Strategic focus is a business buzzword these days. Just Google the term. You will find that many top business publications have recent articles on the topic. I don’t think that is a new revelation, however. In business—indeed, in life—there is only so much time and energy available. There always are things that must be done—ordinary, […]
Inclusiveness, civility, respectful treatment: Those are all concepts getting a lot of attention as employers struggle to cope with what seems like an increasingly divisive culture often threatening to bleed over into the workplace. A changing legal landscape also must be considered as employers strive for productive and nondiscriminatory working environments. For example, a landmark […]
If you’re a poor soul who’s followed enough of my posts to spot patterns, you’ll spot one here. Maybe I’m a broken record, maybe I’m simple-minded, or maybe I really like baseball. Baseball speaks to me. The U.S. is still a blip in the long course of human history. We cobbled together our identity from […]
We tend to overcomplicate with scorecards and dashboards, says Shane Yount. If metrics don’t answer the question, “Are you winning or losing?” they don’t matter. You’re wasting your time, he says. Yount’s remarks came at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition, held recently in New Orleans. Yount is chief operating […]
When positions are tough to fill, it can be tempting to just hire any candidate simply to have someone doing the job. But we all know that hiring the wrong person can end up being more costly in the long run—especially if the new hire causes any problems.
Whether you agree with him or not, one thing’s for sure: With President Donald Trump, there is never a dull moment! This edition of HR Strange But True is not meant to be a one-sided political discussion. It’s simply an example of how costly employee turnover can be, and with the latest hiring and firing—at […]
Editor’s note: Many organizations want to improve diversity and inclusion, but they don’t know where to start. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is one such organization, and members of the organization’s in-house committee have provided this report on the first year of their program in the hope that other organizations can learn from their […]
Regardless if you’re in a small or large business, we’ve all dealt with employees who are great at their jobs and those who couldn’t care less.
What if an employee complains about harassment, but you investigate and find no evidence of harassment? Or, what if an employee files a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discrimination, but the EEOC also does not find any wrongdoing? Can you fire either of these employees for making false claims?
What can employers do to help ensure the success of digital mindfulness training? It’s no secret that employees can get easily distracted by technology, but a new survey by ComPsych® Corporation, a provider of employee assistance programs, illustrates how pervasive the problem is. In fact, 88% of employees acknowledge that they browse social media outlets […]