Leaders must continually be taking the pulse of the organization they work for. A once happy workplace can turn toxic quickly if you are not paying attention. But when caught early, it can be turned around.
If you aren’t happy that Christmas decorations are in stores before Halloween then you aren’t going to like what I am going to say next. It’s time to start planning the office holiday party.
Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. It increases the likelihood of having internal, experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they are vacated. Succession planning is crucial in order to avoid an organizational crisis when someone in a key role leaves.
There are the obvious signs we all see when someone is job hunting…they show up in a suit when it’s a casual dress code, they suddenly have numerous appointments, they call in sick more often, etc. But a recent study shows that for months prior, there are many more subtle signs to beware of.
The first Monday in October marked the beginning of the Supreme Court’s new term year. The Court announced it will hear at least several cases that will impact the human resources, labor relations, and employment relations fields.
According to the Department of Labor nearly 60% of U.S. workers are hourly. While there may be advantages to hourly positions for organizations, they experience an extremely high turnover rate. Hourly positions tend to have lower pay, less job security, stricter schedules, no or reduced benefits, lack of bonus structures, and fewer opportunities for promotion. So how do we keep hourly employees motivated and engaged?
What is the one thing all employees want? Respect. It rates very high in almost any survey you can find. Harvard Business Review recently published a study that revealed that when over 20,000 employees from around the world, not just the U.S., were surveyed, every single one of them rated respect as number one in importance. In fact, companies that show respect for their employees score higher across several other categories as well.
On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself. He was fired in April by his former employer. According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them. While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...
It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives. In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years. Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.
All offices have conflict. As people work together to solve problems, it’s virtually unavoidable. And most importantly, it’s OK. It’s how it’s handled that can make or break the effectiveness of conflict.
School bullying is now a household term recognized widely, but what about workplace bullying? Workplace bullying has affected 27% of workers according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute. The majority of workplace bullies are bosses, and 72% of employers deny, discount, defend, or rationalize the bullying. 61% of victims wind up losing their jobs as a result.
Stay interviews are the best defense against employee attrition. While exit interviews can have value, you are finding out the information too late. By conducting regular stay interviews, you’ll discover exactly what employees like and don’t like about their job and the workplace. This allows you to make changes before employees leave, resulting in reduced employee turnover.
Summer is approaching and many employers hire co-ops, interns and work study students during that time period. When employing a student and the student is the object of harassment, the question is whether the student can seek relief under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Act), Title IX of the Act, or both. A recent case from the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals answered affirmatively that both could apply.
Employee appreciation is a key element to achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention. Employees that feel appreciated have increased productivity and tend to feel better about their work. But if approached the wrong way, it could backfire.
Although Alfred E. Newman is a fictional character from Mad Magazine, his approach of “What, me worry?” is one that HR professionals should emulate. Although employers and employees do some of the darnedest things, regardless of the advice and counsel of HR, there is no need to stress out over this stuff. That is…as long as some common sense is applied...