Category: Strategic HR

Employee feedback, compliance, government forms, leave policies, recruiting: the list of tasks that an HR professional have to perform is nearly endless. Just as important as any one task is how professionals put them all together into a united front. Welcome to the Strategic HR topic.

What Is the Worst that Could Happen?

So your organization doesn’t have a perfect safety record. Maybe some of the equipment is out of date or expired. But what is the worst that could happen? Well, your entire workforce might quit!

Best & Worst-Case Scenarios for the End of H-4 Work Authorization

This spring, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to revoke work authorization for H-4 visa holders and that it would provide details about a new policy by the end of June. That deadline has come and gone, but speculation about what the change might mean for H-4 visa holders is rampant.

The Truth About Digital Distraction in the Workplace

Workplace productivity has been a top issue for human resources professionals since the inception of work. Every organization strives to maximize the return on labor and minimize wasted hours. Technological advances have aided that pursuit in many ways, but they have also complicated an age-old problem.

6 Good Reasons to Have a Personal Knowledge Base

Does your company maintain a knowledge base? A knowledge base is essentially a virtual warehouse with important info, lessons, training tips, and all of that personnel data that HR has amassed. However, just as important as it is to have a public, online knowledge base software, keeping a private, internal knowledge base is equally important.

Getting More Employees to Sign Up for Your 401(k)

If you offer a 401(k) for employees, you may have noticed that not nearly all employees who qualify for it have signed up for it. This can be perplexing for employers. After all, this is a benefit to help employees, and it typically reduces their tax burden while helping them save. Yet many employees don’t […]

Should You Switch to a 4-Day Work Week?

Have you seen the news articles lately touting the success of a 4-day work week for a New Zealand company? They took a test group of employees and allowed them to work four standard work days, without increasing the length of the work day and without decreasing total compensation. They found that not only were […]

Severance

So, You Think You Have a Strong Severance Agreement?

It’s no secret that a severance agreement can be an effective risk-management tool.  When done right, the separation agreement will forever bar legal claims by the employee who signs it. The question is: do you do yours right? 

Why I Love the Troublemaker

Over the past few years, I’ve poured my heart into diversity and inclusion initiatives at Square Root. We’ve added generous parental leave, supported a local STEM education non-profit that benefits young girls called Girlstart, created sensitivity training, and fostered internal communities. With our efforts came a diverse team. We span generations, education levels, genders, sexual […]

Can Allowing Remote Work Improve Productivity?

When employers consider allowing remote work or hiring freelance contractors, they often have the fear that productivity may drop as a result. They fear that allowing someone to work from home will result in more distractions. After all, the TV is there, the laundry needs to be done, the dog needs a walk, etc. They […]