Managing mass hiring

There have been several times in my HR career that I have been saddled with the task of hiring a large number of people in a short time. The last time I did this, I found myself hiring about 100 employees for a new grocery store location. Such an undertaking is stressful to say the least.

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Is it Time to Review Your Employee Handbook? #CAHR15

Employee handbooks are central to what we do in HR. As such, it is important that the handbook not only reflect company culture but that it is also updated regularly when new laws go into effect. Your handbook should be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it is current. Also, make sure to read through policies to ensure they still reflect how you do business and then make changes in accordance with new laws. Here are some other...

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Tips for Training Employees on New Technology

Every time I turn around, it seems there is some new system that uses technology to make an HR or workplace process easier. Think of the applicant tracking systems (ATS) many companies use now compared to the old way of managing paper applications and resumes. Technology can save time and streamline processes in ways that free employees up to work on other tasks and projects. Unfortunately, the implementation of new technology can...

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Setting Up an Effective Corrective Action System

Corrective action is not just a matter of documenting performance problems. An effective corrective action system is also a way to help employees improve. The right approach starts with laying the groundwork with a clear policy, training of managers and follow through on the system you have set up. The End Goal is Not Termination Rather than approaching corrective action as a path to termination, consider it a way to try to save an...

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Developing Internal Candidates

Promoting internal candidates to fill open positions has big advantages. Internal candidates are already familiar with how your company works, and having a regular practice of promoting employees means you increase the chance that your best employees will stick around. In order to ensure that your current employees are qualified to fill your openings, it is important to have a plan in place to develop internal candidates. Building a...

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HR Hammer is Open for Business

Regular HR Gazette contributor Stephanie Hammerwold recently launched the HR Hammer, her superhero alter ego. The site will showcase Hammerwold’s writing, feature HR heroes and provide tips and advice for making your workplace better. We sat down with Stephanie to ask her some questions on the new site. What kind of writing can we expect from the HR Hammer? I have always seen my role in HR as being a resource. Navigating all the...

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Making a Case for Paid Sick Leave

Most of us will come down with a cold, the flu or other illness at some point during the year. If your employer offers paid sick leave, you can take the day off with pay and lay on the couch with soup and daytime TV to help you recover. If your employer does not offer paid leave, you must make the decision between going to work sick or losing a day of pay. Ill employees at work not only increase the chance of making coworkers sick,...

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Let’s Be Friends: How to Manage Friendships with Employees

With all the time we spend at our jobs, it makes sense that we form friendships with the people we work with. This is not usually a big deal when workplace friends are peers, but it can be a challenge when we form friendships with the people we supervise. There is value in being friendly with employees, but it is important for managers to understand the boundaries of workplace friendships with the people they supervise. Terminations...

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