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25

Jul

2017

Innovative Ways to Engage Hourly Workers

Author: Heather Nezich

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?

13

Jun

2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

16

May

2017

Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen on the Playground

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

2

May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

25

Apr

2017

Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Appreciation

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

25

Apr

2017

Employee Engagement Starts with Onboarding

Author: Keisha Ward

The term onboarding means different things to different companies.  Some describe onboarding as the time it takes to complete paperwork and conduct a background screening after a new hire accepts an offer. Others consider onboarding to be the first-day orientation, consisting of one day (or one hour in some cases) packed with paperwork and everything you need to know about the organization.  But in actuality, orientation is merely the first step in the onboarding process....

18

Apr

2017

Is Work/Life Balance a Pipe Dream?

Author: Heather Nezich

With everyone being connected 24/7, is achieving work/life balance really just a pipe dream?  For most people it is more about creating a blend of the two, not necessarily creating two separate pieces in balance.  So instead of continually trying to achieve balance between the two, consider integration instead.  When you integrate your work with your life you are more likely to be happy and achieve success.

18

Apr

2017

Pay Equity Plays Important Role in Employee Engagement and Retention

Author: Jason Rowe

Do you worry about hiring the right people? Do you worry about retaining and engaging your current workforce? All in an effort to drive business performance?  Maybe it is time to look at your organization’s pay equity.

11

Apr

2017

Setting Up an Employee Development Program

Author: Heather Nezich

When done correctly, employee development can be one of the biggest drivers of success in an organization.  Numerous research studies demonstrate that career advancement (or lack thereof) plays a big role in employees’ decisions to either join or leave an organization. Talent development can consist of formal training courses, mentoring or coaching, and cross training between departments.  Investing in your employees' development can pay off long term with turnover...

4

Apr

2017

Common Mangerial Mistakes that Force Good Employees to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s hard enough to find good employees, so when you find them make sure your managers are not making any of these common mistakes that drive employees to look elsewhere.  It holds true that employees don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

21

Feb

2017

Stop Putting Employees in A, B, or C Silos

Author: Heather Nezich

What good has ever come from labeling others?  Does is seem to right to label a student “stupid” or “lazy” or “average”?  If we label them that, aren’t they likely to only perform at that level?  Do we unconsciously not encourage them to do better once we’ve labeled them?  It’s the same with employees.  Labeling your employees as “A”, “B”, and “C” players can be very detrimental...

14

Feb

2017

Money Isn’t Everything!

Author: Jason Rowe

In ASE’s soon to be released 2016 Quarterly Economic and Employment Survey – 4th Quarter we are continuing to see the number one reason employees are leaving their organization are for better advancement and promotion opportunities. Compensation doesn’t even make the top three reasons why employees leave. As HR professionals it should come as no shock that it is not the money (or lack thereof) that is driving employees away, it is the other (mostly free) things that...

14

Feb

2017

Are Remote Workers Less Engaged?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 37% of US workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  This is four times greater than just 9% back in 1995.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated?  

7

Feb

2017

A New Approach to Employee Engagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers want their employees to bring their whole selves and full potential to work every day.  But the truth is, many employees are running on empty most of the time.  In order for employers to have a real effect on their employees, they must create programs that go beyond “wellness” and contribute to the employee’s total “wellbeing.”

17

Jan

2017

Yoga – The Latest Workplace Wellness Activity to Improve Productivity and Lower Stress

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As a way to lessen the effects of stress and its negative health impact on workers, employers may want to consider including workplace yoga and meditation in their array of workplace wellness activities.  In a new study of more than 85,000 adults, yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, increasing from 6% to 11%.  In that same time period, meditation rates also increased from 8% to 9.9%.  

17

Jan

2017

Investment in Value-Based Recognition Programs Pays Off

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to a recently released survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition solutions, organizations that dedicate 1% or more of payroll to values-based rewards and recognition are more likely to see greater impacts on retention and financial outcomes.

17

Jan

2017

The Effects of Toxic Employees…and Bosses

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic employees are negative, volatile, and often times disruptive – aka "bad apples." However, most toxic employees can also be some of the most productive employees. This is the reason they’re hired in the first place and are able to stick around.  But what is the cost of keeping them around?

10

Jan

2017

Are Meritocracy Systems Fair?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It is thought that in the war for talent, having a system that rewards performance, a meritocracy, is one that highly talented individuals would gravitate to.  In other words, employees would want to work in an environment where rewarding and promoting employees is based on their merit.  However, implementing meritocracy is not that simple.  One of the major issues many organizations deal with today is how to develop and implement an appropriate performance management...

3

Jan

2017

Retention will be Key Challenge in 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

As the “war on talent” continues to the point we are all sick of hearing that phrase, it’s important to also focus on the development and retention of your current employees.  Be careful not to place so much attention on attracting outside talent, that you forget about your existing talent.

3

Jan

2017

Can the Winter Blues be a Disability?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

The holidays are over, it’s cold and dark and we have a long way to go until spring.  Most of us at some point or another will feel the effects of the winter blues, from feeling lethargic, unmotivated to even experiencing some mood changes.  For some individuals, the winter blues go much beyond that into a subtype of a major depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

20

Dec

2016

HR Trends to Expect in 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

2017 is right around the corner, and the HR industry is ever changing.  The war for talent continues to evolve, performance reviews as we know them are disappearing, and just when we figured out the Millennials, Generation Z is entering the work force.  Let’s look at some trends being predicted for 2017.

13

Dec

2016

Can Office Layout Produce Gender Bias?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the 2016 Women in the Workplace study, as women advance in their careers, they get less access to career-advancing opportunities, they are less likely to see fellow women in senior management, and they are less confident that they will reach the top ranks.  As organizations think about ways to address this issue and to develop and advance women, they should evaluate whether the office floor plan is creating gender bias.

1

Nov

2016

Do Flexible Work From Home Policies Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

Telecommuting has revolutionized today’s workplace.  Depending on the position type, companies can now recruit nationally for certain positions rather than being limited to one geographical area.  This is especially useful for positions that require a very unique set of skills.  For workers, it has allowed working parents the flexibility they need to balance work and life.  Hours can be shaved off a work day simply by eliminating a long or busy commute.  How do...

1

Nov

2016

Retention is Key for Employers in 2017

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent survey from Xerox HR Services suggests that employers have shifted their attention from controlling costs to rewarding top performers.  In fact, data from their 2017 Compensation Planning Survey shows that 53% of participants reported that their highest priority in the coming year is to retain top talent.

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