People Management

Active Shooters in the Workplace

It's something none of us want to think about, but workplace violence is real, and HR must take the lead in preparing for and mitigating it. Have you prepared your organization for workplace violence? An active shooter in the workplace is a worst-case scenario, but unfortunately, it does happen. Reduce anxiety and negative outcomes by having clear policies and education.

Company Events

Is your company missing out on great opportunities to raise awareness and build excitement around your brand by not hosting corporate events? The many types and reasons to sponsor such events are all outlined here.

Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Asbestos has been heavily regulated since its adverse health effects have become known. Understanding its danger and the regulations can save your employees' health and your company from legal penalties.

I-9 Form

The I-9 form may look like boring paperwork, but don’t be fooled: it is a very important part of the hiring process and has legal consequences. Read on to learn more about the I-9 form and how to fill it out properly.

Employee Replacement Costs

Have you ever wondered how much employee turnover costs your organization? Does the thought of trying to figure it out overwhelm you? Read this article to learn how it impacts your organization along with a step-by-step way to calculate the cost and apply the data to make your company stronger.

Human Capital Management (HCM)

Employees are not just part of an organization, they should be at the heart of everything you do. Human capital management ensures just that by enabling leaders and HR to strategize their employees’ experiences, creating a better workplace and more productive employees.

St. Patrick’s Day Office Party

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the office, but aren’t sure where to start? Read on for tips and ideas for how to have a great St. Patrick’s Day office party.

Human Resource Management (HRM)

What does it mean to be an HR professional? In this article, we will discuss why organizations need Human Resources Management, what its functions and best practices are, and how you can enter the profession.

Talent Acquisition Partner

Hiring the right people is critical to your company’s success. Talent acquisition partners can play a major role in your mission to find the best and the brightest talent for your workforce. In this article, you’ll learn what a talent acquisition partner is, what they do and how to become one.

Company Christmas Party

As the holidays roll around, it can lead to employee burnout. One thing that can help with this, and give employees something to look forward to, is hosting a company Christmas party. This article will outline the pros and cons of hosting a company Christmas party.

Employee Feedback

Do you want to help your employees stay longer, be happier and feel valued? Getting feedback in the right way can increase job satisfaction and help your leaders reach their goals.

Employee Net Promoter Score

Some people call the Employee Net Promoter Score the ultimate survey question. The research behind this question has built its credibility over time. It can be very telling of your employees feelings about your company and how likely they are to recommend your company to friends and colleagues as a place of employment.

Temporary Employee

Many workplaces rely on temporary employees for gap coverage or additional labor. For those of us in HR, there are some important considerations when dealing with temporary workers. Read on to learn more.

New Year’s Eve Company Party

The end of the holiday season and the beginning of the new year is a great time to pull your people together. Would you like to throw a celebration for New Year’s Eve but aren’t sure what to do? Read on for fun ideas and other considerations.

Contingent Workers

Is your company struggling to find and retain talent? Do you have budget limitations that prevent you from filling all critical open positions? One alternative to fill a talent gap is to use non-traditional staffing methods. Contingent workers can help.

Virtual Workplace Events

Picture this scenario: Your boss needs help planning an engaging event for the company at the beginning of the next quarter. In the past, these events have always been in person at your office building, but now your team is almost fully remote. What do you do? Read this article to discover all the tips and tricks for planning a virtual workplace event.

Rightsizing

Every company must plan for and react to changes in their industry. You should often ask yourself, do I need more or less staff to meet my current demands? Here you will find out the difference in downsizing and rightsizing and how to accomplish appropriate staffing decisions that will enable you to remain competitive in your industry.

Company Valentine’s Day Party

Company parties can be a lot of fun. They can increase employee engagement, provide a break from the stresses of the workday, and contribute to your company culture. Want to put together a fun Valentine’s Day party for your employees? Read on for party ideas and other considerations.

Seasonal Employee

Whether your company is a ski resort or a retail store, certain seasons can make or break your business. In this article, you will learn about seasonal employees, why you should hire them, and how to build a great seasonal employee experience.

Progressive Discipline

How do I address conduct concerns or performance issues? How can I make sure my company is consistent and fair in disciplinary practices? Progressive discipline is an easy way to have clear communication on consequences for failing to follow rules or meet performance standards.

Intern

Do you want to be an employer of choice? Do you need helping hands to get projects off the ground? Do you want to manage labor costs? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may find your answers in an internship program. Read more to learn how.

Full-Time Employee

In some organizations, being a full-time or part-time employee is the difference between receiving benefits, getting overtime pay, or being eligible for FMLA leave. At what point does a part-time employee become full-time and vice versa?

Absence Rate

Do you need more insight into the health of your organization? How do you know if you have a high number of employee absences, and how should you manage it if you do? Read on to learn more about absence rates.

Employment Types

Your company needs extra help and looks to you to find it. Do you need temp workers, freelancers, part-time employees, or something else? Seasonal staffing fluctuations, employee work preferences, and productivity needs are but some of the reasons companies hire different types of employees. It's up to you to know the difference and make the right choice.

Involuntary Turnover

What is involuntary turnover, and how does it compare to voluntary turnover? Although involuntary turnover can be difficult to manage, having a thorough understanding of it will help you reduce risk at your company. Continue reading to learn how you can identify various types of involuntary turnover, how to calculate it, and different methods you can use to decrease involuntary turnover.

Revenue per Employee

Do you ever wonder if your organization is utilizing your employees efficiently? Are you unsure if or how to measure it? Let's explore the Revenue Per Employee metric and how your organization can apply it to increase the bottom line.

Employee Replacement Costs

We all want to keep our retention rates high—but employee turnover is natural and unavoidable. It’s also very expensive. Knowing the cost of replacing employees can help you be strategic and help you educate your leadership on the value of retention.

HR Certifications

Do you have an HR certification? What if you already have a great job without a certification? Which HR certification is best? Let’s explore the reasons why an HR certification can be valuable and which certifications may be best for different stages of your career.

Cost per Hire

How much does it cost you to hire a person, and why is that helpful to track? Cost Per Hire (CPH) is a commonly used metric that helps you understand how you align to similar organizations and how you might improve your recruiting strategy. Read on for more details about why this is an effective metric for determining the productivity of your recruiting process.

Dress Code

Does your company have a dress code? Does it do what you need it to do? There are several options and a great deal of flexibility when determining the best dress code for your organization and the culture you are trying to create. Read on for help!

Employee Write-Ups

Are you comfortable disciplining employees? Discipline can be a challenging part of HR, so knowing your tools, and when to use each to correct the behavior needing change, is useful. Employee write-ups are one of those tools. Read on to learn how to improve your current practice.

Employee Data Management

Any HR professional will agree that they collect a lot of employee data. So how can you manage all that data efficiently? What tools can help you? Where should you get started? Employee data management encompasses all those questions - read on to learn more!

Workforce Management

Are you getting the most out of your workforce? Are your employees doing the work that they should be doing, when they should be doing it, and doing it efficiently? Do you have the right people, in the right place, at the right time? If a company is looking to improve production time, wasted labor hours and possible cost savings, venturing into the world of workforce management may provide them with solutions they are seeking.

Employee Suspension

Sometimes employee suspension becomes necessary after serious accusations have been leveled against an employee. This gives company personnel time to investigate claims and make a thoughtful decision while removing a potential threat from the workplace. This article gives insight into when this becomes necessary, and how to implement it well.

HR Consulting

Of course we all (think we) know what a consultant does, but what on earth does an HR consultant do? How do we know if we need one or if we want to become an HR consultant ourselves? This article will shine some light on these questions.

People Analytics

Do you want to understand your workforce better and be an asset to leadership? People analytics helps you discover and implement ways to improve the health and success of your workforce while taking a leadership role in supporting company performance.

Virtual Workspace

Virtual Workspace: what is it, should your organization be using it and how? Find out the pros and cons of this ubiquitous topic along with tips and tricks on how to manage it.

Favoritism

It’s wonderful to have great chemistry with people who report to you. How could anything possibly be bad about that? When can the lines between effective relationship building and carrying it a step too far become blurred? See below for tips on how to avoid the favoritism trap.

Training Needs Analysis/Assessment

Training is often one of the biggest investments in the HR department. If the needs analysis is not done well, your credibility will be called into question by both the business leaders and the employees after the training is delivered.

OKRs

Would you or your company benefit from higher productivity? Greater inspiration? Read this article to learn more about why Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, said “Good ideas with great execution are how you make magic. That’s where OKRs come in.”

Micromanager

If you’re asking yourself why your boss is excessively involved in everything you do, you may be dealing with a micromanager. Read on to learn about the impact micromanagers have on their employees, how to identify micromanagers and what to do after a manager is identified as a micromanager.

Human Resources (Intro to HR)

Ever wonder how and when human resources started? Look no further. Read on to learn more about the field of human resources, how it evolved, its history, how it is changing and more.

Workplace Investigations

Companies are faced with many legal risks. Workplace investigations take place when a problem, complaint or issues come up in the work environment. When a company fails to investigate, it opens the company up for a variety of legal risks and claims. This article covers what a workplace investigation entails and how to conduct one.

Work From Anywhere

In a world where people are always on the go, it is not surprising to see that more and more companies are adopting a work from anywhere (WFA) policy. WFA is a workplace policy that allows employees to work wherever they want – providing they can perform their jobs. Initially, tech companies that wanted to be more competitive in recruiting and retaining employees adopted WFA policies. But now, even traditionally office-centric businesses like law firms have begun opening up their doors with this new way of working. This article will take you through some of the benefits an employer has when implementing work from anywhere policies into its company culture.

Ban the Box

Have you ever reviewed a job application, seen that the applicant had a criminal history, and hastily placed that application on the “reject” pile? We all have knee-jerk reactions, but the Ban the Box movement asks us to assess candidates on their qualifications rather than their histories. Removing that bias in the initial steps of candidacy may find you some great employees you would otherwise not consider. Read on to find out about the “Ban the Box” movement and if it applies to your organization.

Job Dissatisfaction

Employees are gaining more autonomy in the work world today. They are identifying exactly what they are looking for in a workplace and looking for a job that meets those needs. Employers need to consider job satisfaction in order to increase retention rates and produce happy and fulfilled employees.

Bereavement Leave

It is dreadful when an employee has death in the family, but knowing your policy and company guidelines in advance can help you assist your employees in their time of need. This article will give you the information you need to write your own bereavement leave policy.

Management Styles

No one enjoys a workplace full of miscommunications and conflict—or a manager who doesn't allow you to contribute your best work. Understanding management styles will set you up for success personally as an HR representative and help you prevent miscommunication and conflict in the workplace. It's a big topic, but here are some basic insights about management styles and how they can help you succeed.

Military Leave from Work

If someone came to you today and requested military leave, would you be ready to respond? Military leave doesn’t get talked about a whole lot, but it’s one of the easier forms of leave to administer. We will discuss the different types of military leave, the legal obligations you have, and how to help employees integrate into the workplace when they return.

Employee Tenure

Need to determine the average tenure in a hurry? Not sure how to entice your employees to stay with your company longer? This employee tenure article will give you everything you need to know, from understanding what tenure is to a step-by-step guide for increasing tenure at your company.

HIPAA

Understanding HIPAA is an essential part of being compliant in the workplace. As an HR professional, you will come across sensitive information, including medical information. Read below to learn more about the industry standards relating to HIPAA so you can continue with confidence that you are doing things right.

Employee Lifecycle

The blood of a company is the employee lifecycle. In order for a company to be successful, and to take proper care of their employees, it is vital for them to understand each stage of the employee cycle. How to implement the employee lifecycle properly can be difficult. This article will provide a better understanding of the employee lifecycle as a whole, each stage of that cycle, and how to properly implement each stage.

Employee Relations Case Management

An employee relations case can go sideways quickly if not handled appropriately. It can spiral into more employee relations cases, unnecessary terminations and even lawsuits. While we are handling these cases we might be asking ourselves: Did we follow up with all the necessary employees? Did we document everything and file accordingly? How do we know if we’ve done all we can? Keep reading to find some employee relations case management tips and tools to help you through the process.

HR Audit

Most of us have an unnatural fear of the word “audit.” However, when talking about HR, auditing is helpful. By auditing your processes periodically, you ensure that you are up to date and minimize the chances of a major issue coming up in a Department of Labor audit.

Volunteer Time Off

VTO can improve employee engagement and corporate social responsibility in one go. Learn how to create your own VTO program.

Employee Experience

Are employees leaving your company at an alarming rate? Can you tell that employees are more disengaged and just don’t have the passion for their work that they used to? Are you wanting to bring engagement and excitement back into the workplace? Taking a look at the overall employee experience is a good place to start. High turnover or high employee dissatisfaction are just a few signs that the employee experience is broken or missing something and, if not fixed, could be a path down a slippery slope for a company.

OSHA

As a new HR professional you might see the word OSHA a lot in the news. You might hear myths about how OSHA will “shut down” businesses and cause headaches for HR. This article will help you learn about OSHA and dispel its myths, enable you to be compliant with OSHA standards and provide your employees with a safe, happy workplace.

One-on-Ones

One-on-one meetings have become an expected part of management. What is their value, and what makes them effective? Here's how to use one-on-ones wisely and have a positive impact on an employees' morale, productivity, and relationship with their manager.

Employee Relations

When should you start thinking about the employee experience? How and why should you try to manage it? Learn what employee engagement has to do with employee relations in this article.

HR Effectiveness

More and more, business leaders are realizing the importance of Human Resources (HR) departments in creating a thriving organization. While many business leaders are aware of the benefits of HR, they’re unsure of how to measure its effectiveness. In this article, we will discuss the ins and outs of what makes HR impactful, as well as ways to measure and improve the effectiveness of your HR team.

Talent Management

This article will show you how to structure your organization's talent management so that it will directly support your overall business plan, make you a valuable business partner and positively affect your organization’s bottom line.

Direct Reports

Growth in your company is exciting! Nevertheless, with growth comes the question of organizing your talent effectively, including who will get direct reports. Read on to learn more about direct reports, who will have direct reports and best methods to manage direct reports.

Employment Status

As an employer, it is important to understand the different employment statuses and what they mean for you, your company and your employees. Employment status helps set expectations between an employer and employee in regards to what is expected of them.

Performance Review

Performance reviews are an opportunity to celebrate the employee and identify what opportunities are next for them. This data then helps the organization measure the efficacy of their talent and make better decisions. Read on to learn more on why performance reviews are important and the types of performance reviews that exist. In addition, discover what you as HR can do to help ensure effective reviews, how to conduct a performance review and what questions to ask during the performance review.

HR Business Partner

You know how many hats an HR role fills and how many plates it juggles. How does an HR department carry out its goals to each department of the company? How can it adapt its strategies to unique teams, each with objectives of their own? To keep up with ever-changing groups and varying business objectives, large HR departments create specialized roles to help the people across all functions of the company. This is where the HR business partner comes in.

Bell Curve Performance Management

How is your performance management system working? Is it fair? Does it determine raises and promotions? Does it encourage employees to collaborate? Traditional concepts such as bell curve (or “forced ranking”) performance management have been accused of treating employees unfairly and too harshly, but some companies struggle to identify a realistic and effective alternative. Read on for help in evaluating your system and considering potential options.

Performance Improvement Plans

What can you do when a previously great employee has stopped performing beautifully or your new hire just isn’t stacking up to your hopes? Read on for all the tips and advice you need to write, deliver and close a solid performance improvement plan (PIP).

People Management

It’s mystical, magical and at times maddening! As careers progress, many of us experience people management. Let’s try to break down this illusive skill into bite-sized chunks and see if we can get to the core of it all. This article effectively breaks the skill of people management into four distinct areas of activity.

Employee Social Wellness

You know from your own experience that when you feel positively connected to those around you, you are happier and have more to contribute. As an HR department, how are you supporting your employees’ social wellness—and how does it impact your company if you are not? Read on to learn how to create a culture that supports social wellness.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Does your company have an Employee Assistance Program? If so, how do you promote it? And if you don't have one, why not? Learn the different types of EAPs, how to support your employees by implementing a robust program, and how to encourage your employees to use it. (Hint: personal experience is the most powerful!)

HR Careers

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources? Read on to learn about HR roles and responsibilities, and the different kinds of roles, responsibilities, and opportunities available.

The Duties Test

Failure to pay overtime to qualified employees risks costly legal consequences. How do you know when and to whom you need to pay overtime? The FLSA Duties Test is a tool you need to be familiar and comfortable using. Let's look at how to use it.

Employee Burnout

Have you ever felt burned out at work? If so, you know the difficulty of performing well while feeling that exhaustion. Employee burnout is a problem that can affect anyone in any role at any company. Being able to spot the early warning signs of employee burnout can help you prevent negative impacts for both your employee and your company. Don’t fall into the trap of misinterpreting your employees' burnout as something else.

Virtual Team Building

Team Building. For some, these words inspire excitement. For others, an eye roll and a sense of dread. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of leading a successful team building experience for your remote staff and detail 12 virtual activities they’ll love.

Employee Mental Health

Mental illnesses are becoming increasingly common and affect everybody you know in one way or another. Do you want to be more comfortable talking about mental health with your employees? Let’s normalize discussing mental health as employers so you can offer guidance, empathy and much needed human kindness.

Employee Emotional Wellness

Emotional unwellness is an invisible plague eating at the morale, productivity, and loyalty of your employees. It will not go away simply by ignoring it. It demands your attention, and will get it in one way or the other. Read on to learn what wellness is and why you should support it in your employees.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Disclaimer: The below article on FMLA is not, nor should be used as, official training material for the FMLA certification test as offered by the Department of Labor. This is simply information on the basics of FMLA. Consult DOL.gov if you wish to pursue an actual FMLA certification or want the fine details.

You've probably heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act. This law can be challenging to understand. Does it apply to your company, and if so, how do you stay in compliance with it? What are the consequences if you don't? Here are the basics to know as you begin to learn about this important aspect of HR work.

Stay Strategy

Your superstar employee—whom you worked so hard to recruit, hire, and onboard!—informs you that they are leaving the company. They make a huge impact and help raise the bar for everyone else around them. The news is devastating, but there is still something you can do besides let them walk out the door.

Workplace Retaliation

As an HR person, your plate is full. When an employee reports being treated unfairly or badly, it can be stressful. You may focus on solving the problem or protecting the organization, and forget to protect that employee from feeling mistreated for reporting the problem in the first place. Let's look at what workplace retaliation is and how you should watch for it in your workplace.

Employee Wellbeing

As an HR person, you are responsible for organization-wide functions—but you are also an employee. You have first-hand experience of wellness, or the lack of wellness, at work, and how it impacts your productivity and satisfaction with your job. Research confirms that the wellness of your employees directly relates to the success of your company. Read on to learn how you can implement an effective wellness program.

Employee Conflict Resolution

Organizations are made up of people, so some conflict is inevitable. Conflict can be healthy if managed well, but you may be apprehensive about your role in conflict resolution. We're here to support you in developing the skills to not only resolve issues, but even better, to prevent them.

But the negative consequences of unresolved employee conflict have a ripple effect impacting the employees involved, their teams, HR, and the organization as a whole. As we’ll learn in this article, the costs range from monetary in the form of lost productivity and turnover to health and legal issues in the form of stress-related illnesses and even harmful behavior.

Employee conflict resolution is one of the best strategies that organizations can utilize to not only resolve those issues, but even better, to prevent them.

People Strategy

You have the HR framework—the department, the employees, the policies, the procedures, and the systems. Heck, you even have an HR newsletter. So, it may seem like you have all your bases covered. And you do—well, some. You have a great foundation, but now you need walls, a roof, doors, plumbing, etc., which is where a People Strategy comes into play.

Unions

As an HR professional, it is important to be prepared for any challenge that may present itself. One of these challenges may come in the form of working with a labor union. It’s crucial to understand the laws and practices behind unions in order to avoid lawsuits, strikes and ethical violations. This article will talk about unions, their history, HR responsibilities concerning them, and general tips on working with labor unions.

Employee Engagement

HR is demanding, and it seems every task is crucial. You may feel you're pedaling as fast as you can to take care of the basics—but there is one area you ignore at your peril. Employee engagement is how committed your workers are to the company, how hard they work and how long they stay, and it's something you can impact.

Continue reading to learn what employee engagement is, the importance of keeping your employees engaged, how to improve it, and how to measure your efforts.

People Operations

You may have heard about "People Operations" and wonder what it means. Is it the same as Human Resources? Does it apply to you? If your organization is ready to evolve from a traditional Human Resources compliance focus to a people-experience focus, you are ready to use the People Operations model.
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Employee Recognition

Have you ever been in a leadership meeting when the word "morale" is mentioned and everyone looks at you? Recognizing employees for work well done is a rewarding and important part of HR.

Implementing an effective employee recognition program can improve retention, employee satisfaction, production quality, finances, work ethic, company culture, morale, and even more. Let's look at how and why to create an employee recognition program, even on a small budget.
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Company Reporting Structure

How do you know who reports to whom and the responsibilities of each person in your company? Sometimes the structure grows organically, but it actually needs to be intentional and documented—and sometimes changed or adjusted.

Choosing the right company reporting structure can be a difficult process, and the transition can be long and complicated. But choosing the best structure for your company will help you build a better company culture and execute your business strategy with ease. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help.
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Employee Retention

You spend a lot of time and effort to recruit and hire the right people for the right job—only to have them leave after a couple of months. Or perhaps you lose long-term employees who take great skills and knowledge with them. Either way, turnover is expensive and frustrating.

There are many reasons employees contemplate leaving an organization, including lack of work-life balance, professional development or accountability; inadequate pay; and the feeling of being undervalued.

Let's explore what employee retention is, why it is important, how to measure it, and how to start an employee retention program.
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Employee File

Keeping complete employee records helps you track employee payments and performance, among other metrics. It’s also essential for legal compliance.

But how do you know which records to keep, and which records are confidential? If you’re not sure, don’t worry. In this article, we explain what should and should not go in an employee file, and provide tips for how to best keep your records safe, complete and legal.
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Employee Rewards

If you’ve considered revamping your employee rewards program, then kudos! You are definitely thinking strategically about employee engagement and retention.

Employee rewards programs have evolved significantly from their HR origins. Traditional rewards were point-in-time recognition intended to communicate a “thank you” to employees that might be soon forgotten.

Twenty-first century rewards have pivoted to a strategic focus that aligns closely with recruiting, employee engagement, and retention efforts. They’re comprehensive and inclusive in nature and designed to address some of the current issues employers are facing with their workforce.
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Employee Discipline

Disciplining employees is often one of the hardest parts of human resource work. Having a clear and well-defined progressive disciplinary policy not only protects your company, but shows your employees that you create a culture of trust and honesty.
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Internal Communication

A successful internal communication strategy can help you create a more efficient work environment full of happy, informed and productive employees. In this article, you will learn about the different types of internal communication, consider steps to creating effective strategies for your company, and become aware of tools that can make even the smallest HR department top-notch communicators.
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Employee Directory

An employee directory hosts contact, job-related and personal information for all of your company’s employees. Employee directories allow co-workers to collaborate across divisions and help new hires onboard with less stress.

Continue reading to learn what an employee directory is, why having an employee directory is so important, what information to include and other frequently asked questions about employee directories.
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