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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

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

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...

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.

30

May

2017

Office Conflict – Good or Bad?

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

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.

9

May

2017

Stay Interviews Help to Avoid Exit Interviews

Author: Heather Nezich

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.

2

May

2017

Does Title IX Apply to Co-ops and Interns?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

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.  

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

The Alfred E. Newman Approach to Employee Relations

Author: Anthony Kaylin

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...

 

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.

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

Seventh Circuit Court Confounds Employers’ Attempt to Create a New Type of Work Relationship

Author: Michael Burns

In an interesting case regarding employee classification, the Seventh Circuit found that a position was neither an employee, a leased employee, nor a contractor according to separate insurance policies that covered such classifications for purposes of theft and other fraud liability.  So what was this “employee?”

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.

7

Mar

2017

Uber is Under Fire in the HR World

Author: Heather Nezich

Uber has been in the news a lot lately regarding its meritocracy practices and competitive culture.  Although this mentality has brought them from a mere start-up to a $68 billion company, their corporate image is being bruised and it’s leaving a black mark on former employees’ resumes.

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

Office Romance is in the Air

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to Career Builder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey, office romance is in the air in the workplace and at a 10 year high.  The 2017 survey results reveal that 41% of employees have dated a co-worker, up from 37% percent last year and the highest rate since 2007.  Close to one third (30%) of those office relationships led to marriage, which is keeping on par with last year’s findings.  

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.”

31

Jan

2017

Employees Engaging In Political Activism – Employer Guidelines

Author: Michael Burns

What, if anything, can an employer do if politics and political discourse begin to disrupt the workplace? Post-election anxiety and tensions continue to run high and corresponding political discourse is winding its way into the workplace in one form or another. Can an employer squelch political discussion? Should they? What about employee political action outside the workplace?

31

Jan

2017

Bullying in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Workplace bullying is way more common than it should be.  Research from the University of Phoenix revealed that over 75% of employees surveyed have experienced workplace bullying – either as a witness or a victim.  It’s important to be aware of the signs within your organization so that you can recognize when bullying is occurring and stop it in its tracks.

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?

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

My Coworker Got Me Sick

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last week Staples released the results of their 2016 Cold and Flu Survey.  In its seventh year, the survey found that even though employees and employers are aware of prevention techniques and the dangers of coming to work while ill, nearly 80% of employees still admitted that they went to work sick last year. 73% of employees claimed to have caught a cold or flu at work, and 32% blamed their coworkers for getting sick last year.

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.
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