Wednesday April 24, 2019

7 time-clock software features designed to solve attendance issues

The U.S. Department of Labor says 78 million Americans — about 59% of the workforce — punch a time clock every day. And oh, the mess they make! If your company has hourly workers, you know that keeping track of time and attendance is a challenge. An employee might inflate hours or forget to clock […]

Hiring manager says no ‘thank you’ email is a deal breaker and gets an earful on Twitter

Hard and fast rules about hiring could be hurting your ability to attract talent, especially if they seem arbitrary or exclusionary. That issue came to the fore in a Twitter thread in early April. Business Insider Managing Editor Jessica Liebman tweeted out a link to her story on the BI website with the long and attention-grabbing […]

Handling sexual harassment when the offender’s the big boss

How should you respond if an employee accuses one of your company’s leaders of sexual harassment? Progressive Women’s Leadership shares important insights in its e-guide, “Women Leaders Share What’s Working: New Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment.” Here’s a sneak peek from Chapter 2: If a company executive (e.g., your boss) is accused of harassment, it […]

Performance-based pay: Is it affecting your workers’ mental health?

Performance-based pay is likely the most common feature of the compensation structures of U.S. companies, experts say. And guess what? It’s also likely to be affecting your workers’ mental health. When employers transitioned to a pay-for-performance compensation plan (based on bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing, etc.), workers showed an increased use of anxiety and depression medications: 5.7% […]

Survival guide for the one-person HR department

As a one-person HR department you are constantly juggling demands for your time. So how can you stay on top of everything you need to do today, next week, sometime this quarter or before the end of the year? Schedule Everything! This is one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle. To succeed as […]

Keeping up to date on 6 critical HR activities

How can you find the information you need to be sure you’re compliant with changes in relevant laws and regulations? The best way is to identify at least one reliable source of information for each of the six primary “buckets” of HR: Hiring, Discipline, Termination, Recordkeeping and Retention, Administering Policies and Procedures and Legal Updates. […]

Onboarding: First-week tactics that pave the way to success

Easing new hires into the job is important. And the best way to do that is give them real responsibilities —  and expect results — in the first week. Ideally, after a banner first day of introductions, special events and a great lunch, the rest of the week is time to have them roll up […]

Workplace investigations: Handling employee complaints and problems successfully

We live in a litigious world, and nowhere is that truer than in the workplace. Especially since the #MeToo era began, workplace investigations have come under increased scrutiny. Two leading investigators – Alison West and Michael W. Johnson – recently conferred with the folks at XpertHR to talk about how to handle a workplace investigation that’ll […]

Using forms and templates saves small HR shops’ time and sanity

As a one- or two-person shop wearing multiple hats in addition to HR —payroll and workplace safety are probably under your wing as well — protecting your time is constant challenge. That includes not reinventing the wheel when it comes to the hundreds of forms you work with during a year. The good news? There […]

Effective screening tactics when recruiting top talent

As the talent market tightens, the pressure on HR to recruit, hire and retain high-performing employees is more intense than ever. Companies of all sizes are seeking that perfect employee as the demand for talent quickly exceeds the supply. You’ve no doubt heard that the cost of hiring the wrong person is significant – up […]