Articles tagged 'HR trends'

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

Retention and Reward: Struggling With the Consequences

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Employee retention is a double-edged sword.

According to Merriam Webster, in addition to being a sword with two sharp edges, this is defined as something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences.

That’s about right. Read more…

HR Technology

Technology Insights: Yes, Career Planning Software is Hard to Do

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We all have a good idea what applicant tracking, performance management and learning management software does. However, at least to me, it is not as clear what career planning software does.

I spoke to Anne Fulton at Fuel50 about this and one of her first comments was that career development was one of the top three drivers of employee engagement.

That pretty much nails half the reason for my interest in the software; the other half of my interest is driven by the knowledge that career planning is incredibly hard to do. The accounting supervisor may look up at the accounting manager job but if that manager isn’t going anywhere then career development may seem to be an idle dream. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

City of Austin Shows the Wrong Way to Handle “Ban the Box”

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Question: What do you get when you combine “ban the box” compliance with utterly idiotic hiring practices? (I know I’m supposed to be diplomatic but no can do in this instance.)

Answer: Ask the city of Austin, Texas, who hired a six-time convict to work in their public library — and who just plead guilty to attempted indecency with a child.

Before we dig into the details, let me show you the resume (see: rap sheet) of said employee, Joe Heath, brought with him to the Austin Public library where he would come in regular contact with the public, including children. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Screening Candidates on Social Media: 5 Keys in Doing It Effectively

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Should you use social media to screen candidates?

The answer in most cases is YES, but you should also be careful when doing so.

According to a survey conducted by Reppler, 91 percent of businesses are already using social media, in some form, to review candidates. Since most companies appear to be doing so already, the question really becomes, how to effectively use social media without putting your business at risk. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Unemployed Job Hunters

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By Eric B. Meyer

A bill that would have made it illegal for New Jersey companies to refuse to hire a job candidate because of his/her employment status is dead for now.

Last week, New Jersey banned the box.

However, Bob Jordan over at the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reports here that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has put the kibosh on a bill that would essentially make “unemployment” a protected class, like race, religion, national origin and others protected under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The 10 Mistakes You Never Want to Make in HR

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I thought it was time that I randomly start listing mistakes we make in human resources and letting those coming into HR know what not to do.

So, here you go, enjoy!

These are the 10 mistakes you don’t want to ever make in HR: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Good Places to Find Good Candidates – For Free

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The smartest recruiters build relationships with intelligent, potential candidates even before there is a role that needs filling.

As competitive as the recruitment market can be, there are places where you can find potential candidates for free, you just need to be proactive about investing the time it may take to do so.

You don’t need to target paid job sites to find smart people who are looking for employment, there are plenty of other places you can locate them. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

The Legacy of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time

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By Howard Mavity

I love reading The Economist and they justified my appreciation with an Aug. 9 obituary on Warren Bennis, who they rightly described as “the world’s most important thinker on the subject that business leaders care about more than any other: themselves.”

I cannot do a better job than this article in describing this thoughtful and ethical man’s contributions to business theory, to leadership, and to the question of “what things matter the most?”

Is there any quality more wanting in business and government today than effective leadership? Whether I write about safety, legal compliance, avoiding discrimination claims or developing a successful workplace culture, I come back to the need for real leadership. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

What Do You Do When Creating Change Backfires?

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Creating change in the workplace? Your employees better be engaged first.

Creating change within the work environment can be a difficult task. Often, the employees who most need to reassess their habits are the ones who are the most resistant to HR and management’s efforts to introduce some new energy and perspective into office operations.

What’s more, the need for change isn’t always on the micro level, with a single member or particular subset of staff. Companies occasionally find they need to reevaluate the entirety of their work cultures, and in those cases, the complexity of the undertaking becomes even greater. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Not Paying Employees On Time? It’s Considered an FLSA Violation

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By John E. Thompson

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims underscores important propositions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to the effect that:

  • Failing to pay non-exempt employees the FLSA-required minimum-wage or overtime compensation by the next regular payday for the workweek (or by the next regular payday for the longer pay-period in which the workweek ends) after they can be determined violates the FLSA, and
  • Such violations give rise to claims under the FLSA for “liquidated damages,” even if the employee is later paid the underlying required wages. Read more…