by Boyd Byers
Several HR managers I work with sometimes refer to employees as their “children” and joke that at times (particularly when they’re dealing with their “problem children”), they feel more like grade-school teachers than HR managers. A recent study reaffirms the inherent truth in this analogy.
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by Boyd Byers
It’s one thing to strive for an equitable compensation system, but it’s quite another to really understand whether employees are being paid fairly and what to do if they’re not. With employees having instant access to salary data through the Internet—data that may or may not be relevant to their situations—and the debate becoming a [...]
By Jane Pfeifle
After 29 years, I am leaving the practice of law to become a judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit. As I look back on the past few decades, I want to share some observations of what successful employers do.
Fairness reduces the fare
Being fair pays off. Employers that treat employees fairly generally come [...]
Everybody’s heard the office party horror stories—some merrymakers get drunk, unfortunate comments are made, even more unfortunate outfits are worn, and sometimes somebody even gets hurt. It’s enough to make the human resources department want to retreat to the North Pole until mid-January.
Solutions to party woes do exist, however, and even if the party [...]
Who couldn’t use a cute, cuddly friend at work? One that’s not the least bit judgmental, one that is loyal and devoted, one whose main goal in life is to build you up when the pressures of work get you down. If only your dog could go with you to work.
A number of companies [...]
What supervisor or human resources professional hasn’t asked the question: Why can’t people work together without deliberately making the working environment insufferable? Why don’t people use their energy to solve differences instead of lashing out in anger? There may be no easy answers to those questions, but understanding why conflict occurs and following a strategy [...]
Stress. Just the word triggers anxiety. Human resources professionals well understand the toll stress can take on workers’ health and productivity, but is there a way to leverage stress so that it does more good than harm? Can a change in a stressed out employee’s mindset turn a worrisome experience into an exercise in personal [...]
by Teresa Shulda
Halloween is a lot of fun for both kids and adults. When else can we wear inappropriate costumes, gorge on unlimited candy, and create a Walking Dead display in our front yard? But when the spectral mist of Halloween creeps into the workplace, things can get really scary. Here are some real-life [...]
Office workers want to be comfortable and productive at work, and they all have different ideas on how to accomplish that goal. Some want to sit. Others want to stand. Some want privacy for focused work. Others want open space for collaborative work. Still others want comfy-cozy nooks where they can curl up with a [...]
Love it or hate it, paid sick leave is an idea gaining momentum across the country. A handful of states and local governments have passed laws in the last five years guaranteeing the leave for a good many private-sector workers.
Connecticut blazed the trail by enacting a law in 2011 covering “service workers” that went [...]