What Organizations Can Do to Curb Sexual Harassment

  Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal, but that doesn’t keep it from happening. It can creep into our workplaces, making workers uncomfortable and taking the focus off business. While your legal obligations may be covered by a policy and required training, there are additional steps you can take to prevent sexual harassment. Each…

Businesses Use Training to Increase Employee Retention

It’s no secret that the economy is still on shaky ground. Organizations across the country are still struggling with hiring freezes and layoffs. Some have stabilized but raises and 401(K) contributions are still on the back burner. Losing key benefits like this makes it tough to motivate and engage employees. When organizations are running lean,…

Employers Seeking Purple Squirrels

Employers have been searching for an elusive creature, a being that possesses a wide range of skills, qualifications, and work experiences. Basically, the perfect job candidate. In other words, a purple squirrel. “Most recruiters know that a purple squirrel is a very rare, highly sought after, almost extinct species of candidate,” Leslie Mason, managing director…

Retaining & Rewarding Employees is Top HR Challenge

It’s official, the tables have turned and employees now have the advantage.  Turnover rates are on the rise for the fourth consecutive year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A trend that’s expected to continue due to the strengthening economy and societal changes. With more than a quarter million baby boomers reaching retirement age…

Identifying and Eliminating Negative Behavior

It’s a fact. Everyone, no matter how great they seem or how good they are at their job, has room for improvement. As an outsider it’s easy to see where others have shortcomings and where they could be stronger. But when you’re looking at yourself, when you’re taking into account your own behaviors and skills,…

How to Cut Costs Without Cutting Your Staff

In 2009, during the peak of the economic crisis, companies let over one million employees go. The job losses have slowed a bit since then, but companies are still under enormous pressure to cut costs and many are forced to consider layoffs. However, cutting good workers should be looked at as a last resort. Layoffs…

Take the Pain Out of Conducting Employee Evaluations

If you absolutely dread conducting employee evaluations, you’re not alone. Most managers and supervisors look forward to employee performance appraisal time with the same enthusiasm usually reserved for emergency surgery – and for good reason. Why Evaluations Can Be a Pain Employees may get upset or argue. The process is time-consuming. There’s lots of paperwork…

Diversity in the Workplace: It’s More Than Just Race

More than half of the workers in the U.S. are minorities. Added to the diversity of different cultures, there are gender considerations, age groups, religion, education, fashion, beliefs, diet, and a variety of other choices that make us all very different and add to the complexity of getting everyone on task and dedicated to achieving…