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

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

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

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

13 recruiting mistakes even the best HR pros still make

In a busy day, it’s easy to overlook the basics, and that’s especially true in the high-pressure War for Talent. Seasoned HR pros know from experience that hiring the right employee isn’t a perfect science. Sometimes the best just don’t pan out. To improve your team’s chances of making the best hire every time, here … Read more13 recruiting mistakes even the best HR pros still make

13 recruiting mistakes even the best HR pros still make

In a busy day, it’s easy to overlook the basics, and that’s especially true in the high-pressure War for Talent. Seasoned HR pros know from experience that hiring the right employee isn’t a perfect science. Sometimes the best just don’t pan out. To improve your team’s chances of making the best hire every time, here … Read more13 recruiting mistakes even the best HR pros still make

HRMS software benefits: 7 ways to help your business grow

When it comes to Human Resources Management Software (HRMS), it’s easy to see only the costs and headaches of implementing the system. But there are distinct benefits HRMS software can bring to your company, notably saving money while tracking performance and eliminating redundant HR tasks. So, whether you’re looking to implement HRMS in your business … Read moreHRMS software benefits: 7 ways to help your business grow

HRMS software benefits: 7 ways to help your business grow

When it comes to Human Resources Management Software (HRMS), it’s easy to see only the costs and headaches of implementing the system. But there are distinct benefits HRMS software can bring to your company, notably saving money while tracking performance and eliminating redundant HR tasks. So, whether you’re looking to implement HRMS in your business … Read moreHRMS software benefits: 7 ways to help your business grow

Independent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

In another in a recent string of employee misclassification cases, the owners of a Philadelphia strip club made dancers sign contracts stating they were independent contractors, rather than employees of the club. But an appeals court agreed with a jury that the employer exerted “overwhelming control” over the terms of the dancers’ work and upheld … Read moreIndependent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

Independent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

In one of a recent string of employee misclassification cases, the owners of a Philadelphia strip club made dancers sign contracts stating they were independent contractors rather than employees of the club. But an appeals court agreed with a jury that the employer exerted “overwhelming control” over the terms of the dancers’ work and upheld … Read moreIndependent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

Independent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

In one of a recent string of employee misclassification cases, the owners of a Philadelphia strip club made dancers sign contracts stating they were independent contractors, rather than employees of the club. But an appeals court agreed with a jury that the employer exerted “overwhelming control” over the terms of the dancers’ work and upheld … Read moreIndependent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

When someone mentions “video interviewing,” do you immediately think Skype, Zoom or FaceTime? While these are wonderful tools for connecting with friends and family, they really don’t unlock the full power of video for recruitment purposes. Of course, technology will never entirely remove people from the hiring equation. But, by using video interviewing tools that … Read more3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

When someone mentions “video interviewing,” do you immediately think Skype, Zoom or FaceTime? While these are wonderful tools for connecting with friends and family, they really don’t unlock the full power of video for recruitment purposes. Of course, technology will never entirely remove people from the hiring equation. But, by using video interviewing tools that … Read more3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

When someone mentions “video interviewing,” do you immediately think Skype, Zoom or FaceTime? While these are wonderful tools for connecting with friends and family, they really don’t unlock the full power of video for recruitment purposes. Of course, technology will never entirely remove people from the hiring equation. But, by using video interviewing tools that … Read more3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

IBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

In the next three years, about 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies will likely need to be retrained as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to a new IBM study. Just two in five CEOs surveyed said they currently have the people, skills and resources required to execute their business … Read moreIBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

IBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

In the next three years, about 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies will likely need to be retrained as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to a new IBM study. Just two in five CEOs surveyed said they currently have the people, skills and resources required to execute their business … Read moreIBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

Employee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Because the current healthcare climate is heavily focused on meeting strict quality guidelines from the feds and payors while providing top-notch care, employee retention in healthcare is more critical than ever. But it’s also getting more challenging to keep workers from jumping ship. Retention is difficult in the healthcare industry for several reasons – one … Read moreEmployee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Employee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Because the current healthcare climate is heavily focused on meeting strict quality guidelines from the feds and payors while providing top-notch care, employee retention in healthcare is more critical than ever. But it’s also getting more challenging to keep workers from jumping ship. Retention is difficult in the healthcare industry for several reasons – one … Read moreEmployee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Employee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Valuable employees need to know their work makes a difference, so it’s important managers to remember to thank their people. Letting people know their work matters is a great habit that takes a little bit of forethought and effort, and doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s really all about keeping them engaged. A simple … Read moreEmployee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Employee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Valuable employees need to know their work makes a difference, so it’s important managers to thank good people. For managers, letting people know their work matters may take a little forethought and effort, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s really all about keeping them engaged. A simple “thank you” goes a long … Read moreEmployee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Employee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Valuable employees need to know their work makes a difference, so it’s important managers to thank good people. For managers, letting people know their work matters may take a little forethought and effort, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s really all about keeping them engaged. A simple “thank you” goes a long … Read moreEmployee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Benefit switch allowed unused PTO to go toward student loans

In a recent case study detailing what worked and what didn’t, Dan Bengyak, Vice President of Administrative Services at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY, shares how his company dealt with a vacation time issue: We had an interesting problem on our hands when it came to employees’ vacation time — they had … Read moreBenefit switch allowed unused PTO to go toward student loans

Is your benefits package ready for 2020?

Its never too early to be ready to watch for changes affecting your benefits package for 2020. How can HR pros stay on top of compliance changes? To help, health leader Mercer recently unveiled its annual list of the top compliance issues employers have to consider when putting together their benefits packages for the upcoming … Read moreIs your benefits package ready for 2020?

NLRB: Social media policy can’t require employees to use real names online

Time to double-check your social media policies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released a 2018 advice memo from its Office of General Counsel regarding “whether various Employer [CVS Health] social media rules are unlawfully overbroad“ under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The memo delivers mixed news for employers — the NLRB found … Read moreNLRB: Social media policy can’t require employees to use real names online

A great interview doesn’t make a good hire: Here’s what does

For decades now, the hiring process has been the same: candidates apply, employers interview them, and the best one gets the job. But in recent years it’s become apparent that interviews are starting to lose their effectiveness. Someone who interviews well isn’t necessarily going to be a great employee. One in two hires fail A … Read moreA great interview doesn’t make a good hire: Here’s what does