The country is in a recession and many are looking for work, or wondering if they will be keeping their current job. The pertinant issues of hiring, firing, growth and career advancement weigh heavy on everyone’s minds. Central to those issues are human resource managers, who not only work to recruit and hire new employees, but help resolve conflict, train employees and keep up with legal requirements and changes. Read commentary and opinion on human resource management, from industry professionals and peers.
All of us are susceptible to verbal crutches or using a euphemism to hide an ugly fact. But if you really want better communication in your workplace, stop relying on cliches to get your point across. Here are 20 over-used euphemisms and what they really mean.
Since the debt ceiling debacle, Congress is looking to trim down the deficit where they can and one area may be 401(k) retirement plans and incentives and tax benefits now available to the small business owner. How harmful will this be? Jean Scheid takes a look.
Do you even have a policy? Things can get sticky this time of the year, with many employees in favor of celebrating the end-of-year holidays, while others feel that such celebrations violate their civil rights. Whatever you do, the most important thing is to be consistent. Read on for ideas.
Do HR Departments need to be full of the softer sex? Do those of the male sex make it too intimidating for employees to enter the office and ask questions? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes and I’ll tell you why, whether you like my opinion or not!
Increased productivity—isn’t this the goal of every office? HR managers and business owners seek ways to make it easier for workers to get more done in one day all the time but can you actually increase productivity in just one day? Start in the HR Department first.
Human resource professionals love their jobs but they lead a rough work life. Employees complain, the benefits are never enough, and business owners look to them to “fix” the often unfixable. You can become unsympathetic quickly and may be guilty of using these 10 no-no words and phrases.
What does the average human resources manager have to do to save a buck in this day and age? Have you considered incorporating telecommuting opportunities into your HR plan? Let’s take a look at some statistics and find out if all those people at home are really working.
Happy employees are more productive and are eager to please, while disgruntled staff members are angry, resentful and may even try to sabotage products or services. Sincere praise and recognition are inexpensive ways to keep morale high and problems low. Learn how to praise your people to success.
Don’t you just love it when President Obama promises tax credits for small business owners (think healthcare here), and then journalists everywhere find ways to shoot the program in the foot on why it won’t work. Do you only hire part-timers? Could it be maybe you’re to blame?
Employee satisfaction is a key component for good customer service. If you accept this as being a true statement, why are there so many companies and industries that fail to curb high employee turnover? Consider the ways this practice hurts businesses and why it is nevertheless ignored.