Category: Learning & Development

Employees are valuing career development more than ever—it’s a sign that the company is willing to invest in their future. How are businesses approaching training today? What are their pain points, and what topics are being addressed in training?

Vast Majority of Companies Say HR Certification Is an Advantage in Hiring, Promotion, Job Security

Vast Majority of Companies Say HR Certification Is an Advantage in Hiring, Promotion, Job Security [Steve Bruce interviewed Mary Power, Executive Director of the HR Certification Institute, on November 22.] “Our Value of Certification studies clearly show the advantages of certification,” says Mary Power, Executive Director of the HR Certification Institute. For example, 96 percent […]

Not an Employee, But Still a Harasser

Yesterday’s Advisor presented two training scenarios about sexual harassment. Today, two more, and a look at a unique 10-minutes-at-a-time training system that will help your organization fend off expensive lawsuits. Sarah T. Endures the Teasing The back office at ABC Securities had always been a rough and hectic place to work. Now Sarah T. has […]

Harassment Training Scenario—Walter Had Nothing to Do With It

The spate of recent headlines disclosing corporate-level sexual harassment reminds every HR manager that vigilance and, when necessary, action are part of the job. Today’s Advisor features sexual harassment scenarios to help managers understand their roles. Walter W. Had Nothing to Do with It Walter W. was a happy enough auditor. He liked sitting at […]

Focus on Ten Mistakes, Eliminate 90% of Problems

Sometimes it seems that there are one thousand ways to go wrong managing people, but attorney Peter Janus suggests that 10 critical errors cause most of the problems Focusing on those ten instead of trying to train managers and supervisors on everything is the way to get the most bang for your buck. Janus is […]

What You Must Do to Prevent Retaliation Lawsuits

In yesterday’s Advisor, we featured attorney Michael Faillace’s suggestions for avoiding the first prong of retaliation charges. Today, the second and third prongs, and an introduction to an extraordinary 10-minute-at-a-time training program. Faillace, managing partner of Michael Faillace & Associates in New York City, offered specific steps HR managers can take to prevent retaliation at […]

Escaping the ‘Incredible Pain’ of Retaliation

Retaliation cases are an “incredible pain,” says Michael Faillace. “They are the 21st century weapon for plaintiffs’ lawyers who have no case.” Retaliation claims are growing, notes Faillace, and it is no wonder—employees with baseless claims can make their retaliation claims stick. “You just don’t want to be in front of a jury on one […]

Depressed, Discriminated Against, and Out on FMLA

In yesterday’s Advisor, we featured attorney Jonathan A. Segal’s take on the most common mistakes in discipline and termination. Today, more of his practical advice, and an introduction to a unique training system that will help all your supervisors and managers avoid lawsuits Segal, a partner in the Philadelphia office of law firm Duane Morris, […]

Not Legally Required, But Legally Recommended

C-Suite types will say, “I don’t need a reason to fire.” You have to talk to them, says Jonathan A. Segal, Esq., and explain about “legally required” and “legally recommended.” Don’t tell the CEO who wants to terminate without documentation, “You can’t terminate.” Say, “If there is a legitimate non-discriminatory reason for this termination, you […]

SHRM Conference Special: Supervisors Avoid Tough Conversations—Unless You Give Script

Managers and supervisors will go to great lengths to avoid tough conversations with employees. Unfortunately, avoidance isn’t the best approach. So give your supervisors and managers scripts to follow, says Paul Falcone. Falcone, a prolific writer on HR topics and a popular speaker, is VP, Employee Relations, at Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles. He […]

Disastrous Discipline Mistakes Avoided with 8 Simple Tips

Discipline is one of the most basic and important supervisory roles, yet it is often handled poorly, sometimes with disastrous results. What goes wrong? How many times have you encountered these mistakes: Employees disciplined for doing something they have a legal right to do—like take intermittent FMLA or make an EEO complaint Inconsistent discipline that […]