May 25, 2016

The best long-term opportunity for your career may be staying right where you are.

February 22, 2016

Florida case puts spotlight on laws covering contractor pay.

January 14, 2016

Principia research shows higher growth and increased share of wallet are the result of well-executed programs.

December 21, 2015

Executive search pro points to keys to 21st-century success.

December 16, 2015

North America's largest roofing manufacturer signs a deal with LaborSynch.

October 29, 2015

Get a better game plan, and a better vision promise.

August 28, 2015

The NRF wasted no time responding to the ruling.

March 12, 2015

When it comes to succession planning for a small business, the strategies can be as unique as the business itself.

February 20, 2015

Early results from the most recent reader poll at HBSDealer.com shows that employees with four decades of experience might not be as rare as you might think.

After more than 100 votes were tallied, 37% of readers say the longest-serving employee at their company has worked for 40 or more years.

January 8, 2015

The National Retail Federation today expressed its strong support for H.R.

September 16, 2014

Joy Seitz, CEO of Scottsdale-based American Solar & Roofing, is joining the ranks of Seattle-based minimum wage advocates by making bold moves with the company's family-leave policy.

The residential roofing and solar services company is now extending one month of paid family leave to its employees, placing it among the 17% of U.S. employers that offer any level of paid family leave.

June 24, 2014

Ted offers fewer constructive contributions in meetings. Mary has become less interested in advancing at her company. Paul has started doing only the minimum amount of work necessary.

By themselves, these behavioral changes are not significant, but employees who exhibit a number of these subtle, but consistent, cues probably are planning to leave their job within a month or two, according to a Utah State University (USU) study.

June 13, 2014

“Few things come out lower on employee engagement surveys than performance appraisals, but we do them because the data is needed” to ensure fairness with compensation, promotions—or terminations, said Dick Grote of Grote Consulting Corp., during his presentation at the 2014 WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference, held here May 19-21.

June 11, 2014

Twenty-seven percent of American workers reported they currently were being bullied or had experienced bullying at some point in their careers, according to a recent survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). This is a little progress from four years earlier, in which 35% of American workers reported they were being bullied or had been bullied.

June 10, 2014

An employer can look at its employees’ posts on social networking sites, but it needs to be careful in how it responds -- or does not -- to what it sees there.

In testimony before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on March 12, 2014, employment law attorney Jonathan Segal, speaking on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), said: “To ignore social media today is like ignoring e-mail 20 years ago. Social media is no longer cutting-edge; it is now mainstream.”

June 4, 2014

Rewards leaders from McDonald’s, Home Depot and Kraft Foods shared what their companies are doing to differentiate and reward performance during a panel discussion at the 2014 WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference, held here May 19-21. The discussion was moderated by Hay Group, a pay consultancy.

 

Home Depot: Awarding performance and potential

May 23, 2014

It should come as little surprise when laid-off workers believe their employers could have handled the life-changing situation better -- or avoided it altogether. A recent academic paper notes that many executives, too, believe their companies made major mistakes in conducting layoffs and suggests ways they can improve.

May 13, 2014

Experts warn that many organizations’ job descriptions are so poorly written or out-of-date that they fail to attract top talent, exacerbate skills gaps, curb employee development and reduce retention of high-potential workers.

In crafting job descriptions, staffing professionals historically have focused on legal compliance and on laundry lists of skills and duties. In industries where hundreds of people might apply for every vacant position, some recruiters have found little reason to make job descriptions tight and bright.

May 5, 2014

Two or three times a week, you find him in a break room chair, catching some Zs—and not just during the lunch hour.

Maybe his naps are interfering with deadlines or meetings. Perhaps they don’t affect his work, but you’re wondering if you should say or do something.

May 5, 2014

Pregnancy is a game changer for women, a time when they must ponder whether to keep climbing the job ladder as before or scale back on work obligations. And it can lead to a host of pregnancy-related conditions covered not only by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but also now the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—thanks to the ADA Amendments Act’s (ADAAA) expansion of what is considered to be an ADA disability.

 

FMLA

April 16, 2014

The new year can present an uncomfortable task for HR managers, who may find themselves having to say the following to underperforming employees: “Happy holidays; you’re doing a terrible job.”

No credible HR manager would be so blunt with a worker, but near the end of the year, when many companies typically do performance reviews, managers must know how to present good and bad news. Experts offer the following advice:

April 8, 2014

A quick fix can go a long way to solving a problem, particularly when that problem is a payroll error.

“Payroll errors unfortunately occur from time to time even at the best employers,” said Chuck McDonald, an attorney in the Greenville, S.C., office of Ogletree Deakins, in an interview with SHRM Online.

March 31, 2014

Is it gossip to spread the news that Ted and Rachel are getting married before Ted and Rachel have announced so publicly?

Is it gossip to speculate whether Carol in accounting is expecting a child?

A December 2013 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling addressing workplace no-gossip policies raises this question: When does gossip cross the line from innocuous, garden-variety conversation to something so potentially hurtful, harmful or liable that companies are within their rights to forbid it?

March 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, explicitly prohibits employers with at least 15 employees from sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an employer “may not treat a pregnant worker who is temporarily unable to perform some of her job duties because of pregnancy less favorably than workers whose job performance is similarly restricted because of conditions other than pregnancy.”