Employee Relations: Why Such a Bad Rap?

Robin Schooling

Industrial Relations begat Labor Relations with its accompanying cliché: a smoke-filled room laden with labor bosses and cigar-chomping industrialists hammering out a collective bargaining agreement. Yet, even as Employee Relations matured into young adulthood and then into a comfortable middle-age, a number of organizations continued to “relate” to their employees as if they were still huddled around that bargaining table with overflowing ashtrays at the ready.

‘Managing’ Diversity for Your Organization: Inclusion, Employee Relations and More

Compensation Today

But more than that, it’s not enough to hire a bunch of employees who are different from one another; as humans, we need to feel included. On the flip side, without inclusion, you see a negative impact on employee engagement and retention. Employee Relations.

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Top 5 challenges in employee relations and how you can address them


WHAT ARE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS? Employee Relations is not just a term, nor it only means relationships between employers and employees. It refers to an organization’s efforts to create and maintain a positive relationship with its employees.

Bernie Sanders: Proving the Compensation Side of the People Business is Problematic.

The HR Capitalist

But now the union complains some employees are getting less. The FLSA exists to provide legal boundaries for SMBs (as well as large companies) related to classification of workers. Compensation Current Affairs Employee Relations Recruiting Talent

7 ways a PEO can help you manage your employee-related to-dos


The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But by ignoring your employer responsibilities to employees, you could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

Isn’t It Time We Get Employee Relations Issues Out of the Closet?

TLNT: The Business of HR

Yes, I realize that HR is tasked with investigating employee relations issues; it’s often a substantial percentage of HR’s work. Get employee relations issues out of the closet. In my experience, employee relations issues are held close to the vest by the HR/ER team.

UNLIMITED VACATION: 6 Things to Consider

HR Bartender

The concept of unlimited vacation is focused on trust, transparency, and employee engagement. Today’s employees want flexibility and unlimited vacation gives them the opportunity to take advantage of new and exciting things, while at the same time, achieve their professional goals.

Employees Need to Own Their Success

HR Bartender

She had heard the most interesting title – Vice President of Employee Success. When a person has the job title Vice President of Employee Success, that takes responsibility for achieving success away from: 1) The organization. 3) The employees. It shouldn’t be “Employee Success”.

When Employees Want COVID Unemployment Over a Job at Your Company.

The HR Capitalist

who requested that her last name remain private, said she initially felt relieved when she was spared from layoffs at the public-relations firm where she worked in New York City and instead given a pay cut. 1--Employees who don't want you to protect jobs because unemployment is richer, or .

Who Cares About Compensation?

Compensation Cafe

What if you worked in an organization where the Head of Human Resources didn't view the Compensation function as vitally important to the organization? So What's Wrong With Compensation? It is unusual for this office holder to have cut their teeth in either Benefits or Compensation.

Five Steps to Simplify Your Compensation Program

Astron Solutions

As compensation professionals we are often asked if there are alternatives to simplify the method by which compensation decisions are made and communicated within an organization. The following are five basic ways to simplify the complexities of compensation.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking About Your Salary

HR Bartender

DO understand what factors are tied to compensation. Many companies today are expanding employee benefits and perks. All of those items need to be included in conversations about compensation. Employees need to think about how much they use the benefits that the company offers.

FLSA Games: Exempt Salary Threshold Moves from 23K to 35K.

The HR Capitalist

Employees who make less than $35,568 are now eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued today by the U.S. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests.

How To Know If Your Defined-Benefit Pension Plan Is In Trouble.

The HR Capitalist

workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees, as the conglomerate joins the ranks of U.S. Benefits Compensation Employee RelationsI'm not an expert on pension plan funding.

5 Questions: Should Amazon Employees Take the Company Offer (10K, 3 Months Pay) to Quit?

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, Amazon was in the news again late last week with a Godfather offer (you can’t refuse) to employees designed to create momentum to build the delivery capability needed to meet its future needs. Not sure whether the offer is for you, Amazon employees?

2017 Compensation Budgeting Outlook

Astron Solutions

economy and compensation budget planning. So as we collectively begin the annual ritual of compensation budgeting, let’s start with a quick analysis of the projected economic climate for 2017. 2017 Compensation Budgeting – A 30,000 Foot Review. Employee Relations.

Astron’s Yearly Compensation Review Part I: Base Pay Projections

Astron Solutions

Effective organizations will explore four key areas to better understand the “best” approach when it comes to 2019 base pay compensation budgeting: The 2019 Economic Forecast and Its Impact on Employment and Wages. Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.9%

Information You Need Now: COVID-19’s Impacts on Total Rewards

Astron Solutions

As it’s been a long time since the world has had to deal with such a severe pandemic, many are wondering what organizations are supposed to do from a compensation standpoint. Apple also is encouraging employees to work from home if possible. Coronavirus. COVID-19.

Proposed 2015 DOL Overtime Rule Changes: Primary Duty Test

HR Bartender

Under the Act, to be exempt (from overtime), an employee must meet 3 requirements: The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary; The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. The employee’s primary duty must be exempt in nature.

Compensation Management is Important in Every Company

NGA Human Resources

Compensation management is vital for employee motivation. Everyone should be recognized for the value they bring to organizational success; not just those in companies with 1,000s of employees, and millions of dollars a year in salaries. What Is Compensation Management?

Candidates Want to Work At the BEST Companies

HR Bartender

The Workforce Institute at Kronos released the third book in its thought leadership trilogy aimed at developing and retaining a competitive and engaged workforce: It’s All About Bob(bie) – Strategies for Winning With Your Employees. Part of that answer is employee engagement.

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The One Thing Employees Love About the Performance Review Process

HR Bartender

My guess is that the one thing employees like about the performance review process – besides really good constructive feedback – is the pay conversation. Employees know that once a year, they get to talk about pay. We’re asking employees to take more ownership in their careers.

6 Ways a PEO Can Help You Manage Your Employee-Related To-Dos


The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But ignoring your employee-related responsibilities could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

Concerns Surrounding Non-Profit Executive Compensation

Astron Solutions

Executive compensation is a natural concern of many in the non-profit sector. Three years later, Charity Navigator reported that the typical charity CEO’s compensation had increased just 2.6% become more competitive in total compensation (i.e.,

Build a Philosophical Foundation for Your Compensation Program

HR Daily Advisor

Does your compensation program have a solid foundation? It does if you took the time and made the effort to develop a compensation philosophy. Compensation Philosophy as a Tool. When shared with managers and employees, it answers the “why” about compensation programs.

Why You Should Pay Employees a Competitive Salary

HRIS Payroll Software

Paying employees a higher salary in order to grow your business sounds like it’s counterintuitive. After all, if you paid employees less money, wouldn’t there be more money left for the business? A major cause of employee turnover is salary. Compensation Employee Relations

Growing a Healthy Compensation Program -- DIY Communications Guide

Compensation Cafe

That's a great way to describe how you'd be handling employee communications when you are leading a small or mid-sized company. And really, is there any other way a Human Resource professional could manage compensation communications when they are running an overwhelmed one-person office?

VP of Equality Is The Rationalized Replacement for VP of Diversity at Salesforce.

The HR Capitalist

Earlier this year,Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff revealed that his company spent about $3 million in 2015 to equalize compensation across the company, closing the tech giant’s gender pay gap. Communications Compensation Employee Relations HR Insider Innovation

Bitcoin 401K Rollovers - What the #### Could Go Wrong?

The HR Capitalist

The vast, vast majority of your employees aren't qualified to evaluate Bitcoin as an investment option. Many of your employees have 401ks parked with a previous employer. 401(k) Benefits Compensation Economics Employee Relations

4 Simple Things for HR Pros To Remember as Overtime Laws Change.

The HR Capitalist

Given the basic economics of the workplace, the new rule—which raises the salary threshold under which an employee is entitled to overtime —is just as likely to create less work for individual employees as it is to increase the amount of overtime American employees collectively earn. It's true - the time they reply to work emails outside of work needs to be compensated. Communications Compensation Employee Relations Workplace

5 Things to Know About The Yelp Employee Who Got Fired Complaining About A Living Wage in San Fran.

The HR Capitalist

A Yelp employee recently got fired for writing a post taking her company and CEO to task for not paying her better so she could live in the Bay Area. In her letter to Stoppelman, which she posted on Medium, she expressed concerns about how the company treated its employees. "So

Cafe Classic: What HR Wants to Do (Not Compensation & Benefits)

Compensation Cafe

Currently HR pros are spending the lion's share of their time on employee relations. This may not be surprising, as Sharlyn notes, given the level of employee frustration and disengagement today. And very, very clearly - not compensation and benefits.

Let's Tax the Hell Out of Robots/AI & Sit By The Pool.

The HR Capitalist

Compensation Employee Relations HR Tech Innovation Managing ODWell, maybe that won't work. But it's still fun to think about. I'm up over at Fistful of Talent today talking about the coming wave of automation and AI and wondering what that will do to our Standard of Living, the tax base and more. You know that sounds exciting- click here to see more !!!

Growing a Healthy Compensation Program -- The Turning Point

Compensation Cafe

This is the fourth in a Compensation Cafe series for small and early-stage companies. Part one is for companies that have fewer than 100 employees , part two is for 100 to 500 employees , part three is for DIY Communications. The employee count is up to 843.

Firing Employees Who Are Unproductive


Awhile back I received an email from a reader about how to let an employee go who is not performing adequately. The Time Thief A few years ago a manager called me to see if I could look into an employee’s time card. What advice do you have for terminating employees?