5 ways HR tech can improve onboarding and help you retain your best people

Employees are an indispensable resource – and in this competitive hiring market, companies can’t afford turnover. So now more than ever, businesses must work on retaining their best employees to ensure they’re running as effectively and efficiently as possible.  There are many ways companies can do this, but getting started out of the gate to … Read more5 ways HR tech can improve onboarding and help you retain your best people

Successful recruiting is all in the scheduling: Here are 5 reasons why

The key to successful recruiting is good interview scheduling, which is too often an overlooked part of the hiring process. When done right, good interview scheduling will reflect well on your company, improving a candidate’s experience and the likelihood the person will reapply even if they’re not the right fit this time around. Poor interview … Read moreSuccessful recruiting is all in the scheduling: Here are 5 reasons why

Successful recruiting is all in the scheduling: Here are 5 reasons why

The key to successful recruiting is good interview scheduling, which is too often an overlooked part of the hiring process. When done right, good interview scheduling will reflect well on your company, improving a candidate’s experience and the likelihood the person will reapply even if they’re not the right fit this time around. Poor interview … Read moreSuccessful recruiting is all in the scheduling: Here are 5 reasons why

2020 trends: More employers offering paid parental leave

The 14th largest private company in the U.S. announced Nov. 7 that it now offers six weeks of paid parental leave to most of its 28,000 employees following the birth or adoption of a child. Pilot Flying J’s “gender-neutral” leave benefit is available to all new parents working at its rest stops, retail locations and … Read more2020 trends: More employers offering paid parental leave

Compliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

The new year is rapidly approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to review your policies and make the necessary adjustments. There were a lot of new employment trends in 2019, and 2020 will bring even more compliance changes. Whether it’s legally mandated changes or just suggested ones, experts at the law firm Cozen O’Connor … Read moreCompliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

Compliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

The new year is rapidly approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to review your policies and make the necessary adjustments. There were a lot of new employment trends in 2019, and 2020 will bring even more compliance changes. Whether it’s legally mandated changes or just suggested ones, experts at the law firm Cozen O’Connor … Read moreCompliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

5 Critical HR Skills Every Manager Needs to Know

You did it! You landed a great job as a manager and have a team under you to direct and grow. But it’s crucial for you to keep gaining and developing the skills you need to create great employees. From navigating employee schedules to planning offsite meetings, a manager’s day is filled with a huge … Read more5 Critical HR Skills Every Manager Needs to Know

Help workers transition from employer coverage to Medicare

The transition from employer coverage to Medicare usually happens while the employee is still on the payroll, so the job often falls to HR to help employees navigate this critical change. When employees look to their HR department for help, knowing how and when to enroll in Medicare will allow you to go above and … Read moreHelp workers transition from employer coverage to Medicare

Handling the tricky questions in FMLA intermittent leave

Intermittent FMLA leave is a giant thorn in the side of HR people everywhere. But not all intermittent leave requests are equal. Here’s a look at some of the most common scenarios, and how to handle them. The FMLA allows employers some flexibility in granting different kinds of intermittent leave. Employees are entitled to take … Read moreHandling the tricky questions in FMLA intermittent leave

The key to engaging employees who seek fulfillment through work

Before I started my own business, I had a really good job, but it wasn’t enough. I was an administrative/executive, had supportive co-workers, a comfortable workload and salary, consistently recognized for my work, selected and participated in leadership development programs, and I could literally walk to work. However, it was missing something. I didn’t feel … Read moreThe key to engaging employees who seek fulfillment through work

4 Ways to Create Effective Sexual Harassment Training

In a study by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), 71 percent of HR professionals said their company conducts sexual harassment prevention training. Meanwhile, 92 percent of U.S. adults believe changes need to be made to eliminate sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, with 44 percent saying better sexual harassment training is the key. … Read more4 Ways to Create Effective Sexual Harassment Training

Why hire a health coach? It cuts costs, keeps employees healthy

Are wellness programs or health risk assessments enough to help employees get healthier, or should more companies hire a health coach to drive participation and achieve company goals? More and more companies are experimenting with hiring health coaches to encourage engagement in wellness programs. This also helps employees stay on track with their health goals. … Read moreWhy hire a health coach? It cuts costs, keeps employees healthy

7 things employees get wrong about ‘wrongful termination’

A wrongful termination claim can be filed in a court of law if an employee believes he or she has been ‘illegally’ fired from the job. Such claims result from an alleged violation of federal or state anti-discrimination laws, employment contracts or labor laws, including whistle-blower laws. A wrongful termination claim can also be filed … Read more7 things employees get wrong about ‘wrongful termination’

Five key steps to becoming a true ‘People Company’

Businesses spend billions convincing customers their brand is better than the rest. But what about the employee experience of working for the company? How much does your business spend attracting and keeping employees? Employees are the most important asset in any company. Yet barely a fraction of the amount invested on optimizing the customer experience … Read moreFive key steps to becoming a true ‘People Company’

Employee recognition programs deliver real-world ROI

The research is clear – employee recognition appears consistently near the top of things that motivate employees to do their best work. For many workers, it means more than even a financial reward. And research indicates that cash rewards can actually be counter-productive if they aren’t combined with other ways of recognizing hard work. A … Read moreEmployee recognition programs deliver real-world ROI

In the age of legal weed, new breath tests show promise for employers

Employers have never had accurate drug testing options to determine when an employee might have ingested marijuana and, therefore, if they are likely to still be impaired. So most employers have policies that impose a maximum penalty for any positive test for the drug. New “breathalyzer” tests slated for release in 2020 use advanced tech … Read moreIn the age of legal weed, new breath tests show promise for employers

Tap the talent pool of youth with ‘impact hiring’

The quest to hire entry level employees – and retain them – is one of the toughest recruiting challenges HR professionals are facing.  The current unemployment rate is at an historic low, and with more than 7 million job openings across the U.S., far too many positions are going unfilled. At the same time, there … Read moreTap the talent pool of youth with ‘impact hiring’

Big Four accounting firm called to account for sexist ‘training’ seminar

Women looking to make their mark in leadership roles at Ernst & Young (EY) were given jarringly sexist professional advice during a training seminar the Big Four accounting firm sponsored last year in New Jersey. With the #MeToo movement in full swing, the women who attended the June 2018 event were told the female brain … Read moreBig Four accounting firm called to account for sexist ‘training’ seminar

11 pro tips for the best corporate holiday party – ever

Looking to wow your employees with a unique and exciting corporate holiday party that will be the talk of the company into the New Year? If corporate holiday party planning is in your purview, never fear! Even the most novice event planners can look like seasoned pros by following a few universal rules for hosting … Read more11 pro tips for the best corporate holiday party – ever

Turn good employees into great entrepreneurs – and solve your toughest business challenges

When we think of innovation, we think of big ideas, sharp skills, thinking outside of the box and pursuing unique challenges. Even more often, we associate these events and habits as acts of great entrepreneurs or expert technologists, and not applicable within a defined position or previously chosen career path. But by limiting our thinking, … Read moreTurn good employees into great entrepreneurs – and solve your toughest business challenges

Keep your sanity: 6 self-care ideas for overworked HR pros

Between dealing with terminations, conducting workplace investigations and putting out fires, HR pros have their hands full … every single day. And when you’re constantly busy tending to the needs of everyone else, from the top down, it can be easy to forget about your own needs. A natural part of your day Workplace burnout … Read moreKeep your sanity: 6 self-care ideas for overworked HR pros

Why great workplaces begin with great onboarding

It all begins with great onboarding. It really does. The most efficient organizations aren’t necessarily those that have the best procedures. Instead, organizations that do great onboarding in the first 90 days can get people to work together more productively and get each member of a team to do his or her best more often. … Read moreWhy great workplaces begin with great onboarding

5 steps to help employees adjust to technology changes

New technology changes can have a positive impact not just on how people work, but on your office culture as well. But sometimes technology changes can intimidate and alienate employees who are comfortable working in traditional systems and procedures, and have trouble adjusting. It’s normal for workers to at first be apprehensive to big changes … Read more5 steps to help employees adjust to technology changes

5 reasons firms are switching to biometric time clocks – should you?

Biometric time clock systems are gaining popularity with businesses all over the world. This type of time clock system has the potential to save time and money and make it simpler to track hourly employees. Does that mean you should switch to using a biometric solution to track employee time? What are biometric time clocks? … Read more5 reasons firms are switching to biometric time clocks – should you?

Keys to promote mental health awareness and ease employee stress

Though health insurance coverage for mental health has steadily improved in recent years,  experts say support for mental health awareness in the workplace hasn’t kept pace. Here’s why that’s notable: More than 200 million workdays are lost due to mental health conditions each year ($16.8 billion in employee productivity). Three in five employees say they’ve never … Read moreKeys to promote mental health awareness and ease employee stress

Recruiting trends in 2020: 6 tactics you’ll want to sharpen up on

Business success depends on a variety of factors, and the recruiting trend landscape is no exception. An analysis of today’s market suggests an economy shaped by several factors, including a gig economy that continues to expand, and a skills gap bemoaned by many HR professionals. What’s shaping recruiting trends? The unemployment rate hovers at a … Read moreRecruiting trends in 2020: 6 tactics you’ll want to sharpen up on

Employer 529 plans: A benefit that strikes at the heart of student debt

You’ve probably heard about America’s $1.5 trillion student debt problem. It’s no secret the strain of student loan obligations has led some to put off buying homes, starting families and pursuing their dreams. If a recent Price-Waterhouse financial wellness survey is any indication, it’s also probably getting in the way of productivity at the workplace. … Read moreEmployer 529 plans: A benefit that strikes at the heart of student debt

Transitioning to a continuous performance process: 3 keys to success

As the HR profession evolves, it continues finding innovative ways of tackling traditional problems. Unfortunately in some areas, such as Performance Management, we open our toolkit and pull out the same old solutions. For many years HR has been trapped stuck on a hamster wheel of annual reviews supported by one-to-one check-ins and coaching sessions … Read moreTransitioning to a continuous performance process: 3 keys to success

Execs say hiring takes too long as competition for talent intensifies

According to a recent study, 97% of executives expect to see increased competition for talent over the next 12 months. That’s the view shared by thousands of business executives who responded to business consultant Mercer’s 2019 Global Talent Trends Study. And, the study found, more than half of executives from high-growth companies – 52% – … Read moreExecs say hiring takes too long as competition for talent intensifies

‘Just text me’: New way to interview

Having trouble hiring? Who isn’t, with the tight job market, being ghosted by candidates and just the complete overhaul in the hiring process the last several years? And now there’s a new hiring practice: Job interviews by texting. If you adhere to certain guidelines, interviews by texting can be a really useful, and convenient, tool … Read more‘Just text me’: New way to interview

Bank of America pays $4.2M to settle federal discrimination probe

Bank of America has agreed to pay $4.2 million after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs reportedly found evidence of hiring discrimination practices in past years, according to published reports. The OFCCP alleged that African Americans, Hispanics and women were discriminated against when applying for phone representative, client service, mortgage underwriter, … Read moreBank of America pays $4.2M to settle federal discrimination probe

How to bridge the soft skills gap when recruiting millennials

If you’re not getting the “soft skills” you need when hiring college grads, it could be your approach to interviewing needs to change. We asked human resource and hiring experts to talk about the perceived lack of “soft skills” in college graduates. They didn’t point to where college curriculums or internships are letting future employers … Read moreHow to bridge the soft skills gap when recruiting millennials

How to bridge the soft skills gap when recruiting millennials

If you’re not getting the “soft skills” you need when hiring college grads, it could be your approach to interviewing needs to change. We asked human resource and hiring experts to talk about the perceived lack of “soft skills” in college graduates. They didn’t point to where college curriculums or internships are letting future employers … Read moreHow to bridge the soft skills gap when recruiting millennials

Firms expanding employee wellness programs: How do you stack up?

Faced with rising costs and continuing struggles to engage employees with their benefits, U.S. employers are redesigning their benefit strategy to better meet employee needs, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey found employers are looking to place greater emphasis on employee wellness, broader benefit packages and use of new technologies … Read moreFirms expanding employee wellness programs: How do you stack up?

Employee engagement: How to keep your top performers

Employee engagement is one of the biggest challenges in talent management. But meeting that challenge is worth it. Keep your best workers engaged and you’ll keep them working for you. In this period of low unemployment, top workers are leaving every day for new opportunities. And your competitors are doing their best to get more … Read moreEmployee engagement: How to keep your top performers

Health insurance costs at record highs, coverage erodes

Employer-provided health insurance coverage for the average American family now costs as much as a small car – $20,000 – every year. That’s the finding of a just released study by the Kaiser Family Foundation nonprofit health research group. The foundation’s annual survey of employer-provided health insurance plans found that employees, on average, pay about … Read moreHealth insurance costs at record highs, coverage erodes

U.S. Department of Labor issues final overtime rule

The Department of Labor has released the final rule that will require businesses to pay overtime wages to employees who work more than 40 hours a week. It’s a win for the estimated 1.3 million workers who will now be compensated for putting in long hours — but it’s a bitter defeat for the 2.8 … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor issues final overtime rule

Measuring Employee Experience via workflow efficiency

Businesses have historically been more concerned with customer experience than their own employees’ experience, but this is beginning to change. And it’s about time! According to a 2018 Gallup survey, only 15% of employees are engaged at work worldwide. This is astounding — and costly too. An earlier Gallup poll predicted that actively disengaged employees … Read moreMeasuring Employee Experience via workflow efficiency

Measuring Employee Experience via workflow efficiency

Businesses have historically been more concerned with customer experience than their own employees’ experience, but this is beginning to change. And it’s about time! According to a 2018 Gallup survey, only 15% of employees are engaged at work worldwide. This is astounding — and costly too. An earlier Gallup poll predicted that actively disengaged employees … Read moreMeasuring Employee Experience via workflow efficiency

Their policy said WHAT? Firm owes $200K after forbidding employee pregnancies

Most employers know that it’s illegal to discriminate against pregnant employees — which makes it all the more shocking that it was one company’s policy to do so. The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against A Plus Care Solutions, a supplier of professional caregivers in Jackson, TN, for violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The … Read moreTheir policy said WHAT? Firm owes $200K after forbidding employee pregnancies