Articles tagged 'HR communications'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is OSHA’s Temp Worker Initiative Foreshadowing Things To Come?

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I support OSHA’s temporary worker focus. Employers need to take more steps to ensure that temporary employees don’t fall through the cracks and do not receive adequate safety training.

However, employers should also make long-term plans based on what the initiative tells us more broadly about where workplace enforcement is heading.

Let’s break our discussion into two subjects: Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

The Challenges in Merging Different Company Cultures

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Mercer periodically puts out terrific infographics summarizing research around a particular topic. The most recent is “People Issues Affect M&A Transactions More Than Ever” (see it below or click through here).

Notice in particular the last two charts showing how neglected company culture is during M&A, with these two major takeaways.

1. Culture most neglected across the board

The red chart shows nearly all regions of the world agree culture is largely ignored during the M&A process. This is detrimental not only post-M&A, but during as well. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Managerial Malpractice, or Why You Just Can’t Ignore Employees

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

We’re all leaders in the workplace.

Whether you manage a small, medium, or large staff, or are solely responsible for your own conduct during the work day, you are a leader. Others are watching, learning, and evaluating everything you do and say, whether they report to you or not.

Leadership boils down to the choices you make about treating others and leading by example through your behavior. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How Do You Compare Business Results to Employee Engagement?

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Organizations struggle to quantify the impact engaged employees have on business results.

Intuitively, it’s a no-brainer — engaged employees cost less and produce more. It’s that simple.

Many studies and reports support that hunch: engaged companies have stronger levels of profitability, and retain their employees.

So, why do most organizations have difficulty quantifying that impact? Much of it is because of the process. Read more…

Talent Management

Your Employees Need to Know You Really Can Handle the Truth

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Do you remember that classic Jack Nicholson scene in A Few Good Men when he bellows at Tom Cruise’s character, You can’t handle the truth!”

Your new hires need to believe that YOU can handle the truth, but only if…

… you want to learn specifically how to raise employee engagement in your organization so it is above the dismal levels most employers experience.

If you want to identify the real sources of employee turnover and the “New Hire Honeymoon Is Over Blues,” your employees need to get the following messages loud and clear: Read more…

Leadership

Management Mumbo Jumbo: Words Leaders Use to Shun Accountability

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Words can clarify or confuse.

A favorite pastime of mine is to watch politicians or corporate CEOs squirm when asked straightforward questions on sensitive issues.

Accountability can be tough; the language of leadership is not for the faint-hearted.

Here are some of the top code words and phrases that contribute to the growing cynicism in today’s workplace: Read more…

Leadership

How Leaders Can Just Say No to Their Inner Control Freak

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Having a forceful personality provides certain advantages in a competitive workplace. It can help you work your way up the ladder more quickly than you otherwise might.

But fair warning: if your favorite management slogan is “my way or the highway,” expect a few delays in your drive to the top.

You can survive with this attitude, but nobody loves a control freak. Read more…

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

Independent Contractor Compliance: What Employers Need to Consider

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Independent workers – whether they’re called independent contractors, freelancers or the self-employed – continue to be a significant factor in the American economy.

According to Randstad’s Workforce 360 study, 43 percent of the workforce says they are interested in pursuing non-traditional work arrangements, and more than 2.6 million workers are already living the “free agent” lifestyle.

Government agencies at the Federal and State level have noticed this movement. Various agencies on both levels are now targeting this population through legislative efforts and increased audits. Read more…

Classic TLNT

How Not to Get Sued For April Foolishness in the Workplace

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Editor’s note: This popular post from 2013 seemed appropriate to bring back today.

There’s a distinct possibility that some of your employees will do something foolish today that could get you sued, fired or worse.

To help prevent that from happening, the following is our handy How Not to Get Sued for April Foolishness.

The April Fools’ Hall of Shame

Death. Serious injury. Emotional distress. Massive lawsuits. All have resulted from workplace pranks gone bad. Here are just a few examples: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, It’s Time to Finally Bid the HR Generalist Goodbye

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I do not have time for LinkedIn or any of that, but I DO make time for my pedicures. Super serious HR lady at #gbrshrm.”

This was one that I saw posted last when someone was asking what HR could do that would create more employee engagement. The big answer: “company picnic.”

Robin Schooling’s posted the comment the other day concerning an HR person who told her that she does not have time for LinkedIn and other stuff, but she makes time for pedicures. Both these Facebook comments give insight into the mess that HR finds itself in today. Read more…