HR Basics Archives

Without Consequences Managers Send the Wrong Message

Ryan Lochte certainly did realize severe consequences to his childish actions in Rio. They hit him where it really hurts – in the pocketbook. One hopes that Lochte learns from this experience, grows up and becomes a responsible adult.  Maybe. If, however, what happened to Lochte serves to influence other young athletes to…

When Feathers Get Ruffled, Here’s How to Help

Sometimes rock stars morph into toxic, difficult colleagues. Spurred by some unmet need, the strengths of their personality intensify until they become weaknesses. Whether you’re in management or HR, you can’t wait for problematic team members to about-face on their own. When you do nothing, you condone the negative behavior and consequently lose…

Hiring Wisdom: What Do You Really Know About Your Hiring?

Do you know: Why the applicant accepted or turned down your job offer? How the applicants feel about your hiring system and interview process? How many of the applicants who turned you down took another offer from someone else and why? If you don’t know, how are you ever going to improve your results? To get…

Here’s How to Prevent Accidents and Avoid New OSHA Fines

The numbers are staggering. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration there were 4,281 deaths in the workplace in 2014. On average, 12 workers are killed each day. OSHA was created to suggest and enforce protocol and policy geared to enhance employee safety and reduce the likelihood of injury or death. One…

What Pokemon Go Taught Me About Talent Management

This past week, I joined the 7.5 million people who downloaded the Pokémon Go mobile game and began my journey to catch all 151 original Pokémon monsters. Pokémon Go has more downloads in its first week of existence than popular dating app Tinder has had in its entire four-year existence, and is expected…

Don’t Start Crunching Numbers Until You Know What Numbers to Crunch

I was helping a manager with the company’s analytics; the problem was framed as “falling engagement in front-line staff.” Now that is a good start because at this organization the link between the measure of employee engagement and customer satisfaction is well established, making this a business problem, not just an HR one….

The Summertime Livin’ May be Easy But Not So At Work

Summer presents the opportunity for more family time, beach days, and flexible work hours. However, the prospect of leaving early on a Friday or having the kids at home doesn’t always translate into relaxation. A recent survey of my company’s  30,000 working members in the U.S. sheds light on this issue, uncovering a…

3 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Benefits Delivery

It’s no secret that a positive workplace culture plays a critical role in driving employee engagement and retention. In many ways, it’s the linchpin to sustainable business growth. A strong business idea, however innovative, can’t build to scale alone. People are the foundation of success; an extension of a company’s brand promise. Many…

Open Enrollment, Seriously? Yes! And Here’s What You Need to Do Now

It’s a beautiful day here in Michigan! 75 degrees and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. In the north, we get only a limited time to enjoy summer, so when it finally arrives you better believe I’m taking full advantage! (For, me that’s tending to my flowers and doing some yard work.)…