Nearly everyone has opinions—and complaints—about performance management. The annual performance review in which employee and supervisor fill out a form and sit down for a talk is rapidly going out of style. Although that system addresses an employee’s strengths and weaknesses and may even include a discussion of goals for the future, it’s increasingly seen [...]
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Employers have many objectives when planning what benefits to offer employees. Certainly, they want their benefits packages to help attract top talent and boost engagement and loyalty among employees. Employers also hope their benefits packages help workers successfully blend work and home life, and they like to offer benefits that will enable employees to participate [...]
Human resource professionals know turnover creates problems. It’s expensive and time-consuming to recruit, hire, and train new employees. And it’s often damaging to the organization when institutional knowledge walks out the door. Sometimes the reasons are clear why employees leave, sometimes not so much, but new research from job rating and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor may [...]
by Raanon Gal and Glianny Fagundo
Many employers have been faced with a valued employee who is undergoing financial hardship asking for a pay advance or loan to help him get back on his feet. Employers are often tempted to give an employee a loan or pay advance because it seems like the [...]
When human resources professionals ponder what would make their jobs easier, having effective supervisors is likely high on the list. But what can HR do to help build better supervisors? Author and consultant Sandra Crowe has some ideas to pass along.
Crowe, principal at Pivotal Point Training and Consulting, Inc., addressed the issue in a [...]
by Dinita L. James
In this digital age, I keep a paper calendar. It’s a letter-size one with a black cover and tabs for each month that folds open to display a full week, with appointment time slots under each day. I know I could set up Outlook to display the digital [...]
by Connor Beatty
“I guess the atmosphere that I’ve tried to create here is that I’m a friend first and a boss second and probably an entertainer third,” muses Michael Scott, the main character of the hit comedy and mockumentary The Office. Scott is known for his well-meaning but often ill-advised attempts [...]
No one argues the importance of communication in the workplace, especially communication that results in colleagues learning from each other. Sometimes, though, the communication is more condescending than educational. If one party is trying to impart wisdom but the other party is more knowledgeable on the topic, resentment—not learning—is likely to result.
Marking up that 2017 calendar to note important dates and deadlines? Here’s one to note in red—January 31 is National Plan for Vacation Day, a day the people behind an initiative called “Project: Time Off” have set as a day to encourage hardworking and devoted employees to plan some rest and relaxation.
The travel-related industries [...]
by Mark I. Schickman
What brings job satisfaction to employees is a key inquiry for every HR professional. And, as we have written before, that answer changes with the times and with the circumstances. Boomers wanted job security and were often most comfortable when they were taking detailed instructions from supervisors.