Articles tagged 'HR trends'

Rewards & Recognition

The Power of Thanks Is in Us All, If We’re Willing to Share It

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I benefit from my job in the same ways most people do. I earn a paycheck that pays for a roof over my head and food in my belly.

But because my company is focused on creating cultures of recognition and appreciation through the Power of Thanks, I also benefit from both being encouraged to share my gratitude for my peers and their work in a direct and meaningful way as well as receiving similar recognition myself.

And then there’s a third benefit of the work I get to do. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When It Comes Right Down to It, HR Doesn’t Care About Your Problems

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HR doesn’t care about your work-life balance.

Well, that’s harsh. They care, but they have problems of their own.

Human resources departments have undergone a transformation. They are agile, data-driven, and aligned with the executive agenda. Employee advocacy, when it happens, happens because it benefits the company’s bottom line. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

4 Incredibly Common Hiring Mistakes — and How to Prevent Them

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Hiring right is one of the most important decisions a company can make.

Hire the right person and you increase productivity and retention. Hire the wrong person and you increase turnover, decrease productivity and waste a lot of time and money.

Here are some common hiring mistakes most companies make — and how you can avoid them: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Is HR Simply Too Snooty for Its Own Good?

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A friend (let’s call her Jeanine) phoned the other day with some great news and some not-so-great news.

The great news: She applied for an HR consultancy with a large, well-known consulting group and was accepted into the fold.

The not-so-great news: She wasn’t certain she was good enough.

Orientation for the new gig found Jeanine surrounded by fancy-degreed HR pros who’d worked at big-name, global companies while sporting impressive job titles. It was “Dr. this at Fortune 500 that” in the C-Suite all the way. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Hiring is Getting Harder: Time-to-Fill Average at Highest Level in 15 Years

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The national time-to-fill average rose in February to the highest level in 15 years.

Sponsored by the career sites publisher Dice Holdings, the Dice-DFH Vacancy Duration Measure says it took an average of 26.8 working days to fill jobs in February. In January, according to the report, the average (as revised) was 25.7 working days.

“We are continuing to see signs of a tightening labor market,” said Michael Durney, president and CEO of Dice Holdings. “ Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

Some Answers to HR Technology Questions No One Else Is Asking

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I love finding new sources of information that shine a light on how organizations can achieve better business results through better people practices.

This month I found a new source – although the principals are old friends – that is going to make important contributions in the use of HR technology in the improvement of business outcomes.

If you haven’t heard of Key Interval Research, you most certainly have heard of John Sumser and William Tincup, the founders and principal analysts. And if you haven’t seen the first of their monthly research reports, let me introduce you to The Ideal Vendor Relationship. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When an Employee Tosses Banana Peels and Claims Discrimination

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By Eric B. Meyer

Where do I find these cases I write about, you ask? I ain’t telling.

But seriously, this case (Ennis v. Del. Transit. Corp.) isn’t so much about the particular facts …

  • White employee tosses banana peels at work.
  • Black employees complain of racism. Read more…
HR Technology, Talent Management

The Growing Issue of “Clopening”: Do You Have the Tools to Deal With It?

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In many industries, particularly retail, automated workforce management tools have been used for decades to assign workers to shifts/tasks, to log their hours, and to pay them correctly.

But the truth is that simply taking care of business might not be enough.

Employees are more than data points on a computer – they are people with lives and families outside of work, and they need to be managed with care. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Labor Dept. Says Again: No More Opinions For Employers on the FLSA

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By John E. Thompson

From the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s inception in 1938, employers sought, and officials of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division provided, official written explanations of how that law works in particular situations.

These “opinion letters” served as an important means by which the public could develop a clearer understanding of what FLSA compliance entailed.

The then-over-70-year practice of issuing opinions ended in March 2010. Now, in a presentation to the American Bar Association, current Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil has said that the Division will not resume the issuance of opinion letters. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Here’s Why You Should Never Put “Health Reasons” on a Termination Form

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By Eric B. Meyer

Happy Monday, everyone.

Glad to see I didn’t break some of your content filters on Friday with my filthy NLRB post. But, hey, just another day in the interesting life of an employment lawyer/HR professional, right?

Today, I bring you a very simple lesson, courtesy of the Philadelphia-based Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, from right here in my backyard. Read more…