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How to Disappoint Your Employees in One Easy Step


Thanks to my wonderful wife for the idea for this one.  One of our traditions every year is to watch Christmas Vacation (no, not with the kids!) While it’s not my favorite (that spot is held by  It’s a Wonderful Life ), it always gives me a laugh and reminds me to focus on the important things during the Christmas season. The parallel is obvious. Discriminate. Heavily.

Proof That Your Team Of Corporate Superchickens Is Destroying Productivity


Human productivity can be difficult to measure, especially in some knowledge-worker roles. Take content marketing for example. What level of output indicates acceptable performance; one viral blog post per month or ten mediocre ones? Chicken productivity, on the other hand, has one simple success metric — how many eggs are in the basket? The Superchicken group was a tragic sight. Every time.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Time Clocks for Payroll


Written by: Chris Henien. In the ever changing world of HR, there are always new ways to utilize technology to improve accuracy and efficiency, while minimizing costs. With new options available every day, particularly in the area of time and attendance systems, why are organizations still using paper time cards? Time Clocks provide a simple and convenient way to prevent errors and promote confidence that payroll is being completed correctly. Let’s explore the top five benefits to using Time Clocks for payroll. This can occur at the end of each day, week, or pay period.

What Creating an Ongoing Employee Engagement Model Does for Your Company

ClearCompany HRM

Employee engagement is a popular topic in the HR space and has become a major challenge for businesses. A new generation in the workforce demands it, widespread use of technology enables it and a fast-paced environment makes its meaning ever clearer -- all the factors contribute to employee engagement becoming more important than ever. the bottom line clearly proves its efficacy.

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.

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13 Easy Ways to Create a Zen Office Space On a Budget


13 Easy Ways to Create a Zen Office Space On a Budget. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “the modern workplace.”. If you’re like a lot of people, it’s probably words like “ultra-connected,” “demanding,” “always on,” or “stressful.” No wonder companies experience such high turnover, low productivity, and burnout. No bueno. Now imagine a workplace exemplified by the following: Peace.

9 simple employee engagement ideas


Nowadays, the importance of employee engagement has become widely accepted. There seems to be more evidence than ever before to support the long-suspected belief that an employee who's engaged in their work is more productive than one who isn’t. However, achieving employee engagement is easier said than done. simple ideas for employee engagement. By Tanmay Vora| originally posted here.

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How To Celebrate Employee Recognition During The Holidays

Get Hppy

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for many companies. Many CEOs and managers are stressed out because they need to close deals fast and make plans for the new year. At the same time, they must deal with employees asking for days off, and the whole working environment becomes extremely tense. However, there are ways to stay organized and on schedule with projects.

Can you fire an employee whom you learn is “alt-right”?

The Employer Handbook

What the heck do pistachios have to do with the Alternative Right also known as the “alt-right” or white nationalists ? Well, multiple news outlets, ( here ) among others, are reporting that Emily Youcis, better known to attendees of Philadelphia Phillies games as “Pistachio Girl, ” is out of a job. According to Samer Kalaf at , it was Ms. 18aANInmMP.

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13 Ways to Get Reward and Recognition Right

Keeping and engaging your best people is crucial. Learn why reward and recognition helps you do just that, 13 ways to reward and recognize the right way, and how to get your boss onboard.

‘Attendance point’ policy costs employer $1.7M

HR Morning

It starts out as a simple challenge: Companies need a way to track employee attendance. . From there, employees need a clear set of rules  that outline  their obligations. But strict attendance policies often run headlong into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Result: Pactiv  agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a disability discrimination charge filed with the EEOC. Other remedial steps.

Prevailing Against Ageism in Tech


Although tech leaders have publicly vowed to tackle the industry’s ageism problem, the reality is that professionals with impressive résumés are still being let go or pushed aside every day. As technology journalist and author Dan Lyons recently told Dice Insights : “I wish I felt otherwise, but I don’t see any sign of it changing.”. Some have fought against ageism and actually won.

Trusting: the Other Side of Trust

Trust Matters

Much has been written about trust. However, it’s often not clear in the writing whether the subject is trust, trustworthiness – or trusting.  If trust in the government is down, does that mean that the government is less trustworthy? Or does it mean that people are less inclined to trust? Most of my work has been about trust worthiness (e.g.  The Trusted Advisor ). The Power of Trusting.

Five for Friday: Toxic workplace


Toxicity at work can stem from many sources, including bullying managers, cliquey colleagues or company protocol. It leads to employee unhappiness, low morale, and poor productivity. In this week's Five for Friday we look at how to spot a toxic influence at work and ways to prevent or overcome it. Connected Companies Culture Trust

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Infographic Thursday: Top 10 Workplace Incentives

Something Different

It’s been a while! Check out this top ten countdown of the best employee perks from the team at  Company Folders. It It breaks down the ten craziest workplace incentives… unlimited vacation and concierge services, anyone? But it doesn’t stop there. It also explains why those incentives matter, information I think is often overlooked. Have you seen other cool workplace perks? Best, Rory.

The Idiosyncratic Rater Effect & How It’s Ruining Your Performance Reviews

ClearCompany HRM

You’ve been a manager for some time, and you have a pretty good read on most people. Or, at least, you’d like to think you do. You strive to rate employees in the most objective way possible, but if you’re doing it based only from your own perspective, reviews are not as effective as they could be. If anything, they are really more of a reflection on yourself, not your employees or colleagues.

Business Processes: Pitfalls That Could Be Hurting Your Business


Time and time again, there’s one critical component that hampers productivity and efficiency: We are wired to work within the confines of organizational silos. Your prospects, customers, and partners (and employees, for that matter) do not see you as a series of disparate organizations. They see you as a company. They want to engage you as a singular entity. Siloed departments. Redundancy.

The Role of HR in Managing Change in the Workplace


Change, as the formula Barack Obama used in the 2008 election campaign, is in fact inevitable. There’s no way to escape change, no matter how resistant you are to it. If there’s anything that Obama has taught us, it’s to embrace change. Yet, it’s important to acknowledge that its complex nature presents a multi-faceted challenge for HR. Change is hard to predict, non-linear, and especially hard to reproduce. But organisations today can take different approaches to its management – think defensive vs. offensive styles. Bringing Change to the Workplace. The role of HR in Change Management.

Innovation Buster: How Losing Your Best Employees is Killing Innovation

Employees at the front lines often have better ideas for innovation than others within the business, but when they walk out the door, they take those ideas with them. Want to innovate better and faster than the competition? You need to hold onto your best employees and the ideas they have. In this session we will explore how various pieces of the talent life cycle are related to retention and examine more than 20 strategies and ideas for improving retention outcomes for your business.

How To Give Candidates Valuable Interview Feedback

Spark Hire

Many think the only purpose of the hiring process is to evaluate candidates. If a job seeker has the skills and traits required, great. If not, the process is over for that individual. While that mindset helps organizations reach their goal of filling empty positions, it ignores what a candidate wants. Job seekers are looking to find the right company and role for them. How did that make you feel?

how to appear smart in meetings

Ask a Manager

The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings , which I read and thought was so hilarious that I sought permission to share some of it here. Seriously, it is really funny, and it would be an excellent gift for your office holiday gift swap. Order your own copy of  100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings ! You will not regret it. work habits

Ohio set to elevate gun ownership to a protected employment class #TerribleIdea

Ohio Employer's Law

How do you get conservative lawmakers to agree to add a protected class to an employment discrimination law? Focus on protecting on gun ownership, apparently. Believe it or not, the right to conceal carry is about to join race, sex, age, religion, national origin, and disability as a class against which employers cannot discriminate against their employees. Really. I’m not making this up. The NRA.

5 ways to create some happiness in the office this Christmas

Positive Sharing

December can be a cold, dark, busy and stressful month at work. Or we can use the Christmas season to actively create some cheer in the office. Here are 5 great ways to do it. 1: Random acts of Christmas cheer. Here’s a video of them doing it: The holiday season is a great opportunity to make other people happy. What could you do? Hand out candy? It can get pretty intense :). Your take.

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Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

What Business Can Learn From Millennials About Technology Adoption


Millennials are currently the largest generation in the workforce. Yet as some of them approach 40, inaccurate stereotypes and labels still abound. Many of the labels are inherently flawed, because it’s impossible to categorize such a large group. However, the one stereotype that holds true is their comfort level with technology. Millennials were raised in the digital age. According to a U.S.

State Minimum Wage Increases for 2017 (Map)

HR Daily Advisor

Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2017. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. The map below shows the states that are increasing their minimum wages, including the new rate and amount of the increase.

Take coffee breaks with your team to improve productivity


By Michael Petrescu-Comnene, Dayforce Lead Software Developer, Ceridian. Over the years, many around the office have wondered why I have a borderline industrial grade coffee grinder in our lunch room. This blog is dedicated to each of you. Then I drink it with one or a couple of my colleagues. Time-waster or productivity booster?  Personal experience points me to the latter. Scientific evidence.

Evidence-Based HR

Laurie Ruettimann

Earlier this year, I started flushing. It’s a codeword for “f **g blushing” and getting warm. No, I do not have hot flashes. I’m 41 years old. I am overheating in crowded rooms, tight spaces, or when my heart rate is elevated. There are many reasons why this can happen, but, for me, it’s anxiety-related. First, it’s probably cancer. Black cohosh?

Workplace Deal Breakers: Where’s the employee breaking point?

What are the “deal-breakers” that make your people leave? Learn why it's not all about compensation and why issues related to advancement and work-life balance are often far more important.

Robots Can't Rock and Roll!

NGA Human Resources

The jobs of the future will be those robots can't do. And there are many. We're not redundant, well not completely, but the future of work will be very different, and we need to prepare for this - as businesses, but also as employees. Amazon is already posing alternatives for  cashiers. Trials in the US have proved the robots make more accurate dispensing pharmacist. Taxis will drive themselves.

Attract And Manage Top Talent In Your Small Business


A critical ingredient to success is surrounding yourself with the right people that have the skill sets you need and the mindset that meshes with the culture and vision of your company. For a small business owner, attracting and managing these vital employees can be a source of high anxiety. How do you compete with the big guys who can offer larger salaries? Mine your network for top talent.

Jelf announced as Schemes Broker of the Year 2016


We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Schemes Broker of the Year 2016 in the prestigious Insurance Times Awards. We were also finalists in the Broker Claims Initiative of the Year category, so we are exceptionally proud of the work that Jelf has done over the past year. You can view the full list of winners on the  Insurance Times website. Press Notes insurance