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3 Tips for Leading a Newly Remote Workforce
In an effort to keep their employees safe and healthy, many companies are asking people to work from home. But this is much easier said than done – especially for organizations without any previous remote employees or remote-work expectations in place. Here are three ways HR can promote effective work with a newly-remote workforce in […]
How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Employer Leave Policies
The federal government recently has taken several steps to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Of special relevance to HR professionals is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18. In general, the legislation focuses on private-sector organizations employing fewer than 500 people. Read about the Coronavirus […]
5 Questions for Aspiring Female Executives
We can all agree that having women in executive leadership is not a new concept, but recent trends have shown more interest than ever in this important initiative. Multiple contemporary studies have shown that women in leadership roles bring forth positive business impact, and gender diversity has been repeatedly linked to greater innovation, productivity, employee […]
$4.51: The Not-So-Magic Number
In 2018, an Ernst & Young (EY) study examined the costs associated with not using employee self-service technology for HR-related tasks. The result, averaged over dozens of key tasks: $4.39 per single entry of data. More recently, the same organization ran the numbers again. As of 2019, the new average cost of manual HR data […]
HR Myths: Employees Will Enter Their Information Wrong
In its recent survey of HR professionals nationwide, HR.com found one worry outweighs all others in allowing employees to use self-service technology: accuracy of the data entered. At 41%, it heavily topped the reluctant pros’ list of concerns. And yet, an overwhelming majority (82%) agreed that employee-entered data holds those workers accountable for the accuracy […]
When Cupid Strikes: 3 Steps to Managing Office Love
Around Valentine’s Day, conversations about love and romance are everywhere – including the office. The holiday of love may be behind us, but workplace romance is not going anywhere. HR may not usually be viewed as a matchmaker, but they are hiring talented people who fit the values and cultures of the company. When building […]
3 Workplace Learning and Development Trends for 2020 and Beyond
While no HR professional has a crystal ball, it is possible to fairly anticipate what an effective organization might look like in the years to come. And one consistent theme is the importance of employee development. That’s why we wanted to kick off a new year of HR Break Room™ by sitting down with one […]
Why Managers’ Approval Duties Just Got Easier
At some point, every manager experiences the feeling of wishing he or she could be in two (or more) places at once. Usually, one of those places is a desk, where paperwork – or at least its electronic equivalent – seems to accumulate at a steady, unrelenting rate. Avoid unnecessary pileup But whether you’re managing […]
How HR Can Prevent Inheriting Managers’ Approval Tasks
Part of being a manager often includes being pulled away from the desk for large swaths of the day. As a result, work piles up, especially critical tasks involving the people they manage: timecards, expense reports, time-off requests and so on. Especially when managers work in a field where the desk isn’t necessarily “home base” […]
Using Mobile Tech for Management Tasks
Successful supervisors and managers are masterful jugglers – spearheading critical projects while developing staff, building strategic plans, completing administrative functions and more. Many of these responsibilities take them away from their desks during the workday. But obligations don’t stop coming in when they are in the field, working the floor, engaging with the team or […]
Self-Service Tech a Must for Employees – And HR
In the world of HR, would you say you find managing transactions fulfilling? That’s a trick question. Of course, most HR professionals wouldn’t say that. But to truly understand how hard we hold onto transactions in our profession, you must watch what your HR peers do, not what they say. When employees could access and […]
Goal-Setting: How HR Can Help
Virtually no organization can survive – let alone thrive – without actionable, measurable objectives. While managers carry much of the goal-setting responsibility, there are ways HR can help, too. As with so many organizational priorities, setting goals begins with proper communication. In this case, HR plays a role in ensuring managers understand the importance of […]