By Eric B. Meyer
Now, let’s talk about notice under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Specifically, in those situations in which an employee doesn’t use the letters F-M-L-A, what can that employee say or do to still qualify for leave?
Well, in Festerman v. County of Wayne, a police officer left work one day with chest pains and shortness of breath and was transported to the hospital. Five days later, he returned to work and submitted an incident report, which was passed along to both HR and Benefits Administration. Read more…
It is clear why open floor plans are so popular in offices today. They bring people together to collaborate in ways that just weren’t possible in the cubicle mazes of the past.
In theory, an open office plan stimulates connections between employees and productive cooperation that can support a vibrant, high-performance culture.
In practice, though, an open office design can struggle with an important detail — how do you reward managers without taking them out of the collaborative environment? Read more…
Second of two parts
Yesterday, I listed 10 reasons why turnover might actually be a good thing and why you might not necessarily want to keep long tenured employees.
As I pointed out, you need to step back and think about it: Should all employees be kept or just the ones who currently and in the future produce high value?
In particular, should the employees with the most tenure be automatically kept, even though they may be expensive, and in some cases, they may be one of the primary roadblocks to corporate change? Read more…
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.
By Diane J. Gherson
It isn’t often that a group of professionals can say with confidence that they stand at an important moment in history. This is one such moment for HR.
If that sounds like overreach, step back and consider the moment in which we find ourselves today. Over the past decade, we have seen the convergence of three historic shifts that are reshaping business and technology. They are: Read more…
Employees are arguably one of the most important assets to a business. The performance of employees affects a business’ bottom line.
Employee benefits are an incentive for most employees to accept a position and work with a level of dedication that will benefit all. A generous benefits package also give the employee a sense of good will passed on from employer to employee and gives them a sense of belonging at a particular company.
Offering generous employee benefits such as tuition reimbursement, telecommuting, paid vacations, sick time, profit sharing, etc. will increase the overall happiness of employees and happy employees are productive employees! Read more…
You’ve just hired someone for a management position.
That someone happens to be an employee who’s been working for your company for the past three years. Since they’re well-versed in how the company does things, they don’t need to go through a formal onboarding process, right?
Wrong. Read more…
I was appalled when I reviewed a new client’s hiring system.
It turns out that it was designed by their legal department. While it went to extremes to ensure no illegal questions were asked, not one thing about it helped its users make good hiring decisions.
The upshot, of course, is that while this employer is unlikely to be sued for discrimination in the hiring process, they are by far more likely to be sued for the misdoings of an substandard employee (an unreliable or unsafe worker who never should have been hired in the first place). Read more…
To get back to Kansas, Dorothy never had to jump through all the death-defying hoops the Wizard put her through.
She had everything she needed (ruby slippers) from the very beginning. All she lacked was the understanding of how to unlock their magical powers.
Since they began making their way into the workforce in the late 1990’s, business leaders, owners, and managers have been trying to figure out how to drive performance from their enigmatic Millennial employees. As arduous and mysterious as this challenge has been hyped up to be, the answer is surprisingly simple. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap has been pre-empted by spring conference travel season. It will return soon.
By Eric B. Meyer
Folks, let me give you little free Friday HR pro tip:
If a female employee complains to a female manager that another male manager is sexually harassing her, it’s not OK for the female manager to respond thusly,
“He’s a guy and you work with guys. Ignore it and smile.” Read more…
I have been working with a client lately to help them understand their engagement survey results.
The numbers are easy to read and see where scores increased or decreased, but numbers don’t tell the whole story.
To get the stories behind the number, I have been hosting employee focus groups to hear what is on employees’ minds that is impacting their engagement and work satisfaction. And boy, have they told me what is on their minds! Read more…