August 1st, 2012

Managers Need You to Screen Out the Weakest Candidates

Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure; Married in haste, we may repent at leisure. —William Congreve, 1693 If you work from a job description only to find it does not correctly define candidate requirements; if you send multiple candidates to the hiring manager only to him/her complain about wrong-skilled people; if…

Distraction or Stress Reducer? Why a Dog-Friendly Workplace Might Work

I can’t help but notice the abundance of articles dedicated to workplace stress. Bottom line: Workplace stress is a very real phenomenon that can bring about an array of health concerns. It’s no secret that stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism and low morale, which can result in a substantial loss…

It’s That Time Again: Are You Ready For Open Enrollment?

The temperature isn’t the only thing rising this summer – our group health insurance is going up over 14 percent. So, as part of my role on our benefits committee, I reviewed several different health carriers to see if there were any more affordable options. Luckily for us, there was one. However, this…

NLRB’s Ruling Undercuts Integrity of HR’s Workplace Investigations

By Eric B. Meyer HR heads are still spinning as they try to digest what the National Labor Relations Board has tried to accomplish this year. The NLRB’s Acting General Counsel has issued confusing reports on social media. The Board has also attempted to create quickie union elections, and require companies to abide…

Think You’re Helping Students With Unpaid Internships? Think Again

I’ve never been a fan of unpaid internships and I’ve never been with a company that has offered them (at least on my watch). People who work for the benefit of the company (and I’d argue that most internships are structured that way) deserve to be paid, at least minimum wage. A company…