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HR Management

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

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Stop Being an HR Terrorist

Yesterday’s Advisor featured consultant Tim Sackett’s What the CEO Wishes HR Would Do. Today, his 6-step program for HR managers.

How is HR a terrorist? HR tends to use the law as a hammer, Sackett says. “No you can’t do it; it’s against the law.” A better approach is, “Yes, you can do it, but we put ourselves at risk for an expensive and prolonged lawsuit.” You be the CEO’s risk advisor; he or she can decide whether to accept the risk.


What Your CEO Wishes HR Would Do!

“If I had a gun with two bullets, and I were in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice!” Michael Scott (The Office). That’s about how CEOs view HR, says consultant Tim Sackett.


Your Company Will Soon Have Two Employees—One Person and One Dog (Friedman Future Vision)

In the future, companies will have only two employees—a person and a dog, says Tom Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist. The person’s job is to feed the dog, and the dog’s job is to keep the person away from the machines.


‘There’s Turmoil in East Timor’ No Longer An Excuse to Leave Socks on the Floor

What’s the biggest change being out of the White House? Former first lady Laura Bush says, “George can no longer use ‘There’s turmoil in East Timor’ as an excuse to leave his socks on the floor.” She was the keynote speaker at SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition held recently in Orlando.


What Would Don Draper Do? (Leading Organizational Change)

SPECIAL from SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando
Take the top 10 most important advertising secrets—as outlined by TV character Don Draper—and you’ll find 10 essential lessons for HR change managers, says consultant Dr. Frank V. Nunez.


Why You Have to Avoid But, OK, Jerk, Lazy, and I Don’t Have Time

In yesterday’s Advisor, we began consultant Darlene Price’s list of 10 phrases that successful managers avoid. Today, the rest of the list.


10 Phrases that Should Be Banned from the Workplace Forever

Are there specific words and phrases that career-minded managers should avoid at all costs? Yes indeed! says Darlene Price, author of the book Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results. She offers 10 phrases that you should never utter.


Infographic: 2014 employee performance appraisal practices


In a new 2014 BLR Performance Management survey, 76% of 1,481 survey participants rate their employer’s performance appraisals with a grade of “C” or lower.


Workplace Feedback—Punishment, Puzzle, or Gift?

By William Taylor

People want and need to know how they’re doing in their jobs. Feedback is important to employees, and it’s also an important management tool for improving performance. The thing is that feedback is not always done well, and it is also not always received well. Why? What can companies do to make feedback efficient and boost productivity?
Most employees fill out questionnaires to help the HR department spot problems and issues. However, typically, employees either don’t have time to give proper answers or they fear that honesty will get them fired, which renders the surveys meaningless.

Here are some tips to help companies with understanding workplace feedback.


How to Vet Your Outside Investigator—11 Questions

Yesterday’s Advisor covered expert investigator and trainer DeDe Church’s tips for meaningful investigations; today, her 11 questions for evaluating an outside investigator.