The workplace has changed drastically over the last decade. New technologies allow us to be more flexible about where we work, and the rise of the gig economy has created an extended workforce of freelancers, sales representatives, and other roles that don’t fall directly within the company setting.
Benefits professionals are currently feeling pressure from all angles, required to keep a tight rein on costs, achieve consistent global governance and faultless administration, while demonstrating strategic value. Even though an organization’s investment in benefits is often substantial, usually second only to pay, the benefits function is often seen as secondary to the overall HR […]
Imagine you had two extra hours today to spend however you pleased. What would you do with that time? Play with your kids? Work out at the gym? Sleep? For many of the nurses in a recent Swedish study, the answer was all of the above. The 23-month experiment followed 68 nurses who were divided […]
Most companies consider job descriptions to be a necessary evil. No one likes writing them, sure, and it takes a lot of time and energy to put an informative one together. But if you’ve got an open role, you need to have a job description—right?
“Workplace wellness programs cover over 50 million workers and are intended to reduce medical spending, increase productivity, and improve well-being. Yet, limited evidence exists to support these claims,” conclude three university researchers in a newly published study.
The world of recruiting has changed. For most employers, gone are the days of the résumé drop box in the lobby, welcoming walk-ins interested in filling out a paper application, or entertaining calls asking to speak to HR about open positions listed in the newspaper.
The industry focus on engagement as a cure-all for organizational woes continues to be misguided. Instead, human resource (HR) departments need to focus on employee experiences. Bold? Yes. Backed by data? Absolutely. Two recent studies (2016 and 2017) found that the top drivers of 30+ organizations’ outcomes were management, job fit, and senior leadership—with management […]
by Dan Oswald Have you ever noticed that as you get older, time seems to speed up? When I was a kid, a year seemed like forever. Now, not so much. We’re more than halfway through 2017. I know, it seems like we just celebrated New Year’s, and now we’re looking at the 4th of […]
In high school, we had to take a test that helped us determine what we wanted to be when we graduated. I’m not sure if all high school students had to go through that test, but if so, I’m curious to know what your results said you were going to be—and are you actually in […]
Ah, the annual (or semi-annual) performance appraisal. One of the few rituals of work life that’s loathed in almost equal measure by employees, managers, and HR alike.