It’s been months since we first heard rumblings of The Great Reshuffling. By now, we all know a colleague or two who’s changed jobs; maybe you personally experienced work-induced burnout and took a career break. With no end in sight for this job exodus phenomenon, companies are getting creative with their employee retention strategies. Some companies are focusing on rewards and
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Welcome to Eddy’s HR Encyclopedia! We’ve worked with a whole community of HR professionals to make this resource for you. We hope learning more about HR will help you achieve your personal goals and ultimately make the lives of your employees better too.
In this section, you’ll be able to see every entry we’ve written (so far) organized in alphabetical order. If you can’t find an entry that you’re looking for, be sure to let us know so we can start working on it! We write new entries every week and would love to answer your specific questions.
Growing an organization is exciting, but the stakes are high. New hires can make or break an organization. From day one they bring something new to the table — not only the relevant expertise you hired them for, but their attitude, ambitions and work ethic too. If you want to attract and hire the right people, you’ll need to do a lot more than post your job openings online and hope for the best.
In this section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding and locking down the perfect hire — from writing a research-based job description to extending an offer that will seal the deal. We’ll also help you think more broadly about your recruitment strategy, including taking on broader initiatives like starting an internship program or improving your employment brand.
You’ve searched for qualified candidates, completed the interview process and finally sealed the deal with the best fit for your open role. Although congratulations are in order, your work isn’t done yet! It’s time to prepare the candidate you selected for success in your company. You’ll play a big role in getting them comfortable in their day-to-day responsibilities and assuring them that they made the right choice in joining your organization.
In this section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about creating an unforgettable onboarding experience — one that is more than just a half-day orientation! We’ll walk you through all the paperwork, planning, and followup that goes into setting new hires up for success.
Being successful in HR today means focusing on the “human” half of the job more than the “resources” half. People are much more than just an asset — they’re the lifeblood of your organization. They’re your coworkers and friends. How you manage employees in your organization will have a real effect on how hard they’ll work and how long they’ll decide to stay.
In this section, you’ll get a closer look at what it takes to keep employees happy, healthy and engaged at work. We’ll also talk about how to help them reach their full potential and what to do if someone is clearly not a good fit.
Every employee comes to your organization with their own unique needs and challenges related to mental, emotional and physical health. The work environment you help build as an HR professional will have a significant impact on their wellbeing.
Research shows that healthy employees are more productive. But this section isn’t about making your organization more money. We’ll walk you through everything you know to fulfill one of HR’s most fulfilling responsibilities: helping employees feel whole.
Expectations for compensation are changing. The best talent is no longer interested in just high salaries and nice offices. Your compensation strategy needs to send a message about where you stand on things like work-life balance, employee health and flexibility too. It’s important that what you offer employees makes them feel valued and motivated to do great work.
In this section you’ll learn how to form a high-level compensation strategy as well as deal with the nuts and bolts of running payroll, creating a pay system, and more. We’ll introduce you to compensation approaches you’ve maybe never thought of before, and help you pick ones that are right for your organization.
Paperwork is no fun. Official employment forms especially can be confusing to complete, and you’re often legally required to hold on to them for years. But not everything you have your employees fill out needs to be government-issued. Things like new hire questionnaires and regular survey check-ins are an important aspect of the most engaging workplaces.
In this section, you’ll get a close look at each and every document you might want to collect from your employees. We’ll teach you how to get them filled out and what to do with them when they’re complete.
Do you have too much on your plate? Administrative tasks can quickly overwhelm HR departments, sucking up valuable time they could otherwise be using to define long-term strategies. If you’re so wrapped up in urgent day-to-day tasks you won’t be able to focus on what’s really going on with your employees.
In this section, you’ll learn about a variety of tools you can use to simplify headache-inducing tasks and rise above the day-to-day grind. We’ll give you recommendations on specific software to check out, and guidance on how to pick from a variety of available solutions.
Advice and Encouragement from other HR Professionals
With so much to learn, getting started in HR can be intimidating! But we know you can do this. And so does the rest of the community. We asked some of our HR partners to share their best words of advice and encouragement. Check out what they had to say:
Natasha K. A. Wiebusch
In case you missed it—on Monday of this week, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger were down for six hours. Now, you might think, ‘Besides not being able to post a photo of my fall decor and/or a Reel of my morning walk with my dog, that sounds like a mild inconvenience.’ And to many people who use those platforms for
Unloading the dishwasher. Folding laundry. Leading your organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. All in a day’s (house)work, right? For many leaders, office housework is taking up more and more of their time on the job. But that work isn’t necessarily helping them gain a promotion or even see an increase in their year-end pay. And there’s an obvious demographic
And the Emmy Eddy Award goes to … [enter employee of the month’s name here]! *applause* If you haven’t noticed, it’s awards season—the time of year when Hollywood’s biggest stars arrive on the red carpet looking their best, and hoping for the best, too. That is, hoping to bring home the coveted award in their line of work (e.g., an
Last week, President Biden announced a requirement for employers with 100 employees or more to mandate COVID vaccines or require weekly COVID testing. I’m instructing the Department of Labor to require all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated — or show a negative test at least once a week.Some of the biggest companies have already
So far today, you’ve received not one but two industry peers’ out-of-office messages saying they’re busy attending the SHRM21 Annual Conference and will get back to you upon their return.You pick up your phone and toggle to Instagram. The first photo in your feed shows a few of your HR pals gathered in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las
Millennials are the workforce’s largest generational segment—and the largest group planning to leave the workforce. Why? Many say they need a break to recover from work-induced burnout. Their plan? Rely on their savings, then look for a new job that will give them better work-life balance (and maybe a new career path altogether). Many young professionals, burned out from remote
Employees who work remotely have long suffered from work-from-home (WFH) paranoia—the feeling of misinterpreting (virtual) social cues and missing out on what’s happening in the office. Now, hybrid work might be exacerbating it. Employees who were used to interacting with their managers and coworkers in an in-person setting might start to express feelings of mistrust and fear as a result of
As remote work plans extend (and extend), more and more companies are grappling with the unexpected decisions that have to be made to sustain their business and support their employees. The latest topic to cross HR professionals’ desks? Location-based pay. That is, should companies pay employees lower salaries if they’re working remotely out of state?Some say that geography shouldn’t matter. Workers