Posts made in November, 2013

Why Even Small Businesses Need a Bereavement Policy

The average American spends 8.8 hours a day in work related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is around 176 hours each month working (and sometimes playing) alongside your coworkers. It’s easy to see how these people become an extended family. As a business, how do you handle a death in a staff member’s life? There are two considerations: the personal side of the loss and the blowback on the company such as downtime. Thinking ahead about something that inevitably happens in every organization is a practical approach to managing office grief. Bereavement Policy Major corporations have set protocols in place for managing different...

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Guest Post: Employee Rights at a Startup For The HR Professional

Employees are each afforded the same level of rights, whether they’re new on the job or have worked at the same location for 25 years. This also holds true for people whether they’re working at an established business or a startup. Since new business owners are often less knowledgeable about employee rights, it’s important for new hires of a startup company to know their rights going into the job. As an HR professional, it’s important to make these things well known to your employees to ensure a fair and safe workplace. At-Will Employment  The majority of employee/employer relationships are considered to be at-will. This means that you, as the employee, have...

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More Than Half of Employees Would Stay Longer at Their Company If Bosses Showed More Appreciation, Glassdoor Survey

Two in five employees admit they’re motivated to work harder when boss is demanding Glassdoor, a jobs and career community leading the way in workplace transparency, has released its Employee Appreciation Survey¹, revealing how appreciated employees²  feel by employers, what really motivates employees at work, and what employer-provided perks they want most this Thanksgiving. This survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor. Appreciated Employees Will Stick Around Longer: While seven in ten (68 percent) employees say their boss shows them enough appreciation, more than half (53 percent) of employees...

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How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect Workers’ Compensation & Your Employees

As a member of management, you want to have answers for your employees. Unfortunately, you’d have to be superhuman to both anticipate and answer every question they come up with, especially when a major paradigm shift like the Affordable Care Act occurs. So far, most of the debate has centered on personal health plans and the difficulty associated with signing up for them. But what does it mean for your workers’ compensation policy? From an Employee Perspective Little, if anything, will change for your employees. If you have a workers’ compensation policy, it won’t need to change just because the Affordable Care Act takes effect. Of course, like...

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Aspiring to become an HR Executive? Earn a Graduate Degree and Establish a Stay With Your Company

Every HR professional aspires to earn a seat  at the C-Suite table, but how do you get there? Software Advice Analyst, Erin Osterhaus, decided to conduct an in-depth study of 100 top HR executives from some of the largest global organizations to find out if there were any trends in their professional tenures and academic backgrounds. The 100 executives sampled were compiled from HREonline’s list of the highest paid HR executives, HREonline’s list of top HR executives by number of employees, and Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2013.   In case you’re wondering how you stack up against these 100 HR executives at the top of their field, here’s a...

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