Articles tagged 'HR trends'

HR News & Trends, Leadership

Yes, Sometimes Good Guys Actually Finish First

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The good guys — companies that are good to employees, to customers and to their communities — keep winning.

That’s the hopeful news we found as we compiled the latest Good Company Index report.

The Good Company Index (GCI) assesses companies on their performance as employers, sellers and as stewards of the planet and communities. We created the original GCI metric as a feature of our book Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era. 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…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Costco’s Call: Why Staying Closed on Thanksgiving is a Good Idea

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Last year, Costco took a controversial stand by refusing to stay open during Thanksgiving, citing the need to dispel the trend of retailers opening earlier and earlier on the busiest shopping days of the season.

Wal-Mart, for instance, is open 24/7 (except Christmas), and will ask 1 million employees to show up to work on Thanksgiving. Kmart and Macy’s are also asking employees to come in at 6 am and 6 pm respectively on Thanksgiving Day, jumping ahead of their usual midnight Black Friday opening.

Kmart will remain open for 42 hours straight afterward — yikes. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Troubling Questions After Record $185 Million Discrimination Award

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By Ashley Manfull

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that a former female manager of AutoZone can keep a record-breaking $185 million punitive damages award on her claims of pregnancy-related harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in Juarez v. AutoZone Stores, Inc.

In 2008, Ms. Juarez filed her complaint against AutoZone, alleging the company had a culture of discriminating against and refusing to promote female employees to management positions. Ms. Juarez was promoted to parts sales manager in 2004 after she complained about lack of promotion opportunities and threatened to sue the company. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: With So Much Research to Read, You Gotta Pick and Choose

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Most weeks, I get as many as a dozen whitepapers, research findings, survey results, and other polls and related data.

Most of it is focused on talent management and HR, but sometimes, I’ll get something sent to me that is so far out-of-bounds for the TLNT audience that I have to wonder why someone wasted their time sending it along,

Some of the research I get is pretty good, some head-shakingly bad, but a lot is distinctly mediocre and not particularly memorable, with little insight or sharp analysis. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

3 Things to Help Hold on to Recent College Graduates

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In many ways, recent college graduates are the perfect candidates to hire. They’re young, fresh, and willing to learn.

However, they also come with a problem: Most recent grads don’t stay with an organization very long.

A new study by America Employed found that 77 percent of franchises surveyed said they expected new graduates to leave within a year. This can be frustrating to hiring managers, who have to continuously find new talent, as well as being costly for the organization (they’re constantly having to onboard and train, and high turnover hurts productivity). Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

FMLA Interference: It’s Telling an Employee “Don’t Die at the Desk”

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By Eric B. Meyer

Telling an employee returning from open-heart surgery, “Don’t die at the desk” is bad. Very bad.

Also, threatening to drag that employee outside and throw him in a ditch isn’t good either.

Yeah, that may fracture a law or two. I’m thinking the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Heck, even the Taliban would frown on that. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…

TLNT Events

At NASA, Failure is the Most Crucial Component of Innovation

Jeri Buchholz

When it comes to taking risks, NASA — America’s space agency — is probably near the top of the list.

And, it underlies the organization’s vision, which is this: “To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.”

Yes, NASA is probably the ultimate high performance workforce. That’s why Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer and Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will be a keynote speaker at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB: Employees’ Profane Facebook Comments Aren’t Protected Activity

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By Suellen Oswald

After years of National Labor Relations Board decisions protecting employees’ profanity-laced tirades and outright threats against management in social media stream-of-consciousness posts, the Board recently said “no.”

In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, the NLRB upheld the administrative law judge’s decision that two employees’ Facebook plan for insubordination veered into the land of “unprotected” activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

At the close of the school year, employees of a teen center anonymously submitted the pros and cons of working at the center. The cons included mistreatment by management, lack of appreciation, failure to act on employee suggestions, and lack of clarity on policies controlling employee expenditures. Read more…