Articles tagged 'HR management'

Global HR, Talent Management

Making Sure to Properly Take Care of Employees Assigned Abroad

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By Danielle Urban

So your company is expanding and, for the first time, you’ll be sending key employees abroad to work in other markets.

While the opportunities for expansion may appear limitless, so is your potential liability for failing to protect your employees from the myriad problems they may face while traveling on business.

While some risks may appear obvious, such as the Ebola virus in West Africa, or kidnapping in Syria or fighting in Ukraine, there are other, less obvious risks such as an employee falling in the shower or suffering from a poisonous insect bite. In addition to personal safety risks, your employee could face border hassles or even detention for failing to have the proper travel documents, vaccinations or visas. Read more…

HR Management

10 Tips for Successfully Influencing Change

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Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.

Most of us would agree, and we may even be tempted to add that the increased pace and velocity of change in modern business is rapidly becoming an exhausting and debilitating “constant” as well.

But what can be done? Are we destined to be helpless pawns in the relentless transformations occurring all around us? Or are there guideposts to help us navigate change? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New York City Prohibits Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

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Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill that makes it unlawful for employers to request or use a job applicant’s credit history for employment purposes as part of their background screening practices.

Intro Bill 261-A amends the City’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions. The bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and will be effective 120 days following approval.

The City Council created a limited set of exemptions for sensitive positions (see below), however it’s worth noting that these exemptions are much more narrow than those provided in similar state laws. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Beginning Tomorrow, Google Starts Rewarding Mobile-Friendly Websites

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Sometime on April 21 your website, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page 2, 3 or worse.

Tomorrow is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.”  Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana Without Employment Protections

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By Dale L. Deitchler

With the enactment of “Haleigh’s Hope Act” last week, Georgia became the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use.

The Act, which became effectively immediately upon signature by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, legalizes such use under Georgia law in connection with nine specified medical conditions, including end-stage cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s, and sickle cell disease. Read more…

HR Insights, News

A Key to Career Success: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

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When I heard you speak I was shaking in my boots, because tomorrow, I am scheduled to speak after your presentation. Is there any way to put me on behind someone else?” he said jokingly.

I was asked about this change a few months back when I was the chair of the HR Summit in Bahrain. Just a few weeks ago, I made a presentation to The Human Resources Forum in Dubai (THRF), and as one of the attendees was leaving she said, “you make everything so clear and you are the best speaker that we have ever had here at the Forum.”

Since arriving here in the Middle East, I was fortunate to get on the HR speaker circuit. As of last week, I have spoken at about 25 events either as a keynote, conference chair, panel leader, or master class presenter. I have traveled from Africa to Turkey and all over the Middle East. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Positioning Yourself For Interview Success

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Comfortable people will tell you almost anything. Uncomfortable people will tell you almost nothing at all.

This is why creating the proper interview environment – mentally and physically – means doing whatever you can to ensure the candidates relax because only comfortable applicants will give you the information you need to make the best decision: Read more…

Talent Management

How to Make Your Employees Happy — and Avoid Losing Them

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Keeping talent in-house is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today.

Americans are finally more confident with the state of the economy, and that’s causing more people to leave their jobs in search of other opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, November 2014 saw around 2.5 million people quit their jobs. But what does that mean for you? Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

HR Basics: How to Reduce Chronic Employee Absenteeism

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Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap is off on assignment. It will return shortly.

Employee absenteeism is more than just an inconvenience – it’s costly to employers.

Of course, all employees will get sick and need time off from work occasionally.

Employee attendance, however, is often affected by issues unrelated to illness. Chronic absenteeism can be caused by a number of factors, including poor management, high stress, and low employee morale. Read more…

Talent Management

When Millennials Are In Control of their Careers, Everybody Wins

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The burn out rate among business consultants is sky high.

Although firms pay big starting salaries to young MBA’s, accountants, and engineers, the excessive travel demands that come with the paycheck can get real old — real fast.

That’s precisely why Vynamic, an 80 (plus) person health care consultancy based in Philadelphia, stands out among its competitors. Ranked the No. 1 most prestigious boutique consulting firm in the U.S. by IvyExec.com in early 2015 and the No. 5 overall best small firm to work for in the U.S. by Consulting Magazine, Vynamic has gone beyond paying competitive salaries. Read more…