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Discrimination in the Workplace can sneak into the Best Intentioned Hiring practice

Posted by Eric Friedman

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How to Avoid this Pitfall and the Resulting Litigation A grocery distribution company needed to hire warehouse workers where the job required lifting 50 lb. boxes, so they conducted a mechanical handle-pulling test on a pool of candidates. They gave the person who could lift the most weight beyond 50 pounds the highest score and ranked that person as “the most job-fit.” The test for upper body strength was valid given the lifting tasks. The test lifting against mechanical resistance to simulate box lifting was a valid test. However, the implementation (scoring) that screened-in those who lifted the most weight was NOT valid because the job only required that the worker needed to lift 50 lb. boxes. Moreover, such a test discrim [...]
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3 Ways to Attract Millennials and Keep Them Engaged

Posted by Eric Friedman

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You have probably watched the viral video of Simon Sinek in which he makes a 15-minute analysis about the Millennials’ personality, and why they feel so distracted and disengaged at work.  Simon covers everything from social media addiction to parenting flaws in the generation’s problem. After watching the video, I had in mind to make an analysis of what an HR department can do in order to maximize their efforts, and retain young talent on long-term. I guess my intention was right because yesterday during my lunch break I heard an interesting discussion between two friends. Maria, one of the ladies at the nearby table, works for one the biggest software companies in the building as a QA Junior. “I have been with the company f [...]
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The Truth About Implementing Unlimited Vacation

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Unlimited Vacation: Realities, Rewards, and Risks A job that comes with unlimited vacation sounds like a dream come true. What’s better than lying on the beach every day with a cocktail in hand, plus getting a paycheck, too!  In reality, unlimited vacation policies are a bit more complicated with potential advantages and drawbacks for both employees and employers. What is an unlimited vacation? To begin with, an unlimited vacation is far from “unlimited”. “Flexible” would be a more accurate way to describe it. This type of vacation policy lets employees decide how many days to take off, when to take them, and how these days will be used. It can be a sick day, a vacation, or just time spent catching up on errands. Who [...]
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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 about what was lacking to candidates who didn’t make the cut. Very few offer candidates who are hired feedback 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 will be set up for success at your company. When you consider that 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a [...]
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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, 3 of 5 generations feel overworked and burned out, 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 n [...]
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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 terminat [...]
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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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