As depicted in a recent article in Crain’s, Madison Nichols looked like a typically bubbly 13-year old kid, blond ponytail bobbing as she stood talking and laughing with her friends. But then the eighth-grader from Jackson picked up her electric drill and got back to work on the metal table she was building.
Most employees think wellness programs are fine and dandy. That is, until potential financial penalties begin to reach up to $1,200 annually. Not happy with fees they consider too large, employees of Pennsylvania State University are trying to push back, hard, against their new wellness program set to kick in January 1, 2014. There may be a lesson in the Penn State experience for other employers.
For the last three years, Compliance Week has published an annual benchmarking survey designed to get a sense of the scope and complexity of the modern corporate compliance function. As stated in the Executive Summary of 2013 Compliance Trends Survey report, done in collaboration with Deloitte, the purpose of the research was to find answers three questions:
According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin found that older workers are more consistent and reliable than workers in their 20’s. Not only will this be welcomed news by our readers who are getting on in years, but this research may also have some important implications for HR and OD professionals.
As you have sent out your emails in the past few weeks, chances are you have gotten a good number of kickbacks stating, “I will be out of the office on vacation the week of . . . and will have limited ability to respond to email and voicemail.” A recent survey by TeamViewer® strongly suggests that “limited ability to respond” may have been their intention, but it probably was not the reality.
Summertime is here. Which means hot weather, more time outdoors and, hopefully, a lot of white sandy beaches. Summertime also tends to be a time for you to focus on wellness programs in the workplace in your effort to build an overall healthier lifestyle that cancels out the effects of that extra hot dog at the grill. Below are three free smart-phone applications that you and your employees can use to help meet your goals:
Some larger employers are moving their payroll from checks or direct deposit to a method of payment using payroll cards. Payroll cards work like debit cards and are, in theory, less costly (for the employer) than issuing checks.
A recent University of Phoenix® survey uncovered the disturbing fact that 55% of employees have an interest in changing careers. Even more disturbing is the data that shows just 14% of employees are in their dream careers.
If you smoke and are thinking of looking for work in the healthcare industry in Philadelphia, you can cross off two potential employers. The University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have joined other well-known hospitals and employers in refusing to hire smokers. The Children’s Hospital will even go so far as to test applicants for nicotine as they might test for drug use.
What would the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) say about your background screening process and polices? To get an idea, take a look at the agency’s recent cases against BMW and Dollar General.