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Make Performance Appraisals Work for You

Posted by Eric Friedman

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How to turn the annual review into an effective process to drive employee success A recent poll by the San Francisco-based consulting firm Achievers revealed that 98% of employees thought that annual performance appraisals were unnecessary. This sentiment was found in many different industries, in the private and public sectors, and among managers and junior staff alike. Despite the general dissatisfaction with performance appraisals, they can in fact be useful when done right. They offer insight into an employee’s productivity, motivation, achievement, and potential. They can also act as guidelines—not just for a particular employee, but for the department as a whole, for charting goals and achievements. The key is to make perf [...]
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Human Resources: Friend or Foe? How to get employees to trust you

Posted by Andreea Hrab

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As a Human Resources professional it’s hard to ignore the level of animosity and mistrust the average employee holds towards the HR department. A 2012 poll conducted on CareerBliss.com showed that 72% of people thought HR is just management’s pawn, while only 21% thought HR supports what’s right and barely 7% though HR actually looks out for employees. The road to turning this negative stigma around can be long and arduous, but there are ways to impart trust and goodwill among employees. The first and most important step is to clarify your role in the company. Most of the ill will towards HR comes from employees’ realizing their notion that the department exists solely to protect and advocate for them is not actually the case. [...]
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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Human Resources when Dismissing Staff

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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When an employee fails to perform at the required level, misses too many days of work, or acts in a way that is detrimental to an organization, it might be time to hand him or her a pink slip. But before bringing said employee into your office for termination, you need to make sure that all of your ducks are in a row. Dismissing an employee needs to be done without error if you want to prevent a legal battle. Unfortunately, we are all human and mistakes happen. Here is a list of the top ten mistakes made by human resources when dismissing staff. Failing to have a signed contract. Although it may be too late for this one, when you hire future employees (and for all current staff) it’s imperative to have them sign an employment contra [...]
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HR Reports and Analytics Senior Leaders Are Looking For

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Analytics has become a power player in companies across the U.S.  No longer can a company get through the day without pulling up some type of statistic or information that’s based on current or previous analytics. When evaluating a department or a company you’re hiring for, analytics is there to prove the benefits. Senior leaders are looking for information that proves the overall effectiveness of human resources departments. One of the hardest things to justify is a department that doesn’t necessarily make companies money. For the past decade, human resources departments have been trying to prove their worth and value to leaders in their organizations. If you’re struggling to provide this information to the leadership withi [...]
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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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Guide to Certification in the HR Industry

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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In a very competitive market, job seekers hope that getting certified in their industry will better their chances at getting their dream job.  Even for recruiters, earning certifications can provide the kind of professional skill endorsement that can boost your standing with clients and employers.  As in all industries, obtaining HR certifications costs time and money, as well as effort. But taking Continuing Education programs and getting certified can help you keep up with the rapidly changing HR industry. For those new to the HR profession, we’ve come up with a short guide to understanding the basics behind certification in the HR industry. The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) currently offers several different ce [...]
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