Category: 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.

Conflict Resolution: Your Supervisors’ Hidden Responsibility

Conflict resolution. Sometimes it seems that’s all we do. Today, we follow up on yesterday’s story on mediation, and present a new audio conference that helps line supervisors and managers learn how to do it right. With the high costs of litigation, mediation is an increasingly popular way to deal with conflicts at work. However, […]

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Mediation: Shorter, Faster, Less Expensive: What’s Not to Like?

Mediation is getting a second look from companies concerned about hair-raising judgments and settlements from traditional court disputes. Should your organization be looking, too? Mediation is a simple concept, says The Justice Center of Atlanta: “Bring both sides of a dispute together. With the assistance of a neutral mediator, enable them to speak their mind […]

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Bullies in Your Workplace? Best Practices for Identifying and Eliminating

In  yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at steps for establishing your antibullying program. Today, a sample antibullying policy and an upcoming special audio conference that answers your bullying questions. Here’s a sample anti-bullying policy: [Company name] prohibits acts of harassment or bullying. A safe and civil environment is necessary for employees to achieve the high standards […]

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Bullying: Are You Condoning It by Inaction?

“Employers Can’t Ignore Workplace Bullies,” headlines Business Week, yet a Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) survey says that in 62% of cases, when made aware of bullying, employers worsen the problem or do nothing. What’s your policy? Workplace bullying is an epidemic. According to the WBI survey: 37% of American workers, an estimated 54 million people, […]

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What Motivates Teams? Again, It’s Not the Money

In yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at 8 factors that promote individual “happiness” at work. Today we’ll see how that plays out in a team setting, courtesy of BLR’s HR Department of One. Managing teams is different from managing individual contributors. Although there is clearly overlap in the “happiness factors,” there is also a clearly a different […]

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What 8 Things Do Employees Want? (Hint: Money’s Not on the List)

Tangible rewards play a role in job satisfaction, says today’s expert, but for many workers, the “happiness factor” depends heavily on intangibles, such as respect, trust, and fairness. Is money the key to retention and productivity? It helps, says the Christian Science Monitor’s Marilyn Gardner, but it’s not enough. Beyond pay and benefits, lie eight […]

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Feds at the Door: What To Do … and Not Do

One result of the current business downturn is increased employee complaints about unfair compensation or other discrimination. As it takes just one complaint, justified or not, to trigger a probe. That means getting ready for a visit from your friendly DOL investigators. Here’s how to handle things if (or these days, when) they show up. […]

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Is ‘Psychological Recession’ Dragging Your Company Down?

Massive layoffs and reduced pension payouts have helped corporate America trim expenses, but there’s been a cost—a disastrous new employee mindset. And the negative effects of that mindset—what today’s expert calls “psychological recession”—go straight to the bottom line. “Psychological recession” is an “emotional state” that includes a “dour view of the present and an even […]

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HR Metrics: Don’t Go to Management Without Them

Yesterday’s Advisor covered key problems with HR metrics and suggested several metrics best practices. Today, more recommended metrics, plus a timely audio conference to answer your key metrics questions. Dr. John Sullivan, metrics guru, professor of management at San Francisco State University, and blogger on www.ere.net, adds to his list of recommended human resource metrics […]

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HR Metrics: Two Common Errors That Make Them Worthless

Measuring HR success to the satisfaction of the CEO remains an elusive goal. Bottom line: You want funding, and they want metrics. Today’s expert has practical help for metrics that are failing to make an impression in the C-suite. Metrics guru Dr. John Sullivan says that human resources managers make two key mistakes when using […]

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