelation is that simple well-informed insights often lead you astray. Read more…

HR Insights

What Do You Do If You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss?

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So what if your boss is the person you don’t get along with? It’s like we just don’t click, and neither of us is talking about it. Should I be the one who brings it up? Wait until my boss does? Or just go look for another job?”

These questions about communicating with the boss are some of the most frequent issues trainers hear from learners in our interpersonal skills programs.

The answer? Like so many other things, it depends.

Here’s the qualifying question: In most situations, does your boss seem like an emotionally stable person? If so, then give open, direct communication a chance to work. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: Operations vs. HR, or Why Old Techniques Still Have Value

HR Technology

I recently bumped into software aimed at call center operations.

Normally, that is outside my scope, however this software, Snowfly, was all about incentivizing workers using what we would now call gamification. In this sense the operations folks in call centers have developed a gamified solution to an HR need long before HR got hip to gamification.

In HR, the needs of managers and professionals often dominate our thinking, and what it takes to motivate managers can be quite different from motivating a call center worker. Read more…