CATEGORY: Employee Relations

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How to Deal with Workplace Harassment

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder stated that 35% of workers felt they were bullied at work—an increase from 27% a year prior. One of the biggest challenges faced by human resources staff is dealing with harassment in various forms in the workplace. Creating a workplace environment that’s free of harassment can be a daunting task for any human resources professional. Harassment in any form should not be tolerated, but sometimes it can be hard to prevent. For example, an eccentric dresser might be teased for his or her fashion taste. While we’re no longer in the 5th grade, this type of harassment is not necessarily illegal. Workplace harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or a [...]
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Providing Employees with the Right Training and Knowledge

Posted by Eric Friedman

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A recent survey conducted by the global talent management company Lumesse found that over 40% of HR leaders admitted to not being able to provide effective training to ensure that employees have the right skillset. As an HR professional, one of your most critical tasks is to provide training to employees—not only to keep them around, but also to elevate your company to the next level. When a human resources department is stretched thin, it’s not easy to provide the necessary training for all employees. We’ve created a list of things that’ll help boost your training program, and maybe even take some of the responsibilities off your HR department. Mentorship: One of the biggest ways to provide real and personal training is to [...]
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Tips on Building Workplace Morale

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Office morale is one of the biggest factors that directly affect productivity in your office, as well as employee retention. I’ve come up with five different ways that employers can build morale in the office and create a better sense of ownership in the company. Be innovative. People love working for companies that are innovative and use technologies and ideas unmatched by their competitors. In the war for talent, keeping good employees entertained and happy is directly related to their personal growth within the company. If you’re fostering an environment of innovation and encouraging new ideas and growth, employees will be more loyal to the company because they want to be on the front line of new technologies. Be fun. Your [...]
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Well-Known Pitfalls of Tying Compensation to Performance

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Tying compensation to performance can be a tricky and slippery slope for employers to travel down. Companies that want to enact a program like this need to be aware of the common pitfalls and do their best to build a program that helps avoid them. If you’re considering doing this, take into account the following dangers. It Hurts Team Collaboration Team members anxious to improve their performance may avoid working with others they perceive to be less able, which ultimately will exclude many employees from the more rewarding projects. Keen competition for limited rewards can create a hostile environment, in which trust and cooperation are sacrificed in the interest of self-promotion. There must be a good balance between individual com [...]
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Make Your HR Department a Stronger Unit

Posted by Andreea Hrab

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The Human Resources department is an indispensable cog in any company’s engine. It is a unit that deals with every single employee on a consistent basis, listening to employees’ needs, drafting policies, and improving the workplace. As such, the Human Resources team needs to be a strong, cohesive unit that works together to ensure healthy and happy work conditions, as well as boost employee morale. To strengthen your HR department, it’s useful to keep in mind a few things. Remember that you also once held a junior position when assigning tasks and offering opportunities to your junior employees. Maintain open communication with your team about the department’s direction and priorities, always encouraging new ideas and ways to [...]
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The Importance of Intercultural Skills

Posted by Eric Friedman

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As the modern workplace becomes more global, companies are putting a bigger emphasis on an employee’s intercultural skills in the office. Now more then ever, companies are no longer just looking for technical skills, they are also putting a greater focus on an employee’s ability to speak another language, demonstrate respect for others, and cope with cultural differences. Ipsos recently conducted a survey to help better understand how intercultural skills are considered, assessed, and developed in the modern workplace. The biggest challenge they found for employers was being able to find employees with adequate intercultural skills, and most companies do not provide a comprehensive level of training to develop such skills. The rese [...]
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Gamify Healthcare Compliance to Motivate Employees to be Healthier

Posted by Eric Friedman

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It’s no secret that healthy employees cost less. According to a recent Gallup poll, the cost of unhealthy employees is more than $153 billion annually in lost productivity. Gamification, introducing game-like elements and strategies, has been used in several different industries to help boost productivity and a company’s profit margin.  But if you’ve ever been one of those people who has no motivation to exercise, eat properly, watch your personal BMI & cholesterol, etc., you won’t be motivated by most incentive programs. So how can employees use gamification to encourage and motivate people like this and others? It’s quite possible that employers can create a game to help motivate employees to be healthier, but it’s s [...]
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Anniversaries are Workplace Celebration Moments

Posted by Eric Friedman

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According to a recent Economic News Release, the average median tenure for workers aged 25 to 34 is 3.2 years, and for workers aged 65 and over it’s 10.3 years. Celebrating anniversaries at work is a boost to morale and makes for happy employees. Whether you choose to go all out with a potluck, or simply acknowledge the special day with a handshake and a heartfelt thank you, letting employees know they’re valued and appreciated is a classy move that improves your business. The benefits of celebrations go beyond the enjoyment of the party itself. Most employers don’t know exactly how to celebrate a work anniversary. For smaller companies, it might not be recognized at all. But sustaining good long-term employees is important for t [...]
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