Organizational Culture
May30

Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture & HRM A successful organization in 2017 is aware of the positive impact a good Human Resource Management (HRM) strategy has on its function. An effective Human Resource practice can lead to organizational success and development. But how can we define an ‘effective’ HRM practice? The most significant factor needed to examine how we can implement a useful HRM strategy is organizational culture. We cannot...

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A Hierarchy of Needs for the 21st Century Workplace
May29

A Hierarchy of Needs for the 21st Century Workplace

A simple guide to improving workplace engagement by taking care of your employees’ needs.  Food, safety, love, and esteem. These are considered the most basic needs required for humans to survive in society, based on Maslow’s infamous Hierarchy of Needs, developed in 1943. But what about surviving in the modern workplace? Certainly our needs there have evolved in the past 70 years. From the flexible—yet precarious—schedules of...

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HR Trends You Shouldn’t Miss In 2017
May19

HR Trends You Shouldn’t Miss In 2017

The human resources landscape has changed at a rapid rate in the past decade.  Incredible technological innovations, changing attitudes of employees and employers, and new management processes have dramatically altered the industry.  To help you stay on top of these changes, here are the HR trends you definitely should not miss in 2017.   HR Trend 1: More HR software platforms to choose from Technology is one of the key drivers...

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9 tips for developing a sustainable well-being strategy at work
May18

9 tips for developing a sustainable well-being strategy at work

Well-being strategies aren’t a new phenomenon. They’ve been dabbled with for decades in an attempt to tackle absenteeism. In the business world, staff well-being is an increasingly important consideration. Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on work related stress, anxiety and depression, show the total number of lost working days due to work related stress in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. And stress...

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6 Ways to Train Your Small Business Employees on a Budget
May17

6 Ways to Train Your Small Business Employees on a Budget

Ensuring that you train employees well is critical to your small business operations. To get better results in service and productivity, training employees in crucial skills is a sound investment that too many business leaders fail to appreciate. Some executives or HR managers seem to feel that the time and costs of training aren’t justified. However, a lack of training reduces employee engagement with the company and their...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?
Apr06

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth? I was recently reflecting on a speakerphone call I once received from a group of front of house employees asking, “Hypothetically, aren’t we entitled to a break and a lunch with pay?” Knowing that such a question is rarely “hypothetical, do” I provided the standard Department of Labor (DOL) response applicable for that particular state and...

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Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!
Apr04

Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!

I once boarded a corporate shuttle and happened to sit next to a manager who mentioned he was on his way to terminate an employee. When I asked why, he said he needed someone more reliable and dependable, someone who didn’t “have so many Dr. appointments and family issues”. Something about this offended my Benefit Manager sensibilities. So I kicked into action. “Tell me more,” I asked. As he told the story, I simultaneously texted a...

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