Posts made in July, 2013

Guest post: What Can the HR Department do to Thwart Destructive Office Politics?

The term “back office” often refers to day-to-day working operations of an office. It is the part of the working world that clients and customers do not get to experience. This particular part of the office can often be consumed with office politics, particularly when individuals are trying to advance in their careers, feel they are superior to other colleagues, or build alliances. If you are an HR Manager looking to maintain credibility and influence employees to do, you will find that office politics can be very damaging to the staff and the company. The following are significant actions that can be taken to prevent destructive office politics: Observe employees...

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Rewarding Individuals in a Collaborative Work Environment

The following article is provided courtesy of Jonathan Finer of Cloverleaf Innovation: Fostering collaboration in the workplace is a nearly universally accepted best practice—it creates a dynamic atmosphere that generates creative solutions that no individual could conceive of independently. But collaborative offices present a challenge for company leaders who want to reward their most valuable employees. Ultimately, this question emerges: who deserves a gold star when the final product is the fruit of everyone’s labor? It gets even more complex when you consider the psychology of group dynamics. Individual rewards often instill competition, a counterproductive side...

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Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance 2013; Glassdoor Report

With technology keeping employees connected 24/7, is work-life balance becoming easier or more difficult for employees to maintain? While some HR pros may think technology makes it easier to send employees home and encourage them to enjoy their time out of the office, Glassdoor data shows the average work-life balance rating has dropped from a 3.5 in 2009, to a 3.4 in 2011, to a 3.2 thus far in 2013. (Ratings based on 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 5.0=very satisfied). Today, Glassdoor revealed its third annual list of Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance (2013), recognizing the highest rated companies for work-life balance over the past year, entirely...

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Human Resources Relief: Obamacare Delayed For One Year

The Treasury Department announced on July 2 that it would be delaying enforcement of a key provision in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), while simultaneously throwing HR departments across the country a life line. The White House said it will not require employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance until 2015. The provision, also known as the “employer mandate,” was set to take effect on January 1 this coming year. Employers who failed to provide insurance to eligible workers would have faced fines upwards of $3,000 per employee. All other provisions, including penalties for doctors who failed to espouse electronic...

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Guest post: Talent Management Success: Hidden Benefits of a Well-Executed Strategy

I really liked Amanda’s post How Proper Talent Management Helps a Business Succeed. I think it makes some great points about the benefits of talent management. There’s lots of research that says that companies with mature, integrated talent management programs have better business results. McKinsey: companies with strong talent practices outperformed their peer group, earning 22 percent higher shareholder returns. Watson Wyatt: good people practices can increase a company’s value by as much as 30 percent. Russell Investments: firms on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work for” list outperform the S&P 500 and the Russell 3000 by as much as 10...

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