Articles tagged 'HR trends'

Benefits, HR News & Trends

What Is a Full-Time Employee? Senate Panel Hears It’s Not 30 Hours a Week

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

During the first employment-related hearing conducted Friday by the new Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senators and panelists debated whether the Affordable Care Act‘s definition of “full-time” employment should be amended.

Under the health care law’s employer responsibility requirements, employers with at least 100 full-time or full-time equivalent employees are now required to provide health insurance meeting certain ACA standards to their full-time employees or pay a penalty.

For employers with 50 to 100 full-time employees, this pay-or-play employer mandate becomes effective in 2016. The ACA considers a worker “full time” if he or she works 30 hours or more per week, instead of the customary 40 per week. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

S. Carolina Banning State Employees From Using Social Media at Work

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By Eric B. Meyer

One state is banning personal use of social media at work.Wait, seriously?

Yep. No employee of the State of South Carolina will be allowed to use social media on the job, “unless specifically required by the agency to perform a job function.”

Cassie Cope at TheState.com first reported this news. According to the State Employee Code of Conduct Task Force report, the new rule is designed to provide “clear, easy to understand guidance to state employees and will provide the public with greater trust and confidence in state government” and to curtail waste of state resources. Read more…

HR News & Trends

From Our New Chief Analyst: Get Ready to Rock the Boat With Me

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Dear Colleagues,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rob McIntosh, and I am the new Chief Analyst with ERE Media (which includes ERE, SourceCon, TLNT, and The Fordyce Letter).

I have been a sourcing and recruiting leader for more than 18 years (covering 30 plus countries), most recently as head of Talent Acquisition with McKesson. Some of you might be scratching your heads wondering — “Why would a guy trade corporate life with the likes of McKesson, Avanade, Deloitte, and Microsoft to join ERE Media as its Chief Analyst?Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: The 15 Scariest Issues Employers Are Facing This Year

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Who can possibly resist something that touts the Scariest Employment Challenges of 2015: 15 Issues Employers Cannot Afford to Ignore?

Not me. This is something I can really dig my teeth into, and it is an annual survey report put together by XpertHR, the website that provides online compliance tools and guidance for HR professionals.

It’s also a pretty good analysis of workplace trends, and that’s important to remember despite the provocative title. As I pointed out when I wrote about this report last year, I get lots of surveys and reports that have ominous-sounding titles, but most don’t hold up to focused scrutiny. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Thing That Job Seekers Really Do Wrong

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

I was asked recently by a job seeker: “How do I zero in positions that I’m qualified for and, those that I will be challenged by?” (and a shout out to Michael Kubica, MBA for the question).

After going back and forth with Mike, I think the question is really: “How do I get a job that will use my skills and that I will actually find interesting?

Most people don’t really want to be “challenged” – they use the word “challenged” or “challenging,” but when push comes to shove, what most people want is a job where they feel like their contributions are valuable to the organization, and, they’re using the skills they are best at. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Five Great Out-of-the-Box Ways to Engage Your Employees

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It’s no secret that employee engagement drives productivity in the workplace.

In fact, organizations with a high level of engagement reported having 21 percent higher productivity, according to research by Gallup.

In an effort to create an engaging company culture that both boosts productivity in the workplace and creates loyal employees, companies are choosing to adopt new, unique ways of keeping their workers satisfied and engaged while at work. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Same-Sex Couples Now Must Marry to Get Employer Health Benefits

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Until recently, same-sex couples could not legally marry. Now, some are finding they must wed if they want to keep their partner’s job-based health insurance and other benefits.

With same-sex marriage now legal in 35 states and the District of Columbia, some employers that formerly covered domestic partners say they will require marriage licenses for workers who want those perks.

“We’re bringing our benefits in line, making them consistent with what we do for everyone else,” said Ray McConville, a spokesman for Verizon, which notified non-union employees in July that domestic partners in states where same-sex marriage is legal must wed if they want to qualify for such benefits. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Five Signs That You’re Really Ready for Talent Analytics

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Unquestionably, Talent Analytics is all the rage these days.

Everyone’s talking about it, but have HR departments truly embraced analytics yet? Should they?

And most importantly how can you tell if your organization is really ready for and would benefit from Talent Analytics?

Let’s look at some of today’s most critical talent management (or people management) challenges and determine how Talent Analytics and the ability to examine the wealth of available data can help: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Things You Need to Do to Be Happy and Successful at HR

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I spend a lot of time talking about what makes HR professionals fail, but I have strong opinions on the key attributes that make human resources leaders successful.

Here are four (4):

1. Great HR leaders are dependable and reliable

Everybody wants innovative and disruptive until you actually give them innovative and disruptive. Then they want steady and trustworthy. Read more…

Talent Management

Is Employee Engagement Really As Bad As the Surveys Say It Is?

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Why is it that every other article I read on employee engagement begins by quoting alarming figures on the state of the global workforce?

They all seem to be variation on a theme, something along the lines of:

Less than 15 percent of employees across the globe are engaged in their work. The vast majority of employees are psychologically absent from their workplace, and are unlikely to be making a positive contribution.” Read more…