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Business conditions are changing, and people in the human resource field must find new ways to be relevant to organizations or be faced with the prospect of becoming irrelevant in a rapidly changing environment.
Dave Ulrich has been an active leader of the human resource community for many years. This interview was conducted just prior to Ulrich’s three-year sabbatical to do missionary work for his church.
You may think you are hiring a consultant or an independent contractor, but according to federal law, it may be an employee. Does it make a difference? You bet!
The job market in the U.S. economy has been down for the past several years and outsourcing jobs to third world countries has been the order of the day. The result of this is employees simply trying to hold on to their jobs. But that may be changing.
Over the past decade there has been much emphasis on the role of human resources in contributing to the organization’s strategy. But HR professionals must not lose sight of their basic functions in their efforts to be included in the strategic planning for the organization.
Strategic human resource planning in government is different from the private sector. This article addresses those differences and how they alter that function.
Many adults suffer from attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Organizations and individuals are learning to deal with it, but it takes time, effort, and understanding.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a difficult law to follow and is often at odds with local ordinances. The details of the act and its implementation are the subject of this article.
The ADA was passed prior to the explosion of the internet. Applying the ADA to the internet and making it more friendly to the disabled will be the next frontier.
Sexual harassment can result in huge problems for an orgainzation that are preventable. Such charges cost time, money, and reputation. Even if you win—you lose!
In an age of increased security concerns, building additional security into the building is one way to address these issues.
Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict will be returning to their civilian jobs. Bringing these men and women, who have seen war, back to civilian life will not be an easy task.
Allstate Insurance decided to change the way it sold insurance, This change affected 6,400 agents. Almost all of them were over 40. These agents have filed a class action age discrimination lawsuit.
What are some of the ways you can find out if a job applicant is honest? Here are some useful interview questions and techniques you can ask and use.
What are some of the ways that human resource planning can improve business performance and enhance profitability? This article explores that relationship and some of the myths surrounding HR and strategy.
New software in human resources is providing the ability to enhance productivity, performance, and corporate governance. These tools will make managing people easier and more efficient.
Motivating employees has always been a concern of organizations, but what works best? Will money or small rewards and praise do the trick?
Superstars are great if you have them. But, if you have them, then they need the right environment to flourish. The best race car in the world will not win a race on a course designed for SUV’s.
Sometimes writing might be considered a lost art in communicating, but it is often of paramount importance and the one method of communication that may best represent you.
Miss Manners is a syndicated columnist on etiquette. This is an interview on business etiquette and what people should and should not be doing in the office.
Many people are afraid to have a conversation with the boss concerning their performance, but some conversations are necessary. Getting and using feedback on job performance is a necessary component to success in one’s career.
The internet and other forms of electronic media have been proclaimed as the future of learning. But, not all learners have been successful with this style of instruction. What to do about it is the subject here.
Organizations need to develop people for leadership positions. How to do that and selecting the people for the positions is the topic in this article.
The economy is changing rapidly, fueled by technology and outsourcing to developing countries. Employees must take responsibility for their careers and develop their skills or risk becoming just another commodity.
Unsuccessful executives have certain things in common as Sydney Finkelstein points-out. Unfortunately, many of these same characteristics that eventually make them unsuccessful are admired in American industry.
Transgender issues constitute the latest frontier in non-discrimination. Sexual identity is now at the forefront of equal employment opportunity issues in the workplace.
Diversity in the workforce and equal opportunity for all is certainly a good thing. But, it is not a cure for everything that ails the human resources of a business.
Diversity is a good practice for employers to engage in. But, diversity is a human resource practice and does not contribute directly to the bottom line of the organization.
Employers are constantly looking for ways to cut expenses. One area of expense that all employers face is processing payroll. A way to reduce the expense would be to deposit the pay in a credit-card account.
When companies merge, one of the programs that needs to be reconciled is the compensation system of each organization. This may not be as easy as it sounds, especially when considering benefits, bonuses, retirement, stock options, and all the other forms of compensation.
Rewarding the top performers in a company is a key way to motivate them and other workers to become top performers. Additional merit raises over time can make a real difference in the annual compensation of an employee.
What needs to be in place for an incentive compensation program to be effective in motivating employees? The steps in designing a program to answer that question are provided by Bruce Bolger.
In 2001, new records were set for CEO compensation. Yet, the stock price, sales, and corporate profits of many of these executive’s companies plummeted, resulting in layoffs and wage-freezes for the rank-and-file employees.
Domestic violence is a terrible problem in today’s society and like all problems in society is bound to have an impact on the workplace. Employers need to face up to this and have a policy in place that will deal with it should the need arise.
Workplace violence is a growing problem in society. The best way for organizations to deal with this problem is to train their employees so that they will know what to do when the situation arises.
One of the most contentious battles facing employers and employees is the battle over benefits. Health care, pensions, and other benefits cost employers huge sums of money and there appears to be no limit. Something has to be done.
Employee benefits, especially health insurance, are one of the most rapidly growing costs of almost any organization. However, there are strategies that organizations have implemented that can help to contain these expenses.
Union organizing is becoming far more difficult as even the federal government uses the labor laws to restrict the efforts of unions to organize and exercise their right to strike.
Disciplining an employee at work can be difficult and has certain legal ramifications if not done properly. How to do it properly is the subject of this article by William Cottringer.
Terminating employees is never something that managers look forward to doing. There are, however, ways to do it that are better than others and actions one can take when the situation starts to deteriorate.
People may hail temporary workers as a boon for organizations seeking to control their staffing and costs, but for the temporary workers themselves, it is somewhat different.
With all of the corporate scandals that have surfaced over the past several years, major corporations are starting to worry about the ethics of their employees. They have decided to do something about it by teaching ethics.
The economic explanation as to why some executives engage in illegal and unethical behavior and why some are likely to continue to do so, no matter what the laws are or the potential consequences may be, is the subject of this article.
As the European Union moves toward closer economic integration, the labor force is going to be more mobile than in the past. A uniform pension system will be necessary to cover these workers. But, don’t look for it overnight.
Novo Nordisk is a Danish manufacturer of materials for treating diabetes. It has 15,000 employees worldwide and has won awards from around the world for its human resource efforts.
Some people in the U.S. complain about government laws and restrictions concerning employees. Yet, a look outside the U.S. gives a quick education on how things are very different in other countries. Some better, some worse, depending on the perspective.
The EU is addressing sexual harassment in an attempt to standardize practices and definitions throughout the continent. This could lead to some societal change in the members.
Domestic compensation planning is difficult enough, international compensation planning is even harder. Here are some ways to address issues in international compensation.