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5 Things to Tell New Hires Before They Ask You

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Feedback is one of the most powerful tools for any HR department. Knowing what candidates think can help you improve your recruiting process and candidate search. Feedback is a two-way street. Just as it’s important for HR to know what candidates think, it’s vital for HR to provide feedback to candidates as well. Most hiring managers provide negative feedback to candidates who didn’t make the cut about what was lacking. Very few offer feedback to candidates who are hired about what made them the right choice for the job. Giving feedback to candidates about why they were hired can be very useful in ensuring they are set up for success at your company. Consider that 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for 3 y [...]

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6 Ways to Prevent Employee Burnout

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Are you feeling stressed at work and do you have the impression that time is working against you? You are not alone. The majority of employees are working harder and feeling more overwhelmed at work than ever. A Gallup poll showed that the 40-hour work week is now pushing 47 hours for the average American worker. According to the 2016 Staples Business Advantage Index, 40% of employees feel burnt out at work, which reduces employee engagement, affects performance, and increases turnover. I wrote in a past article how you can measure employee engagement. While cutting back hours may seem like the logical solution, it’s not very practical in today’s competitive business environment. According to Gallup research, it’s not very eff [...]

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6 Things You Should Know About Employee Termination

Posted by Eric Friedman

As HR professionals, we deal with many aspects of how an organization and its employees function, the least pleasant of which is employee termination. Employment termination is a sensitive matter, and HR plays a big role in ensuring that fired employees are treated with respect and dignity. HR is like the ferryman, guiding the terminated employee through a transition. In many cases, the employee’s direct manager will handle the actual firing, since he or she can better explain the reasons behind the termination. HR should always be there, however, to help oversee and guide the conversation, making sure the manager stays on script and the employee has all the information he or she needs. In other cases, HR must handle the terminati [...]

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Creative Ways to Boost Employee Motivation

Posted by Chris Fields

HR understands that employee engagement is also tied to employee happiness, job satisfaction, morale, and motivation. The more you engage your employees and keep morale high, the more likely your employees will be happy, satisfied, and motivated to give their best and perform at their highest level. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, employee engagement is at 32%. Though this figure has increased slightly since 2013, 68% of all employees remain disengaged, tasking HR professionals to find creative ways to inspire and sustain employee motivation. Unmotivated workers are less productive. Lost productivity costs and failed motivation techniques cost employers billions of dollars. Finding ways to motivate employees has stumped Human Re [...]

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The Most Desirable Leadership Skills for 2017

Posted by Chris Fields

Each year we all can’t help but to speculate and try to predict what’s going to happen in the new year and as we enter 2017, I can’t help but to wonder what will be the top issues that leaders will face. Based upon my observations in the labor market, a bit of research, and some conversations with other great HR professionals, here are the most desirable leadership skills necessary for a successful 2017. Communication Surprise! Communication is always a sought-after skill. However, in the new year, I predict it will be even more important that it is now. I am not the only one who believes communication will be key next year. During a conversation with my friend, Dave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, Executive Director of Human Resources, Director [...]

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Hottest HR Trends for 2017

Posted by Eric Friedman

Another year ends, and that means it’s time to look ahead at what the new year has in store for the world of human resources. In 2017, the hottest HR trends will center more than ever on the employee experience and employee satisfaction. Technology will continue to stake its claim in the world of HR, with new and different platforms and a more holistic approach also shaking things up. Let’s jump right in—here are the 2017 hottest HR trends: 1. Improve employees’ experience Employers have always focused on improving their customers’ experience, but recently there’s been a shift to focusing more on employees’ experience too. This is in great part due to the skills-gap we’re facing. There simply aren’t enough skilled w [...]

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Is Employee Wellness Beneficial for Everyone?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

What employer wouldn’t like to have a way of increasing employee productivity, employee morale, and company profitability all at the same time? Not possible you think? Au contraire, my friend. Wellness programs—well done wellness programs, that is—can provide you with that increased productivity and morale that translates into more dollars to the bottom line. A Cross-Generational Need At this time we have a multi-generational workforce that can really benefit from good wellness programs. We have the Baby-boomers who, as they age, end up with health issues that may result in lowered stamina and thus a lowered capability to perform their jobs correctly. And we have Millennials who grew up as couch potatoes playing video games—to t [...]

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Free Speech in the Workplace at Election Time

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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As the U.S. presidential election nears, it is almost impossible to get away from talk about politics, whether you’re watching the news on TV, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, checking your Facebook feed, having conversations on the street corner, or even at work. Some people revel in these discussions and others try to avoid them as much as possible. As a consultant, I often get asked if an employer can ban political discussions at work or whether such a ban would restrict the employees’ Constitutional right to freedom of speech or freedom of expression. Between the Government and You As it turns out, in the private sector, an employer can prohibit employees from talking politics or campaigning for any particular cand [...]

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