China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work, wrote an excellent Thanksgiving Day TLNT piece on San Francisco’s new Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) that goes into effect on New Year’s Day.
“The Flex Work Question: Is Legislation Really the Right Approach?” asks many questions we all should be asking – and answering.
This is not one more HR or legal blog post noting just that 1) a UK practice of many years has skipped the Washington logjam and come to San Francisco; and, 2) it requires a set of (pick one) modest or burdensome steps for employees and employers to follow in dealing with flex requests. Read more…
Last of three parts
Note: In case you missed them, the first two parts are The Many Benefits That Come From “Stay” Interviews and 20 Possible Questions You Should Consider Asking
If you know why an individual employee stays, you can obviously reinforce those factors.
And if you know far enough in advance what factors might cause them to leave, you can get a head start in ensuring those turnover causes never occur.
If you have decided to try these stay interviews, here are four “why-do-you-stay?” formats to consider using depending on your situation. Read more…
By Joni L. Andrioff
In September, the Securities Exchange Commission approved proposed rules on calculating the ratio of the chief executive officer’s total annual compensation to the median total annual compensation of all employees, as mandated by section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank law.
Specifically, the Proposed Rules, which span 47 pages of the Federal Register, require proxy disclosure of the median annual total compensation of all employees other than the CEO, and the ratio of that median employee compensation to the CEO’s annual total compensation. The Proposed Rules also request comments from the public on no less than 60 different issues in calculating the CEO pay ratio. Read more…
A recent study by Spherion, The 2013 Emerging Workforce, examines the 2013 workforce and the post-recession resurgence of the “emergent worker mentality,” characterized by the study as one which focuses on a free-agency style employment.
While the study provides data to support this point it is more than likely we have experienced the validity of this resurgence in our daily lives, perhaps witnessing friends or colleagues job-hopping more frequently, or seeing an increased social conscience in employees and new talent.
Whether we’ve confirmed suspicions that our current workforce is driven by a very different set of factors than previous generations or not, insights from this report can help to remind us of the importance of understanding this emergent worker mentality. Read more…
It was announced this week that the University of Southern California had hired the University of Washington’s head football coach, and former USC assistant, Steve Sarkisian.
It has been an up-and-down season for USC, who fired head football coach Lane Kiffin after starting the season 3 -2. Kiffin was replaced by current assistant coach Ed Orgeron, who then took the team and went 6-2 the rest of the season after taking over for Kiffin.
The players wanted Orgeron to get the head coaching job. USC’s athletic director decided to go outside the program to find his next head coach, despite Orgeron’s success.
I know, I know; you thought you were coming here to read about HR stuff. Well you are – kind of! Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit?
Here’s the deal: I have worked in offices where some of the staff really got into holiday planning and making sure that everyone was involved in the festivities. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but a problem that crops up during the holiday season time and time again is that all that holiday fun can get in the way of getting actual work done.
And like it or not, sometimes work has to still get done, holiday season or no. Read more…
Second of three parts
Note: Part 1 of this series was The Many Benefits That Come From “Stay” Interviews
There is no required standard set of questions that must be used in stay interviews.
Ideally however, you want to limit the number of questions that you select so that you finish the interview within one hour. I have broken the type of questions to select from into four different categories. Read more…
“People who love their jobs aren’t choosing jobs they love – they’re making jobs they love,” says Dr. Shane Lopez, Gallup senior scientist and author of Making Hope Happen.
Dr. Lopez interviewed thousands of workers to discover the attributes and behaviors shared by people who love their jobs and discovered that a beloved job rarely started out as a dream job.
Employees who loved their jobs found a good job, and then proactively shaped it into a job they could love. At the same time, they surrounded themselves with people in the workplace who cared about and encouraged their progress.
Dr. Lopez offers these additional insights for creating a job you’ll love: Read more…
By James J. McDonald Jr.
Earlier this year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an expansion of the state’s “paid family leave” benefit.
While the new law does not become effective until July 1, 2014, already media outlets have reported that employees will have expanded rights to paid time off from work next year. This is only partially correct and it continues to spread the confusion over what “paid family leave” really means.
Beginning in 2004, California employees who took time off work to care for an ill parent, child, spouse, or domestic partner, or to bond with a newborn or newly-adopted child, could receive up to six weeks of pay through the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Read more…