Once again, the time has come for another roundup of what's been happening in the world of Human Resources. In this article, we will explore the latest HR news including new testing for advanced immigration compliance, new FMLA employer guides, and surveys regarding minimum wage increases and well-being programs in the workplace.
Read on for important information, latest news, and field surveys every HR professional needs to know.
HR managers routinely identify employee reviews as their least favorite part of the job. To most managers, reviews are time-consuming, awkward, clunky, and of questionable value. That perception, in large part, has driven some trailblazing companies to abandoning annual reviews completely. (link)
But while formal review processes may have fallen out of vogue at some well-known companies, they’re here to stay for most industries, at least for the foreseeable future. That’s because, no matter how the process gets handled, employees need thoughtful feedback to motivate them and help them improve their job performance.
The Department of Labor’s proposed FLSA changes could change exemptions for as many as 5 million white collar workers in the US.
It’s been a long road since President Obama first gave the memorandum to modernize the labor wages and overtime pay—something that hadn’t seen any prior change in over a decade. After receiving submissions from employers last summer, the DOL drafted up a final rule proposal. In Mid-March, they handed it over to the Office of Management & Budget for review. From that point, it could be anywhere from 30-90 days before we hear of any official changes.
The trend away from formal annual performance reviews may be picking up steam, but that doesn’t mean that employees no longer need feedback or guidance. In fact, changing workforce demographics- among other factors- mean that feedback is more important than ever for healthy growth in your staff and in your company as a whole. The best managers view the review process as a coaching task that can help all employees improve their job performance and satisfaction.
The key to making this work: ask, don’t tell.