Articles tagged 'Social Media'

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Think That an Employee Might Be Faking Sick? Check on Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s that time of year again — open enrollment, flu shots, and CareerBuilder.com’s annual list of the most creative excuses for missing work.

But before I get to that, how about some missed-work statistics based on responses from 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from ­­Aug. 11 to Sept. 5, 2014:

  • 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were actually feeling well; Read more…
HR Management, Legal Issues

4 Things You Did Today that Put Your Organization at Risk

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Employment practice lawsuits have shot up in the last decade, remaining the top dispute companies have to battle.

They’re costly, they’re tough to defend, and they can do a lot of damage to an organization’s reputation. It’s clear that HR leaders need to pay attention to the high risks that untended employee relations can create.

Without proper training and leadership from a capable human resource department, actions and decisions from management can put the entire organization at risk. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Top 10 Talent Trends That HR Pros Really Need to Know

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CEB data show 10 trends that HR professionals should be aware of and four things to look out for in the next 12 months

Despite 73 percent of HR professionals viewing HR as a “strategic” function – that is, one that contributes to strategic business goals rather than a more humble ambition to “keep the business running” – only 52 percent have the talent data to prove HR’s value to the organization, or the data needed to inform business decisions.

As CEB research shows again, talent is (or should be) at the heart of every major business decision that senior managers make. This makes it imperative that HR professionals have the data and information to support line managers, and also the confidence that their work will, and should, shape the direction their company takes. Read more…

News, Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Challenges You Face Using Social Media Screening and Hiring Process

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Most business functions have – to some degree – succumbed to the ubiquity and power of social media, and the HR department isn’t immune.

According to research conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, 76 percent of companies currently use or plan to use social media during the recruiting process.

Whether it’s spreading the word about a new job posting through LinkedIn groups, or reviewing candidates’ Twitter feeds before an interview, social media offers HR managers a quick, cost-effective way to expedite the recruiting process. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Yes, Employees Can Curse Their Boss on Facebook and Get Away With It

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By Eric B. Meyer

Can an employee curse out their boss on Facebook and get away with it?

It’s easier than you think. Indeed, a recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board bears this out.

As we’ve discussed before, the National Labor Relations Act, gives covered employees (that would include not just those in unionized workplaces, but many, many folks in non-union jobs too) the right to discuss the terms and conditions of their jobs (stuff like pay, benefits, crappy bosses, etc.) together. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

In the Workplace, Time Spent on Social Media May Be a Bad ROI

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Every hiring manager has a story about someone who has botched a job interview or torpedoed a career due to thoughtless comments on social media sites.

I know someone whose close friend, a technical writer, lost his job after making negative comments about his company’s investment prospects on MySpace (remember them?).

Few people think twice about posting embarrassing party pictures on their Facebook pages or casual trash-talk on Twitter. However, your prospective employer or current company also has an online presence, so you are the face of the company. Accordingly, they may keep an eye on you, which is not tough when you voluntarily post content for the world to see. 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, Legal Issues

Rhode Island Latest State to Ban Access to Employee Online Content

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By Philip L. Gordon and Joon Hwang

Rhode Island recently became the fifth state in 2014 and the 17th state nationwide to enact legislation restricting access by employers to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content.

The Rhode Island law follows similar laws enacted this year by Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, continuing a nationwide trend that began in spring 2012.

Rhode Island’s new law embodies many of the prohibitions seen in similar laws. However, in comparison to similar laws, the new law provides relatively narrow exceptions that allow employers to protect their legitimate business interest. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Inappropriate Facebook Posts Doom Employee’s Discrimination Claims

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By Eric B. Meyer

On the clock or off, when employees do dumb stuff on Facebook, it could cost them their jobs. And, apparently, their discrimination claims against their former employer, too.

Yep, another employee screwed up online. Go figure.

In Brown v. Tyson Foods, Inc., the plaintiff was suspended after her employer learned that a video on Facebook showed her “shaking her tail” and placing money in the shirt of a male co-worker who was performing an “exotic” dance at work. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Yes, It’s Wrong to Disclose Employee Medical Info on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

Yes, disclosing an employee’s medical info on Facebook is stupid, plus, it may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, too.

In Shoun v. Best Formed Plastics, Inc., the plaintiff allegedly suffered a bad shoulder injury at work. And, after the plaintiff reported it, the person who processed worker’s compensation claims for his company, posted the following on her Facebook page:

Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work, especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is trying to sue us.” Read more…