Articles tagged 'HR management'

Rewards & Recognition

What’s a Lapel Pin? A Recognition Award That Millennials Just Don’t Get

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I had coffee with a group of friends last Sunday morning. One friend is a 25-year-old who works at one of the well-known Silicon Valley high tech companies.

We were all talking about our lives — kids, jobs, dogs — and I brought up the fact that I had been in Las Vegas recently for business.

I told them that a colleague and I had been there working with a company on their Service Awards program. Prior to our meeting, we walked through the facility asking workers how they felt about the company’s service anniversary awards program and what rewards they had received recently. Read more…

Talent Management

Employee Entitlement: It’s More Than Just a Generational Issue

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If you are a person who enjoys peace and serenity, you don’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, nor do you whisper “bomb” when going through airport security.

And unless you want to incite a riot, you’d better not let the word “entitled” slip out around a business owner, manager, or employer.

Regardless of how Webster’s defines it, in the minds of many adults the “e” word evokes the painful confrontations they’ve experienced with kids/students/employees who have been dealt with fairly, but have acted out as if they have been mistreated and are deserving of more. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The No. 1 Reason You Want Happy Workers? It Boosts Your Bottom Line

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We all know that happy employees are much more productive and creative at their jobs than their unhappy counterparts. Yet, according to Gallup, unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by nearly 2-1 odds in the U.S.

With workplace productivity, employee satisfaction and overall office culture on the line, many companies are paying more attention to the importance of delighting their employees.

Why focus on employee happiness? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Feds Warn Employers Not to Dump Sick Workers From Health Plans

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As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama Administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.

Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued this month.

Brokers and consultants have been offering to save large employers money by shifting workers with expensive conditions such as hepatitis or hemophilia into insurance marketplace exchanges established by the health law, Kaiser Health News reported last May. Read more…

Benefits, Legal Issues

EEOC to Offer Employers Guidance on Wellness Programs

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By Eric B. Meyer

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is obsessed with wellness programs.

Or, as the EEOC likes to describe them “‘so-called’ wellness programs.” And not in a “yay, so-called wellness programs are super” kinda way.

No, in recent months, the EEOC has initiated litigation against companies (example, example, example) claiming that they violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act (GINA) by both requiring medical examination and penalizing employees who decline to participate. Read more…

Talent Management

When Your Team Meetings Become Like Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is a time for family.

We have the eccentric uncle or an unpredictable cousin, but they are family. We enjoy the day and take a deep breath knowing we only see Uncle Buck once per year.

But, if you have the same eccentric characters playing key roles on your team, it’s not that easy. And, it’s every day.

Recognize individual habits that impact everyone. Your team is counting on you. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

What’s the Rush? How to Make Hiring a Temp as Efficient as Possible

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You need to move fast when you’re a hiring manager looking to fill a temporary position because candidates often end up with multiple offers.

In today’s labor market you can’t afford to drag out the process for multiple days or even weeks because you will lose top candidates.

Here are four (4) ways you can speed up the hiring process. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

25 Jobs to Target If You Have a Hire to Hurt Recruiting Strategy

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If you want to maximize the amount of “hurt” you do to a competitor with a “Hire to Hurt” (or H2H for short) strategy as described yesterday (in The Boldest Recruiting Strategy You Could Possibly Engage In), you certainly cannot just randomly select your hiring targets.

And although every company is different, you should focus on targeting individuals to recruit who are hard to replace, those who are innovators, those that now hold or will soon hold leadership positions, and those that have “future skills” that will be extremely valuable in one year to 18 months.

You should also realize that whoever you target, the ones that the managers at your competitors fight the hardest to keep are the ones that you really want. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Study: CHROs Are Crucial Allies For the CEO — and, Potential Successors

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The Korn Ferry Institute recently released a report that looks at the leadership traits of “best-in-class” executives, and the important relationship between Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.

The report CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors (authored by Dave Ulrich and Ellie Filler) confirms that for C-suite roles technical skills are just a fraction of what makes for successful leadership, and that executives in the top 10 percent of pay for their function tend to have leadership styles that motivate employees, develop future leaders, and create appropriate cultures. Read more…

HR Management

Tech Insights: Reducing Technology to a Yes or No Proposition

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One of themes in this years’ HR Tech conference in Las Vegas was that vendors were more inclined to say their software was simple rather than say it was powerful.

The winner of my “simplest in show” award is Celpax whose product is a pair of buttons: “Yes” and “No.” When employees leave work they are asked “Did you have a good day?” and press the appropriate button.

This is assessment is reminiscent of the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion where evil space aliens insisted on asking the simple Yes/No question “Are you an effective team?”

Of course, Celpax isn’t run by space aliens, it’s run by Swedes, however the company has hit upon the same powerful idea: That a single critical question captures most of what you need to know. Read more…