News & Trends Archives

HR Roundtable: How HR Can Encourage Encouragement

We decided to start the HR Roundtable (of Cincinnati) off in 2017 on a positive note. The topic was “Encouragement At Work” and we were going to explore how to make this more of the norm versus an exception. Since we skipped meeting in January, people were eager to reconvene and get into…

Communication Failure May Be Keeping Workers From Wellness Programs

A new study hopes to settle the debate regarding workplace health promotion and whether or not it’s good for employers to get involved with employees’ wellness. Turns out, good or bad, there’s a communication breakdown. Around two-thirds of workers surveyed are happy to have their employer get involved in their health, but less than half…

Training Managers to Talk about Pay is a Blind Spot

One of the most frustrating statements for employees to hear from their managers is this: “HR wouldn’t let me do it and I don’t really know why.” And unfortunately, when it comes to pay, many managers either aren’t accountable or don’t understand how pay was determined. Managers are generally faced with playing a…

It’s Not the Data, But What You Do With It That Matters

Picture this: It’s a Friday morning, and five senior executives walk into a conference room to meet with the CEO — Operations, Sales, Finance, Marketing and Human Resources. The Operations VP starts with a dashboard clearly indicating improved operational efficiency, productivity gains and cost savings for the quarter, as well as projections for…

The Robots Are Coming. What Are You Doing About It?

I hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s post about the World Government Summit and its full day Global Dialogue for Happiness. I know it sounds like one of those subjects that if HR brings it up to the CEO, it’s back to the kid’s table for you. Yet, the Summit’s Happiness Dialogue was a…

Why HR Can’t Lead Cultural Change

Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from its recently released  fifth edition during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture…

When Everyone is ‘Above Average’ No One Is

Note: This is the last of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Tuesday’s article presented the case for ratings. ———— Perhaps you have heard the following sentence described in a conversation about performance management, ratings, and…

You Are Rating Employees Even When You Say You’re Not

Note: This is the second of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Wednesday, the final article discusses ratings distribution. ———— Often, when bonuses or long-term incentives are distributed, complaints about “budget bottlenecks” can be observed. In…

What Do You Do After Ending Performance Ratings?

Note: This is the first of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. The second article on bonus and comp distribution will post Tuesday. The third discusses calibration formulas. ———— Many early-adopter organizations who jumped aboard the train to abolish employee performance ratings are finding themselves on a…

Gamification Is Changing Assessments For the Better

Even for successful candidates, the recruitment process can be a dizzying rollercoaster ride. There’s the high of that first call with the recruiter — and the realization that, hey, this job might be ‘the one.’ And then there’s the frustration of slogging through hour-long assessments that make you second guess every professional decision…

Court Says Liability Waivers Can’t be Part of Background Screening Disclosures

The  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer’s inclusion of a liability waiver in a background check disclosure is a willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This is an important finding and will affect any third party company who performs background screening. In Syed v M-I, LLC,…

Before the Robots Take Over, Train Your C-Suite

Accenture’s strategy group has published an interesting look at the workforce of the future: Harnessing Revolution, Creating the future workforce. At an easily consumable 28 pages, it focuses on three primary areas of emphasis for organizations wanting to get a competitive leg up in the hyper competitive talent markets: Accelerate reskilling people Redesign…

Nearly 500,000 New Jobs Added This Year

Employers continued to add nonfarm jobs at a rapid pace in February, increasing payrolls by 235,000 during the month, blowing past predictions of a more modest increase. Adding to economists’ surprise, the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report also showed wages rising by 6 cents an hour, a penny more than January’s 5…

Jobs Surge In February, Gaining 235,000

Employers continued to add nonfarm jobs at a rapid pace in February, increasing payrolls by 235,000 during the month, blowing past predictions of a more modest increase. Adding to economists’ surprise, the Labor Department’s monthly employment report also showed wages rising by 6 cents an hour, a penny more than January’s 5 cents….

Deloitte Report: Technology Is Changing All the Rules

Deloitte’s annual human capital report was just published. I look forward to this one every year because it’s backed by a massive amount of data collection and analysis, it’s easy to read, it always throws at least one curve ball, and there’s a TON of useful information. This may be the most on…

What Uber Has to Teach Us About Company Culture

It’s been a challenging few weeks for Uber to say the least. Uber is receiving criticism and close internal and public scrutiny after a former engineer, Susan Fowler, recounted her negative experience working at Uber. To make matters worse, just last week an Uber driver released a dashcam video of a hostile exchange with…

The Rush to the Cloud Is Putting HR In Charge of its Tech

It’s a good time to be in the HR technology industry. Last year over $1.96 billion was invested in HR tech startups across 13 categories, including recruitment, career development and automation. There’s also a dizzying number of mergers & acquisitions taking place, with analytics poised as the next big category. But for the…

Contractor Blacklisting Rules Coming to a Permanent End

Less than six months ago, federal contractors were clutching their pearls over the prospect of having to publicly disclose violations under 14 federal workplace laws, to be eligible for a government contract. The following month, in October 2016, a federal judge iced those “blacklisting rules” with a nationwide injunction. Now, it appears as though President…